NEW THIS SUMMER
Program runs: July 20th - July 31st,
Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 4pm
Up to twelve students
Audition submissions are now being accepted.
Acceptance on a rolling basis
Please pre-register before auditioning
Competitive college theatre departments are looking for applicants who are not only strong performers, but well rounded individuals who are willing to take risks and work well collaborating with others.
“Yale’s acting department admits talented and committed individuals who possess an active intelligence, a strong imagination, and a physical and vocal instrument capable of development and transformation….Not only is each class of actors a working ensemble as it trains, but also each actor works as part of a larger company.” - College Admissions
The Pre-College Theatre Lab offers a select group of high school students a fun, intensive curriculum that will prepare and position them for both college and professional opportunities.
The curriculum has been created by industry experts who have a passion for developing the next generation of theatre artists. Students develop performance and communication skills that will serve them throughout their professional careers.
The program will follow CT state guidelines and will be conducted in person (or remotely if social distancing is in effect). Should program be virtual: Special attention has been given to online curriculum making sure that students are in an active learning environment. Zoom has the ability to provide group learning and breakout rooms where students work in pairs or small groups allowing instructors to provide individualized attention.
Students access truth in performance by engaging with foundational acting methods (ex: Viewpoints, Meisner, Rodenburg). Using text from selected monologues, students learn to establish personal connection and find specificity in their work. Focus is placed on connecting thought, emotion and speech to create living, breathing, three dimensional characters on stage.
Musical Theatre Voice:
Students lear n to harness vocal strength exploring how we use our voices and how that translates to live performance. This class covers healthy vocal production, storytelling through song, how to select material and where vocal trends are shifting in the business. Students leave with a better understanding of their instrument and with personalized song cuts to use for auditions or performance.
The study of Shakespeare in performance is essential for every performer. The Theatre Lab demystifies Shakespeare by uncovering the humor, joy and universal relevance of Shakespeare’s text. Shakespearean Verse asks students to explore the power of words though ensemble scene work, text analysis and speech.
Physical theater tackles character, storytelling, and emotion. Through this creative and rigorous training, students develop physical awareness, learn to get “out of their heads”, and gain confidence on stage. Through mask work, pantomime, object manipulation, physical comedy, tumbling, clowning, mime and physical conditioning students gain a range of practical skills that can be applied to all styles of performance.
Auditioning for Film and Theatre Workshop:
Students work with a seasoned New York casting director to delve into current industry standards for audition etiquette. Topics include what makes great audition material and techniques to make your audition a success. Each student receives individual resume consultations.
Additional Masterclass Workshops:
Students round out their training with a series of masterclasses meant to expose them to unique forms of performance and theatre-making. Past topics include:
Ella Raymont (Education Director, Core Acting Instructor)
Ella is a Chicago/New York based actor, director, teacher, immersive theatre creator and writer. She is a third of the brainchild for experimental theater group Bros do Prose and has directed and acted all across the country. Ella has taught at Summer Theatre of New Canaan for seven years as well as Dominican University, Ball State University, Filament Theatre, Commission Theatre, Strawdog Theater Company, Bros do Prose, Conservatory for the Performing Arts and schools across Connecticut. www.ellaraymont.com
Omen Sade (Core Physical Theatre Instructor)
Omen is a NYC based actor, writer, physical theater creator, and teacher. Omen is a veteran performer at STONC, and a co-founder of Bros Do Prose. Synthesizing extensive physical and classical theater training from London, the Netherlands, Italy, and the Lecoq School in Paris, Omen has taught at Broadway Classrooms, Circle in the Square, and Hunter College in New York City. This will be his 7th season teaching at the Pre-College Theater Lab. www.dramaticspace.com
Brian Silliman (Core Shakespeare Instructor)
Brian Silliman has acted all over NYC, winning the NYC Fringe Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for The Particulars in 2012 as well as acting in The Honeycomb Trilogy. Regionally he's spent a record number of seasons with the Summer Theater of New Canaan (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, My Fair Lady, etc) and played the title role in Butler at the Majestic. Television includes High Fidelity on Hulu, The Baker and the Beauty, Law & Order: SVU, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Boardwalk Empire, and Orange is the New Black. Film includes The Horror at Gallery Kay and Men In Black International.
Nick Wilders (Core Voice Instructor)
Nick Wilders is an NYC-based music director, pianist, and vocal coach. NYC/National Tour: EMOJILAND, JERSEY BOYS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MEDICINE: THE MUSICAL, INEXPERIENCED LOVE, musical arrangements and performance for NBC, Disney, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Performances with Annaleigh Ashford, Laura Osnes, Alison Luff, Gavin Creel, and Jarrod Spector. As a teaching artist, Nick has worked for theatres and schools around the country - in New York, he has worked with New York University, CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory, The Growing Studio, Applause NYC, Broadway Classroom and Camp Broadway. He is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University. www.nickwilders.com
All students need to pre-register prior to submitting an audition video.
How to Audition:
We are thrilled that you are interested in this year's Pre-College Theatre Lab. As part of the application process to this program, we are requesting a self-tape audition from all applicants. The self tape will help our Education Director Ella Raymont get to know you better and select the students for the Theatre lab. This year we are putting together an ensemble of students who not only desire to work on their skills individually but have an enthusiastic spirit for collaboration. Space is limited to 12 students. Audition submissions are now being accepted. Pre-College Theatre Lab acceptance will be made on a rolling basis.
You will need a camera or a device that has a camera (smartphone, laptop…etc) internet connection, a musical track (karaoke style) or musical accompanist. If you don’t have access to music you can sing a cappella if needed.
When you film make sure that background noise is kept to a minimum and that the camera is at eye-level. The light source should be in front of the student (off camera) and try to film against a plain background. Make sure the camera is stable. Frame the shot from the chest up.
For the audition:
- Please submit your headshot and resume if you have one (ok if not
Next please perform only ONE of the following:
- 60 seconds of a song, Do your best to sing to a track or have an accompanist. If not please sing acapella. Please do not
play the piano and sing at the same time.
- 60 seconds of a monologue. This can be from a play or a book. Please do not use material from tv or film.
Finally, tell a 1 minute story about a meaningful experience you’ve had in the theatre. How did it change you? What did you learn?
STONC. The Summer Theatre of New Canaan is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit professional regional theatre company.