Summer Acting Camps For Teens NYC & LA 2022 | SOCAPA Acting
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Acting Summer Camps

New York | Los Angeles | Vermont

Immerse yourself in the world of acting this summer at SOCAPA Acting Camps. SOCAPA Acting is hands-on and fast-paced. Each week of camp is a balance between in-class exercises, acting in student films and summer fun. In-class, students work with master actors to learn to "live truthfully" in the moment under imaginary circumstances. Each exercise introduces or builds upon acting techniques and theory that help prepare students for working on set and on stage. When working with SOCAPA's filmmaking students to make their short films, SOCAPA's acting students have the opportunity to put their acting techniques to work by taking on new characters, working with student directors and performing in multiple films a week in a fun and nurturing creative atmosphere. On nights and weekends, SOCAPA's residential staff arrange trips and evening activities so that students can put work aside and just have fun!

A Summer Acting Experience
Like No Other
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Perform in Student Films

Work with your friends and act in numerous short films each week.

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Weekly Showcases

Perform on stage for the entire camp and watch yourself featured in films on the big screen!

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Culture of Creativity

Collaborate and work in a creative environment that encourages new ideas, first tries, and bold experiments.

Dec 24, 2019

"My son Evan attended the one week Core Acting Camp in Manhattan last summer, and it was quite literally life-changing. Growing up in rural Nebraska, and involved in community and school theater since ... read on google"

"My son Evan attended the one week Core Acting Camp in Manhattan last summer, and it was quite literally life-changing. Growing up in rural Nebraska, and involved in community and school theater since an early age, Evan wanted an experience to stretch to new levels and found it in SOCAPA. He learned so much, had great new experiences and made friends that he has continued to be in touch with all of this year. As a parent, I had natural trepidations about his experience so far away from home and the folks at SOCAPA were great about putting me in touch with parents and participants from previous years to find out more about the program and allay any concerns that I had. Staff was unfailingly responsive and helpful before, during, and after this experience. Evan plans to return this summer for a longer and more advanced camp experience."

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Apr 13, 2019

"I have made some of my greatest friends at this camp. Not only are the teachers absolutely incredible, but everyone is overwhelmingly supportive. Everyone here wants the best for you, and sees potenti... read on google"

"I have made some of my greatest friends at this camp. Not only are the teachers absolutely incredible, but everyone is overwhelmingly supportive. Everyone here wants the best for you, and sees potential in every last person. Last summer, I learned more about acting than I have in my entire life. Maddy, my instructor, became one of my best friends. I looked up to her like she was my older, wiser, more knowledgable sister. Not only was she insanely talented, but also very down to earth. She helped me find myself, which allowed me to tap into emotions that I didn't even know I possessed. I strongly recommend this summer camp. The Vermont environment is quite peaceful and relaxing, which allowed me the ability to be able to concentrate on the art I was studying. Especially in the advanced programs, everyone is serious about their work. If you are looking for a summer camp in which you can further a craft that you are truly passionate about, this is the place for you. As an Eagle Scout, on my honor, you can trust me when I say that going here will having a profound impact on you for the rest of your life. Go."

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Apr 05, 2019

"My name is Téha, and I am French. Last year, I attempted the three weeks core acting at Socapa on the Manhattan campus. It was a very interesting experience. Because during these three weeks, we di... read on google"

"My name is Téha, and I am French. Last year, I attempted the three weeks core acting at Socapa on the Manhattan campus. It was a very interesting experience. Because during these three weeks, we didn't just did some acting technics, but we also shot in different shorts films (that the filmmakers made), and went to two musicals at Broadway. I made many friends from different countries that has the same passion than me, and that was really good because we were helping each other to improves our acting. The class was very various: we did a lot's of improvisation, and some fifteen minutes act scene on a theme that we had to respect. Our mentor also gave us some exercises to do to warm us up before starting acting. I recommend Socapa three weeks core acting to every person that is interested in acting because I'm convinced that you will love it and that you will maybe discover a new passion."

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Choose Your Camp

SOCAPA offers four intensives in Acting. For new students, we recommend CORE ACTING - our most popular intensive! - or, if your time with us is limited, our one-week ACTING BOOT CAMP. For return students, we offer ADVANCED ACTING which builds on our Core Acting foundation and pairs actors with Advanced Filmmakers. We also offer MUSICAL THEATER!

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Intermediate to Advanced
Program Length
2 & 3 weeks
Lumiere Film (1-2min)
Porter Film (2-3min)
Live Improvisational Scene
(3wk Only)
Kubrick Film (4-6min)
Live Master Scene & Study
Audition Workshop

NYC, LA, and VT

Earn College Credit

3wk Only (additional fee)

Musical Theater

SOCAPA also offers 1and 3-week musical theater camps in both New York and Vermont. Classes in musical performance and vocal instruction build towards performing a selected scene from shows ranging from “Dear Evan Hanson” to “Wicked.” Musical theater actors “sing out” in show-stopping live performances at our final showcase, and 3-week students have their scenes professionally filmed as well.

Perform in Student Films

Star in your friends' films this summer!

SOCAPA’s Acting Program is closely tied to our Filmmaking Programs. When the filmmaking students go out to make their assigned films each week, they utilize the talent in the Acting Program to bring their stories to life. This provides our acting students with immediate on-camera experience and allows them to walk away from the program with an online portfolio of films in which they have performed.

Each film is as much about our actors as it is our filmmakers, and SOCAPA's film teaching assistants accompany each film crew throughout the shoot to provide guidance and direction in film coverage, story, and acting direction when needed.

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Weekly Showcases

Every Friday night the student films will be screened for the whole camp at our weekly showcase. The actors will have the opportunity to see themselves appear on the silver screen, often for the first time. At the Final Showcase of student work, acting students will perform the live scenes they prepared during their time at SOCAPA for their family and friends.


From NYU to Pace University, Occidental College, and Champlain College, all of SOCAPA’s programs are run directly on college campuses, using the classrooms, dormitories, and facilities of undergraduates. Residential SOCAPA students enjoy the emerging independence of dorm life together with roommates and floormates under the supervision of SOCAPA’s staff.


Attend SOCAPA as a day student and save on room & board.

Culture of Creativity
“Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.”
Meryl Streep

SOCAPA was founded by a culturally and artistically diverse collective of New York City artists and that's the way we run our camps. SOCAPA fosters an accepting and nurturing culture of creativity and collaboration that allows students to be themselves and to express themselves. Collaborate with SOCAPA's four other programs and make friends with and learn from young minds from around the world.

Who We are

Michael Samuel Kaplan

Michael has taught and coached actors in both New York and Los Angeles. He has served as an Artist-in Residence and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance at Cornell University, and as Assistant Professor in the BFA Acting and Musical Theatre Program at Ithaca College. In 2015, he directed IC's Senior Industry Showcase at New York City's Signature Theatre. Michael has been a professional actor for over 30 years. Recent Off-Broadway and regional credits include The Night Alive, Red, Opus, A Splintered Soul, Miss Julie, Intimate Apparel, A Christmas Carol, Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, The Government Inspector, Our Town, It's A Wonderful Life Radio Play and Those Learned Ladies, as well as the American regional premieres of Oblomov, At A Loss, Ants, God's Ear and The History Boys. His Television credits include Seinfeld, Saved by the Bell, Unsolved Mysteries and Law & Order. He received his training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale Drama School, American Conservatory Theatre and UCLA.


Kelsey Siepser

Kelsey Siepser is an LA-based actress who holds an MFA from USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. While still in graduate school she worked on the award winning feature Public Hearing and the short, "The Price We Pay." Since graduating in May 2013 she has acted in many films, notably West of Her, The American Side and The White Orchid. In 2014 Kelsey was cast in TNT's series Cocaine Cowboys. Her most extensive experience is in theater where she has performed at Dixon Place, NYC Fringe Festival, The Vineyard Theater and The Williamstown Theatre Festival.


Elysia Jordan

Lysie graduated Magna cum laude and with Distinction from Ithaca College, where she earned a BFA in Musical Theatre. Lysie was most recently cast in the U.S. National Tour of School of Rock, and traveled the country with the show from 2017-2019! Her regional credits also include Dead Mum in Billy Elliot (Ogunquit Playhouse), Marty in Grease (Summer Theatre of New Canaan), and The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). Elysia has been a featured soloist at various New York City venues including 54 Below, Playwrights Horizons, the Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and the Lincoln Center Songbook Series. Nationally, she has sung at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Fransisco and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.


Madison Tinder

Madison Tinder is an Actor, Singer and Dancer with a BFA in Musical Theatre and Dance from Otterbein University. Madison also attended the North East School of the Arts High School in San Antonio where she double majored in Musical Theatre and Dance. She comes from a family of professional performers so her passion for the arts is as much a part of her as is breathing. After finishing the Disenchanted North American Tour, Madison booked one of her ultimate dream roles and shows, A Chorus Line, directed by Baayork Lee, where she has been playing Cassie since December! She also had previously been in the China Tour of My Fair Lady as a Busker, Maid, and member of the ensemble.


Michael Kane

Michael Patrick Kane is a NY-based actor who received his MFA in Acting from Harvard University. He has experience working in theater, studio films, national commercials, web-series and television pilots. In theater Michael's experience ranges from Shakespeare in the Park to the National Tour of The Miracle Worker. On-screen credits include The Judge (2014), Saving Borshia (2015), and Central Intelligence (2016).


David Rysdahl

David Rysdahl is a New York-based actor and writer known for That's Not Us (2015) Black Swell (2016) The Revival (2017) and Dead Pigs, which premiered at Sundance in 2018 and won an award for Ensemble Acting. He can also be seen in a variety of shorts and television productions. You can catch David perform live as part of a duo team, True East, where he and his acting partner create improvised one act plays on the spot.

Nights and Weekends

Every evening, Monday through Friday, we plan an activity for the students, whether it be a barbecue on campus, a dinner in the city, a cool-off swim, a theater/musical performance, or a film screening. On the Saturday afternoons that are not devoted to shooting and performing, we organize a group excursion. This could include a trip to a museum, the beach, or a show in the city. Past evening and Saturday excursions have included trips to Coney Island Amusement Park, live tapings of MTV's TRL, outdoor concerts (The Roots, OCMS, TV on the Radio, etc.), Universal Studios, Pilobolus Dance Group at the Joyce, Disco Bowling, Broadway Shows such as Wicked, Kinky Boots, Rent and Avenue Q, Six Flags Amusement Park, Fourth of July Fireworks, Bryant Park Film Screenings, and off-Broadway hits such as Fuerza Bruta and Stomp, to name a few.

Master Classes

At least once per session, SOCAPA invites a top industry professional from the New York or Hollywood film or performing arts scene to come to campus and lead a master class for all students, regardless of focus. Some past guests include Academy Award-Winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams), writer/director John Hamburg (I Love You Man, Along Came Polly, Safe Men, Zoolander, Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers), actor Luis Guzman (Traffic, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, Carlito's Way, Anger Management), writer Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Children of Men, Cowboys and Aliens), actor Brendan Sexton III (Empire Records, Welcome to the Dollhouse), the four lead characters from American Teen, filmmaker Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Raising Victor Vargas), actor Sarah Clarke (TV show 24, Thirteen) screenwriter Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One, End of Days, Hollow Man), director Morgan J. Freeman (Hurricane Streets), comedian Matt Walsh (The Daily Show, Bad Santa, Upright Citizens Brigade), and the cast of Hair and Spring Awakening on Broadway.

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"a life-changing moment for Ally... she emerged from the program with emerging confidence and the belief that she could have a future in the arts... I wish I could have left her for 2 more weeks."
Gina F., California
"a taste of what college life will be like"
Sue M, Washington, DC
"Simply stupendous!"
Daniel S, California
" Not only do I believe the acting classes improved my abilities as an actor, but the overall experience taught me the basics of film production"
Tom C, New Hampshire
"She learned a lot from the acting teachers... and discussed ways to reach her goals as an aspiring actress. She came home very confident and motivated about pursuing her dreams. The only thing we would change would be for her to stay longer."
Laura C, Maryland
"as far-reaching as they come... actors leave with some extra padding for their online portfolio."
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"provided the necessary artist’s environment she needed as she explores and makes big life decisions as she enters her senior year in high school."
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