VOICE-OVER CAMERA ACTING SUMMER INSTITUTE
Two Week Online Program
The Voice-over Camera Acting Institute is a virtual two-week, UC credit-bearing intensive program for students interested in the performing arts. This program provides opportunities to work remotely with our distinguished faculty in classes such as voice-over, Shakespeare, on-camera acting, and scene study training classes. The combination of these courses will allow students to use their training to tell a story using their voice in the voice-over environment and on camera. Students will learn the technical components of acting for the microphone and the camera while gaining hands-on experience in working on content for a voice over demo reel and self-tape audition. Beyond the classroom, students will attend guest workshops, and learn the art of virtual collaboration.
The program is designed for artists and students who seek additional discipline and training required for participation in a university acting program or a career in the entertainment industry. Participation in this institute is open to high school (16 years and older), college, and professional artists.
Admission to the program is by digital audition and instructor consent (See REGISTRATION section below for more information). As part of the application process, we encourage each applicant to submit a resume. The resume can be uploaded during the application process. Please note that all levels are encouraged to apply.
All participants will receive UCLA credit for the following course:
Theater 72 - Production Practice in Theater, Film, Video, and Digital Media (2 Units)
Nature of arguments: how to analyze them and assess soundness of reasoning they represent. Common fallacies that often occur in arguments discussed in light of what counts as good deductive or inductive inference. Other topics include use of language in argumentation to arouse emotions as contrasted with conveying thoughts, logic of scientific experiments and hypothesis-testing in general, and some general ideas about probability and its application in making normative decisions (e.g., betting).
Rob Clare was originally an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), then a Staff Director at the UK National Theatre, and Associate Artistic Director of the major UK touring company, Compass, for whom he directed the first major revival of Amadeus. He was also one of the pioneers of working creatively with inmates within the UK prison system, using structured improvisation to develop new and original dramatic material. He also worked there with incarcerated youth, and brought Shakespeare to high school students in underserved communities. Becoming increasingly interested in differing approaches to working with Shakespeare’s texts, he completed a doctorate in the subject at Oxford University, and has since become an internationally recognized Shakespeare specialist. He has worked in numerous training institutions within the UK, and established the MA Classical Acting course at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, which he also led for its first three years. Since resuming his freelance career he has directed and/or taught Shakespeare in Ireland, Austria, Germany, Australia, China, and the USA. In India, he directed Hindi productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet. Before moving to the US, he worked regularly for almost a decade as a freelance specialist verse and text coach with the RSC’s core acting ensemble, leading annual workshops, and working in and alongside rehearsals for productions of Richard III, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V and Hamlet. In the US he has been visiting faculty at UCLA, The Juilliard School, Brown, Yale, USC Los Angeles, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, and NYU Tisch (both graduate and undergraduate acting). He has also directed productions of As You Like It (Antaeus Theatre Company, Los Angeles), Cymbeline (New Orleans Shakespeare Festival), Twelfth Night and The Merry Wives of Windsor (American Shakespeare Center, Staunton VA), Love’s Labour’s Lost and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Marin Shakespeare Company), King Lear (Luna Stage, Orange NJ), The Winter’s Tale (Hang A Tale Productions, NYC), As You Like It (Kentucky Shakespeare), Richard III (Idaho Shakespeare Festival), Pericles (USC Los Angeles), The Duchess of Malfi (CSU Long Beach), and Richard III (American Academy of Dramatic Arts, LA). He has worked regularly at the NYC Actors Center, the Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC, and with the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company, Chicago, for whose ensemble he led Shakespeare workshops, and provided specialized verse and text work for Tina Landau’s production of The Tempest. He is currently teaching at CSU LA (where he is developing a version of Macbeth under the working title A Knocking at the Gate), and is also planning two productions of Troilus and Cressida (at UCLA, and at Marin Shakespeare Company), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (AADA). In collaboration with Pasadena Playhouse, he is planning a production of King Lear to tour into prisons and other underserved communities in the Los Angeles area.
Wendy Kurtzman is Emmy-nominated casting director who has helped launch the careers of many well-known actors including such notables as Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, and Evan Rachel Wood. She has more than 25 years of experience in feature films, movies for television, mini-series, and theater. Ms. Kurtzman has worked with many distinguished directors such as Paul Schrader, Diane Keaton, Sally Field, and Roland Emmerich, for whom she cast the blockbuster “Independence Day,” starring Will Smith. Prior to starting her own casting business, she was a casting executive at Lifetime and NBC. She began her career as an actress in musical theater and graduated with a degree in theater from UCLA.
In 2013 Wendy launched College to Career Acting, to help emerging BFA/MFA artists navigate the transition from Academia into the Entertainment Industry. Her experience as both a performer and a casting director afford her a unique perspective into what it takes to succeed as a performer. Her ability to call on a strong network of agents, managers, producers, casting directors, composers, and musicians provides young hopefuls unique access into the professional world.
Currently, Wendy works as a business and career coach and is on Faculty at Stonestreet/NYU and Pace University where she teaches personal narrative, audition technique and transition to the Industry.
Born in New York City and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, David Maquiling is a magna cum laude graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He made his feature film debut with Too Much Sleep, which was produced by Michele Medina of Grassland Films and Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente of Open City Films. For Too Much Sleep, David won an Independent Spirit Award nomination, was featured in Variety’s annual “Someone to Watch” article, earned the IFP Project Involve Fellowship, and was elected to the Directors Guild of America, where he serves on the Asian American Committee.
A modern adaptation of a Filipino folk story, Too Much Sleep had its World Premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival, screened at more than 25 international festivals, and earned rave reviews when it was distributed by The Shooting Gallery. In The New York Times Dave Kehr wrote, “Too Much Sleep is a sharp comedy on the order of Scorsese's After Hours ...marks Maquiling as a filmmaker to watch.” Roger Ebert insisted that we must “cherish it as a treasure.” Kevin Thomas of the LA Times described Too Much Sleep as “a shaggy-dog story full of hilarious and outrageous twists.” Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, wrote, “Too Much Sleep mixes The Bicycle Thieves with the daffy buoyancy of Bottle Rocket.” The Denver Post described it as “a wickedly smart indie film that will remind you of Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch.”
David teaches film production courses at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and serves as the Chair of the Admissions Committee for the Production Division. He is the Lead Faculty for USC’s Youth Filmmaking Workshop, where he teaches filmmaking to at-risk high school students, and is the Lead Faculty for the USC Afghanistan Narrative Workshop in Dubai. He is also a faculty member of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach film production at the University of the Philippines.
David is the Co-Founder of Maquina Films, which is dedicated to producing feature films that address relevant social issues. He is the Co-Founder of the NewFilmmakers screening series at the Anthology Film Archives in NY, was the Festival Co-Director of the 25th Annual New York Asian International Film Festival, and served as the Head of the Feature Jury for the 22nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Actor and director Rod Menzies, is an internationally recognized voice, speech, text, and dialect coach. He is a former co-artistic director of Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles (EST/LA), where he serves on the Board of Directors and contributes as an actor and director in the development of new American plays. He is also a member of the Open Fist Theatre Company, where he acts and directs. In 2018, he appeared in Zuri Alexander’s award-winning short ﬁlm, Quiet Denial, which has screened at a number of ﬁlm festivals including L.A. Shorts, where it was recognized with an Audience Award. As a director, Menzies has helmed more than 60 theatrical productions, including three world premieres for EST/LA, and an award-winning world premiere of Tom Jacobson’sWalking to Buchenwald, for Open Fist. In Los Angeles, he has performed leading roles at Open Fist, A Noise Within, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Pico Playhouse, Getty Villa, Chalk Repertory Theatre and EST/LA. A veteran of the Shakespearean Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, Menzies has played many leading Shakespearean roles, including Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet; Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night; Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew; Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the title role in King Henry V.
As a faculty member in nationally recognized conservatory programs, Menzies has taught acting, Shakespeare and directing, as well as many courses in voice, speech, text and dialects. He is a founding faculty member of Canada’s National Voice Intensive where he taught voice and Shakespeare text for 15 years, and the founding producing director of New York Theatre Intensives, where he taught a summer intensive in new play development in collaboration with the member artists of EST/NY.
Among the actors he has coached are Patricia Arquette, Neve Campbell, David Duchovny, Mariska Hargitay, Adrian Homes, James Purefoy, Marcus Scribner, Alicia Silverstone, TJ Thyne and Sophie Turner.
In addition to UCLA TFT, Menzies teaches at the AMDA Conservatory of the Performing Arts. He received his master of fine arts degree in theatre from York University in Toronto and a diploma in acting from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England.
Before moving to Los Angeles, Alicia Sedwick was a NYC-based actor, performing in Off-Broadway (Lady Macbeth) and regional theatres including The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theatre (company member), The Colorado Shakespeare Festival and The Ensemble Theatre Company. She has made numerous national commercials and voiceovers, and television credits include Law and Order and LA Dragnet. Alicia co-produced Spark Off Rose, a live monthly storytelling event in Los Angeles for fifteen years. She received her M.F.A. in Acting from The American Conservatory Theatre and teaches College Acting, Movement, Speech, VO, and Conceptual Storytelling. Alicia has been a creative writer for story-based App content, and coaches and edits speeches for national non-profits, TED Talks, and corporate speakers. She is also on the Literary Committee of LA’s Blank Theatre, which supports new play development works from established and emerging writers in weekly staged readings for their long-established Living Room Series.
April Shawhan teaches acting at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. She has taught acting at New York City’s Playwright’s Horizons and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was the head of the acting department at Trinity Rep Conservatory. She has directed many plays, including A Lie of the Mind, Top Girls and A Savage in Limbo. As an actress, she has appeared in eight Broadway plays, including A History of American Film, Rex and Over Here. She also starred as Blanche in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Regional theater credits include such roles as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Nora in A Doll House. Shawhan appeared in her first film, The Lay of the Land, written by UCLA TFT Professor Emeritus Mel Shapiro, in 1997.
To apply for the Voiceover Camera Acting Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:
- Open to high school students, college students, and working professionals. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age or older as of 6/21/2021.
Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not apply and should consider other summer opportunities.
To participate in the Voiceover Camera Acting Summer Institute, students must apply and receive acceptance into the program. The program requirements are as follows:
- A resume. If you do not have a resume, submit a brief description of your theatrical and/or artistic experience.
- A video of a 1- 1½ minute monologue or improvised scene.
How to Apply
Application for the Voiceover Camera Acting Summer Institute can be done conveniently online using the steps below.
- Prepare all application requirements prior to starting the registration process
- Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form starting February 15. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration.”
- Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
- Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, including your essay response and your private link and password to your monologue (see Application Requirements above for more information).
- Submit your registration form.
- Once your form is submitted, you will be directed to the Retrieve Registration page. Select “File Uploads” to upload the application requirements (see Application Requirements above for more information).
- Allow up to two weeks for the program instructor(s) to review your application after submission. An email will be sent to you with the official decision.
- If accepted to the program, follow the steps in your acceptance email to make payment of the $350 non-refundable registration fee and reserve your space in the program.
A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable registration fee* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however, you risk losing a space in the program if the program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay.
We look forward to receiving your audition and application!
Fees and Payment
Please find below a list of all fees that may apply to you to enroll in the Voiceover Camera Acting Summer Institute.
2021 Summer Institute Fees
- Registration Fee: $350.00*
*This registration fee is assessed one-time per each summer term for any precollege Summer Institute. If you are admitted and will be enrolled at UCLA in Fall 2021, other University fees of $132.69 will be assessed in lieu of the registration fee.
- Program Fee: $2,070*
* If you are admitted and will be enrolled at a UC campus in Fall 2021, your program fee will be $1,908.
- IEI Fee: $61.00
- Document Fee*: $50.00
*If you are participating in UCLA Summer Sessions for the first time or an incoming UCLA undergraduate student, this document fee will be assessed. The one-time document fee covers life-time academic and verification transcripts that do not require special delivery services.
SUBTOTAL WITH DOCUMENT FEE:
Please note that a $350.00 nonrefundable registration fee will be required in order to reserve your space in the program.
Full summer fees are due no later than 5PM, May 1*. Failure to pay by the payment deadline may result in your space in the program being forfeited.
NOTE: Your bill reflects your enrollment activities. If you make any changes to your enrollments, be sure to monitor your BruinBill to verify any changes in your balance.
Your enrollment in the program is not officially confirmed until you submit full payment of the program fees and all other administrative fees.
*If you register AFTER May 1, you will be prompted to make full payment of all fees excluding any applicable document fee and IEI fees at the time of online registration. For the document and IEI fee payment, you can follow the same steps listed in PAYMENT METHODS above 1-2 business days after making payment of the full program fees.
Credit Card of Electronic Check (E-Check)
Accepted forms of payment are VISA, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX, or e-check.
- Log onto MyUCLA (UCLA Logon ID required)
- At the MAIN MENU under the FINANCES AND JOBS drop-down menu, click on the BRUINBILL link
- Once on the BruinBill page, select MAKE A PAYMENT at the top
All credit card payments are subject to a 2.75% non-refundable service charge each transaction. This charge is assessed by Higher One, Inc. and may not be refunded under any circumstances. No service fees are applied to e-check payments.
Cash, Check, or Money Order
Note: Certain charges may apply to returned checks and credit card charge backs.
Foreign Currency Payment
Travelex payments allow you to lock into an exchange rate with your bank. If your currency is not included in the drop down list, you may request that your bank make the transfer in US dollars.
- Log onto MyUCLA (UCLA Logon ID required)
- At the MAIN MENU under the FINANCES AND JOBS drop-down menu, click on the BRUINBILL link
- Once on the BruinBill page, select MAKE A PAYMENT at the top and select PAY WITH FOREIGN CURRENCY
Refund and Cancellation Policy
A valid payment of a non-refundable registration fee is required to complete registration. This fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
Program fees and other applicable fees, excluding the non-refundable registration fee, are refundable if the program is officially dropped prior to 5PM, JUNE 15 (PDT). In the event of withdrawal prior to the refund deadline, the total refund amount will reflect the non-refundable registration fee, appearing as Processing Fee on the BruinBill account.
If the program is dropped after 5PM, June 15 (PDT), all fees are non-refundable and you will be financially liable regardless of attendance. To officially cancel your enrollment, you must access your existing registration online.
If entitled to a refund from the UCLA Summer Sessions Office, you will receive your refund one of three ways within 1-3 weeks:
- BruinDirect: BruinDirect is a free and automatic way for students to receive refunds directly to a U.S. checking or savings account. You may sign-up on BruinBill.
- Credit Card: Payments made with a credit card will be returned back to the credit card that made the original payment.
- Check Refund: If payment made using a method other than credit card and if not signed-up for BruinDirect, a refund will be issued as a paper check and mailed to the mailing address on file.
For a full overview of all terms and conditions for UCLA Summer Institutes, please review the Participant Agreement.
Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students
Qualified students attending grades 8th – 11th in Spring 2021 in the state of California are eligible for Summer Scholars Support, a need- and merit-based scholarship offered by the UCLA Summer Sessions Office. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to support enrollment in an eligible Precollege Summer Institute.
For more information, visit the Summer Scholars Support page.
Other than Summer Scholars Support, no other financial aid through UCLA Summer Sessions is available to visiting high school students. Please check with your home institution regarding financial aid options.
Participants of the Voiceover Camera Acting Summer Institute will be awarded 2 units of credit in the form of a letter grade after the successful completion of the program.
As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.
The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. Grades A, B, C, and D may be modified by a plus or minus suffix.
For more information on grades, visit the Registrar's website.
Units / Credits
UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).
UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.
The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. It lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order.
Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.
NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.