Young Conservatory

 

Visionbox Young Conservatory  Ongoing Auditions  throughout the Spring – email us!

Students interested in this program should prepare 2 monologues, one classical/one contemporary, not exceeding 3 minutes in total, and 16 bars of an accapella song (optional). Please email info@visionbox.org to sign up. Auditions are at Visionbox Studio, Studio 11, 910 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204.

Mission:

The mission of Visionbox is to develop the work of visionary artists through professional training and professional performance.

About our Young Conservatory:

The Visionbox Young Conservatory is made up of actors ages 11-early 20s. These younger students study at the same level as our adult students and Ensemble. The focus of Visionbox training is on process and technique over product.By focusing on the analysis and acting of objectives, actions and behavior, students move away from the portrayal of demonstrated emotion on stage, to the creating of work that is more specific, and ultimately more truthful. The process of studying a play through research, table work and rehearsal allows actors a depth of exploration not possible in most performance situations.

Students will, however, have an opportunity to share their work at the end of each sequence of study in presentations called ‘Open Rehearsals’.

The study of acting, theatre history and playwrighting prepares students for advanced study in other academic disciplines including: literature, language, history and psychology. Young Conservatory actors will also have an opportunity to explore other disciplines including design, directing, playwrighting and film and video production. Visionbox is committed to creating a community for younger students that will help them in their development as young artists both in their current study and performance as well as in their future education and careers. Students who have worked with Visionbox have been placed in many performing arts programs including Denver School of the Arts, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in England!

 

Classes Open for Enrollment:

Visionbox Young Conservatory Saturday Schedule

The Young Conservatory will have an ongoing, weekly Saturday class meeting, 9:00am – 12:00pm at Visionbox Studio, 910 Santa Fe Drive Studio 11, Denver, CO 80204. If interested in enrollment, please email info@visionbox.org, subject: Young Conservatory.

Young Conservatory Acting Sequence

- Classical & American Realism (February)

Scene study that focuses on early and mid-20th century literature, including but not limited to: Tennessee Williams, Clifford Odets, Eugene O’Neill, Lillian Hellman and Arthur Miller.

- Contemporary American Playwrights (March) 

Scene study of important American Playwrights including but not limited to: Paula Vogel, David Mamet, Sam Shepard, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Sarah Ruhl, Christopher Durang, Lynn Nottage and Suzan Lori-Parks. Sunday, March 30th OR, April 6th Realism Open Rehearsal

- American & British Comedy (April)

The principles of comedy will be studied by working on scenes from plays by Neil Simon, Christopher Durang, David Mamet, Sarah Ruhl, David Ives, Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde, Caryl Churchill and Harold Pinter.

- Brecht & Greek Scene Study (May)

This is an advanced acting class focusing on archetypal acting through the study of plays by Bertolt Brecht, Sophocles and Euripides (John Barton translations). Joseph Campbell’s Power of Myth will be used as research for the study of character and story-telling in Greek and Brechtian theatre. This class helps move actors away from Realism by focusing on difficult style and theatricality. Sunday, June 1st Comedy & Style Open Rehearsal

 

Classes do not have to be taken sequentially. Students taking Saturday classes typically purchase a 10 class punch card that allows them greater flexibility ($350). Individual classes are $50. To purchase a 10 class punch card, click the PayPal link below:


Young Conservatory Spring 2014
10 class sessions


 

Young Conservatory Summer Intensive 2014

These classes will expose students to advanced training and help prepare younger actors for study in High School, College, Conservatories and Graduate Programs. In June, texts will be selected from works by Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, and The Group Theatre. In July, the focus is Shakespeare. Classes are from 1-5pm Monday-Friday and are broken up between voice and speech, movement, music, audition technique and acting. There will be a minimum of 2 hours of scene study each day taught by Jennifer McCray Rincon. Classes with Ms. Rincon will focus on the actors’ Five Questions, character development, behavior, objectives, actions and language.

 

Every effort is made to accommodate students with limited schedules. If necessary, students may attend for 1 week, 2 weeks or 3 weeks instead of the full 4 weeks, and tuition will be prorated. Students are encouraged, however, to attend a full 4 weeks of class to receive the full benefit of the program.

 

June Intensive: Foundations and Realism

June 2nd–June 27th
Monday–Friday, 1:00-5:00pm
Open Rehearsal: Sunday, June 29th

The June Intensive on Foundations and Realism will focus on Chekhov scene study. Each day, students will have 1-2 hours of movement, voice, improvisation, and music, followed by a minimum of 2 hours of scene study and rehearsal. The June Intensive will culminate with a public performance of work on Sunday, June 29th. To purchase the Young Conservatory July Session, click the PayPal link below:


Young Conservatory June 2014

 

July Intensive: Shakespeare

July 7th–August 1st
Monday–Friday, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Open Rehearsal: Sunday, August 3rd

The July Intensive will focus on Shakespeare scene study, scansion, and poetry. The July Intensive will c
ulminate with a public performance of work on Sunday, August 3rd. To purchase the Young Conservatory July Session, click the PayPal link below:


Young Conservatory July 2014


 

Tuition: 4 weeks $1,000

 

Visionbox is committed to diversity of all kinds and there will be special consideration for students from disadvantaged and economically challenged communities.  Some scholarships will be made available on request depending on the level of student and economic need. 

  2 Responses to “Young Conservatory”

  1. Hello, Visionbox! My name is Jonathan Schulte, I am an actor at Arapahoe High School. I had my first acting role in “The People vs. Maxine Lowe”, as the supporting role “Vincent Barclay”, a hotel manager with a dark past and even darker secret. I was a crowd favorite, and knew I was going to act for the rest of my life. I auditioned for the next school play, but on the condition that I got my grades up, which after successfully doing that, raising my grade exponentially, I had no time to prepare an audition, and was not cast. Before our spring Musical, “Pirates of Penzance”, I still hoped to do a show somewhere, so I can build a resume. I do not know what your schedules are like, but I would like to know more about Visionbox and if it may be possible to find summer or other times to gain acting experience. I am 16 years old, 6 foot 1 inch tall, and 240 ish pounds. Dark brown VERY curly hair, brown eyes, and willing to do most anything for a role. I wish you luck with The Othello Project, it sounded amazing.

    Sincerely; Jonathan D Schulte

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