Summer Academy in Drama

Come and be a part of the one-of-a-kind New Swan Shakespeare Festival – apprentice in the production, design and technical theatre department. All apprentices are integrated into the professional Costume, Lighting, Sound and Scenic crews with the opportunity to sit-in on rehearsals and learn the basics of Stage Management. Aspiring actors train in acting for theatre and audition preparation through course-work that may include Voice, Movement, Shakespeare, Singing, Music Theatre and Improvisation.

Intensive Age Date Time Registration
        Overnight Commuter
New Swan Apprenticeship in Technical Theatre 16-19 June 27 - July 11 Varies $2,200 $1,000
Music Theatre - Middle School 10-13 July 21 - 26 10am - 4pm N/A $500
New Swan Apprenticeship in Acting for Theatre 14-19 August 4 - 16 10am - 4pm $2,200 $800

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New Swan Apprenticeship in Technical Theatre
Join the New Swan Shakespeare Festival Production, Design and Technical Team. Apprentices integrate into Costume, Lighting, Sound and Scenic crews of this one-of-a-kind professional theatre Festival. Get hands-on training behind the scenes and be a part of the creative process in ways only New Swan Apprentices can. A unique college experience with UC Irvine’s renowned Drama Department, a professional theatre Festival, Shakespeare at his best, hands-on training – Apprentices are a select group chosen to take part in an experience like no other.

New Swan Apprenticeship in Acting for Theatre
Prepare for the rigors of theatre auditions with coursework that may include Acting, Voice, Movement, Shakespeare, Singing and Improvisation. Acquire new classical and contemporary audition monologues, learn the basics of text analysis, dive into scene work, experience the value of honest reaction in acting, and learn how to prepare a resume and headshot. Because the intensive may involve mature themes and emotions, students should be motivated, committed and mature.

Music Theatre
Break open a song, pick material that's right for your 'type' all in the context of acting through the lyric and the melody to help you understand how to inhabit a 'sung monologue.' For students who dream of being a Broadway star, the course will show you the techniques that are taught here at one of the nation's top music theater programs so that you can begin to understand the many things that make a music theater performer truly great.

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Ten young actors worked in Voice, Movement, Shakespeare and Monologues during the 2013 Summer Academy in Drama. They stretched themselves, literally and figuratively, in coursework that challenges our undergraduate and graduate students, walking away with new audition pieces and tips for continuing their education and building their careers in the theatre. Visit our Facebook page to view photos of them at work.

Click here for the 2013 Summer Academy in Drama photo album!