Tisch Summer Online High School Drama

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Tisch Summer High School Residential Program will not be taking place in New York City. The courses in this program will be offered remotely. Below is the updated program information. Students accepted to this program will also receive communication via email.

Hone your craft by training with master faculty who will help you develop as a professional theatre artist.

The Summer High School Program is a condensed version of the professional training in the undergraduate Drama program, where the emphasis is on the process, not the product. You’ll be challenged to learn and grow as artists, see some of Broadway’s amazing shows, and have access to the incomparable theatrical resources of New York City.

Program Overview

Each week you will have 28 hours of conservatory training at either the Atlantic Acting School, the Experimental Theatre Wing, the Meisner Studio, the New Studio on Broadway, the Stonestreet Screen Acting Studios, or in the Production and Design Studio. You will also take a weekly Introduction to New York Theatre seminar with professional actors, directors, designers, stage managers, and faculty as guests.

Core Curriculum

Each studio has its own training techniques and curriculum. You should select the program which most closely fits your interests. All students will be registered for 4 units of studio and 2 units of New York Theatre.

Studios and Theatre Course

Atlantic Acting Studio

THEA-UT 468.001 | 4 units

The Atlantic Technique: Simple, honest and straightforward, Practical Aesthetics is both an acting technique and a philosophy. The technique gives actors an empowering set of analytical and physical tools. The actor learns to analyze scenes for tangible, physically-playable objectives, and to use their imagination, voice, body and sense of play to bring the character and the story to life. The philosophy teaches self-reliance, professional work habits, and mutual support and respect between artists. The summer program integrates acting classes with rigorous training in voice, speech, and movement. Classes include: Script Analysis, Scene Study, Shakespeare, Performance Technique, On-Camera Technique, Song & Choreography, Games/Improv, Audition Technique with a professional Casting Director, and guest classes with industry professionals.

Notable alumni of the Atlantic Acting Studio include: Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision), Brian Charles Johnson (Spring Awakening), and the sketch comedy troupe Harvard Sailing Team.

The Atlantic Theater Company is an award-winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully by utilizing an artistic ensemble. Since its inception in 1985, Atlantic has produced more than 150 plays including "The Band’s Visit" and "Spring Awakening", garnering 22 Tony Awards, 25 Obie Awards, 21 Lucille Lortel Awards, 11 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 5 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, 4 Theater World Awards, 4 Drama League Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, the Atlantic has the only conservatory program in the world that offers in-depth training in Mamet and Macy’s unique and influential approach to acting: The Atlantic Technique: Practical Aesthetics.


Experimental Theatre Wing

THEA-UT 480 | 4 units

The Experimental Theatre Wing is a unique, physically based acting program with an international reputation for developing creative artists, courageous actors at ease in their bodies, who are alive to new ideas. The professional training program combines the impulse based acting techniques of Grotowski with the psychological character work of Stanislavski. In addition, primary curriculum encompasses improvisation, movement, Viewpoints, dance, speech, extended vocal technique, singing, and various approaches to creating original work. ETW is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive training program that enables them to shape their own artistic visions and to perform in a wide range of theatrical styles. ETW faculty members are vibrant professionals in the forefront of creating contemporary theatre, dance, and music.

Summer High School studio training consists of physically based acting, character-based scene work, improvisation, speech and vocal performance (focusing on freeing the voice and finding each student’s unique quality), movement (heightening body awareness, contact improvisation, Viewpoints, and hip-hop), and self-scripting classes where students have the opportunity to create original work.


THEA-UT 470 | 4 units

Meisner Technique is prized for its integrity and ability to provide actors with the means to engage and access their talent. Sanford Meisner based his technique on the principle of the Reality of Doing and in the belief that good acting should reveal the humanity in every character.

All classes in the Summer High School Program are acting classes, regardless of their titles. Our studio believes an equal commitment of internal and external conviction makes for an effective performer. Everything is in support of you becoming the most effective and alive - physically and internally - actor you can be. To this end, we offer classes in Acting based on beginning and intermediate exercises as set down by Sanford Meisner, Voice and Speech to assist your articulation and vocal production, Movement classes based in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Williamson Technique to keep the physical instrument alive and lithe, and Clown to keep a sense of play in the work. 


New Studio Summer Music Theatre Program

THEA-UT 475 | 4 units

Students will take classes in Acting, Vocal Music and performance, Speech and Dance.   Dance classes will explore the dynamic range from Ballet, Broadway Styles and Contemporary popular dance vernaculars, such as Hip-Hop and Salsa, as they are used in the Music theatre.  Vocal Music and performance will explore healthy, vocal production, breathing and properly supported sound, the ability to act on the lyric and the wide range of musical styles reflected in today’s contemporary Musical theatre.  Acting and Speech courses will explore fundamentals of Acting through exercises and scene study. All of these courses will be taught with an emphasis on the Music theatre as a collaborative ensemble art form requiring proficiency in Music, Dance and Acting, first and foremost. 


Production and Design Summer Workshop

THEA-UT 465 | 4 units

The Production and Design Workshop offered through the Department of Undergraduate Drama is for the student who wants to pursue a career in the design, technical, management and other production areas of the performing arts.

Learn more.


Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop

THEA-UT 485 | 4 units

The Stonestreet Screen Acting & Production Workshop is a unique and comprehensive residency program that has pioneered the art and craft of screen acting and filmmaking since its inception in 1990.  

While screen acting can utilize many of the same techniques and tools of theater acting, there are significant differences with regard to subtext, process, preparation, set life, and utilizing current technology in creative and non-limiting ways. Creating organic and compelling characters that resonate under many different ‘lenses’ from medium or long shots but also under the magnifying glass of a wide angle lense, close-up or ECU.  Students are guided from screen auditions to pre production, rehearsal to performance with the hopes of inspiring ideas and stories that are meaningful to both the actor and the audience. Workshop classes include: Screen Acting & Production, Directing the Actor, Screen Character, Screen Improv & Comedy, PSAs & Voice-Overs, Creating Your Own Material, and Producing Your Own Career. 

Stonestreet Studios is celebrating its 30th year as a NYC based fully operative, multi-purpose, visual motion picture production studio, founded by director/writer/producer team Alyssa Rallo Bennett & Gary O. Bennett. Stonestreet’s work ranges from award-winning socially speculative feature films such as ReRUN (Christopher Lloyd) Rain Without Thunder (Jeff Daniels, Linda Hunt, Steve Zahn) and The Pack aka Smoking Non-Smoking (Lucie Arnaz, Elisabeth Moss), to pilots, web series and MicroMovies produced across the residency program and featured in film festivals, released internationally and on Stonestreet’s platforms.

Stonestreet is known as an incubator of socially conscious, diverse character driven and culturally provocative content, and talent such as Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, House of Cards), Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart), Xosha Roquemore (The Mindy Project), Francesca Reale (Stranger Things), Nik Walker (Hamilton, Ain’t Too Proud), Idina Menzel (Frozen), and more.


New York Theatre

THEA-UT 860 | 2 units

All students will be registered in this course.

This weekly theatre studies course is overseen by the Director of the program. In a question and answer format, students interact with theatre professionals and leaders in the field of theatre in New York. Guests discuss maintaining successful careers in this new era with a special emphasis on creating professional spaces of inclusion, equity, belonging and social justice issues.

Remote Format for Studio Training

The Department of Undergraduate Drama has adapted its curriculum in order to deliver the exceptional training via the online format. Students will interact with master teachers who are also working professionals.

Students will engage in studio training over Zoom. Below is an overview of the technical requirements and a tentative weekly schedule.



Students must use a desktop or laptop computer (see recommendations below) with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability. Students should also have access to a smartphone or other digital recording device to record and upload video.

Recommended Computer Specs

Computers will be central to the training this summer. We recommend a laptop (Mac preferred, but Windows is suitable) that is less than five years old with a minimum of 10 GBs free storage, running Windows 10/macOS 10.13; i5 or better quad-core processor above 1.9 GHz and 8 GBs RAM.

Proposed Weekly Schedule

The 6-unit studio schedule is as follows:

  • Monday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT

  • Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT

  • Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT

  • Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 5:15 p.m., Theatre in NY 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. EDT

  • Friday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT

Classes will be held during studio hours only. There will also be opportunities for one on one coaching.


As a program, we will watch four shows that are available to stream. We will discuss these shows as a group and in studio. The shows will be selected to represent a variety of performance styles and genres with an emphasis on illuminating underrepresented voices and communities.

Final Events

On Thursday August 5, there will be an all-department gathering. This will be a virtual culmination of the program, during which we will recognize and celebrate the work that has been created over the duration of the month. 

On the final day, Friday August 6, parents will be invited to virtually attend and observe studio classes.



Program Dates

Summer 2021

Sunday, July 11 - Saturday, August 7, 2021

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2021 tuition is below.

Total Estimated Program Cost: $10,084

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $9,222

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $862

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Tisch has a limited number of full scholarships for high school students to attend the Tisch summer programs. Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need.

Review the Tisch Summer High School Scholarships page for more information.


Summer 2021

Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

The summer 2021 application is closed. 

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.

Gallery and Interviews

  • Students training in an acting studio

    Tisch Summer High School Sizzle Reel

    Watch a short video about the Drama track of the Tisch Summer High School program.

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  • Photo of Shanga Parker

    Tisch Summer High School Drama Studios

    What is it like to be a Drama student in the Tisch Summer High School Program? Tisch Special Programs interviewed Shanga Parker, head of Movement to find out. Shanga holds three roles in the Department of Undergraduate Drama: Associate Chair for Professional Training and Performance, Head of Movement in the Meisner Studio, and Head of the Department of Drama Summer High School Program.

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  • Photo of Arisa Olazabal

    Tisch Summer High School: Experimental Theatre Wing

    What is it like to train with the Experimental Theatre Wing (ETW) in the Department of Undergraduate Drama? Tisch Special Programs interviewed Arisa Olazabal, program alumna, and Rosemary Quinn, director of ETW and head of the summer high school ETW program, to find out.

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  • Photo of Alston Slatton

    New Studio Summer Music Theatre Program

    What is it like to train with the New Studio Music Theatre Program in the Department of Undergraduate Drama? Tisch Special Programs caught up with Alston Slatton, program alumnus, and Kenneth Noel Mitchell, Associate Chair of External Outreach and Head of Acting for the New Studio to find out.

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  • Photo of Molly Johnson

    Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop

    What is it like to train with Stonestreet Studios in the Department of Undergraduate Drama? Tisch Special Programs interviewed Alyssa Rallo Bennett, the artistic founder and director of Stonestreet Studios, and program alumna Molly Johnson to find out.

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