Summer Programs

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Stella Adler Studio Summer Programs

Every summer, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting opens its doors and invites students around the country to participate in Summer Intensive courses, in order to enhance their acting with world-class training and introduce them to the cultural capital of the world.

The studio is known for having one of the most diverse selections of summer programming, intensives which last 5 to 10 weeks, offering valuable training for actors of all levels. The center of the Summer Intensives is the Summer Conservatory, which approximates a semester of our NYU Tisch training, teaching the principles of Acting Technique, Scene Study, Movement and Voice & Speech. For the advanced actor, we have a Shakespeare Intensive focused on classical acting, a Chekhov Intensive on the form of modern realism, the Musical Theatre Intensive, the Self-Generated Theatre Intensive, Black Arts Theater Intensive and a Physical Theater Intensive focusing on becoming a physically creative actor. We further offer a Teen Summer Conservatory for young students enthusiastic about beginning – or enhancing – acting training. All classes are taught by our accomplished faculty and housed at our main Chelsea studio and surrounding campus locations . Packages are available for those who enroll in more than one program. Evening seasonal workshops are also available.


Summer Conservatory

June 3 – August 9, 2019
10 Weeks, 22 Hours a Week
The Summer Conservatory is the most popular summer training program in the nation. It is a foundation-building course which approximates a full term of our NYU Tisch School of the Arts program and explores the core elements of conservatory style training. It is officially approved by the National Association of Schools of Theatre as a summer program.
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Shakespeare Intensive

June 3 – July 5, 2019
5 Weeks, 30 Hours a Week
The master teacher for this important intensive is James Tripp, our Head of Acting, whom Stella Adler personally selected to teach Shakespeare. Offered in the summer only, this is a six-week, 30-hour per week intensive designed for the advanced actor to further develop his/her sense of epic size of theatre.
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Chekhov Intensive

July 8 – August 9, 2019
5 Weeks, 30 Hours a Week
The Stella Adler Studio has created an advanced-level intensive which endeavors to illuminate modern realism through the lens of its greatest practitioner, Anton Chekhov. The course is centered on Chekhov Scene Study, supplemented by daily physical and vocal work.
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Physical Theatre Intensive

July 8 – August 9, 2019
5 Weeks, 30 Hours a Week
The Physical Theatre Intensive is part of the Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance Theatre, and is designed especially for the physically creative actor. Taught by our world-class movement faculty, the program offers seven different courses plus private tutorials that give actors the tools to create their own physical theatre.
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Musical Theatre Intensive

June 3 – July 12, 2019
6 Weeks, 30 Hours a Week (20 Hours Final Week)
The Musical Theatre Intensive is a cutting edge, six-week course providing rigorous musical theatre training anchored in the core belief of the Stella Adler Studio, that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous. Impassioned acting rooted in craft is most essential in the pivotal moment when a scene becomes a song.
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Black Arts Intensive

July 8 – August 9, 2019
5 Weeks, 30 Hours a Week
Led by a world-class faculty including Stephen McKinley Henderson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, Sonia Sanchez and Michele Shay, the Black Arts Intensive is a five week-long comprehensive review of the history of the contemporary Black theater tradition, highlighting certain key historical moments like the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Power movement and the genesis of the Negro Ensemble Company. The purpose is to walk away with an understanding of the aesthetic and sociological components involved in bringing contemporary Black theater to life.
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Self-Generated Theater Intensive
“Training the Actor Warrior

June 3 – July 5, 2019
5 Weeks, 22 Hours a Week Class + Rehearsal
The Self-Generated Theatre Intensive offers ways and means to take charge of your life as a theater artist. It offers proactive and effective techniques for creating and producing theater pieces, both solo and ensemble, that will facilitate creative power, self-generated work, and a profound sense of a place in the world as an actor and theater artist.
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Film & Television Acting Intenisve (LA)

July 8 – August 9, 2019
5 Weeks – 24 Hours of Class Per Week
This five-week intensive held in Los Angeles at the Art of Acting Studio is designed to help the actor address, de-mystify, and master the challenges they face in audition, on set, and on location, in all film and digital media. This program includes the finest Master Teachers in Los Angeles, and students will take classes in such topics as On Camera Scene Study, Film Technique, From the Script to the Sound Stage, and Movement Techniques for Motion Capture.
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Teen Summer Conservatory

July 8 – August 9, 2019
5 Weeks, 30 Hours a Week
For actors ages 14-17, this is an extremely demanding program that has been specifically designed for the most talented and ambitious young actors, and is taught by the same world-class faculty that teach our NYU and Conservatory students.
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