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Middle School Actors Workshop

This one-week program builds 7th and 8th grade students' acting, creative expression and public speaking skills, helping students perform confidently onstage in a variety of settings. Through daily monologue work, scene work and a variety of electives, the students will discover how to create rapport with the audience and let their personal charisma shine.

Monologues Learn techniques and practice exercises designed to increase your range, projection, articulation and character development. Participants learn the building blocks to realistic acting through playing objectives (what the character wants), obstacles (what stands in the way), and tactics (how the character tries to get around those obstacles to accomplish her objectives). In the final monologue showcase, students perform for fellow campers, families, and friends.

Ensemble Scene Work Theater at any level is a collaborative process. Working effectively in an ensemble requires that an actor possess both the skills to shine when the spotlight is on them and the ability to support the other members of the group when it’s their turn in the spotlight. Each day, students will practice exercises that help them vocally project, physically tell stories, as well as emotionally and intellectually connect to other characters sharing the stage.

Electives Elective offerings vary and will depend on the specialty of the faculty. Possible electives include:

  • Improvisation: Act without a script! Learn about spontaneity, sharing control, and status while creating scenes and playing games that focus on your intuition and ability to create situations together.

  • Reader's Theater: In this fun and popular event, students write and perform a short play (or learn and perform a play for other students). Students create their characters, devise plot twists, write dialogue, and deliver partial practice performances followed by the whole play.

  • Audition Workshop: Even the most talented actors and speakers might still experience stage fright. Learn helpful tips to overcome fear of an audience and casting directors!

  • Mask-Making: Masks add another unique, creative dimension to each character. Students will learn to improve gestures and body language to enhance the characters created in the masks.

We are excited to bring back the Middle School Actors Workshop, which was offered to students prior to 2010. Since then, we have continued to hone our curriculum and expertise through the California Actors Workship for high school students.

“(Our primary acting coach Brace) was an amazing teacher who taught all of us so much. He was patient, kind and so helpful to all of us.” Julia Belanoff, Middle School Actors Workshop participant

“The final project demonstrated actors’ camaraderie, which Adriana will carry with her the rest of her life.” –Carla Porch, California Actors Workshop parent

Middle School Actors Workshop - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2018 staff.

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 8th - Jul 13th 6th - 8th UC Berkeley $1,995.00 – $2,340.00
Jul 22nd - Jul 27th 6th - 8th Stanford University $1,655.00 – $2,290.00