Summer Drama Camps

Drama is a wonderful tool to unlock your child’s imagination.  The skills students development will be useful to them in any situation:

  • Relaxing and concentrating under pressure
  • Finding the best way to say what they want to say
  • Increasing their sensitivity
  • Focusing their imagination
  • Creating something alone or with a group
  • Leading when necessary and following when necessary

What we offer in our summer drama camps is nourishment for a child’s imaginative life.

Camp #1: Youth Acting Intensive
Experience Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
Dates: June 25th-29th. Monday- Friday.  2pm-5pm.
Cost: $120 per person
Camp Description: Students will use their imagination, favorite stories and characters to create drama.  The class will provide basic knowledge of acting techniques and stage movement to develop your child’s imagination, creativity and confidence.  Students will develop an acting process that will allow them to feel confident in their creation of a role onstage; a process that is specific, emotionally honest and based on careful analysis of the text.  Students will be critiqued on their ability to demonstrate an understanding of content and their responsiveness to the given circumstances of the text, as well as their ability to play an action through relationship and affect someone else.

Camp #2: Youth Acting Intensive- Session II
Experience Level: Intermediate, Advanced (or by permission of the instructor)
Dates: July 16th-27th.  Monday- Friday.  2pm-5pm
Cost:  $150 per person
Camp Description:  Utilizing the basic principles of actor preparation taught by Sanford Meisner, this class will focus on developing an acting process that will allow the actor to feel confident in their creation of a role onstage or in film; a process that is specific, emotionally honest and based on careful analysis of the text.

This class will teach students a process that will serve their own needs as actors, in addition to those of the director, playwright and audience.  This development of an acting process will be accomplished through the pursuit of several supporting objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of content and responsiveness to given circumstances of the text.
  • Be able to pursue objectives with an awareness of obstacles and create conflict.
  • Be able to play an action through relationship and affect someone else.
  • Be able to work from moment to moment through a scene with clarity, specificity, and appropriate stakes and emotional connection.

Each student will be required to keep an acting journal.  This journal will contain:

  • Scored Script– including beat markings, inner and outer environment work, character analysis, columns for scene objectives- immediate objective, action, and any personal notes.
  • Rehearsal Log– includes notes on rehearsals inside and outside of class, insights, problems, and questions about your scene work.
  • Notes– This will be your place to take notes on information given in class, notes from your own reading on acting, notes on theatre productions you have seen, etc.

As always, we will work from the definition of acting as “the reality of living (doing)truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” -Sanford Meisner
Class will culminate in a final presentation of scenes for friends and family.

We understand that your child comes to us with unique experiences, interests and learning styles.  Our goal is to truly know your child well and use this knowledge to guide, support and motivate him or her in their exploration of the world of drama.

Location for all classes: 3540 Rugby Road.  Durham, NC 27707

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