Summer Conservatory

Dates: July 6 – August 14, 2020 – New Dates!
Duration: 6 Weeks, 32 Hours a Week
Tuition: $3300
Applications are Closed

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UPDATE: (3/23/2020) The Summer Conservatory will now begin on Monday, July 6, 2020, instead of the previously scheduled June 1. The delayed start date is offered in an effort to offer actors a chance to pursue their summer training plans while observing the important social distancing measures advised by the authorities. The program will now run for 6 weeks with 32 hours of classes per week.

Paul Tackacs ClassThe 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. We find the growth demonstrated by the end of the ten weeks palpable, deeply encouraging and an affirmation of our belief that “growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous.” Offered in the summer only, this is a 6-week, 32-hour-per-week intensive held in New York City.

Summer Conservatory Courses (hours per week)*
Acting Technique (6 hours)
Scene Study (6 hours)
Movement (3 hours)
Voice & Speech (4 hours)
Improvisation (2 hours)
Shakespeare (3 hours)
Ensemble Building (3 hours)
Acting for Film & Television (4 hours)
Practicum (1 hour)

Read this article from Louisville’s Voice Tribune written by Sarah Levitch (Summer Conservatory Class of 2018) about her experience in the program:

Admission Information

Important Student Visa Update: After much discussion with SEVP regarding student visa matters, We are sorry to report that the studio will be unable to accept additional international students for the summer programs in 2020 due to the travel and visa limitations currently in place across the globe. International students will be eligible once again for the Summer Conservatory in 2021.

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 $45 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 can be done in-person or by phone. International students may apply for the Summer Conservatory as it is eligible for the F1 Student Visa.

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 (hours per week)*
Acting Technique (6 hours)
Chekhov Scene Study (6 hours)
Movement (3 hours)
Voice & Speech (4 hours)
Improvisation (2 hours)
Advanced Shakespeare (4 hours)
Advanced On-Camera (4 hours)
Ensemble Building (3 hours)

*Courses and Faculty Subject to Changes