Home to Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio, Pace's performing arts department is one of the best in the country. Consistently the most popular track in the Summer Scholars Institute, these theatre courses will allow students to learn from the best - and see if they have what it takes to make it in the thespian world.
The Acting Program is a rigorous two-week intensive in which students learn to fully unleash their potential, truth, imagination, and creative energy. Students study acting with current Pace School of Performing Arts faculty - all of whom are active artists in the field - in New York City, the theater capital of the world, and are offered unique professional opportunities and guidance. The morning course covers a physical and ensemble based approach to theater influenced by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq. In these sessions, students are introduced to the fundamentals of masked performance – an essential training tool for all actors working towards any mode of performance - and begin to experience the fundamentals of creating original work collaboratively. The afternoon session has a double focus on script-based narrative storytelling using the Stanislavski System as the central method of study, and an active and dynamic approach to Shakespearean text. Students will learn how to approach a role, develop character, analyze a text, uncover the playwright’s intention, and discover the truthful life of the scene. They will also learn how to play with meter, stress and physicalize Shakespeare’s words. Throughout the two weeks, students will work on preparing two monologues (contemporary and classical) and will present these in a showcase presentation at the end of the Acting Program to an invited audience of their peers and select Pace faculty.