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WHO is this for?

For advanced high school or transfer students seriously considering pursuing an education or a career in acting performance.

 


WHAT is this about?

Students will participate in synchronous and asynchronous content that teach best practices for college and professional auditions in the theatre and film industries, in addition to some fun theatre workshops.

WHEN is this?

July 26-July 30, 2021, Monday-Friday. Synchronous sessions will be held throughout the day between 9am-4pm PDT.
 

HOW much is this?

Early bird registration before March 31 is $75. Registration after March 31 is $99.

Schedule*

                       

MONDAY, JULY 26

Orientation

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM (PDT)

The Arts & The Pandemic
An honest conversation about the arts, theater, and its future as a result of the global pandemic.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PDT)

Improvisation

11:00 PM - 12:00 PM (PDT)

Resumes & Headshots
Techniques and best practices on creating industry standard resumes and professional headshots. Includes asychronous material.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)

CTSA Student Panel

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)
TUESDAY, JULY 27

Meeting with an Agent
Strategies and tips on the process of researching and meeting with a potential agent to represent you. Parents/guardians are invited to attend this session. Includes asynchronous material.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (PDT)

Lunch & Learn: UCI Admissions (optional)
Parents/guardians are invited to attend this session.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)

Auditioning
Best practices on how to prepare and go through a typical professional audition process, both for theater and film. Includes asychronous material.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)

Check-in
Group discussion with students and instructors for questions and feedback on the course.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28

Putting on a Show
Introduction on what it takes to put together a collegiate production.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)

Improvisation

10:30 AM - 11:30 PM (PDT)

Lunch & Learn: Financial Aid (optional)
Parents/guardians are invited to attend this session.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)

Resume/Headshot Review
Individual appointments for initial feedback on resume and headshot. Sign-ups for appointments will be during the week.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
THURSDAY, JULY 29

CTSA Alumni Panel

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)

Lunch & Learn: Knowing Your Value (optional)
Strategies and tips in understanding your worth and value as an artist and how to appropriately advocate for yourself. Parents/guardians are invited to attend this session.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)

Auditioning
Best practices on how to prepare and go through a typical professional audition process, both for theater and film. Includes asychronous material.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)

Final Check-in
Group discussion with students and instructors for questions and feedback on the course.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
FRIDAY, JULY 30

Mock Auditions
Final mock auditions and feedback from panelists and peers. Sign-ups for audition order will be during the week.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (PDT)

*Schedule subject to change.

Faculty

                     

 

Don Hill

Don Hill

CTSA Department Chair, Season Producer & Co-Head of Stage Management

Learn More about Don ⤢
 

Jeffrey Lo

Jeffrey Lo

B.A. '10
Playwright & Director

Learn More about Jeffrey ⤢
 

Joel Veenstra

Joel Veenstra

M.F.A. '11
CTSA Associate Chair of Production & Co-Head of Stage Management

Learn More about Joel ⤢
 

Mo Zelof

Mo Zelof

B.A. '10
Actor & Producer

Learn More about Mo ⤢

Frequently Asked QuestionsSupport

                     
 

 

Is there an audition requirement for this program?

No, you do not need to audition to participate in this program.
 

Will students have opportunities to perform during this program?

There will be some performance sessions incorporated into the schedule, but this program is heavily class-based focused on college and career preparation.
 

I am interested in a specific genre, such as musical theater  is this program geared towards my interest?

Yes.  Students will learn strategies and skills that are applicable to all areas of acting, both in theater and film.

  

For more information about the program, please see our general FAQs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Support

                     

  

It has been a difficult year for all of us in many ways.  The arts have been hit particularly hard because so much of the work we do requires physical closeness and interaction.  While our traditional summer program on the UCI campus has been suspended to prioritize the health and safety of our participants, instructors, and staff, we still need to support our community of artists.

For that reason, we are excited to offer the Summer Academies LITE program.  It provides advanced young artists the tools they will need as they prepare applications and audition material for college and career pursuits.  It also provides much needed employment for our team of instructors ⎼ practicing artists themselves ⎼ who have seen their commissions, gigs, and contracts cancelled.

If you are able, please consider making a gift of any amount to support the Summer Academies LITE program.  Your contribution will make a significant impact by supporting the artists who make it possible.

Summer Academies Instructor