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2019 Dates TBA

Eager to experience university-level, professional theatre training? Then join us for a week this summer to immerse yourself in artistic collaboration and cutting-edge performance.

Learn about what it takes to keep a theatre company alive and successful. Take the spotlight for bare-bones monologues and compelling small-cast scenes under the guidance of experienced professional actors and directors. During this weeklong residential, intensive experience you will explore characters that take you outside your comfort zone, and you'll learn about yourself in the process. You'll focus on the tools you need to improve your acting and your professional maturity.

Apply for Actor's Institute

Our acting training and arts leadership development workshops will help you prepare for the next step in your work as an emerging practitioner of the fine arts.

Students who are currently 9th, 10th and 11th graders (minimum age 15) are invited to apply.

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Workshops and rehearsals will take place in Degenstein Center Theater, our Broadway-quality theater that seats an audience of 450, and also in our smaller Studio Theater. These are professional venues where you'll enhance your performance skills and satisfy your passion for creative expression!

Highlights of the week

  • Review Stanislavski-based acting fundamentals
  • Participate in improvisation and monologue workshops
  • Practice movement techniques for the actor
  • Collaborate with peers and faculty in the performing arts
  • Develop skills in scene performance
  • Learn stage management strategies
  • Get helpful tips in our auditioning workshop
  • Present final public performance of rehearsed work

Comprehensive fees for Actor's Institute include room, meals and all program materials for the week.

  • $1,025

Scholarships are available based on financial need and academic performance. No full-tuition scholarships are available. A letter from your guidance counselor, indicating your eligibility for free/reduced lunch or other measure(s) of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration.

Selection is competitive and based on recommendations, academic skills, leadership qualities and future career aspirations.

All applications must be submitted no later than June 8. Payment must be made in full and all supporting  documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

The Actor's Institute cultivates your artistry to improve your skills as a performer and build on the personal characteristics that will advance your career, both on stage and off. The institute is operated by Susquehanna University faculty with stellar résumés in the theatre industry and in performing arts education.

Erik Viker, Institute Director
Mr. Viker serves as faculty production manager and teaches courses in stage management and theatre operations. He is the editor of the book Inspired Teaching: Essays on theatre design and technology education published in 2013, and his articles on theatre education and management have appeared nationally in Theatre Design and Technology, the quarterly journal Teaching Theatre and Stage Directions magazine.

Anna Andes, Institute Instructor
Dr. Andes is associate professor of theatre at Susquehanna University. She is a director and dramaturg who teaches acting, directing and theatre history. Andes specializes in connecting contemporary actors to historical works of drama. She has directed plays and musicals for the College of Charleston and Susquehanna University.

Aaron White, Institute Instructor
Mr. White has been a working actor, director and choreographer since 2004, and has performed with the  Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theater, the Texas Shakespeare Festival and the Adirondack Shakespeare Company.

You'll need a recommendation from anyone who knows you well and is not a relative, such as a teacher, guidance counselor, supervisor for a job or a volunteer position you hold, religious leader, etc.

Use this easy recommendation form and scan and email it to longj@susqu.edu, fax it to Jayme Long, administrative assistant for program, at (570) 372-2745, or mail it to:

Attn: Jayme Long
Susquehanna University
514 University Ave. 
Selinsgrove, PA 17870

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Department of Theatre

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

Degenstein Campus Center

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Phone & Email

Erik Viker, department head
570-372-4548
viker@susqu.edu