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PreCollege Summer Immersion Program

Theater

Pace University is home to one of the Top 30 College Acting/Performing Arts Programs in the US according to OnStage Blog. Consistently the most popular track in the Precollege Immersion Program, this theater arts acting track allows students to learn from the best—and see if they have what it takes to make it in the industry.


Acting For Stage and Camera

The acting for stage and camera program is a rigorous two-week intensive experience in which students learn to fully unleash their potential, truth, imagination, and creative energy. Students are taught acting by current Pace School of Performing Arts faculty and are offered unique professional guidance by performing arts professionals—all of whom are active artists in the field—in New York City, the entertainment capital of the world. Our talented students bring a wide range of experience, and our faculty are well-versed in recognizing these levels, and meeting students where they are at.

The morning session covers a physical and ensemble-based approach to theater, influenced by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq and Vsevolod Meyerhold. In these sessions, students are introduced to the fundamentals of collaborative performance—an essential training tool for all actors working towards any mode of performance—and begin to experience the fundamentals of creating original work.

The afternoon session has a double focus on script-based narrative storytelling using the Stanislavski’s System and his American disciples of the 20th Century as the central method of study, and a dynamic approach to monologues. Students will learn how to develop a character, analyze a text, uncover the playwright’s intention, and discover the truthful life of a character.

Throughout the two-week intensive immersion, students will work on preparing two contrasting monologues and will perform these in a showcase presentation to an invited audience of their peers and select Pace faculty. The work that they do will also help to prepare them for any subsequent college auditions. A comprehensive list of monologues will be provided by the instructors 3-4 weeks prior to the beginning of the program.


Directing

The directing program provides creative strategies for students to develop their skills in narrative storytelling and dramatic action. This course shall define the art of directing and the role of the DIRECTOR Students will experiment the concept and execution of directing in a process oriented manner and will work through technique exercises, textual analysis, and studio directing work at a pace that supports development. In a practical step-by-step process, the director will learn how to work on the play before rehearsals, begin how to work in reading rehearsals around the table, how to speak to the actors about the play and about the production, how to help the actors develop characters, how to deal with acting problems, how to create blocking, and how to work with all of the arts of stage design. Students will have a full understanding of how to examine a scene in the context of a play, to analyze circumstances and how to advance the characters in the progression toward their objectives. Some sessions will be held together with acting and creative writing students. The course will culminate with an open session on the last day of class in which each student will present a scene from a play ( either published or new work) and will deliver a directorial pitch of a short play. A comprehensive list of plays and scenes will be provided by the instructors 3-4 weeks prior to the beginning of the program.


Creative Writing For The Stage

All dramatic writing employs essential ideas and techniques to bring out the drama in any narrative. In preparation for writing new material, students who take this course will learn how to read and understand plays as blueprints for live performance; how to do a very close reading of a text that uncovers and identifies dramatic action (events), through line, character motivation, and thematic meanings; how to examine the world of a play—the given circumstances—including the relevant cultural, political, historical, religious, and ethnic contexts of any story. Students will work together through reading, writing, research, and discussion, analyzing representative full-length and one-act plays to acquire and secure a practical approach to mastering theater texts. The course will culminate with an open session on the last day of class in which each participant will have their work read by cast of student/actors. A comprehensive list of recommended material will be provided by the instructors 3-4 weeks prior to the beginning of the program.