At AMDA, we believe actors should act, dancers should dance and singers should sing. Simply put, we believe performers need the opportunity to perform in order to master their craft. From full-scale mainstage productions to student-directed films, we give you countless opportunities to perform. You'll also find audiences in the classrooms, in the black box theatres and on every corner of campus.
American Opera Laboratory
This ground-breaking and intensive course is taught by Dr. Jacklyn Schneider, award-winning opera singer and esteemed AMDA voice faculty member since 1992. Students and alumni will have the opportunity to explore American opera repertoire by performing scenes and arias in English from selected works by American composers such as Gershwin, Menotti, Bernstein, Pasatieri and Bolcom. A final demonstration is performed for faculty. Audition required.
Each semester, AMDA mounts a season of productions that may include full-length plays and musicals, anthologies of classic and contemporary works, and/or dance exhibitions featuring original choreographed pieces. Recent mainstage performances include Rent, Pippin, Balm in Gilead and Serious Money.
Café Performance Series
In the monthly Café Performance Series, AMDA's social hub is transformed into a place where students from every program present original works to their peers. Past performances have included stand-up comedy, Shakespearean monologues, original choreography, improv sketches and musical performances from all genres.
Project 15 Series
A faculty committee reviews student pitches, chooses finalists to interview and audition, and creates a production incorporating 15-minute pieces from various disciplines and genres. Students have used their 15 minutes to perform one-act plays, short concerts of original music and even stage combat routines.
Student VISION ProjectS
Students who are interested in producing, directing, designing and developing a full-length theatrical presentation for an audience are given the opportunity with AMDA's Student Vision Projects. Those whose projects are accepted get a performance space and a faculty mentor; students have the opportunity to create all additional elements of the production.
INDUSTRY AND SHOWCASE EVENTS
These events give AMDA students unparalleled access to casting directors and other industry professionals. Through workshops, Q&A sessions, mock auditions and special presentations, AMDA’s highly specialized career preparation courses provide students with the tools necessary to launch their careers. Unique to the AMDA experience is a focus on developing the entrepreneurial spirit of each student.
This intensive performance workshop gives students the experience of working with a professional choreographer in the development of original works. Pieces are created by current AMDA faculty, visiting artists and/or student choreographers. Each piece is performed for a panel of distinguished faculty, and exemplary pieces may be developed for a public audience.
AMDA offers many classes that allow students to act on camera and experience the filmmaking process. Students also get the opportunity to direct, write and/or star in original short films. Additionally, courses and workshops are offered on various topics in film production, including Internet shorts, promotional trailers, music videos and documentaries.
A formal end-of-semester presentation of exemplary student coursework takes place on the school's mainstage for AMDA's Creative Director and distinguished members of the faculty. All in-class work is eligible for consideration.
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