California Actors Workshop Abridged builds 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.
Students will participate in the following areas:
- Ensemble Scene Work
- Electives, such as Improvisation, Reader's Theatre, Audition Workshops, and more
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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 the below.
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 the 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.
Camps for rising 9th-12th graders have two options:
- Extended Day: Extended Day Campers attend camp from 9am to 9pm seven days a week (except check-in and check-out days, which are half days), with lunch and dinner provided in the dining hall each day.
- Overnight: Overnight campers check-in after lunch on the first day of camp and check out before lunch on the last day of camp. All meals and shared dorm accommodations are provided.
|Program||Grades||Location||Start Date||End Date||Price Options||Register|
Sample Schedule High School
|8:00 am||Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)|
|9-9:15 am||Extended day camper check-in|
|9:30 am||Movement class|
|10:00 am||Acting workshop|
|12:30 pm||Lunch in the dining hall (included for all campers)|
|1:30 pm||Elective #1|
|3:30 pm||Elective #2|
|5:30 pm||Dinner in the dining hall (included for all campers)|
|6:30 pm||Group Excursion to local theater|
|8:00 pm||Evening recreation activities|
|9:00 pm||Extended day camper check-out|
|10:00 pm||Floor check|
|10:30 pm||Room check|
Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:
Gerry Weiner, MA - Instructor
Gerry Wiener is a drama teacher with a Masters in English Education from New York University. He has taught beginning and advanced levels of drama as well as musical theatre, choir, and English with an emphasis on arts integration for over 25 years in Martinez, CA. He was both a participant and later a presenter with the California Arts Project, sharing drama techniques with fellow educators in the Bay Area. Gerry has worked with junior high students in summer musical theatre workshops at The Head Royce School in Oakland, and has directed and produced over 50 plays and musicals in Martinez, Berkeley, and Dansvile, NY. He has performed in community theater productions, and has sung and recorded with choirs including the UC Berkeley Chamber Choir and Vox Populi, In Gerry’s classes, students work collaboratively in a positive and creative setting to find their voices and explore myriad dramatic and musical techniques, building confidence that will serve them in all aspects of life.
Casey Ann Hayward, MA - Instructor
Casey Ann Hayward is a teacher with a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre from New York University. As a seasoned performer and teaching artist, Casey Ann has a natural ability to empower students to find their own voice and confidence in front of a crowd, whether it be on stage as a performer or public speaker. Her background in educating youth is extensive; she has taught at the National Youth Drama School, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, and taught at The West Tisbury School in Massachusetts.
Casey Ann is also an experienced performer, director, and playwright. In June 2017 her original play about the history and politics of genetics, “Gene Play”, co-written with Jonah Lipsky, was debuted at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. She has been involved in the production of numerous performances from the TONY awards to the Thanksgiving Day Parade. In addition to her love of the performing arts, Casey Ann has also been a certified Pilates instructor since 2011.
James Webb, PhD - Camp Director
Dr. James Webb is a seasoned instructor and lecturer with a PhD in Educational Theater from New York University. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the greater New York City area, with courses ranging from Fundamentals of Acting to Interpersonal and Vocal Communications. Prior to spending his summer months with Education Unlimited, Dr. Webb spent 14 years as the managing director of the Irene C. Edmonds Youth Theatre Program in Tallahassee, Florida.
Dr. Webb is a seasoned actor of over fifty stage productions; he has held roles that vary from Scar in The Lion King to Booker T. in Ragtime. Dr. Webb has been the recipient of numerous honors and accolades throughout his career, honored for both his original playwrights and acting. In addition to his time on stage, he has appeared in numerous films and done commercial and voiceover work. Dr. Webb also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The University of Florida and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from Florida A&M University.