Acting Intensive Program Curriculum

The courses in South Coast Repertory's Acting Intensive ​Program are carefully designed to reinforce a broad range of skills and provide specialized attention to the needs of each individual. Classes ​are scheduled between 10 a.m. to ​6:30 p.m., five days a week, in SCR's Education Center Studios, the Julianne Argyros Stage, the Nicholas Studio and throughout the Emmes/Benson Theatre Center.

  • Acting: Refine the foundation for acting technique—the individual process of shaping a script into a performance—with special emphasis on rehearsal skills.
  • Theatre Audition Technique: Choose and perform theatre pieces for audition; develop confidence in cold reading (under the direction of Casting Director Joanne DeNaut).
  • Voice/Dialects: Increase vocal flexibility, power and relaxation.
  • Film and Television Audition Technique: Discuss and perform scenes from teleplays; correctly structure resumes and choose appropriate headshots.
  • Shakespeare: Perform and analyze monologues to explore Shakespeare's use of language and create text-based characterization.
  • Comedy and Improvisation: Expand creativity and confidence to better work on your feet and handle unexpected situations. Application to team work.
  • Michael Chekov Technique: Advanced techniques based on the teachings of Michael Chekov. Develop the actor's body in such a way that it can respond truthfully and completely to all emotions and impulses and provide tools for creating believable and interesting characters. 

Classes are divided into two sections of 10-15 students each. Classes run weekdays from 10 a.m. to ​6:30 p.m. Below is a sample schedule for the first five weeks of the program; the remaining ​two weeks are devoted to the final Performance Project.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Guest Speakers and
Seminars (both groups)
Students alternate between Voice and Shakespeare Students alternate between Characterization and Rehearsal Technique Students alternate between Voice and Shakespeare Students alternate
between Shakespeare
and Rehearsal Technique
Students alternate between Rehearsal Technique and Acting for the Camera Theatre Auditions (both groups) Students alternate between Acting for the Camera and Comedy and Improv Students alternate between Michael Chekov Technique and Acting for the Camera Students alternate between Acting for the Camera and Theatre Audition

Seminars and discussions by industry professionals have included actors Matthew Arkin, Gregory Harrison, Marin Hinkle, Kevin Rahm, Arye Gross, Jeffrey Tambor, Anthony Hopkins, Kathy Baker and K Callan (author of How to Sell Yourself as an Actor); casting directors Amy Lieberman (television), Rick Pagano (film, television and stage); talent agents Jerry Koch of The Gage Group and David Westberg of Triad; three-time Emmy-nominated television director Lee Shallat Chemel ("The Middle," "Samantha Who"); Marc Masterson, SCR's Artistic Director and David Emmes and Martin Benson, SCR's Founding Artistic Directors.

Personal evaluation at the end of the seven-week session with the program director to discuss specific strengths and weaknesses and to guide students in developing a process of acting that works for them.

The showcase presented at the end of the summer before a specially-invited audience of theatre and industry professionals and representatives of SCR’s artistic staff. Participants will be eligible for auditions for large-cast SCR productions, if cast are then eligible to become membership candidates in Actors' Equity.

Photo: Acting Intensive Program graduates, from left to right, Jordan Bellow, Dylan DoVale, Jennifer Stang, Emmett Lee Stang and Jaycob Hunter in SCR's 2011 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by Henry DiRocco.