Studio Foundations and Studio Intensive

Studio Foundations and Studio Intensive at Studio East

For students ages 10 to 19, this year long training program running September through June for serious theater students who want to study the art and craft of theater. Designed to stretch the mind, body, voice and imagination, Studio Intensive asks students to risk on both personal and artistic levels with a curriculum that intentionally challenges and supports beginning to advanced students.

Students must audition to participate in Studio Foundations & Studio Intensive.

Students who have been accepted into the Studio Foundations & Studio Intensive program will engage in three classes each Saturday morning. Taught by working professionals, classes focus on voice, acting, and movement training. Class sizes are limited to 12 students to ensure high-quality, individualized instruction. Students will be grouped by experience and skill level.

Each session will end with an invitation to families to explore what their students have learned. The final class day of the Fall and Winter sessions will be an informal open house experience, while the Spring session will culminate with a final performance showcasing the integration of learning throughout the year.

Students will be grouped by experience and skill level and enrollment is by audition or previous Studio Foundations, Studio Intensive or YAPI experience.

Program Goals

• A consistent learning path for serious students through college-level training
• Instruction in specific skills that connect directly to Mainstage productions, college acceptance, and professional theater expectations.
• Training by expert Instructors invested in the learning outcomes for each student.
• Personal attention to individual student needs and learning goals.
• Developing well-rounded performers.


Learn more about Studio East 2019-2020 pricing and payment plan options. No tuition refunds are available.

Enrollment & Auditions

New auditioning students will need to prepare a monologue and song, not to exceed two minutes total, and will complete a short interview with the education director. Returning Studio Intensive students and YAPI graduates do not need to audition. Level placement will be determined after the first day of the program where Studio Intensive teaching staff will evaluate skill levels, as well as previous experience.

To set up an audition time please contact Studio East at 425.820.1800.

Audition times are available from 3pm-6pm on the following dates: July 16th, 25th, and 30th, August 8th, 13th, 22nd, and 27th.

There are up to 36 available spots between Studio Intensive and Studio Foundations. Current students may choose to return to the program, which means that the total number of available spots varies from year to year.

Students will be contacted regarding acceptance to the program after the final round of auditions no later than August 31st, 2019.

19-20 Schedule

Saturday mornings. Classes run 9am to 1pm Workshops run 9am to noon

Fall: September 7-November 16  (9 class days, one assessment day on 9/7, one workshop day on 10/12)
Winter: January 11– April 4 (10 class days and 2 workshop days on 1/25 and 3/14, no class 2/15)
Spring: April 18– June 13 (9 class days and 1 workshop day on 5/16)

The final class of Fall and Winter quarters will include an open house for families to come see what their student have been working on. Spring quarter’s final class will be a showcase on the mainstage at Studio East.

Curriculum & Instructors

Curriculum is offered on a 2 year rotating schedule in order to satisfy a variety of content. A student could potentially participate in the Foundations/Intensive program for 6 years, and only see the same content in areas where there are intentionally multiple levels of study. This allows a student to further their in depth study, without feeling that the experience is repetitive from year to year. Additional specialty curriculum may be offered as one day workshops throughout the year. Each year the spring session will focus on integrating learning into a production like showcase in which students of all skill levels will work together.

Fall 2018 Instructors: Kim Douthit – Acting | Anglea Snyder – Dance | Corrina Munter – Voice

Winter 2019 Instructors: Kim Douthit – Acting | Helen Roundhill – Dance | Damian Martin– Voice

Spring 2019 Instructors: Kim Douthit – Acting | Helen Roundhill – Dance | David Duvall– Voice

Instructors for 2019-2020 are TBD


2019-2020 Curriculum

Foundations: Storytelling & Playwriting, Tap & Movement for the Actor, Ear Training & Breath Technique.

Intensive Intermediate: Shakespeare & Improv, Tap & Physical Theater, Lyrics as Theater & Audition Prep.

Intensive Advanced: Acting Techniques & Directing, Partner Dance & Stage Combat, Musical Theater Styles & Lyrics as Text. Spring quarter is production based with a formal showcase.


Students will be asked to complete a short self-assessment at the beginning and end of the year. After each session (fall, winter, spring) Studio Intensive instructors will complete progress reports for each student, which will be shared with the student and their family. The Education Director will be available for conferences should the student and/or family be interested.

Commitment to Program

Families will be asked to commit to the 9-month program by September 5th, with a non-refundable $350 deposit due at that time.  We will expect students to miss no more than one class each quarter.  Absences not only impact the learning of the individual student, but also their classmates as theater is an ensemble based craft. Should absences be unavoidable, please contact Education Director Corey Dunne.

What Others Are Saying

“Not only did the Studio East Intensive refine my son’s skills as a performing artist, it gave him more confidence in all other areas of his life. The quality of instruction was superb.”
– Studio Intensive parent, Holly Girouard 2017

“The exposure to so many of the varied fundamentals of acting is great.”
– Studio Intensive Student

“I liked the instructors, and having fun with friends, and feeling like you were really learning skills you could use on stage and in auditions.”
– Studio Intensive Student

“My child has learned so much over the year of intensive and their skills have improved quite noticeably.”
– Studio Intensive Parent

“Your instructors are consistently impressive in terms of both performance ability and teaching skill.”
– Studio Intensive Parent