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Summer Drama Conservatory

Hone your craft with instruction from theatre professionals at the Summer Drama Conservatory, a summer acting intensive on the Columbia, South Carolina campus of the University of South Carolina. Programs are available for students in grades 1 through 12.

The USC Drama Conservatory is hosted by the University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance. For more than 35 years, the department’s theatre program has sustained a reputation as the state’s premiere resource for theatre instruction, offering undergraduate and advanced degrees in performance, design, directing and teacher training.

 

Conservatory Instructors

Youth learn from conservatory director and USC theatre professor Peter Duffy along with a company of graduate theatre students. Our instructors are dedicated to providing aspiring theatre artists with a challenging and fun training and performance experience.

 

Age Divisions

Early Elementary (Rising 1st - 3rd Graders)

The Early Elementary Conservatory Program is a one-week program of morning drama activities. Through theatre games, role-play exercises and creative movement, students will further develop their emerging drama skills and learn to work together as an ensemble. A sharing day at the end of the week will be held for family and friends to come and observe the students in their favorite activities. Students will also be invited guests to the High School Conservatory’s final production.

Upper Elementary (Rising 4th - 5th Graders)

The Upper Elementary Conservatory Program is a process-oriented, two-week session of morning classes. Students will be guided through scene work and theatre activities that focus on skill building and ensemble development. Students will learn basic choreography, acting technique and physical/vocal warm-ups. Family and friends will be invited to observe their developments on a final sharing day at the end of the program. Students will also be invited guests to the High School Conservatory’s final production.

Middle School (Rising 6th - 8th Graders)

The Middle School Conservatory Program is a two-week morning training program for aspiring actors. Classes in acting, movement and voice, along with scene-study and monologue work will prepare students to more adeptly take on auditions and performance work in their future. The program will culminate in an acting showcase for friends and family. Students will also be invited guests to the High School Conservatory’s final production.

High School (Rising 9th - 12th Graders)

The High School Conservatory Program is a three-week immersive theatre experience with separate training tracks for freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors. Students in both levels will come together to train in the morning and then will have their own rehearsal and production activities in the afternoons, culminating in a complete production that will be performed for younger conservatory students, family, friends and the greater Columbia community on the final day of the conservatory. Morning classes will be offered in acting, movement and voice techniques, and afternoons will be dedicated to rehearsals and production work on the final performance.


Tuition

Division Regular Cost Early Registration Cost
Early Elementary (Half-day) $200 $150
Upper Elementary (Half-day) $300 $250
Middle School (Half-day) $300 $250
High School (Full-day plus performance) $600 $550