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

Daily Classes: Students take voice, movement, and acting classes. CUAdrama professors and local theatre professionals lead Master Classes—possible topics include character work, physical theatre, and stage combat.

Audition Preparation: An additional focus of the summer program is the preparation of audition monologues. Each student will work on preparing and rehearsing two audition monologues. The program culminates with a workshop performance of monologues and short scenes presented on the evening of the final day.

Live on campus: Students will live in supervised campus residence halls beginning on the night before the first day of classes—July 5—and participate in the university meal plan. This two-week program allows students a brief experience of campus life and learning.

Evening & Weekend Activities

  • Theatre Performances: Students will attend a performance of the Broadway musical ONCE at The John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, plus other productions at Washington, DC professional theatres.
  • Washington, DC Excursions: Nighttime bus tour of DC. On the weekend, students will have the opportunity to take the Metro (subway) as a group and spend the day exploring the museums of the Smithsonian and visiting the national monuments and memorials.
  • Evening Programming: Some nights will be spent in rehearsal for the culminating workshop performance. Offerings on other nights will include events like an improvisation workshop, open mic night, conversations with young professional actors, movies, and pizza parties.

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 wish to strengthen their acting skills through daily concentrated work while living responsibly in a university setting.

Dates and Times:
July 6 – 17, 2015*
*Please note that participants check-in on Sunday, July 5th between 3-10 pm. Program begins the morning of Monday, July 6th.

Daily classes will be held Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Evening programming will begin after 5:30 pm

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

Fee: $2,500

Includes all classes, rehearsals, and workshop activities, as well as meals, housing, linens & pillow, theatre tickets, and bus transportation.

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 will need to complete and submit a scholarship application.

Interested? register and begin collecting your application materials.

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

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Frequently Asked questions

- 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 and college campus life, collaborating and living with others who share your passion for this performing art.