A challenging four-week acting conservatory for ages 13-19
PROGRAM UPDATE 5/18/20: Given the safety risks to students even if DC allows businesses to open, we are shifting the Summer Acting Institute to a virtual program. At this time, this program is full; click here to apply to the waitlist.
About the Program • Location • Admission • Tuition
Big Love by Charles L. Mee
Mondays-Fridays, 1 pm-5 pm; July 20-August 14, 2020
Sample Daily Schedule
1:00-1:50 MOVEMENT or VOICE for the Actor (alternate days)
2:00-3:10 ACTING/IMPROV (The Drama Workshop)
3:10-3:30 Break/Individualized Mentoring (Program Director will schedule at least one meeting with each student over the course of the program to discuss goals, progress, next steps, etc)
3:30-5:00 AUDITIONING WORKSHOP/SCENE STUDY/BIG LOVE REHEARSAL
*Note: rehearsal may be extended to 6pm in the third and fourth weeks of the program to accommodate filming of all scenes from Big Love
Big Love will be filmed on the Zoom platform and edited during the final week of the program. A public screening/broadcast will take place Friday night, August 14.
What you will need for participation in the program: Ability to connect to the Zoom platform. Please contact us if you have any concerns about this and we will try to help.
About the Summer Acting Institute for Teens
The Theatre Lab’s Summer Acting Institute for Teens is designed to immerse young adults in the art of acting, from mastering the essential principles of the craft to participating in a public performance of a challenging contemporary work at the end of the four weeks.
The curriculum includes audition seminars, improvisational workshops, voice and speech training, movement training, and scene study, as well as special programs designed to give interested students insight into the workings of the professional theatre community. In addition to the daily training, students will perform in Charles Mee’s Big Love, a wild contemporary adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women.
Big Love tells the story of fifty brides (played by a small group of actors) who flee to Italy to avoid marrying their fifty cousins. A dark serio-comedy written in the late 1990s, Big Love has surprising resonances with the #MeToo Movement, raising issues of gender politics, passion and consent. It also incorporates music — both classical and contemporary — to create a theatrical experience heralded by the New York Times as “comedic, gymnastic, sensual, shocking and redemptive.” There will be movement training incorporated into rehearsals as well as opportunities for actors who sing to take on some of the vocals (no singing required, however, for most roles).
Please note: Big Love explores mature themes and includes some adult language.
All institute classes are taught by professional actors and directors. The summer program is directed by actor Deb Gottesman, a founder and co-director of The Theatre Lab, and includes a staff of highly trained instructors and specialists including award-winning director Randy Baker (Rorschach Theatre), who will direct the final production.
Admission: Admission to the Acting Institute for Teens is by application and audition. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of their commitment to exploring the theatre craft, their willingness to collaborate in a group process of discovery with other young artists. All applicants must complete a written essay expressing their interest in the program. Applicants must also prepare a 90-second monologue for auditions that will be scheduled upon receipt of completed application. Due to the limited nature of our enrollment, admission is competitive. You will be contacted shortly after we receive your application to schedule an audition. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered only if space becomes available.
Tuition: Tuition for the Summer Acting Institute is $850. Note:If you are enrolled in the Musical theatre Institute and the Summer Acting Institute, your total tuition will be $1600.