Summer Physical Theatre Intensive

Dates: July 9th – August 10th, 2018
Duration: 5 Weeks, 30 Hours per Week
Tuition: $3250
Application Deadline: Extended April 1st, 2018

The Physical Theater Intensive is a rigorous program taught by the studio’s world-class Movement Department that offers a five-week comprehensive exploration of the role of physicality in the actor’s work. The Physical Theater Intensive provides an excellent opportunity for actors and theater practitioners interested creating original work. Students participate in daily physical training, explore innovative movement vocabularies, and work together to generate new works which are performed at the completion of the intensive.

The Physical Theater Intensive welcomes both Actor-as-Interpreter and Actor-as-Creator. The program seeks to help each participant connect with his or her own instincts and creativity. Throughout each week, Stella Adler Studio Movement Department faculty lead students in explorations of specific movement idioms such as Neutral Mask, Modern Dance Techniques, Storytelling with the Body/Mime, and Improvisation/ Viewpoints. Autonomy: Impulse & Structure and Ensemble: Image into Action classes highlight the Movement Department’s unique approach to equipping students with skills to conceive, research, and devise original work. Program highlights include weekly 3-hour guest workshops and one individual tutorial during the intensive.

The Summer Physical Theater Intensive will begin each day with Movement Fundamentals— fun and creative physical exercises aimed at helping each participant:

  • develop fuller body awareness
  • improve physical alignment
  • and increase strength and flexibility

Movement Fundamentals classes will help each individual to get “out of your head and into your body” while making a deeper connection to the actor’s essential need to listen and respond. Additionally, these classes in fundamentals will feature technical and creative work on Voice & Speech to help students develop skills toward the actor’s overall effort to embody the living word.

In the fifth week, students will perform new works generated during the intensive in a final presentation.


Movement Fundamentals
Voice & Speech

Neutral Mask
Modern Dance Techniques and Composition
Storytelling with the Body/ Mime
Improvisation/ Viewpoints

Autonomy: Impulse & Structure
Ensemble: Image into Action

Workshops with Guest Artists

Faculty: Joan Evans, Danyon Davis, Joanne Edelmann, Bill Bowers, Elizabeth Mozer, Elena Zucker, Suzi Takahashi, 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

Apply online using the Stella Adler Online Application Portal.

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.

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Headshot and Resume
  3. A $45 non-refundable application fee (payable to Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Inc)