Ages 16 - 19 yrs.
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The Actors Conservatory Workshop develops the advanced theater actor’s physical, emotional, and imaginative resources. This two-week journey incorporates the physical expression of movement, the spontaneity of improvisation, the liberating alchemy of mask and myths, and transformation into authentic character. Contemporary and classical scene work is at the heart of the workshop. This area is mandatory for any young actor who desires to work in the theater or who will be auditioning for a performing arts college or university. It is the foundation for a successful career and one that actors are constantly involved with as they hone their craft. Emphasis is placed upon making effective choices based on the given circumstances of the play and playing them from an open, present self in a way that is genuinely felt. Actors will learn to uncover their own humanity, to stand in a more spontaneous self, and to give more deeply to the character and the play.
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Letter from a Parent
Dear Dean Schwartz and Associate Dean Boyle,
I wanted to bring both your attention the perspective of a parent regarding the UCLA Arts Summer Camp Program . I'd like to share my personal experience regarding my son's time spent there and my observation of this amazing program housed in your wonderful "TFT" school.
My son, Stephan Adamson, probably grew more in three weeks at the UCLA Performing Arts Camp than he has done in years. He took Richard Greene's theater conservatory class and the theater audition class. He came out of Richard's class and told me, "Mom, I've had an epiphany". It was heart warming as I saw my 17 year old ponder Richard's theme of "authenticity" and why he wants to act on a deeper level due to this excellent teacher. He also said he feels much more confident on what to work on for his auditions for colleges due the the workshop class.
It was also very satisfying as a parent to see the wonderful bonds that the students had formed with the teaching staff and each other as well. My son's room mate from out of state already will be visiting us in September. I think life long friendships are formed easily in the program because of: 1) the like minded artistic bonds these kids have with one another coupled with: 2) the supportive environment created for them there. The mentors also were such an integral part of my son's experience as they serve as a "pseudo parent".....keeping a watchful eye on them, but in a "non parental" relaxed way.
I congratulate Myrl Schreibman and Judith Patterson on the brilliant idea of bringing such a program to life at UCLA, who by the way made themselves available to the students. I appreciate the "hands on" family approach our kids received from them even though they were very busy with keeping things running smoothly, they were warm and welcoming to both students and parents alike.
I also congratulate you both on allowing this program to continue to be cultivated at UCLA, letting young artistic souls have a safe and professional space to create for the summer. I hope it continues to grow and allow many generations of "artistic creators" to have the same experience.
I hope my thoughts and perspective as a parent have been helpful in letting you know what a great performing arts summer camp program you have and that we parents appreciate the opportunity for this unique experience for our children.
PARTICIPANT WORKSHOP COMMENTS
"Loved the focus and the material that was covered"
"Absolutely so thankful for this experience"
"This was a truly amazing experience and I learned so much about myself and acting. Imet tons of amazing people, and I had the time of my life. Thank you"
"I loved it. Professor Green and Professor Flanagan were very inspirational and awesome"
"I had very high expectations and it exceeded them by a thousand miles"
"Best two weeks of my life!"