Offering comprehensive training, this rigorous six-week intensive immerses students in an accelerated curriculum which mirrors that of the first semester conservatory instruction.
This ambitious and rewarding intensive serves the actor seeking familiarization with the Atlantic Technique, Practical Aesthetics, and introduction to the development of skills required of a responsive physical instrument.
Simple, honest and straightforward, Practical Aesthetics is both an acting technique and a philosophy. The technique demystifies the process of acting by giving the actor a very clear set of analytical and physical tools. The philosophy teaches self-reliance, professional work habits, and mutual support and respect between artists.
Working with dramatic texts, students in the Summer Intensive are instructed in a disciplined approach to script analysis, working truthfully moment-to-moment and bringing these skills together in performance of the material. The program introduces the technique through three core courses: Script Analysis, Repetition and Performance Technique. Further training in classes complementary to scene study include Voice, Speech, Movement and Improvisation.
The Voice class introduces Chuck Jones’s work, which includes an efficient vocal warm-up. The Speech class draws on the work of Edith Skinner, offering students an understanding of the International Phonetics Alphabet (IPA) and its employment in scoring texts. Movement introduces training in Suzuki / View Points work, alignment and responsiveness to impulse. Finally, Improvisation develops heightened awareness of available stimuli, both within the body and without and fosters capacity to deliver spontaneous, exciting and unpredictable performance.
Inherent in the culture of the school, and ubiquitous in the curriculum, is training in the professional habits and discipline demanded by the collaborative nature of this creative work.
Classes are held Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am and 6pm and meet for half days on Saturday. While Atlantic requires no prerequisite of training or performance for participation in this course, an audition and interview are part of the admission process. In considering applicants, we look for a serious interest in the philosophy of the institution, a clear demonstration of commitment to training and an expressed willingness to work collaboratively. Due to the intensity and pace of the program, those with a tenacious work ethic and a strong desire for rigorous training prove the most qualified candidates.
Students are evaluated half way through the course on their competency level in the areas outlined above to determine their readiness to advance to second half of the program. Those students who distinguish themselves with work of high merit and demonstration of consistently strong professional habits, and who express interest in continued training, may be considered for admission to the conservatory programs beginning in the fall.
Students may earn 8pts of college credit for the course by registering through New York University.
Detailed information about the audition and interview process are sent upon receipt of a completed application.
Application deadline: April 14th – Limited Space Available. Apply ASAP!
Dates: July 7th – August 16th
Monday thru Friday (9am to 6pm)
Saturday 1/2 day
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