Summer Conservatory

Dates: June 10 – August 9, 2024 – WAITLIST
Duration: 9 Weeks, 24 Hours of Class per Week
Tuition: $4,150
Interview Required

The Summer Conservatory is one of the most popular summer programs at the Stella Adler Studio and in the nation. Students from all over the world come to experience this rigorous foundation-building course which approximates a full term of our Professional Conservatory and NYU Tisch School of the Arts program. It is officially approved by the National Association of Schools of Theatre as a summer training program. The program ends with a presentation of contemporary and classical scene work.

The Summer Conservatory is the most comprehensive program of all the summer options, covering topics such as scene work, on-camera acting, classical acting, voice & speech, movement, improv and Stella Adler’s celebrated approach to technique. We find the growth demonstrated by the end of the nine weeks palpable, deeply encouraging and an affirmation of our belief that “growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous.” Take your craft to the next level with a world-class faculty in this 9-week, 24-hour-per-week intensive held in New York City.

Summer Conservatory Courses*
Acting Technique
Scene Study
Voice & Speech
Ensemble Building
Acting for Film & Television

Watch this video for an inside look at the Studio:

New Evening Option!
(UPDATE: The Evening Summer Conservatory group is now at maximum capacity and a wait list has been started) There is now an option to do the Summer Conservatory program in the evenings if a student is not available during the daytime. Classes for the Evening Summer Conservatory open take place Monday-Friday nights between the hours of 5pm-10:30pm. The program details are the same as the daytime program. Notify the admissions office at the time of registration if you would like to be placed in the evening group.

Admission Information

Admission to the Summer Conservatory is by entrance interview. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed Online Application Form
  2. Headshot (Photo) and Resume (CV)
  3. A $50 non-refundable application fee (payable to Stella Adler Studio of Acting)


Once the studio receives the submitted application and supporting materials, an associate will contact the applicant to schedule the interview. Interviews will be conducted online via Zoom.

Applications from prospective international students can no longer be accepted for the 2024 program as there is not a sufficient amount of time allowed for F1 Student Visa approval.

Enhanced Curriculum Option
The Summer Conservatory offers an Enhanced Curriculum Option for experienced actors seeking a more rigorous level of work in the Summer Conservatory. To be considered for the Enhanced Curriculum Option, applicants will need to submit an audition consisting of a performance of two contrasting monologues: one contemporary/realism and one classical that should be no longer than 90 seconds in length each. This program is optional and is not a requirement for applying to the Summer Conservatory. The dates, hours, and tuition is the same as the main Summer Conservatory. Enrollment into the enhanced curriculum option is very limited.

Enhanced Curriculum Option Courses*
Acting Technique
Chekhov Scene Study
Voice & Speech
Advanced Shakespeare
Advanced On-Camera

*Courses and Faculty Subject to Changes