Mason Gross School of the Arts


Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory
2 Chapel Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
County: Middlesex


Mr. Marshall Jones, III

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Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory (RSAC) is a residency program designed to allow students the opportunity to experience intensive, professional acting training from accomplished professionals within the context of a university environment.

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Since 2003, the Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory for High School Students has provided teenaged students with a comprehensive approach to conservatory acting training and musical theater training during a month long summer residency on the scenic grounds of the state university in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Admission to the Conservatory is highly selective (all students must audition, be interviewed and submit a recommendation letter), and once admitted, students partake in a rigorous program dubbed -- 'a boot camp for actors.' The program consists of 3 main tracks -- Acting, Musical Theater, and Advanced.

Daily classes in acting, and regular classes in speech, voice, movement are major components of the Acting curriculum. Weekly excursions are made to New York city where students sample theater from Broadway ('American Idiot') to international (Lincoln Center Arts Festival) to Off- Broadway ('Our Town'). The tuition, which includes room and board, for RSAC is an all-inclusive amount of $4,750.00.

The program is under the direction of Marshall Jones, III -- who is an Associate Professor at the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University as well as the Producer of the Tony-Award winning Crossroads Theatre Company. Kevin Kittle, Assistant Professor at Mason Gross, is the Master Teacher of the Acting Program. Kevin has extensive directing credits including work with Arthur Miller and Sam Shepard. Colleen Hawks guides our Musical Theater program. She has several Broadway credits including Shrek and The Boy from Oz.

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