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 PreCollege Immersion Program, this Theatre Arts Acting Program allows 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 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 theater 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 course 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 System 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 at the end of the Acting Program 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.