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Summer One-Week Acting Intensives

Summer One-Week Acting Intensives

Rita Litton (from the book “Acting for Young Actors” by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Linney)

“I believe that acting is action oriented, and emotions are the result of intentions successfully or unsuccessfully achieved. An actor does not come on a set or stage to ‘feel an emotion.” The actor ventures into a dramatic situation to do something. There is a reason why acting is also re-acting. An actor who feels the electric two-way giving and receiving is truly alive.”

(Lucca De Oliveira, center, recent series regular in CBS’s “Clarice,”& “Seal Team.” )

Summer is CLOSED. See Upcoming Fall Term

Our summer acting intensives offer exciting, specialized acting training in a condensed one week environment.

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.

Dates:  2022
Week A: June 20- June 24 (CLOSED)
Week B: July 11-July 15  (CLOSED)
Week C: August 1-August 5 (CLOSED)

Intensives Meet:
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) :  
Take TWO weeks and SAVE $100 !

  • Foundations of Acting

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    Foundations Week A:
    June 20- June 24 (CLOSED!)


     Fee: $750 

    Students will work on process, acting tools and 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.

  • On Camera Acting & Audition Technique

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    Acting On Camera (Week B & C, CLOSED):
    Week B: July 11- July 15, 2022.
    Week C: August 1-August 5, 2022.
    Next Offering: Fall 2022


     Fee: $750 for either wk B or C.

    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.


  • Will you be doing Zoom Intensives for summer 2022?

    Answer:  Yes. All summer courses will meet remotely. The summer intensives in 2021 were a huge success! All students (and parents) felt the level of instruction was outstanding. I felt the students made huge progress, accomplishing advanced and impressive work.
    Due to travel quarantines and ‘social distancing’ restrictions RLS successfully altered it’s  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! 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 $100 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? Cancellation Policy?

    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 Zoom 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 1) . After June 1 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.

    Cancellation Policy:
    Summer Program cancellation requests received by June 1 will receive a full tuition refund, less a $75 summer administration fee. No refunds or credits after June 1, 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!

Rita Litton (from the book “The Actor’s Other Career Book,” by Lisa Mulcahy)

“The famous stage actress Ellen Terry quoted three “I’s” essential for an actor’s success: Intelligence, Imagination and Industry. Of these she thought imagination the most important. I’d copy her list and add Integrity. Many people struggle to maintain businesses in the arts; temptations exist to lower standards, or make bizarre promises. We are in the arts because we love the work and want to inspire others to love it as well. They won’t love it if they are given poor treatment, or disrespected.”

Summer Classes are held via Zoom Conferencing.

Upcoming classes are held: 
Remotely, via online software, until further notice.

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Acting Classes

Acting Classes

Rita Litton (from the book “Acting for Young Actors” by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Linney)

“I believe that acting is action oriented, and emotions are the result of intentions successfully or unsuccessfully achieved. An actor does not come on a set or stage to ‘feel an emotion.” The actor ventures into a dramatic situation to do something. There is a reason why acting is also re-acting. An actor who feels the electric two-way giving and receiving is truly alive.”

My classes are offered for beginners or professionals, adults or teens. Whether you were referred to me by your agent or manager and have extensive work experience– or your have never acted before– there is a class that will allow you to grow and develop. The intimate class size (a typical class has 6-12 students) insures that you will be challenged according to your ability. 

I will help you take your acting talent to the next level!

All acting classes use common theater terms and exercises, specifically those that concentrate on listening and responding to your partner “in the moment.” Since many actors are naturally self-conscious I initially utilize a process which turns the focus away from your internal state of mind and towards your acting partner. You will be on your feet exploring, improvising, and utilizing various acting techniques from the original teachings of legends Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen or Stella Adler. You will then work on your character’s inner life and subtext, through effective emotional preparation, sense memory and work based on ‘the Method .’ You’ll learn how to deepen your character’s relationships and objective through specific and vital script analysis. Some courses work on preparing monologues and scene work, while others focus on the audition process. The goal is to offer possibilities and tools, and more than one path to characterization. You will learn to function well among diverse directors and actors with varying acting approaches.

In my film acting courses students perform scenes and monologues on-camera. Your scenes are directed and explored over several weeks, initially through cold readings, and then on your feet with blocking, directorial adjustments and enlivening role-playing improvisations. We analyze your work from the digital playbacks. It’s an invaluable opportunity to begin to distinguish between what you are feeling and what the camera sees (and the audience feels!).  Students learn to relax, recognize their insecurities, center their performance and trust in the situation. Your work becomes more truthful, spontaneous, and alive.  

There are terrific advantages to acting training unrelated to becoming a professional actor.  Poise, self-confidence, self-expression, creativity, team building,  problem solving skills,  comprehension, public speaking skills, diction & voice improvement, grace and physical relaxation — all these are benefits accrued from acting training! I’ve worked with executives, lawyers, police officers, doctors, newscasters, reporters, and others who want to explore this kinetic, exhilarating process.

Ready to sign up? Click here: REGISTER

If you have a personal goal or are a working professional with scheduling difficulties or you need assistance on an upcoming audition or current role –you may prefer the flexibility and privacy of individual acting coaching. Feel free to contact me!

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