Our summer acting intensives offer exciting, specialized acting training in a condensed one week environment.
All intensives will be held online, via Zoom conferencing.
Choose one week or several! Each week has a specific focus: Acting Foundation, Tools and Technique or On-Camera Acting Process and Auditioning Skills. Each week is unique and will not duplicate exercises or assigned acting scenes.
Week A: July 13-July 17
Week B: July 20-July 24
Week C: August 3-August 7
Monday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. (1-hour lunch break daily.) Students participate all five days.
Each Full Week Intensive: (Either A, B, or C) :
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Foundations Week A: July 13- July 17th, 2020.
Suitable for ages 14+. Students will work on process, acting tools, objectives.
This intensive is designed to provide students with the building blocks, or "foundation" necessary for truthful, creative, and spontaneous, 'moment to moment' acting. Designed for the beginning or intermediate level actor looking to improve skills and find an organic way to work. Through a series of exercises deeply rooted in the teachings of Sanford Meisner, cold readings, and scene work, the instructor will teach actors how to "live truthfully under imaginary circumstances." We will incorporate movement, voice and improvisation to fine tune the actor’s instrument.
Acting On Camera (Week B): July 20- July 24, 2020
Acting On Camera (Week C): August 3- August 7, 2020.
This acting intensive is best suited for students who wish to be stretched and challenged while fine tuning their Film or Television Acting and Auditioning Skills. In this film acting class students are encouraged to go beyond their immediate experiences to find the character conceived by the writer. Students are directed to take risks and make unique or difficult choices. Through various exercises, research, observations and rehearsals, students differentiate aspects of character, status, appearance, background, speech, life experiences and more. Students are encouraged to dig deeper and find the ‘hooks’ or links that help them identify with the roles they play. Students portray roles from our extensive film/TV library and all participants should plan to reserve evening time to prepare and memorize assigned material. All classroom scenes are reviewed for discussion and individualized help during critiques. Class discussion defines particular themes and audition problems inherent in a variety of on-camera material — feature or independent films, episodic television series, situation comedy, TV pilots, etc
If great actors make the most interesting choices, this course will help define how those choices evolve, what to look for, and ultimately, how to enter the life of the character.
Why are you doing Zoom Intensives this summer?
Answer: Due to travel and 'social distancing' restrictions RLS is altering our curriculum to offer Zoom acting intensives. I have taught and coached online for years to great success (scene study, auditioning, monologues, basic acting technique.) I would not offer these Summer Intensives if I wasn't confident that the curriculum offers plenty of opportunity to move, rehearse, explore, study text, and learn in a positive and engrossing way. Students will be encouraged to work honestly by the nuanced 'intimacy' of the Zoom universe. This will assist students in their efforts for honest, provocative, and spellbinding work!
And for our frequent out of town students, think of the savings on meals and lodging!
May I take both the Foundations and On Camera Intensives?
Answer: Yes! We have scheduled weeks back-to-back for that possibility. If you have limited experience, and as a general practice, we recommend that you take the Foundations week before you take the On-Camera Intensive to better prepare you for the in-depth scene work. There is also a $50 tuition discount for enrolling in two or more weeks.
May I take both weeks of the On Camera Intensives? Are they different or the same course?
Answer: While both weeks focus on camera acting technique the exercises and scenes assigned will vary and not be repeated in either discipline. Students can definitely benefit from taking both types of intensive, or two weeks of a single theme (two weeks of On Camera Acting for example.)
So yes! Register for both intensives and benefit from the varied focus. Or take all offered weeks for the utmost experience and growth. A discount is offered for taking two or more weeks.
What happens during the lunch break?
Answer: Students have a one hour lunch break every day. We suggest you go outside or change your location while eating. A short break will be offered in the afternoon session, and possibly in the a.m.
How do I register?
Answer: Submit your Registration form online. If possible please attach a photo and resume, and optionally, paste the link to a Vimeo, Wetransfer, or Youtube posted video of yourself performing a 2-minute or less contemporary monologue. Do not upload any videos-- only provide the link. (if it is a private posting, be sure to note the password in 'comments' so we have permission to open and review.)
Alternatively we can 'see' each other via a video conference through Skype software. You can ask questions, and if interested, perform a short 1-2 minute prepared monologue or the Director can furnish you a cold reading. We want to be able to answer any questions you have!
Immediately upon receiving your Registration materials, we email you a direct PayPal invoice to pay your tuition. Please wait for our email and be sure it has the RLS logo and is from PayPal. We will send it to the email you list on your registration form. The invoice will list the correct tuition based on the number of weeks you select and the date you submit payment. There is an option to pay a 50% deposit (until June 15th) . After June 15 full tuition is required. The invoice can be paid by either a PayPal personal account, or by credit or debit card. The transaction is encrypted and secure. We do not see your credit/debit information. PayPal confirms your payment to us, and we will then re-confirm with a Rita Litton Studio receipt.
Remember! You are not confirmed for a summer space until the tuition minimum is received.
Summer Program cancellation requests received by June 22nd will receive a full tuition refund, less a $75 summer administration fee. No refunds or credits after June 22, or after classes have begun for any reason. This policy is firm and allows us to maintain our small class/intensive composition.
More Questions ?
Feel free to send us an email. Or give us a call. If we are teaching please leave a voice message with a preferred (day and) time for us to call you back!
Summer Classes are held via Zoom Conferencing.
Fall Classes are held at:
134 West 29th St, 2nd floor.
New York, NY 10001
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