Acting Conservatory

Acting Conservatory (Grades 9 to 12)

The Acting Conservatory is a multi-year program for high school students who have a serious desire to pursue in-depth training in acting. The goal of the program is to provide students with the professional acting training, resume experience, and audition preparation needed to pursue a life in the theatre–whether that be acting, directing, writing, teaching, or dramaturgy, etc. Once accepted into the Conservatory, students will never have to re-audition for the program.

For more detailed information, please reference the Conservatory FAQ.

Auditions

For audition requirements and to sign-up for an audition  click below:

Any Questions?  Please email kshaw@zachtheatre.org 

 

Year 1 (Grade 9)

Acting Technique and Improv & Comedic Skills

  • Hagan and Viewpoints Technique
  • Neutral Mask Work and Clowning
  • Long and Short Form Improv
  • Sketch and Stand-up Comedy Writing
  • Improv and Comedy Showcase Performance

Year 2 (Grade 10)

Scene Study

  • Contemporary and Classical Script Analysis
  • Monologue Technique and Research
  • Contemporary Scene Study with Meisner Emphasis
  • Classical Scene Study with Shakespeare Emphasis
  • Devised Theatre Performance with Technical Theatre opportunities

Year 3 (Grade 11)

Monologue Book Preparation and Film Scene Study

  • College Preparation
  • Monologue Book Preparation (Classical and Contemporary)
  • Acting for Film 
  • Meisner Scene Study
  • Scripted Performance with Technical Theatre offerings

Year 4 (Grade 12)

Audition Technique

  • College Application, Resume, and Headshot Guidance and Support
  • Prescreen Filming
  • Audition Technique: Monologues, Cold Reading, and Ensemble
  • Mock Auditions 
  • Senior Showcase for Industry Professionals
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Due to COVID-19, we are only accepting digital auditions at this time.

 

The College audition process can be overwhelming and stressful. But we are here to help. Students in the Acting Conservatory are accepted into an average of 9 schools and receive an average of $50,000 in scholarships. Our weekly Year 4 class is focused on helping you organize your list of college auditions, preparing your audition pieces, mock auditions, and master classes on all the different types of auditions you will run into during the process. We will also attend the North Texas Drama Auditions, the Greater Houston Area Auditions, and the National Unifieds in either Chicago or NYC as a group and your instructors will be there to help get you warmed-up and prep your pieces before heading into your audition.  

High School Seniors are welcome to audition to join the Conservatory in their Senior Year. However, since they missed the preparation that happens in Year 3 of the Conservatory, Seniors must audition in May and must attend a special College Preparation class in the summer months leading up to the start of Year 4 in the Conservatory. The College Preparation class will help you build a monologue book of 6 to 8 appropriate pieces, get them audition ready, and build a realistic list of schools in which to audition. The tuition for Year 4 of the Conservatory + the College Preparation class is $1700. 

 

Sign up for an audition hereThe deadline to audition is July 15, 2020.

 

The following is required for your digital audition:

  • 2 Contrasting Monologues: no more than two minutes long per monologue, one must be Shakespeare verse
  • A one-minute video explaining your future career goals
  • A one-minute video explaining why you are passionate about the arts
  • A one-minute video telling us 3 interesting things about yourself
  • A Headshot and Resume

Digital Auditioning Tips:

  • Have a clean clutter free background
  • Make sure you have a light pointing towards you from behind your camera
  • For your auditions film either full body or 3/4 shots
  • For your interview questions film close up

Students in the Conservatory have been accepted into 85 different theatre programs across the United States. Here is a sampling of some of those schools:

  • Boston University - Boston, MA
  • California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) - Santa Clarita, CA
  • Chapman University - Orange, CA
  • Emerson College - Boston, MA
  • Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington, IL
  • Ithaca University - Ithaca, NY
  • New York Film Academy - Los Angles, CA
  • New York University Tisch School of the Arts - NYC
  • Pace University - NYC
  • Point Park University - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Roosevelt University - Chicago, IL
  • Savannah College of Art and Design - Savannah, GA
  • SUNY Purchase Conservatory of the Arts - Purchase, NY
  • The New School of Dramatic Art - NYC
  • University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts - Winston-Salem, NC
  • University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • Webster University Conservatory of the Arts - St. Louis, MI
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