"Thank you for having this program. There are so few available. The staff was amazing and very caring. They went above expectations when it came to individual needs... " br>- George Washington University - Musical Theater parent
"Without USPA and all of their help, I really don't believe that I would have been accepted into The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU (my first choice college)." br>- Alex Roesler
"It was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about the college theatre audition process. And it made me less nervous for them. I applied for 9 colleges and had to audition for all of them, but the workshop prepared me mentally and physically." br> - Anna (College Audition Boot Camp Student)
Two time Emmy award-winning MARY LOU BELLI has been directing television for over 20 years including NCIS New Orleans, Monk and Hart of Dixie as well as Wizards of Waverly Place, Sister, Sister, Charles in Charge, Girlfriends, and The Game. She has done groundbreaking work in the field of web series, her first two - both award winners.
She has judged film fests both in the US and internationally including the Sapporo Short Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival and been a lecturer at the Chautauqua Institute, and a panelist for Women In Film, the DGA, SAG, and AFTRA and the L.A. Times Festival of Books.
Her short film, Straight Eye for the Gay Guy, now doing the festival circuit, won "Best Mini-short" at the California Independent Film Fest.
She is the co-author of three books: "The NEW Sitcom Career Book", "Acting for Young Actors," and "Directors Tell the Story" which she co-wrote with fellow DGA member Bethany Rooney. Mary Lou teaches part time at USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
Charles Dougherty had been a working actor for over 30 years. He has been on numerous television shows from Happy Days to The Middle with stops along the way on such shows as Bones, Monk and Quantum Leap. He has also appeared in numerous made for television movies. In his career as an actor he has appeared in over 150 television commercials, some of them memorable classics. Charlie appeared with Minnie Driver in the film Beautiful directed by Sally Field. He was in the comedy classic Kentucky Fried Movie. Charlie has a strong background in Improvisational Theatre which he uses in the teaching of Acting. As a Cinematographer, Charlie shot the Web Series: The Drunk Lonely Wives Bookclub, Panty Soldiers and The Naked Truth. He was the Director of Photography and Producer of a short film entitled Straight Eye for the Gay Guy that has appeared in numerous film festivals, winning The California Indie Film Festival. Along with Mary Lou Belli, Mr. Dougherty has taught ACTING FOR THE CAMERA at Georgetown University, Amherst College, Stanford University and Pepperdine University for US Performing Arts for the past 8 years. He has also been a guest lecturer teaching film acting at the University of California Irvine and California State University Long Beach.
Learn from Emmy award winning director Mary Lou Belli! The director of over a hundred episodes of television including Monk, Sister Sister, Wizards Of Waverly Place, Girlfriends, The Hughley's, The Game, and currently Heart Of Dixie!
Learn how to act in front of the camera by acting in front of the camera. This summer acting camp, taught by Emmy award winning director Mary Lou Belli and 30 year acting veteran Charles Dougherty will show you the ins and outs of acting in front of the camera. Students will learn the similarities and differences between stage and film acting. Using scenes from current film and television scripts, students will work "on camera" every day. Students will explore and work on monologues, scenes from soap operas, sitcoms, and television commercial work. They will also alternate roles assisting in production of group scenes- lighting, slating, and standing in as extras. Students will utilize the university campus for outdoor film scenes. At the end of the program, students will receive a DVD with a compilation of the scenes they worked on during the week. This is a must for all actors.
*Tuition includes room, & meals.
*Registration Fees, Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation fees are not included in Tuition and are additional.
*Commuter (where offered) includes lunch. Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation are not included and are additional.
**Tuition for Boot Camps, such as College Audition Boot Camp, does not include room and meals or airport transportation.
***Locations, Prices, Dates, Directors, and Faculty subject to change without notice.
The faculty is comprised of professional industry artists and college professors representing their schools. Images are of USPA programs, but may not represent actual program or location. If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553 or 415 924-6442
**USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.
If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553
** USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.