As a center for American Physical Theater, Synetic Studio offers holistic and comprehensive training for theatre artists of all ages. Our diverse roster of classes provides students with a unique and distinctive set of skills that can be applied to almost any genre of theatre performance, preparing teens for undergraduate study and the professional market. Each class culminates in an open classroom with invited guest artists from the DC community present to offer critical evaluations and personal feedback giving teens the opportunity to develop a professional network. The teen preparatory program emphasizes personal artistic discipline, a sense of aesthetic vision, and nurtures an understanding of the artist’s ability to shape their community and the world through ambitious, challenging dramatic work.
Single Classes $270
Spring Teen Program Packages, Offer valid through Feb. 7th, 2015
*Offer does not apply to the Creating Choreography Class
June 22 >> July 1
*This camp is exclusively for teen students ages 12 – 18.
Join Synetic for another exciting summer of physical theatre, mime, and pantomime, acrobatics, dance and original songs as we parody everyone’s favorite space odyssey. As always, the training, rehearsal, and performance process is complimented with a visual art component that lets students explore the themes and images of our original play through the creation of paintings, figurines, props and costumes.
Early Registration: $522
Ending Feb. 1st – Code: JEDI
Regular Registration: $577
Ending May 15th
Late Registration: $622
Synetic Teen Productions are a physically intensive and artistically challenging training program that results in high quality, professional level productions at our Crystal City Theater. Teens cast work closely with professional directors, fight and movement choreographers, and as part of their mentorship receive special coaching on character and technique from senior Synetic company members. At the end of eight rigorous weeks the teen ensemble has a fully staged, full-length production, to go along with an experience of a lifetime. For more information about upcoming Teen Productions and Auditions, click here!
Teen Program, Movement for the Actor: Impulse and Presence – Instructors: Tori Bertocci and Joe Carlson
This course teaches students to create an extra daily psychophysical presence for the stage, opening the actor to follow creative impulses motivated by external stimuli. Through physical training for the actor, students will explore principles of performance such as balance, spatial relationship, tempo, rhythm, levels, duration, plasticity, coordination, isolation, expansion, reduction, edge of balance, double direction, radial awareness, impulse and shared impulse. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these principles through compositions, short etudes that convey setting, character, and story articulated through expressive physicalization. Students will develop a physical understanding of impulse as motivation for all physical action and that all impulse originates from the core of the actor’s body making it an instinctive and reflexive response connected to the wants and needs of a character.
Teen Program, Movement: Synetic Skills and Technique - Instructor: Tori Bertocci
This class focuses on developing an advanced corporeal expression through a series of interdisciplinary physical vocabularies. Drawn from the rigorous training of Synetic company members, this class breaks down Synetic’s unique synthesis of physical performance skills including body waves, footwork, mime, ballet, tumbling, gymnastics, and neutral mask. The student connects the heart to the body to create a highly adaptable physical awareness and a variety of physical skills that can be applied to an actor’s process, a director’s composition, or a choreographer’s toolbox.
Teen Program, Acting: Character and Process - Instructor: Joe Carlson
Character and Process is a rigorous course that immerses students serous about the craft of stage acting in the foundational practices of theater performance. Students examine and practice the concepts of beats, objective, action, activity, given circumstances, “as ifs” and non-verbal text as they move from analyzing dramatic scripts in table-work to building three-dimensional characters from the ground up. The primary objective for students is to create on stage moments of authenticity and graduate from showing, to being. Students will learn to develop characters by formulating a personal discipline and artistic process derived from a survey of such masters as Stanislasvski and Hagan whose teachings emphasize internal stimulus and personal emotional recall, as well externally shaped characterizations through the pedagogy of Meyerhold’s biomechanics and Growtowski’s via negativa. The semester culminates in a workshop performance of contemporary monologues and scenes.
Teen Program, Acting: Advanced Scene Study and Analysis – Instructor: Thembi Duncan
Examining classical and contemporary authors, students will develop a system for interpreting a playwrights’ approach to format, language, and aesthetics. Students will learn to apply textual clues towards specific, useful and compelling acting choices. Scene work will teach students to conduct productive rehearsals with partners that include a healthy exchange of ideas and artistic exchange. Students will write a character analysis derived from exhaustive scenic study that identifies key character concerns, back-story, relationships, super objectives, and character through lines in order to create a transformative performance that demonstrates depth, dynamic, and dimension in the renderings of their characters.
Teen Program, Physical Comedy – Instructor: Robert Bowen Smith
“I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.”
- Charlie Chaplin
Physical Comedy provides students a working understanding of prat falls, pies in the face, and the most important skill of clown or actor alike: how to live honestly and vulnerably in a moment of failure. Actors will study comedic timing, tricks and techniques for audience evaluation and engagement, create a commedia delle’arte performance using stock characters and classic lazzis, learn how to set physical performances to musical underscoring, and study documented work of comedic masters. The class culminates in students presenting their clowns in short devised performances for an invited audiences.
Teen Program, Synetic Stage Combat – Instructor: Ben Cunis
Learn how to execute high-octane stage combat maneuvers like the artist athletes of Synetic Theater. Led by Synetic Fight Master, Ben Cunis, this course develops accuracy, safety, and proficiency in the fundamental techniques needed to execute complex fight choreography as well as protect the actor and their instrument when engaging in dramatic physical encounters. Students will practice tumbling, acrobatics, martial arts, and dance, synthesizing those techniques to create compelling fights that further story, and character while amazing their audience with acts of grace, power, and athleticism.
Teen Program, Creating Choreography - Instructor: Tori Bertocci
How can choreography be created to tell stories using emotional, abstract, or naturalistic physical expressions? How does an artist connect their personal memories, and life experiences to creating choreography for dance and movement based theatre? How does a choreographer use research and source materials in creating choreography for period specific productions? Students will learn the answer to these questions while flexing their dance and imaginative muscles in this class that gives aspiring choreographers the tools necessary for telling their own compelling stories using the languages of dance and movement.
So you want to direct? What do you need to know in order to direct a play? What are the responsibilities of the director? What are the essentials? How does a director create a concept for a production? This class will teach aspiring directors the fundamentals of script and performance analysis, blocking, composition, picturization, pacing, rhythm, tempo, texture, mood, atmosphere, how to direct within a genre or style and what it means to develop a directorial concept. Students will attend two contrasting productions, direct sample scenes in small groups, and attend a special lectures with guest directors including founding Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili.