ASC Education's College Prep programming gives you experiences which will better enable you to enter the next phase of your scholastic career. Our ASCTC College Credit Program enables you to hone your skills as a perfomer while preparing for the academic rigors of college-level classes. This course will not only introduce you to various upper-level resources, but will aim to improve your research and writing skills to a collegiate level. Earn 3 credit hours from Mary Baldwin College, which are transferrable to other institutions.
Performance Master Classes: Learn professional performance skills in classes, such as: voice, stage combat, music, dance, movement for the actor, and mask. ASC actors, ASCTC directors, or other theatre and academic professionals teach all classes.
Academic Lectures: Participants attend lectures ranging in topic and cover areas like scansion and rhetoric, textual culture in the early modern period, Shakespeare’s theatres, source study of the plays, design technique and theory, and Elizabethan and Jacobean history.
Play Rehearsal: Work with a professional director on language, early modern staging practices, acting skills, ensemble and collaborative work towards the creation of a dynamic and engaging one-hour version of a Shakespeare play to be performed at the Blackfriars Playhouse.
In addition to the camp program, those seeking college credit further enhance the experience through weekly meetings with the course instructor and group-oriented projects to build skills in reading, writing, public speaking, and critical discussion. Students compose a 5-7 page research essay focusing on an aspect of early modern staging practices, textual culture, or theatre history at the completion of the course. The research essay is due two weeks after camp.
Writing sample: an example of a 2-3 page essay that demonstrates writing skill and style.
Official High School Transcripts. Please have your school mail a copy of your transcripts to: American Shakespeare Center, ASCTC, 20 S New Street, 4th Floor, Staunton, VA 24401.
Teacher recommendation that confirms the participants ability to accomplish college level work.
Weekly feedback from the course instructor
Written evaluation of the research essay
Written evaluation from the director of the play
Cost: The college credit program is a 3-credit course which requires an additional fee. The 2014 tuition rate was $390 per credit hour.
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