CLASS DESCRIPTIONS - TEENS


The Teen (Grades 9 -12) Acting Program


Level 1
This level is for students entering our program for the first time. The class emphasizes the development of a strong acting technique through the use of theater games, improvisation and scripted material. Students learn how to answer the questions all actors must ask in order to successfully approach a script: Who? Where? What? Why? How? Exploration of the actor's physical resources of voice and movement will also be used. The last class will be open to invited guests.

Level 2
In this level we explore characters and relationships on a deeper level. Students discover how action and behavior shape characterization. They continue to track their character's journey through scenes and monologues; articulating the essential elements of building a character, playing objectives, fighting through obstacles and trying to resolve the conflict in the scene. As always, instructors continue to encourage the unique creativity of each student. The session culminates in a final open class. Please Note: Most students are required to complete two semesters of Level 2 before moving onto Level 3. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 or by interview and audition.

Level 3 : The Master Class
Level 3 students will continue to hone their acting technique by working on material individualized for their specific growth. Work can include monologues, scene study, acting exercises or other projects of the instructor's choosing. Continued development of the actor's physical resources will be included. The semester will culminate in a complete staging of theater pieces performed at our theater! Prerequisite: Completion of two semesters of Level 2 AND permission of a director. Students entering our program for the first time must audition for placement in this program.

Acting for Film & TV
This on camera course will teach students about the TV commercial and the TV / film industry.  By working on camera each week, students will learn how to prepare for the commercial audition and how to approach written material for TV and Film (while also exploring choice, size and physicality in front of the camera). Prerequisite: Enrollment in or completion of Teen Acting I (or an equivalent).

Improv Comedy Workshop
Give your imagination a blast of spontaneity! Learn the basic rules of improvisational comedy and then put them to use playing performance games (similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"). The last class will include a comedy showcase for family and friends.

ENCORE! YOUTH THEATER (Grades 8 - 12) - By Audition Only.

The Tweens and Teens Musical Theater Program

TWEEN Musical Theater
In this fun, non-competitive class, students learn the skills of preparing to enter the exciting genre of Musical Theatre. Through weekly instruction with guest master teachers, you will be introduced to the principles and techniques that will help you piece together your lyrics, script, and choreography. Using an introduction to standard and contemporary musical theatre repertoire students will receive group voice lessons, sight-singing company/group numbers, scene/duet studies, and begin to build their portfolio of solo works. The last session will be an open class for family and friends.

TWEEN Musical Theater II
Students will continue to develop vocal skills and further develop the technique of acting through a song by exploring and interpreting the lyrics of the song. Group numbers, duets and solos will be used. As always, instructors encourage the unique abilities of each student. The last session will be an open class for family and friends. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 or by permission of instructor.

TEEN Musical Theater
In this fun, non-competitive class, students are introduced to the most important element of Musical Theater: the Voice! By using group numbers and solos, students will learn about vocal technique, proper breathing, diction, projection, the basics of reading music and best of all, the joy of singing! At the same time, students will be introduced to acting through a song" by exploring and interpreting the lyrics of the song. The last session will be an open class for family and friends.

TEEN Musical Theater II
Students will continue to develop vocal skills and further develop the technique of acting through a song by exploring and interpreting the lyrics of the song. Group numbers, duets and solos will be used. As always, instructors encourage the unique abilities of each student. The semester will culminate in a complete staging of musical theater pieces performed in a final class project in the NJSDA Theater!  Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 or by permission of instructor.

NJSDA’s Encore Theater Company (Ages 16-25):
A unique, pre-professional performance program dedicated to developing diverse and multi-dimensional theater artists who are preparing for a career in the industry. Encore’s directors and designers are passionate theater-arts professionals, committed to creating challenging, innovative, high quality work and providing a collaborative, motivating, interdisciplinary outlet for actors to broaden their performance skills. Company members have access to the resources of the inspiring, professional theater-outreach community that is New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts.  NJSDA’s Encore is a Not-For-Profit Educational Theater Organization offering the highest-quality comprehensive theater training for emerging artists.

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