Summer Physical Theater Intensive

Dates: July 8 – August 9, 2019
Duration: 5 Weeks, 30 Hours per Week
Tuition: $3250
Early Bird Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

The Physical Theater Intensive is a rigorous five-week exploration of the role of physicality in the actor’s work. While the Physical Theater Intensive focuses mainly on the creation of new work, the five-week program is also aimed at helping actors develop greater command of the body when cast in more traditional, scripted works.

Physical Theater Intensive classes meet for 30 hours per week, beginning each day with rigorous training in the Fundamentals of Movement or the Fundamentals of Voice & Speech. In the early part of the week, Stella Adler Studio faculty lead students in classes that explore five core Movement Idioms: Clown, Viewpoints, Neutral Mask, Modern Dance Techniques, Storytelling with the Body/ Mime. Two additional classes— Autonomy: Impulse & Structure and Ensemble: Image into Action, highlight the Movement Department’s unique approach to equipping students with skills to conceive, research, and devise original work.

The latter part of the week is organized around rehearsals for three original Movement Projects. These Movement Projects are wholly conceived by each respective ensemble in response to the themes and challenges of our rapidly changing modern world. Some additional rehearsal for these Movement Projects will be required beyond the weekly 30 hours of class. These Movement Projects will performed in one of Stella Adler Studio’s black-box theaters at the completion of the Intensive.

Each week concludes with a three-hour Guest Artist Workshop. Each student is also eligible for one 1-hour individual tutorial during the Intensive.

The Summer Physical Theater Intensive helps each actor get “out of your head and into your body” and make strong progress toward every actor’s goal and obligation to embody the living word.


Movement Fundamentals
Voice & Speech

Neutral Mask
Modern Dance Techniques and Composition
Physical Storytelling / Mime

Autonomy: Impulse & Structure
Ensemble: Image into Action

Kate Valk (The Wooster Group)
Virginia Scott (Clown)
Jose Ortiz, aka. Dr. Drum (Bombo)
More TBA

Faculty: Joan Evans, Joanne Edelmann, Bill Bowers, Elizabeth Mozer, Elena Zucker, Suzi Takahashi, Virginia Scott and Christa Kimlicko-Jones

“I was challenged and inspired not only to build the inner life of a character through specific exploration of the body, but also to experience my own inner life more deeply. The incredibly masterful teachers and the nurturing, supportive environment of the studio gave me the courage to abandon text and learn to speak through movement.” Lauren Patten (Fun Home on Broadway)

“(The Physical Theatre Intensive) is a great way to build a trust within yourself and with the people you work with in the program. You’ll not only move better on the stage, but you’ll move better in the world.” – S. Nicole Roberts

Admission Information

Admission to the Physical Theatre Intensive is by entrance interview with the Head-of-Movement. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Student visas for international study are not available for this program at this time. Applicants must be a US Citizen/Permanent Resident or possess a currently active visa that allows for full-time study. The studio will be unable to provide this visa.

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed Online Application Form
  2. Headshot (Photo) and Resume
  3. A $45 non-refundable application fee (payable to Stella Adler Studio of Acting)