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Spring and Summer classes

The Newman Summer Series: Children's Classes.
Class placement is determined by the grade the student is entering in fall of 2015.

  • Pre-K

  • Kindergarten

  • First Grade

  • Second Grade

  • Third Grade

  • Fourth Grade

  • Fifth Grade

  • After-class Programs 3:30-5pm

The Newman Summer Series: Middle School Classes.
Class placement is determined by the grade the student is entering in fall of 2015.

  • Improv: Short Form

    June 8-12 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    This class will explore the fun and spontaneous world of short form improv. Using group activities, games and improvised scene work, students will create a rich, supportive environment for creativity, spontaneity and strong choices. The week will conclude in a Short Form Showcase celebration on June 12.

    REGISTER
  • Original Musical — Two-week Program

    June 15-26 • 9:30am-4pm • $500

    Put your skills to the test and devise an original musical one-act. Students will work on the acting process while incorporating the singing voice and dance choreography in their own original work. On June 26, students will showcase their creation and talents for family and friends.

    REGISTER
  • The Acting Factor

    July 6-10 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Understanding the structure of a good play helps the actor make strong character and acting choices. We’ll reaffirm fundamentals in the process as we develop the vocal, physical and analytical aspects of classical and contemporary acting techniques using scenes and monologues.

    REGISTER
  • Teen Performance: The Hobbit — Two-week Performance Program

    Directed by David Saphier
    July 6-17 • 9:30am-4pm • $500

    This adapted version of JRR Tolkien’s classic tale, The Hobbit, will allow actors to fine-tune their acting skills, work as an ensemble and share it with an audience. Prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue for the first day of rehearsal. Casting will be based on auditions; every student will have a role. The course culminates with public performances on Friday, July 17. Participants must attend all rehearsals and performances.

    REGISTER
  • Improv: Advanced Forms

    July 13-17 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Take your improv to the next level! This class will expand your improvised world and allow performers to explore advanced short form games, long form structures and write original comedy sketches. Previous experience is not necessary, but enrollment in Improv: Short Form is encouraged. This week will conclude in an Advanced Improv Showcase celebration on July 17.

    REGISTER
  • Get Reel

    July 20-24 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Explore acting in front of the camera using scripts from current commercials, TV shows and movies. Learn to analyze scripts, flesh out characters and connect with the camera. Get comfortable in front of the lens!

    REGISTER
  • Broadway Bound

    July 27-31 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Build the necessary skills to be a triple threat! This class will work on your singing, dancing and acting skills as we explore scenes and songs from Broadway musicals.

    REGISTER
  • The Audition Intensive

    Aug 3-7 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Auditioning might just be the hardest job an actor has to do. This workshop is designed for students eager to hone their auditioning skills. This class will help actors take control of their audition situations and prepare their material. Actors will learn how to nail the cold reading and take the fear out of the audition room.

    REGISTER

The Newman Summer Series: High School Classes.
Class placement is determined by the grade the student is entering in fall of 2015.

  • Improv: Short Form

    June 8-12 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    This class will explore the fun and spontaneous world of short form improv. Using group activities, games and improvised scene work, students will create a rich, supportive environment for creativity, spontaneity and making strong choices. The week will conclude in a Short Form Showcase celebration on June 12.

    REGISTER
  • The Acting Factor

    June 15-19 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Understanding the structure of a good play helps the actor make strong character and acting choices. We’ll reaffirm fundamentals in the process as we develop the vocal, physical and analytical aspects of classical and contemporary acting techniques using scenes and monologues.

    REGISTER
  • The Combat of Shakespeare

    June 22-26 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Get combat ready! Shakespeare plays are full of battles, duels and lover’s quarrels but how do you act the fight while still speaking the speech? This intensive class combines stage combat training with Shakespearean scene work to build a performance ready scene for a showcase on June 26.

    REGISTER
  • Get Reel

    July 6-10 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Explore acting in front of the camera using real scripts from current commercials, TV shows and movies. Learn to analyze scripts, flesh out characters and connect with the camera. Get comfortable in front of the lens!

    REGISTER
  • Improv: Advanced Forms

    July 13-17 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Take your improv to the next level! This class will expand your improvised world and allow performers to explore advanced short form games, long form structures and write original comedy sketches. Previous experience is not necessary, but enrollment in Improv: Short Form is encouraged. This week will conclude in an Advanced Improv Showcase celebration on July 17.

    REGISTER
  • Original Musical — Two-week Program

    July 20-31 • 9:30am-4pm • $500

    Put your skills to the test and devise an original musical one-act. Students will work on the acting process while incorporating singing and choreography in their own original work. On July 31, students will showcase their creation and talents for family and friends.

    REGISTER
  • The Audition Intensive

    Aug 3-7 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Auditioning might just be the hardest job an actor has to do. This workshop is designed for students eager to hone their auditioning skills. This class will help actors take control of their audition situations and prepare their material. Actors will learn how to nail the cold reading and take the fear out of the audition room. Actors will prepare for a mock audition on Aug 7.

    REGISTER
  • The Tale of the Almighty Sword by Jack Hansen

    2014 DCPA Regional High School Playwriting Competition Winner
    HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

    Audition date: Sat, May 16 • 12-2pm • Schedule an audition
    Rehearsal dates: June 8-26 • 9:30am-4pm
    Performances: Fri, June 26 1:30pm and 7pm

    $300

    Join us for the full production of a brand new play written by, cast with and produced by Colorado teens. The winner of the Regional High School Playwriting Competition was selected from submissions across the state and received a staged reading at the 2015 Colorado New Play Summit. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the fully-staged world premiere. Prepare a two-minute contemporary monologue.

    Roles Available:

    • OLD KNIGHT: The rightful owner of the Almighty Sword. He is old and frail.
    • NICHOLAS: A cowardly knight.
    • RUBERT: Squire to Sir Nicholas. Despises Nicholas, for he knows the truth of him.
    • KAJ: He is a Swedish Viking. He is dumb, slow and bloodthirsty. He has a big beard and an old club named Bertha.
    • CHRISTOPHER: The "Black Knight." He is handsome, charming and strong. Unfortunately he is damned to death by the plague.
    • MERCHANT'S WIFE: She wants to live a better life.
    • THIEF: He is sly and suave Scottish man. He is charming, smart and knows how to get into your head.
    • JACQUIS: A silly French knight. He wears no armor and has no sword. He wears a cantina that is filled with some sort of liquor.
    • NARRATOR: Dressed as a jester.
    • ALMIGHTY VOICE: He is the voice of god that is deep and masculine with a British accent.
    Roles are not necessarily gender specific.
    AUDITION
  • Runaways by Elizabeth Swados

    HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

    Directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski
    July 20-Aug 7 • 9:30am-4pm
    Performance: Aug 7 • 7pm
    Three weeks • $650

    This powerful play explores the complex dynamics of running away. Having created a tribe for themselves, a group of lost and losing souls struggle together through their common reality and celebrate their dreams and hopes. Both dark and joyous, Runaways' beautiful poetry provides a unique journey for performers and audience alike. Actors must be able to attend all rehearsals and performances.

    REGISTER
  • The Craftsmanship Intensive The Hobbit

    HIGH SCHOOL TECHNICAL THEATRE SUMMER SERIES
    June 22-26 • 9:30am-4pm • $300

    Dive in to the world of props and craftsmanship! Design, create and craft the puppets, masks and environment of Middle Earth for our production of The Hobbit including Smaug the dragon! This week of hands-on invention will explore puppetry, mask, costume design and much more.

    REGISTER
  • Technical Theatre Practicum: Runaways

    HIGH SCHOOL TECHNICAL THEATRE SUMMER SERIES

    July 20-Aug 7 • 9:30am-4pm
    Performance on Aug 7 • 7pm
    Three weeks • $650

    Calling all technical theatre students! Students with an interest in technical theatre will have an opportunity to design, build, stage manage and run performances of Runaways in our Conservatory Theatre. Scenic elements, lighting, sound and costumes for the production will be crafted by students with the guidance of our skilled technical theatre instructors.

    REGISTER
  • High School Summer Intensive

    July 6-17 • 9am-5pm
    Two weeks • $650 • Call 303.446.4892 for more information.

    Designed for students who currently excel in school drama productions and are considering a serious career in theatre or film. Modeled after prestigious curriculums of the nation’s top acting programs, this is a unique opportunity to improve acting skills and rub elbows with DCPA acting professionals. Limited to 24 students. Incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors should apply by June 3 by mailing:

    • One letter of recommendation
    • Current resumé
    • Current photograph
    • Student’s letter of interest
    Send to:  
       Denver Center for the Performing Arts Education
       Attn: High School Summer Intensive
       1101 13th St.
       Denver, CO 80204

    Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 8, 2015.

Sponsored by Robert & Judie Newman and Lewis Meyers Fund

Academy Summer Classes: 

Robert & Judi Newman Summer Series for Children 
Lewis E. Myers, Jr. Scholarship Fund

Arts in Education, Student Matinees, Study Guides: 
The Anschutz Foundation 
Boeing 
CoBiz Financial 
Colorado Creative Industries 
Corley Legacy Foundation 
DaVita 
Faegre Baker Daniels 
Fidelity Investments 
Keith & Kathie Finger 
Alan & Katie Fox 
Margot & Allan Frank 
IMA Foundation 
Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation Fund 
Kinder Morgan Foundation 
Walter S. Rosenberry III Charitable Trust 
SCFD 
Target 
US Bank 
Xcel Energy Foundation


“DCPA has some fantastic educational programs for children and teens. My daughter Katie has enjoyed being a part of the DCPA for several years. The teachers do a great job of making the students feel like they are a part of something special, and I am pleased to give back to a program that gives so much.” — Michael Roche