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Middle School Actors Workshop

The Middle School California Actors Workshop aims to give students entering grades 7-8 exposure to the craft of acting and get them ready to excel in community and school theater. Students will learn the art of improvisation and script work, while they build unforgettable characters and participate in electives such as Mask-making, Musicals, and Improvisational Games. In the final monologue showcase, students perform for fellow campers, families, and friends.

Admissions Requirements Eligible students must be entering 7th-8th grade in order to attend the Middle School session of the California Actors Workshop. Students must be passionate for acting and theater. They may have previously participated in a drama camp or acting classes, but it is not a prerequisite for attendance. No personal statement is required for this session.

Core Curriculum The core curriculum for the Actors Workshop is an acting class that focuses on combining creative intuition with concrete technical skills. Following Stanislavski, students learn to tap into emotional truth while exploring how mental and physical techniques can nurture unconscious inspiration. Each morning, students will practice exercises that help them vocally project, physically tell stories, and emotionally and intellectually connect to characters. Both morning acting classes and afternoon rehearsals help students understand the basic building blocks of realistic acting such as 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).

Electives Elective offerings vary each year and depend on the specialty of the acting 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.

Voice: Learn techniques and practice exercises designed to increase your range, projection, and articulation.

Movement: Acting is doing. Learn to get out of your head with exercises focusing on how characters you play move and physically relate to the world around them.

“(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, 2007 CAW-middle school participant

“The final project demonstrated actors’ camaraderie, which Adriana will carry with her the rest of her life.” –Carla Porch, 2005 CAW parent


2015 Middle School Actors Workshop Staff

Staff are typically drawn from experts in the subject matter and/or exceptional, proven teachers, usually a combination of the two. Staff vary by program, but staffing at all camps are held to the highest possible standards. Some of the camp teachers we have confirmed for this summer include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2015 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.



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