Acting Intensive Program Curriculum

The courses in South Coast Repertory's Acting Intensive ​Program are carefully designed to reinforce a broad range of skills and provide specialized attention to the needs of each individual. Classes ​are scheduled five days a week, between 10 a.m. to ​6:30 p.m., five days a week, in ​the theatre's Education Center Studios, the Julianne Argyros Stage, the Nicholas Studio and throughout the Emmes/Benson Theatre Center.

  • Scene Study and Technique: Refine the foundation for acting technique—the individual process of shaping a script into a performance—with special emphasis on rehearsal skills.
  • Theatre Audition Technique: Choose and perform theatre pieces for audition; develop confidence in cold reading (under the direction of Casting Director Joanne DeNaut).
  • Voice and Movement: Increase vocal flexibility, power and relaxation.
  • On-Camera Technique: Discuss and perform scenes from teleplays; correctly structure resumes and choose appropriate headshots.
  • Shakespeare: Perform and analyze monologues to explore Shakespeare's use of language and create text-based characterization.
  • Improvisation: Expand creativity and confidence to better work on your feet and handle unexpected situations. Application to team work.

Classes are divided into two sections of 10-15 students each. The Monday-Friday classes meet from 10 a.m. to ​6:30 p.m. Below is a sample schedule for the first five weeks of the program; the remaining ​two weeks are devoted to special morning seminars and rehearsals for the final Performance Project. Classes and topics are subject to change.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Voice and Speech
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Scene Study
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Text and Character
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
​Scene Study
3-6 p.m.
Special Seminar: Fundamentals of
 Period Movement
​3-6 p.m.
​Audition Technique
​3-6 p.m.
​On Camera
​3-6 p.m.
​Audition Technique
​3-6 p.m.
​Hagen Technique

Industry professionals who have led seminars and discussions have included actors Matthew Arkin, Linda Gehringer, Steven Culp, Gregory Harrison, Joe Spano, Marin Hinkle, Adam Arkin, Bill D'Elia, Kevin Rahm, Arye Gross, Jeffrey Tambor, Anthony Hopkins, Kathy Baker and K Callan (author of How to Sell Yourself as an Actor); casting directors Amy Lieberman (television), Rick Pagano (film, television and stage); talent agents Jerry Koch of The Gage Group and David Westberg of Triad; three-time Emmy-nominated television director Lee Shallat Chemel ("The Middle," "Samantha Who"); David Emmes and Martin Benson, SCR's Founding Artistic Directors.

Steven Culp

Steven Culp speaks to students.

Adam & Matthew Arkin

​Adam and Matthew Arkin work with a student on camera.

Lee Shallat Chemel

Lee Shallat Chemel speaks to students.

Personal evaluation at the end of the seven-week session takes place with the program director to discuss specific strengths and weaknesses and to guide students in developing a process of acting that works for them.

Participants will be eligible ​to audition for ​select SCR productions​; if cast, they are then eligible to become membership candidates in Actors' Equity.

Photo: Acting Intensive Program graduates, from left to right, Rosney Mauger, Jordan Bellow and Christian Henley with actors Tracey A. Leigh and Gregg Daniel in SCR's 2016 production of ​All the Way. Photo by Debora Robinson.