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Los Angeles Theatre

 

Summer Program

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Welcome to the Los Angeles Theatre Summer Program at the Hollywood Academy Of Performing Arts, where we embrace the vibrant world of entertainment in its entirety. Los Angeles, known as the capital of Entertainment, offers not only cutting-edge film and TV but also a thriving theatre scene.

At the Hollywood Academy Of Performing Arts, we believe that theatre forms the core foundation for our top performers. The stage is where an actor truly connects with an audience and serves as a gymnasium where actors can apply different techniques, exploring various forms of narration and expression to find their own unique voice as a performer.

Our program is designed to expose students to the latest acting techniques used in Hollywood for both stage and screen. Students will have the opportunity to study, analyze, and delve deeper into current shows. They will read scripts and witness professional companies bring these scripts to life on stage. This firsthand experience provides students with valuable insights into the professional world of entertainment, showcasing how professionals are approaching different materials today, including modern plays, musicals, and classics.

 

Join us for an enriching summer program that not only hones your acting skills but also immerses you in the dynamic world of theatre and film-TV in Los Angeles.
 

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Program Overview

- Maximum capacity: 25 students
- Six classes of three hours each.Every class divided into two parts: Acting Techniques and Scene Study.
- Five theatre visits at prominent California theatres: Center Theatre Group (CTG), Los Angeles Theatre Centre (LATC), The Actors Gang, Pantages Theatre, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.
- Red Carpets and Industry Events. New FilmMakers Los Angeles: Bronson Studios.


THE CLASSES
 
Six classes of three hours each.
 
Acting Techniques:
 
Focus on latest Hollywood techniques for stage and film.
Gym-like exercises to strengthen and expand actors' abilities
Combination of different techniques for a well-rounded approach

More information about the acting techniques HAPA
 
Scene Study:

- Workshop plays that are currently on Los Angeles stages.
- Experience plays through reading, exploration, and watching professional productions
- Practical application of learned techniques in a real-world theatre setting

 

LOS ANGELES THEATRE EXPERIENCE

Explore every company and their current shows. Click on the icon.

 

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Theatre Visits


- Guided tours of prominent California theatres: Center Theatre Group (CTG), Los Angeles Theatre Centre (LATC), The Actors Gang, Pantages Theatre, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum


- Insightful discussions with a professor from the Academy


- Learn about the theatre industry, databases, book presentation, reaching out to directors and agents

 

At HAPA, we don't just teach acting; we provide a holistic experience that prepares you for success in both the artistic and business sides of the industry. Join us for an unforgettable summer of learning, growth, and artistic exploration.


TUITION PER STUDENT
2800 $

 

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ACTING CLASS 1

Date: Wednesday June 26Th

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: TBD


Welcome to our improvisation-based acting class! Get ready to dive into the exciting world of spontaneous creativity and truthful expression. In this class, we will utilize various acting techniques to explore the different formats of creating moments from organic and genuine places.

We will kick off each session with a comprehensive warm-up inspired by Grotowski, designed to awaken the body, mind, and spirit, preparing us for the journey ahead. Through imaginative exercises, music, and various elements, we will tap into our inner worlds and unleash our creativity.

As we delve into the art of improvisation, students will have the opportunity to explore spontaneous storytelling, character development, and scene work. Through playful exercises and guided improvisational prompts, we will discover the power of being present in the moment and responding truthfully to our surroundings.

Throughout the class, we will engage in discussions about the upcoming show at night—a unique performance entirely created through improvisation and direct communication with the audience. This show will serve as both a culmination of our learning and a platform for further growth and experimentation.

Join us on this exhilarating journey as we embrace the spontaneity of the moment and unlock the boundless potential of improvisational acting. Let's ignite our imaginations, connect with one another, and create unforgettable experiences together!

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SHOW - The Actor's Gang

Date: Wednesday June 26Th

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: THE ACTORS’ GANG THEATER

9070 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 838-4264

We don't know what will happen.
But we can't do it without you.
Last year audiences flocked to our Open Workshop series, packing the house for every show. This is your opportunity to see The Actors' Gang ensemble at play as they improvise a full-length performance. We can't tell you what story you'll see, but we can tell you it will be raucous, thrilling, and completely unique.

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SHOW - PANTAGES THEATRE

MRS. DOUBTFIRE
HELLO, POPPETS!

Date: Thursday June 27th

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: 6233 HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA 90028
(323) 468-1770

In the heart of Hollywood, on Hollywood Boulevard, right down the block from Vine Street, stands the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. It's a fitting location: The Pantages has become one of the greatest landmarks of Hollywood, signifying both the glorious past and adventuresome future of the world's entertainment capital.

Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is headed to Los Angeles in “a feel-good, family-friendly comedy that delivers” (The Hollywood Reporter). Based on the beloved film, it’s “the lovable, big-hearted musical comedy we need right now” (Chicago Tribune).

 

Out-of-work actor Daniel Hillard will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he creates the kindly alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new character takes on a life of its own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father. A hysterical and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds, MRS. DOUBTFIRE is the musical comedy we need right now – one that proves we’re better together.

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ACTING CLASS 2

Date: Friday June 28 th

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: TBD


Welcome to our class on the importance of the system of emotions in acting! Get ready to dive deep into the intricacies of emotional authenticity and discover the transformative power of truthful expression.

In this class, students will receive a comprehensive understanding of how emotions should be approached from an organic place. We will explore how breathing and mindful thinking serve as the gateway to accessing genuine emotions and delivering truthful performances.

As renowned actor Konstantin Stanislavski once said, "Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art." We will draw inspiration from his method and delve into techniques that allow us to tap into the depths of our emotional reservoirs, transcending mere imitation to embody characters with depth and sincerity.

Throughout the class, we will incorporate exercises from various acting techniques, such as Meisner, Adler, and Strasberg, to provide students with a diverse toolkit for emotional exploration. From sensory exercises to emotional memory work, each technique will offer unique insights into the nuances of human emotion and behavior.

As we navigate this journey together, we will reflect on the wisdom of actors like Meryl Streep, who famously said, "Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there." Through this lens, we will learn to embrace the complexity of human experience and find resonance between our own emotions and those of the characters we portray.

Join us as we embark on a profound exploration of the system of emotions in acting, where authenticity reigns supreme, and each moment is an opportunity for genuine connection and self-discovery. Let's breathe life into our performances and unlock the limitless potential of our emotional landscape!

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ACTING CLASS 3

Date: Monday July 1st

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: TBD

Welcome to our class focused on the analysis of subtext and the exploration of emotional depth through the lens of past theatrical experiences! During our discussion, students will have the opportunity to delve into the rich tapestry of moments from the shows they witnessed during the first weekend of our program.

As we dissect these moments, we will shine a spotlight on the subtle nuances of subtext—the underlying layers of meaning that give depth and dimension to a character's actions and dialogue. Through thoughtful analysis, we will explore how breathing and thought serve as powerful tools for creating a rich subtext that unfolds organically, sparking authentic emotional responses and driving compelling character motivations.

Drawing inspiration from the teachings of Sanford Meisner, we will delve into his renowned technique, which emphasizes truthful, moment-to-moment acting rooted in emotional authenticity. At the heart of the Meisner method lies the concept of "living truthfully under imaginary circumstances," where actors immerse themselves fully in the reality of their characters' experiences.

Key components of the Meisner technique include repetition exercises, which foster deep listening and spontaneous, honest responses, as well as emotional preparation, where actors draw upon personal experiences and observations to infuse their performances with genuine emotion.

In the words of Sanford Meisner himself, "Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances." This quote encapsulates the essence of the Meisner method, highlighting the importance of authenticity and emotional honesty in the actor's craft.

As we journey through this class, students will explore various types of subtext, ranging from personal experiences to research-driven motivations, as well as active and passive forms of subtext, and even abstract interpretations. Through a series of exercises and discussions, we will uncover the power of subtext in driving narrative tension, revealing hidden layers of meaning, and connecting deeply with audiences.

Join us as we unlock the secrets of subtext, harness the power of the Meisner technique, and elevate our understanding of emotional depth in acting. Let's breathe life into our performances and illuminate the stage with the power of authentic storytelling!

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ACTING CLASS 4

Date: Wednesday July 3rd

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: TBD


Welcome to our class on character building, where we will explore the fascinating intersection of physicality and psychology in crafting memorable and multi-dimensional characters.

First, let's dive into the realm of physical perspective. We'll explore various acting techniques that emphasize physicality as a key component of character development. One such technique is the Lecoq method, developed by Jacques Lecoq. This approach focuses on physical expression, using movement, gesture, and mime to bring characters to life on stage.

Jacques Lecoq famously said, "The body knows things that the mind does not." This quote encapsulates the essence of the Lecoq method, highlighting the importance of physical expression in conveying emotion, intention, and character dynamics.

Another influential technique that emphasizes physicality is the Viewpoints, developed by Mary Overlie and later expanded upon by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. Viewpoints focuses on movement improvisation, exploring concepts such as space, time, shape, gesture, and repetition to build characters and create compelling theatrical experiences.

Anne Bogart once said, "The body is the messenger of the soul." This quote speaks to the transformative power of physicality in embodying character traits, emotions, and inner motivations.

Now, let's shift our focus to the psychological perspective of character building. We will explore "The Art of Thinking" technique developed by Reynaldo Pacheco, which draws upon various databases of information to inform character choices and actions. These databases include personal experiences, observations of others, research, and imagination.

Through "The Art of Thinking," students will learn to delve deep into the psyche of their characters, uncovering their motivations, fears, desires, and internal conflicts. By tapping into these psychological insights, actors can create rich, nuanced portrayals that resonate with audiences on a profound level.

As we navigate the complexities of character building, we will also examine how other techniques such as Stanislavski's method, Meisner's repetition exercises, Grotowski's physical actions, and Linklater's voice work intersect with different types of databases. Each technique offers unique tools and perspectives for approaching character development, enriching the actor's toolkit and expanding their range of expression.

Join us on this dynamic exploration of character building, where physicality and psychology converge to create vivid, compelling performances. Let's breathe life into our characters, embodying their essence with depth, authenticity, and emotional truth.

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ACTING CLASS 5

Date: Friday July 5th

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: TBD

Welcome to our scene study class, where we will embark on a journey of recapitulation and practical application, integrating all the exercises and techniques we've explored thus far into our scene work.

As we reflect on the exercises and concepts we've covered throughout the program, we'll draw upon our experiences and insights to inform our approach to scene work. From warm-up routines inspired by Grotowski to the exploration of emotional subtext and character building techniques, each exercise has equipped us with valuable tools for elevating our performances.

Now, it's time to put theory into practice as we delve into scenes from the shows we've witnessed or will watch during the program. By applying our newfound knowledge to these scenes, we'll discover how technique can enhance our interpretation, deepen our understanding of character dynamics, and elevate the emotional resonance of our performances.

In the words of acclaimed actor Helen Mirren, "Technique is the foundation of every actor's work. It's about knowing what you're doing and why you're doing it." This quote underscores the importance of technique in the actor's craft, serving as a solid foundation upon which creativity and spontaneity can flourish.

As we immerse ourselves in scene work, we'll also reflect on the wisdom of actors like Al Pacino, who once said, "The work never ends, but college does." This reminder speaks to the ongoing journey of growth and discovery in the actor's career, where each class, rehearsal, and performance offers an opportunity for learning and evolution.

Throughout this class, we'll engage in constructive feedback, collaborative exploration, and fearless experimentation, as we strive to unlock the full potential of our performances. Let's harness the power of technique, creativity, and passion as we breathe life into our scenes and leave a lasting impact on both stage and audience.

Join us as we celebrate the culmination of our journey together, honoring the progress we've made and embracing the endless possibilities that lie ahead in our pursuit of excellence in the art of acting.

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SHOW - WILL GEER THEATRICUM BOTANICUM
 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

Date: Sunday July 7th

Time: 3:30 PM

Location: 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga California 90290

Theatricum returns with its signature production!  The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles becomes an enchanted forest inhabited by lovers both fairy and human. Shakespeare conjures a world of wonder, magic, and romance where comical misunderstandings and the pain of unrequited love are resolved. All is reconciled through midsummer night revelries and the enduring power of nature.

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ACTING CLASS 6

Date: Monday July 8th

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: TBD

Welcome to our final acting class, where we will reflect on our journey, address any lingering questions or clarifications, and continue to hone our craft through practical exercises and discussions.

Throughout this program, we've delved into a myriad of acting techniques, explored the depths of character building, and dissected the intricacies of emotional expression. Now, it's time to consolidate our learning and prepare for the next chapter of our artistic endeavors.

As we revisit the exercises and scenes we've explored previously, we'll have the opportunity to apply our newfound knowledge and skills with a fresh perspective. Through constructive feedback and collaborative exploration, we'll continue to refine our performances and deepen our understanding of the craft.

In addition, we'll delve into the differences between stage performance and onscreen performance, acknowledging the unique challenges and opportunities presented by each medium. By performing scenes for both stage and screen, we'll gain invaluable insights into the nuances of projection, intimacy, and connection with the audience.

One exercise we'll engage in is the transformation of a theater performance into cinematic performance techniques. This exercise will teach us about the subtle adjustments needed to adapt our acting for the camera, emphasizing the importance of subtlety, nuance, and authenticity in onscreen performances.

As we prepare to enter the industry, it's essential to have a solid understanding of the landscape, particularly in Los Angeles, California, a hub for theater, film, and television. We'll discuss the industry trends, casting processes, and the importance of networking and self-promotion.

To aid in our journey, I'll provide you with valuable resources, including databases and casting websites that are instrumental in navigating the industry landscape. These tools will empower you to seek out opportunities, connect with industry professionals, and take proactive steps towards achieving your goals.

As we conclude our program, let's celebrate our growth, our passion for the craft, and our shared commitment to excellence. Whether you're pursuing a career in theater, film, or television, remember that the journey is just beginning, and the possibilities are endless. Let's continue to embrace the joy of storytelling, the thrill of performance, and the transformative power of acting.

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SHOW - PANTAGES THEATRE

PETER PAN

Date: Wednesday July 10th

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: 6233 HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA 90028
(323) 468-1770

This high-flying musical has been delighting audiences of all ages for close to 70 years and is now being brought back to life in a new production directed by Emmy Award winner Lonny Price with additional book by celebrated playwright Larissa FastHorse. The adventure begins when PETER PAN and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of pixie dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget. This extraordinary musical full of excitement and adventure features iconic and timeless songs including "I'm Flying", "I Gotta Crow", "I Won't Grow Up" and "Neverland". PETER PAN embraces the child in us all so go on a journey from the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning - your entire family will be Hooked!

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