Studio Intensive


Studio Foundations and Studio Intensive at Studio East

Studio Intensive is a year-long advanced training program for young actors ages 10-19 interested in an in-depth course of study in the art and craft of theater. It is a unique and fun opportunity designed to stretch the mind, body, voice, and imagination. Studio Intensive asks young actors to risk on both personal and artistic levels with a curriculum that intentionally challenges and supports beginning to advanced students.

Each Saturday morning between the hours of 9am – 1pm students rotate between acting, movement, and other performing arts training classes taught by working professionals. Curriculum is offered on a rotating schedule, meaning that class focus changes from quarter to quarter and from year to year. This keeps the experience fresh for returning students and matches the content with student’s development.Classes focus on acting, speech, and movement training and are limited to 12 students per group to ensure high-quality, individualized instruction.

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

A poster for the 2 0 1 9 school year auditions.

+ Tuition

Tuition for 2022-23 Studio Intensive is $535 per session, or $1605 for the full year. Students can register for individual sessions or for the full year, and tuition can be paid up front in full or on a payment plan.

Please note that here is a non-refundable $25 fee with all registrations and no refunds available after the second class of a session.

Our expectation is that students miss no more than one class each session. 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 Kaysy Ostrom.

Returning Studio Intensive and YAPI students do not need to audition.

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

We can’t wait for you to join us!

+ Auditions

Acceptance into this program is by audition only. Auditions Studio Intensive for the 23-24 school year are OPEN NOW and are on Saturday, August 19th and Saturday, August 26th from 10am – 1pm. We’d love to see you there!

Each auditioner will need to sign up for a 10-minute time slot. We ask that students prepare either two contrasting one-minute monologues or a one-minute monologue and one-minute and song not exceeding two minutes. If preparing a song, the student should plan to sing a cappella or bring their own instrumental track on a personal device like a cellphone as there will not be an accompanist. After presenting, students will also be asked to answer a few interview questions to gauge their interest and dedication to the program. Sign up for your audition slot here. Any students accepted this Fall will not need to audition again to continue in the program pending student performance, attendance, and homework completion throughout the session.

While in-person auditions are preferred, if you are not available for either audition dates, or if the slots fill up before you have a chance to sign up, please reach out to the Education Director about submitting a video audition.

Contact Education Director Kaysy Ostrom at [email protected] or (425) 820-1800 ext 108 with any additional questions. And remember to sign up for your audition slot here!

+ 2023-24 Schedule

Intensive meets on Saturday mornings. Regular class days run from 9am to 1pm, while workshop days run from 9am to noon.

Here are the 2023-2024 Intensive dates.

Fall:September 16th – November 18th

Workshop date: 10/7*

January 6th – March 16th (no class on 2/17)

Workshop date: 3/16*

Spring:March 30th – June 15th (no class on 4/6, 5/25)

Workshop date 4/13*


* Workshop days are one hour shorter than regular Intensive sessions (9am – 12pm) and cover a different subject than regular Intensive classes. This gives the students a chance to learn even more about performing arts subjects. All workshop dates fall on the same days as full-day tech rehearsals for Mainstage shows. All Intensive students involved in Mainstage shows are excused from workshop days because of how long tech days are. This is so Intensive students can fully participate in Mainstage programs without falling behind in their Intensive classes while still giving all the other students a unique opportunity to take a specialized workshop.

+ Curriculum and Instructors

We keep our curriculum fresh and exciting, and thus offer classes on a rotating schedule in order to provide a variety of content for returning students. Additional specialty curriculum may be offered as one day workshops throughout the year. Each group will work on different curriculum in each content area.

Our instructors are incredibly experienced and professional in their craft. Most teachers are currently working full time as actors, directors, teachers, musicians, and more.

2022-23 Instructors TBD

+ Testimonials

“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

“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

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