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 five days a week, 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.

  • Scene Study and Technique: 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: Increase vocal flexibility, power and relaxation.
  • On-Camera 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.
  • 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.

WEEK AT A GLANCE
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 special morning seminars and rehearsals for the final Performance Project. Classes and topics are subject to change.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:30-1:30
Voice and Speech
10:30-1:30
Scene Study
10:30-1:30
Text and Character
10:30-1:30
​Shakespeare
10:30-1:30
​Scene Study
Shakespeare
3:00-6:00
Special Seminar: Fundamentals of
 Period Movement
3:00-6:00
​Audition Technique
3:00-6:00
​On Camera
3:00-6:00
​Audition Technique
3:00-6:00
​Hagen Technique

Industry professionals who have led seminars and discussions 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 takes place with the program director to discuss specific strengths and weaknesses and to guide students in developing a process of acting that works for them.

Participants will be eligible ​to audition for ​select SCR productions​; if cast, they are then eligible to become membership candidates in Actors' Equity.


Photo: Acting Intensive Program graduates, from left to right, Rosney Mauger, Jordan Bellow and Christian Henley with actors Tracey A. Leigh and Gregg Daniel in SCR's 2016 production of ​All the Way. Photo by Debora Robinson.