Professional Teen Conservatory

LAAPA’s Professional Teen Conservatory (PTC) offers a two-year certificate program designed for students who wish to be professional performers and leaders in the performing arts.  It will also prepare students wanting to pursue undergraduate degrees for admittance into top-tier college theatre programs.  Students will immerse themselves in training that fuses the voice, body, and imagination into a powerful instrument of artistic expression.

A cornerstone of LAAPA’s training is the Leaders in Training (LIT) program in which outstanding second-year students will be assigned to mentor first-year students in their development as young professionals. Mentors are chosen by faculty.

The certificate program offers an Acting track and a Musical Theatre track. An audition and interview are required for admittance.

F1 visas are available for international students. 

 

Acting Track 

First Year

Technique

Meisner-based repetition and activity/objective, Students will learn how to create nuanced characters, and make powerful acting choices to free their imaginations and react truthfully in the moment; includes exploration of monologues and scene study.

Voice and Speech 1

Focus is on breath control, vocal dynamics, connecting sound to impulse, articulation, and proper tongue placement. Work is based on the Linklater Technique and the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

Movement 1

Students will study the physical skills needed by actors to create believable characters. Emphasis is on alignment, kinesthetic awareness, and specificity of movement. Techniques will include mime, Alexander, clowning, and acrobatics.

Ensemble 1

Emphasis is on working together as a “team” through the entire process of mounting a play. Students must collaborate on text analysis, rehearsal process, and final performance. Play will be directed by a member of the faculty.

Second Year

Acting 2

Students will continue to deepen their emotional range through exercises, theatre games, and continued work in Meisner training. Exploration of different styles of acting from Shakespeare and Greek drama, to Restoration, to modern naturalism.

Voice and Speech 2

Continued work on increasing vocal power and range, introduction to dialects and character- specific vocal choices. Students will apply vocal techniques and speech to classical text.

Movement 2

Students will deepen their connection to physical expression and character, Suzuki training, Viewpoints, Alexander, and Mime will be incorporated into acting for classical text.

Ensemble 2

Second year students will work together to mount a production of a classical play. Play will be directed by a member of the faculty.

Leaders In Training (LIT)

This unique program is a cornerstone of LAAPA training. Second year students who show exceptional leadership skills will be chosen by faculty to mentor first-year students in their development as theatre artists.

 

Musical Theatre Track

First Year

SInging Technique 1

Focus is on sight reading, breath control, posture, and placement of sound. Students will work on solos and duets.

Acting 1

Meisner-based acting techniques will start to develop the students ability to react truthfully in the moment. Students will begin to learn how to develop strong, interesting, and nuanced characters. Exploration of the history of early musical theatre.

Dance 1

Different dance style are taught to train students in kinesthetic awareness,  character movement, and overall technique.

Ensemble 1

Emphasis is on working together as a “team” through the entire process of mounting a musical. Students must collaborate on musical analysis, rehearsal process, and final performance. Musical will be directed by a member of the faculty.

Second Year

Singing Technique 2

Students will continue to develop their vocal skills, as well as being introduced to classical singing, complex harmonies, and advanced solo work.

Acting 2

Students will continue to deepen their emotional range through exercises, theatre games, and continued work in Meisner training. Exploration of the history of modern musical theatre.

Dance 2

Students will continue to explore dance and movement as they pertain to character. Introduction to other styles of movement such as Suzuki, Alexander, Viewpoints, and Mime.

Ensemble 2

Second year students will work together to mount a production of a musical. Play will be directed by a member of the faculty.

Leaders In Training (LIT)

This unique program is a cornerstone of LAAPA training. Second year students who show exceptional leadership skills will be chosen by faculty to mentor first-year students in their development as theatre artists.

 

Auditions will be in July 2016.

Call 323.382.1141 for audition dates and tuition information.