Summer Discovery @ UCLA, Los Angeles

CTCA is partnering with Summer Discovery @ UCLA to offer a 2 or 3 week course on Acting and Auditioning for Film, TV, & Stage!


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This full-day intensive acting institute has it all, delivering what feels like years of acting and industry experience in a 2 or 3 week course. Geared towards high school students who are serious about acting, the course develops the skills necessary to make it as a professional in the entertainment business. Each session will include lecture, performance time, and workshop experience with entertainment professionals.

Master the audition process, perfect your monologue, polish your resume, and learn about professional theater, TV, and film productions. Actors will use scenes and monologues to create a final performance that will be filmed and can be used for reels and an online presence. Guest speakers may include Casting Directors, Television Producers, Movie Directors, and Talent Agents. The 3 week program also features a field trip to an evening performance at the GEFFEN Theater, including a post-show conversation with the actors.

Created and taught by Wendy Kurtzman and Caroline Liem, 2 Casting Directors with over 35 years of collective experience, this course will give you everything you need to succeed from College to Career. Wendy is an Emmy-nominated casting director that launched Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon’s careers. She casted the blockbuster “Independence Day.” Caroline taught at Juilliard and was the Casting Director for the award winning late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

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3 WEEK Residential: $6,799 June 25-July 14
3 WEEK Day student: $3,499 June 26-July 13

2 WEEK Residential: $4,899 July 17-July 29
2 WEEK Day student: $2,599 July 18-July 28

*Day student option available for students from the LA area. Please contact our office to apply.


The College Audition
•Master the audition process for Performing Arts Colleges and/or Conservatories
•Craft two contrasting monologues and TWO 16-32 bar song selections
•Create a professional resume

The Professional Theater
•Learn how a play is chosen and where professionals find the material
•Explore what casting looks like for musical theater versus a play


Auditioning for Television
•Cold reading and prepared reading techniques
•On-camera technique
•Mock auditions
•Marketing for the actor and online presence

•Writing character breakdown for your assigned role
•Pitch: Creating conversation that compels
•The art of “Slating” for the camera
•Dealing with nerves…how to make them work for you, not against you


Auditioning for Feature Film
•What to expect from a reader, casting director, the audition room, and feedback
•NYC vs. LA – key differences and your best option
•The art of the “one-liner”

•Auditioning with material from feature films
•A final performance that will be taped for their reel. Students are cast in various roles based on age and type and are filmed to create a video showcase.

The Acting Institute is designed for students completing grades 10, 11, and 12, who have experience in acting, want to further enhance their talents, and learn the art of auditioning for high school, college, and beyond. Exceptional 9th graders will be considered for acceptance.

This program meets daily (Monday – Thursday), both morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Acting Institute.

2 week and 3 week Session 1 only