Teen Acting Camps

Learn the Craft of Acting for Film

Many high school students will get the theater bug at some point and act in their school’s musicals and plays. At the New York Film Academy’s Teen Acting for Film Camps, we aim to harness that excitement and energy for the stage and help young aspiring actors to make the transition to the screen.
Whether a student has theatre acting experience, performed in a few short films with friends, or simply is taken by the dream of becoming an actor, our Acting Camp offers several possibilities to deepen your training and ultimately, to help guide you towards your dreams!

Acting Camps at NYFA

In the New York Film Academy Acting Camp, students are immersed in an intensive, professional educational experience, combining fun, experiential, interactive classes with direct, hands-on acting in front of the camera. Depending on your particular goals and experience, we likely have the perfect match for you.

Offering everything from Two-Day, Weekend, and One-Week camps to full-time Three and Four-Week Acting and Advanced Acting camps, it’s our goal at NYFA to help you get exactly what you want out of your acting camp experience.

Regardless of which camp a student enrolls in, each graduates with a digital reel of his or her recorded work on screen to show to friends and bring to auditions along with a certificate of completion to demonstrate the student’s considerable accomplishment.

Class Descriptions

At the New York Film Academy, we believe in building a strong foundation in the art of acting. While many of our foundation courses can be applied to any performance experience, what sets the New York Film Academy’s camps apart is that students get the opportunity to perform what they learn on camera. Not surprisingly, many of our acting camp graduates have gone on to be cast in starring roles in film and television (including Glee, The Middle, Parks and Recreation; the feature film, This Must Be the Place with Sean Penn, and The Knick, just to name a few).

The Film Academy’s Acting Camps thus provide a safe, focused environment where students are alternately pushed and encouraged to polish their craft. Our short-term programs are ideal for those high school students still exploring the possibilities of acting as a career. Our more advanced workshops give those committed students a chance to take their craft a step further. Many of our acting classes collaborate closely with our film and digital programs, so that students may audition and be cast in student work.

Below is a sampling of some of the classes those in the Acting Camps can expect to take.

SCENE STUDY

Working on scenes from published plays and screenplays allows actors to learn all of the basic concepts of approaching a scene: defining objectives, breaking the scene down into beats, understanding the arc, pursuing an objective, playing actions, and working to overcome obstacles.

ACTING FOR FILM

Students learn the basics of film acting and are assigned scenes from produced screenplays, which are then shot with a crew and edited together.

MOVEMENT

Movement classes focus on breaking down inhibitions, building ensemble spirit, and providing the necessary tools to bring physical dimension to all of his or her roles.

VOICE

Students gain insight into the power of their voices and learn how to nurture and control their voices by exercising various resonators and muscles, which enables them to release emotional impulses.

IMPROVISATION

(Three & Four-Week Camps only)
Through games and exercises, students learn how to let their imaginations run free, how to play well with others, and how to live “in the moment”—free from anticipating or planning what to do next.

MONOLOGUES

(Three & Four-Week Camps only)
Screenplays oftentimes incorporate monologues into their dramatic structures, but more importantly actors must learn the self-discipline to work individually, without relying on a scene partner for inspiration.

ACTING TECHNIQUE

This class introduces students to a range of techniques which may include “Meisner Technique,” “the Method,” and other variations on Stanislavski’s “System.” This eclectic approach helps actors best prepare for any role they are given to play.

FILMCRAFT

We provide all of our acting students with master classes taught by the NYFA Filmmaking faculty who give a broad outline of the mechanics, language, and production of film.

AUDITION TECHNIQUE

(Three & Four-Week Camps only)

This class focuses on making strong acting choices with little or no preparation as well as bringing your “best self” to the audition room.

The New York Film Academy Acting Camps are especially diverse, attracting students from all over the world. We welcome high school students who thrive on collaborative work and who are willing to explore the acting craft in deep and personal ways. Whether you’re looking to develop your talent; to build skills that will help land you professional work; to develop a portfolio for college entrance; to just explore the possibilities of acting as a career—our Acting Camps will offer something for you!

Click here to learn more about the camp, the dates, and tuition information.

Please note that dates, prices, and curriculum are subject to change.



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