Summer Physical Theatre Intensive

July 11th – August 12th, 2016
5 Weeks, Tuition: $3400
30 Hours of Class and 12 hours of Rehearsal Per Week
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016

The Physical Theatre Intensive is part of the Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance Theatre, and is designed especially for the physically creative performer. The program offers five weeks of immersion in intensive physical theatre and movement training with a strong focus on devising original work. Students study a variety of influential techniques taught by the studio’s world-class movement faculty. The program serves a select group of actors, dancers, choreographers, and directors. In addition to classes, students participate in two components: Autonomy- an ensemble-driven devising process with no director, and Project- a collaboration with a TBA choreographer/director to devise a new work from the ground up. Both components culminate in performances in the studio’s black box theater at the completion of the intensive.

Classes: Image Work, Impulse and Structure, Physical Text, Sourcework, Modern Dance, Lucid Body Technique, Mime, Neutral Mask, Voice and Speech, Private Tutorial and Autonomy (Creating Original Work)

“I was challenged and inspired not only to build the inner life of a character through specific exploration of the body, but also to experience my own inner life more deeply. The incredibly masterful teachers and the nurturing, supportive environment of the studio gave me the courage to abandon text and learn to speak through movement.”Lauren Patten (Chicago, IL)

“(The Physical Theatre Intensive) is a great way to build a trust within yourself and with the people you work with in the program. You’ll not only move better on the stage, but you’ll move better in the world.” – S. Nicole Roberts

Admission Information

NEW OPTION! Apply online using the Stella Adler Online Application Portal.

Admission to the Physical Theatre Intensive is by entrance interview with the Head-of-Movement. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Headshot and Resume
  3. A $40 non-refundable application fee (payable to Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Inc)

Head-of-Movement Jena Necrason on the Physical Theatre Intensive

About Fay Simpson (Choreographer)

Fay Simpson is the Founder of the Lucid Body, a physical process for actors based on the exploration of the seven chakra energy centers. She is an Associate Arts Professor at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and has been the Artistic Director and co-founder of Impact Theatre (now Lucid Body Lab) since its creation in 1990. 
Her studio, Lucid Body House opened in 2013, in Manhattan. Fay has taught at The Yale School of Drama, The The New School, and The Actor’s Center among others. She coaches both privately for stage/TV/and film in New York, London and Berlin. She has a teacher training program now in place. Last spring, Fay received a Fellowship from the Likhachev Foundation in St. Petersburg, Russia, followed by a teaching tour in Moscow, Berlin, London and Paris.  In 1999, Ms. Simpson was awarded a Fox Foundation Fellowship, at the New Globe Theatre in London under the artistic directorship of Mark Rylance. Ms. Simpson ‘s book, The Lucid Body; A Guide for the Physical Actor was hailed by Drama Book Shop as “one of the ten most essential books for the actor.” She is a member of the Actor’s Center.