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The CUA High School Drama Institute is a two-week summer drama program for students who wish to pursue a serious summer drama training experience. If you want to strengthen your acting skills and work hard with like-minded students, this summer experience is for you.

Students take daily classes focused on voice, movement, and acting. CUAdrama professors and local theatre professionals lead Master Classes—possible topics include improvisation, character work, and stage combat.

An additional focus of the summer program will be on the preparation of audition monologues. Each student will work on preparing and rehearsing two audition monologues to add to his or her repertoire. The program culminates with a workshop performance of monologues and short scenes presented on the evening of the final day.

Increase your ability to develop and demonstrate acting skills that require you to assume and sustain roles, use your voice effectively, and communicate character through movement and gesture. Draw inspiration from CUAdrama instructors and theatre professionals. Immerse yourself in theatre on a college campus collaborating with others who share your passion for this performing art.

Who should apply?
You must be a rising junior or senior high school student, or a rising first-year college student. This program’s focus is on older students who are prepared to work seriously on strengthening their acting skills through daily concentrated work.

Dates and Times
July 7 – 18, 2014
Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm*
*In addition, students will be variously scheduled for evening rehearsals between 5:30 and 7:30 pm during the Institute.

Location: Hartke Theatre, Department of Drama
3801 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017
Metro accessible: Brookland/CUA (red line)

Fee: The cost of the two week program is $1,050 per student.

Financial Aid: The High School Drama Institute has a limited amount of financial aid for students who would not be able to attend the Institute at full cost. To apply for this aid, students need to complete and submit this scholarship application.


Contact Us

Phone: 202-319-5358
Fax: 202-319-5359