Summer Conservatory

Dates: June 7 – August 13, 2021
Duration: 10 Weeks, 22 Hours a Week
Hybrid Tuition: $3800
Online Only Tuition: $3500

Enrollment Update: (4/12/2021) At this time, the New York Summer Conservatory is filled to maximum capacity and cannot accept new registrations. Candidates can still interview and will be considered for a Wait List for the program. However, there is still limited availability to enroll in the Los Angeles Summer Conservatory at the Art of Acting Studio or the Online Summer Conservatory.

UPDATE: (11/1/2020) At this time, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting is anticipating for the 2021 Summer Conservatory to be held in a HYBRID format both in New York and in Los Angeles this summer where some classes will take place in-person at the facility with social distancing measures and some classes will be held remotely online. There is also an ‘Online Only’ option for the Summer Conservatory that is available for actors wishing to study fully remotely. Please visit the studio’s Health & Safety page for the latest updates and a list of measures the studio has taken to protect the community against COVID-19:

The Summer Conservatory is one of the most popular summer programs at the Stella Adler Studio and in the nation. Students from all over the world come to experience this rigorous foundation-building course which approximates a full term of our Professional Conservatory and NYU Tisch School of the Arts program. It is officially approved by the National Association of Schools of Theatre as a summer training program. The program ends with a presentation of contemporary and classical scene work. We find the growth demonstrated by the end of the ten weeks palpable, deeply encouraging and an affirmation of our belief that “growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous.” Offered in the summer only, this is a 10-week, 22-hour-per-week intensive held in New York City.

Summer Conservatory Courses*
Acting Technique
Scene Study
Voice & Speech
Ensemble Building
Acting for Film & Television

Read this article from Louisville’s Voice Tribune written by Sarah Levitch (Summer Conservatory Class of 2018) about her experience in the program:

Admission Information

Admission to the Summer Conservatory is by entrance interview. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed Online Application Form
  2. Headshot (Photo) and Resume (CV)
  3. A $45 non-refundable application fee (payable to Stella Adler Studio of Acting)


Once the studio receives the submitted application and supporting materials, an associate will contact the applicant to schedule the interview. Interviews will be conducted online via Zoom.

International students may apply for the Summer Conservatory as it is eligible for the F1 Student Visa.

Enhanced Curriculum Option:
The Summer Conservatory offers an Enhanced Curriculum Option for experienced actors seeking a more rigorous level of work in the Summer Conservatory. To be considered for the Enhanced Curriculum Option, applicants will need to submit an audition consisting of a performance of two contrasting monologues: one contemporary/realism and one classical that should be no longer than 90 seconds in length each. This program is optional and is not a requirement for applying to the Summer Conservatory. The dates, hours, and tuition is the same as the main Summer Conservatory. Enrollment into the enhanced curriculum option is very limited.

Enhanced Curriculum Option Courses*
Acting Technique
Chekhov Scene Study
Voice & Speech
Advanced Shakespeare
Advanced On-Camera
Ensemble Building

*Courses and Faculty Subject to Changes