Theater High School Institute
*The event has already taken place on this date: Fri, 07/31/2020
July 19-31, 2020 - Two Week Camp
Alfred University welcomes high school students to our beautiful campus each year to take part in this exciting overnight summer camp. This two-week program, for students interested in learning more about theater performance and production, provides each participant with opportunities for progress in theater. Our unique blend of broad choices and training in specific areas leads to many energetic classes and much individual growth. With a dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty; terrific facilities; and lovely surroundings, the Alfred University Theater Institute could make this your best summer ever! Check out some comments from past campers.
We will be using CampDoc for our online registration system. We are again partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic health record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper health information.
To gain access to our online application, please go to our website at https://www.alfred.edu/about/community/summer-camps/residential-camps/academic-camps/theater.cfm
Summer Theater at Alfred University provides a great opportunity for students to create, experience, and develop perspectives and skills in theater through full group sessions and with a good deal of individual attention, training and experience in theater from our distinguished faculty. Students work on improving skills and developing new levels of expertise in two or three areas of performance and/or technical theater. There is range, choice and growth for everyone. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning!
- Actor Training - including improvisation, text analysis, character development, staging, voice production and movement
- Technical Theater - including stage managing, scenery, costume and lighting
- Voice and Voice Development
Campers are to arrive on campus between 2:00 and 4:00 PM for registration and check-in on Sunday, July 19 and check-out Friday afternoon, July 31. Sunday registration is followed by orientation, dinner and welcome activities. Institute sessions begin Monday morning. During a typical day, students attend classes in the morning and afternoon and participate in recreational activities and rehearsals in the evening.
Morning sessions focus on actor training, including improvisation, text analysis, character development, staging, voice production and movement for actors. All students will learn more about theater through text and performance.
Afternoons are devoted to design and technical theater, with sessions in stage managing, scenery, costume and lighting. Students will receive experience and training in all areas, with opportunities to focus on one or two areas during the course of the two weeks. Other afternoon sessions provide students with experience in voice and voice development. Two voice training sessions early in the Institute lead to options for more sessions in voice for the stage, including some preparation for musical theater. In the late afternoons students will choose particular areas to work on: voice for the stage, acting, design, technical theater and/or stage managing.
At least one field trip to a professional theater will be included in the schedule. Students will tour the facility and view a professional theater performance.
The program will conclude with a public performance of scenes and at least one rehearsed short play.
College Credit Option:
Rising juniors and seniors who attend this program can earn two hours of college credit, if desired, by completing extra assignments and paying an additional $330 per credit hour. (Acceptance confirmation packets will include a course registration form that must be returned by students who wish to earn the 2 credits.)
Who Can Attend?
This dynamic program is for students who will enter grades 10, 11 or 12 next fall who are interested in learning more about theater performance and production. The number of participants is kept small to allow for individualized attention.
Dr. Becky Prophet, AU Professor of Theater, teaches acting, directing and playwriting, and serves as the Director of the Summer Theater Institute. Questions about class content should be directed to her. Professor Prophet can be reached via email or by calling the AU Performing Arts Division at 607-871-2562.
Zachary Hamm is the Technical Director for the AU Performing Arts Division. During the academic year he teaches technical theater and is responsible for the organization and set of every theater production and dance concert on campus. Prior to working at Alfred University, he worked for PlayMakers Repertory Company in North Carolina, Heritage Repertory Theater in Virginia, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He can be reached via email.
Tuition, Room and Board:
Cost of Camp: $2,000.00
($200 DEPOSIT DUE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION) This covers tuition, supervision, program materials, field trip, recreational activities, housing and meals. Students stay in the University’s residence halls dedicated to summer campers. Campers are required to provide their own pillows, blankets and bed linens (to fit an extra-long twin mattress). Should the camper need, linens can be provided for an additional cost and you MUST let us know by June 1, 2020, for arrangements. Cafeteria-style meals are served in the University dining hall.
How to Apply:
Students who wish to apply must submit these items with their application by the application deadline:
- A completed online application form
- $200 deposit (paid with online application form) due by May 1
- A one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend this program (in your own words, with your signature at the bottom)
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