2018 New Swan Apprenticeship in Acting for Theatre

New Swan Apprenticeship in Acting for Theatre

July 30-August 10



Ages 14-19


Experience the one-of-a-kind New Swan Shakespeare Festival!  Train in acting for theatre and audition preparation through coursework including voice, movement, improv and more.

Students will work alongside actors from our New Swan Shakespeare Festival and esteemed UCI faculty as they participate in sessions that reflect the coursework taught to our undergraduate drama majors.  Material will focus on Shakespeare and contemporary performance, as well as voice and movement.  Additional studio and classroom-based sessions will also be offered that help students prepare for the collegiate and professional world.  Some sessions may be split based on students' levels, but all students will work together towards final piece.  The Academy will end with a final showcase for family and friends (more details to be shared).

There will be no auditions for acceptance into the program, but we do ask that students submit a video and personal statement.  These materials are reviewed by our instructors to get a better understanding of every individual's level and goals in order to properly structure their lesson plans to meet the students' needs.

Scholarships and Financial Aid are available!


Student Handbook

Please ensure that you have thoroughly reviewed the 2018 Student Handbook regarding all important information and policies for the Summer Academies in the Arts.

Waivers and Forms

All participants are required to download, read, print, sign and return the following forms prior to the first day of your Academy (to download, right click and save as):

Failure to do so will result in the student not being allowed to participate in the program until all missing forms are signed and returned. Fees for missed classes will not be refunded.

Audition and Personal Statement

Submission of an audition video and personal statement is required with your registration.

  • Audition video must be no more than three (3) minutes in length and must include at least one monologue - Classical or Comedic - and may include 16 bars of a song, though not required.  MOV or MP4 files only.
  • Personal Statement must be no more than one (1) page in length and should speak to your goals as an actor, what you hope to gain from this intensive, why theatre is important to you, etc.  Word or PDF files only.

  • All supplemental materials should be uploaded to a secure, file-sharing website (Google Drive, Dropbox, YouTube, etc.).  A link to these files should be copied and pasted into the appropriate sections on the registration page.  Please note that you will not be able to complete the online registration unless you have all these materials prepared.  An email confirming your registration will be sent to you as a copy for your records.

Cancellations and Refunds

Please review our Cancellation and Refunds policy here.


All Academies and dates are subject to change without notice.


July 30, 2018 - 9:00am
August 10, 2018 - 4:00pm