Spotlight on Young Actors Summer Intensive

Since 1986, Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory has offered a fun-filled, but rigorous, summer acting program for teens ages 12-17. The curriculum provides disciplined, process-oriented training for young actors with or without prior experience or training. In this interview, Director of Education, Roma Rogers, gives insight to the program.

  1. Why is the study of acting relevant to young people?

Acting training develops so many skills.  The ability to concentrate and stay on a task as well as voice and body awareness are key components of the actor’s craft.  It makes them aware of their own possibilities, stimulates their imaginations, and they get a sense of literature.

  1. The program is called an 'ensemble'--is that a significant choice for this group?

Through the ensemble, young people work together as a group. They each have responsibilities, depend on each other, and learn what it is to be a part of a whole.

  1. How are the students taught the actor's craft?

The Young Actors Ensemble curriculum is based on the curriculum from the adult classes’ Principles of Realism. It includes games, sense pantomimes, physical and vocal exercises, scenes, monologues, and ensemble work. This year we will also have mask work!

  1. The Conservatory has a commitment to offering a significant number of scholarships; why is this important to the mission of this program?

We reserve half of the spaces in each class to students who are in financial need. Talent is everywhere! It needs nurturing and developing. A diverse group of young people enriches the experience for everyone.

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