2013 Advanced Acting Company member Pamela Willis

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► Produce and appear in three full-length plays that enjoy two-week runs in the Conservatory’s black box theater.  Each production consists of a full, five-week rehearsal process and performances before live audiences and theater reviewers.  Each is directed by a respected local director.

► Continue to hone their classical acting skills by participating in a full production of a classical play.  Washington, DC, has an unusually high number of employment opportunities for  classically trained actors; having strong classical skills increases an actor’s likelihood of finding work post-graduation.

► Audition for local and regional casting directors.

► Produce and appear in 2 or more original 15-minute films as well as several comedy shorts, which are then added to each actor’s film reel.

► Discover the role of the actor in the new-play development process by participating in a full production of a brand-new play commissioned specifically by the Conservatory from a local playwright.

► Take part in weekly professional-development seminars on a variety of pertinent industry topics, hosted by Conservatory faculty and area theater and film professionals.

Faculty member Doug Wilder directing a campfire scene for the short film 
Peasants vs. Overlord with the 2012 Advanced Acting Company

During the program, students:

► Apply the skills and expertise developed in the Conservatory’s two-year program to tackle larger, more comprehensive acting projects as part of a working ensemble and repertory theater.

► Learn the intricacies of acting for the camera during an intensive shooting schedule as part of the film-acting curriculum.

Advanced Actor-Training Program

Students who successfully complete the two-year, intensive, actor-training program can audition to enter an advanced, intensive, third-year program and participate in the Conservatory’s Actors Repertory Theater.   Students who continue into the advanced program obtain another 900 hours of training onstage and in film – producing and appearing in three full-length plays and several short films. 

This program consists of 2 semesters of continuous, 5-day-a-week study, for a total of 30 credit hours.  Semesters typically run back to back, which means students can usually complete the program and receive their advanced diploma in acting in 8 months’ time.

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The curriculum is described in brief below:

Semester One

► Performance Project I – Full Production of Transition Play
► Stage Combat I – Unarmed Stage Combat
► Audition Techniques III – Advanced Audition Techniques
► Business of Acting II – Individual Mentoring  / Business Plan Development
► Cold Readings I – Advanced Techniques
► Performance Project II – Full Production of Classical Play
► Lab – Theater/Film Tech

Semester Two
► On Camera Intensive I – Advanced Film Acting Techniques
► Performance Project III – Short Film Project
► Audition Techniques IV – Advanced Audition Techniques
► Cold Readings II – Advanced Techniques
► New Play Development I – Appearing in New Works
► Performance Project IV – Full Production of Brand New Play

More than 90%* of the Conservatory’s graduates find work as actors within six months after graduation.