Acting Summer Intensives

Overview:

SOCAPA embraces two major closely-related Acting Techniques which we use to help our students “live truthfully” under imaginary circumstances: the “Meisner” technique, which involves fully immersing oneself in the moment of a character and experiencing all sensations as the character would, and the “Method” technique, in which one uses their own experiences as springboards into the emotional life of the character.

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. 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. Our filmmaking students are shooting on state-of-the-art high definition cameras with sync-sound, so your work will look slick and professional!

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Acting Overview
Teen actor poses for a headshot in NYC

Core Acting, Two & Three Weeks

Star in multiple student films with immediate on-camera experience. Take intensive acting classes in technique, stage presence, scene study, and more. Walk away from the program with an online portfolio of the films you performed in.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, Los Angeles & Vermont
  • Length: Two or Three Weeks
  • Projects: Lumiere Film, Porter Film, Kubrick Film, Scene or Monologue, Headshots, Acting Reel

Course is good for:

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Ages 13-19
Summer acting student in Vermont

Advanced Acting, 3wk

Hone your craft with a three week Acting for Film intensive designed to challange and instill methods of achieving truthful performance.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City and Los Angeles
  • Length: Three Weeks
  • Projects: Hitchock, Kurosawa, Scene or Monologue, Headshots, Acting Reel

Course is good for:

  • Students who have completed SOCAPA's two or three week Core Acting, or an equivalent program.
  • Ages 15-19
Teen actors on the set of a short film in nyc

Acting Boot Camp, 1wk

Get immediate on-camera experience acting in student films supported by intensive acting classes. Walk away from the program with an online portfolio of the films you performed in.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, Los Angeles & Vermont
  • Length: One Week
  • Projects: Rodriguez Film, Scene or Monologue

Course is good for:

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Ages 13-19

CURRICULUM

Classes are designed to prepare our students for being on camera as quickly as possible. Many acting schools will spend weeks, months, even years on theater games and exercises before they give their students actual scenes to work on. At SOCAPA, we instead choose to prepare you immediately for the films you will be performing in during the program and the auditions you will be going on once you graduate. Casting directors will give you scenes at auditions and filmmakers will give you scenes in their films; our focus, then, is on scene preparation. This is not to say that we will not teach you exercises and tools to draw upon, but rather that these exercises and tools will always be taught within the context of preparing for a scene.

Acting Faculty

SOCAPA offers small classes and an accomplished teaching staff comprised of industry professionals with recent and ongoing production experience. Drawn from some of the top universities and film & acting schools, including the Ivy League, USC, the American Film Institute, NYU, and Columbia, the instructors at SOCAPA guide the students through the program with delicacy and skill.

Sample Work

We are incredibly proud of the work our students create at SOCAPA. Check out some of the best Acting Reels below or explore an actual Student Acting Portfolio!

Acting Reels

French Kiss - SOCAPA Acting Reel, Vermont Vermont Acting Reel - 2014 Vermont Acting Reel - 2014 Vermont Acting Reel - 2014 Bunnies and Metal - SOCAPA Acting Reel, New York City Speed Dating - SOCAPA Acting Reel, New York City Party - SOCAPA Acting Reel, New York City Scene from Gilmore Girls - SOCAPA Acting Reel, Vermont THE SPECTACULAR NOW - SOCAPA Acting Reel, New York City SHE'S ALL THAT - SOCAPA Acting Reel, New York City FREAKS AND GEEKS - SOCAPA Acting Reel, New York City

Student Films

Thornbush - SOCAPA Student Film, VT Creep - SOCAPA Student Film, NYC Passing Through - SOCAPA Student Film, VT The Method - SOCAPA Student Film, NYC Snap Shot - SOCAPA Student Film, NYC White Emotions - SOCAPA Student Film, NYC Glory - SOCAPA Student Film, NYC Oslo - SOCAPA Student Film, NYC Untitled - SOCAPA Student Film, NYC Tempo - SOCAPA Student Film, NYC

Actor Headshots

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  • Teen Actor Headshots from Summer Acting Camp
  • Teen Acting Headshot from Burlington Vermont Campus
  • Teen Acting Headshot from Manhattan New York Campus
  • Teen Acting Headshot from Los Angeles California Campus
  • Acting Headshots from all SOCAPA Summer Camp Campuses
  • Headshot of Actress at SOCAPA New York City Summer Performing Arts Campus