Explore the actor's craft and learn how to work as part of a creative team.

Our summer Drama programs are built for the most passionate, energetic, and motivated young artists and include studies in acting, voice, singing, dance, and movement. Students live and work among ambitious and dedicated classmates and are taught by teachers who've spent their lives in the profession.

Students are challenged physically, vocally, and imaginatively in a community where art is not just one of the courses, but the main course. For some, it's the first step in their journey to our world-class Residential High School program. For many, it's the most important, fulfilling, and exhilarating of their young lives. 

Arts Odyssey Program
Rising 8th & 9th-Graders
June 14 - 19  /  June 21 - 26, 2020

Explore, imagine, create, and discover: that's what students do every day in our introductory Drama program. Rising 8th and 9th graders become members of the Arts Odyssey ensemble and experience the freedom and power of collaboration. In acting, voice, singing, movement, and dance classes, they grasp the values necessary for excellence in the theatre and life. Students who complete the one-week challenge emerge with a clearer sense of possibilities and enter their next school year with increased artistry and confidence. The Arts Odyssey one-week intensive culminates in a showcase of student work for parents and family.  

Students apply in the 7th or 8th grade and must be legal residents of South Carolina to apply. 

Academy Program
Rising 10th-Graders
July 5 - 18, 2020

Academy Drama is where things begin to get serious. Rising sophomores are challenged to work from the top of their physical, emotional, and intellectual aptitude. Classes taught by professional artists engage students in an advanced study of acting, voice, singing, movement, and dance. By immersing themselves wholeheartedly in the pursuit of artistic excellence, students acquire fundamental skills, gain essential self-awareness, and glimpse new horizons. The two-week intensive culminates in a presentation of student work for parents and family.

Students apply in the 9th grade and must be legal residents of South Carolina to apply. 

  • Drama student performing a monologue
  • Photo of sword fighting
  • Summer drama students standing in a circle

Academy Application

The online application is now available!

Application Process

If you already have an account from a previous year, then you can login using the same login credentials. If this is your first time applying, then you’ll need to create an account in our online application system. The application has several different components, and you don’t have to complete it in one sitting. Once you create an account, you can pick up where you left off at any time.

Candidates may apply for up to two art areas, but may attend in only one.

Apply Now

Here’s what you’ll need to complete the online application for Academy Drama.

ID Photo

A passport-style photo of yourself from the shoulders up. This will be used as your student ID photo if you are accepted.

Grades and Attendance

A copy of your most recent report card can be uploaded to the application on the Current School page. If attendance is not part of your report card, you will also need to include an attendance report.

Teacher Recommendations

You’ll complete a short online form that will let us request grades and attendance and send the appropriate recommendation forms to your teachers while you continue to work on your application. You’ll need names and email addresses for:

  • Arts Teacher Recommendation
  • Academic Teacher Recommendation
  • Homeschool Recommendation (if applicable)
Arts Experience

You'll list any classes/training/experience you may have had in the past two years. Limited experience won't hurt your chances.

Parent/Guardian Contact Information

General contact information for the legal guardian(s).

Application Checklist

The Admissions Office will notify you if information is missing from your application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

Arts Odyssey Application

The online application is now available!

Application Process

First, you’ll need to create an account in our online application system. If you already have an application account from a previous year, then you can login with the same credentials. The application has several different components, and you don’t have to complete it in one sitting. Once you create an account, you can pick up where you left off at any time.

Candidates may apply for up to two art areas, but may attend in only one. 

Apply Now

Here’s what you’ll need to complete the online application for Arts Odyssey Drama.

ID Photo

A passport-style photo of yourself from the shoulders up. This will be used as your student ID photo if you are accepted.

First Quarter Grades & Attendance

A copy of your first quarter grades/attendance will be uploaded to the application on the Current School page.

Recommenders

You’ll complete a short online form that will let us request grades and attendance and send the appropriate recommendation forms while you continue to work on your application. You’ll need names and email addresses for:

  • Theater, Dance or Voice Teacher
  • Homeschool/Virtual School Recommendation (if applicable) -  Provide contact information for a community member, church member or other individual who can comment on your character and potential. This person should NOT be related to you. 
Arts Experience

You'll list any classes/training/experience you may have had in the past two years. Limited experience won't hurt your chances.

Parent/Guardian Contact Information

General contact information for the legal guardian(s).

Application Checklist

The Admissions Office will notify you if information is missing from your application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

Academy Audition

During the Academy Drama audition... 

the student begins by performing two monologues and a song. A panel of theatre professionals will conduct a personal interview with the student following the performance component of your audition.

Two Contrasting Monologues

Select two contrasting monologues from modern playwrights (after 1940) that are 1-2 minutes long and reflect your age, experience, and understanding. This should be material you connect with personally.

Check out the list of modern/contemporary plays (published after 1940) below. These plays contain one or more monologues suitable for audition purposes, though some may need to be cut together or edited somewhat. You may use the list as a guide, or choose material not on the list by written by established professional playwrights.

If you have difficulty finding material, note that the modern classics listed below with an * should be easy to find in many school and local libraries. 

For Women 
   The Red Coat, John Patrick Shanley 
   A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry * 
   The Piano Lesson, August Wilson * 
   Jitney, August Wilson 
   Crimes of the Heart, Beth Henley 
   The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams * 
   I Oughta Be in Pictures, Neil Simon 
   Barefoot in the Park, Neil Simon 
   Collected Stories, Donald Marguiles 
   Sight Unseen, Donald Marguiles 
   A Young Lady of Property, Horton Foote 
   A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller * 
   All My Sons, Arthur Miller * 
   Eleemosynary, Lee Blessing 
   Sally’s Gone, She Left Her Name, Russell Davis 
   You Can’t Take it With You, Kauffman and Hart * 
   Picnic, William Inge * 
   Inherit the Wind, Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee 

For Men 
   Biloxi Blues, Neil Simon 
   Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller * 
   A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller * 
   The Crucible, Arthur Miller * 
   The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams * 
   The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, William Inge * 
   Picnic, William Inge * 
   Bus Stop, William Inge * 
   The Piano Lesson, August Wilson * 
   Jitney, August Wilson 
   A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry * 
   In a Northern Landscape, Timothy Mason 
   Conversations with My Father, Herb Gardner 
   Sally’s Porch, Russell Davis 
   The Red Coat, John Patrick Shanley 
   Rabbit Hole, David Lindsay Abaire 
   Proof, David Auburn 
   Catfish Moon, Laddy Sartin 
   Master Harold…and the Boys, Athol Fugard 

One Song

Memorize a short selection from a song – preferably 16 bars. Be prepared to sing this selection without accompaniment.

Interview

There will also be a short interview with a panel of theatre professionals. Be prepared to speak about your monologues, and why you would like to participate in the Academy Drama program. 

Helpful Tips
  • Dress appropriately for the audition in neat attire (no torn jeans, flip-flops, or t-shirts).
  • Read the ENTIRE PLAY from which each monologue is taken, so that you understand what’s happening, where you are, who you are talking to, and why you are talking to them. We may want to talk to you about the play or coach your monologue.
  • Prepare and fully memorize your monologues well in advance of your audition so that you are confident and can engage your talent and imagination. This takes many hours.
  • Avoid plays written expressly for high schoolers or internet-only sources, as well as accents or characters far from your age and understanding.

Arts Odyssey Application Video

As part of the Arts Odyssey Drama application process ...

all applicants must submit a 5-minute application video that includes the following items:

  • Perform a short monologue (1-2 minutes long).
  • (OPTIONAL)  Sing 16 bars of a song (30 seconds); not singing won't hurt your chances.
  • Answer three interview questions.
The Monologue
  • These plays contain one or more monologues suitable for audition purposes.  Feel free to choose from this list or use it as a guide to select works by quality, published playwrights.  Please avoid monologues extracted from monologue books or online resources.  It is important to have read the whole play.

Monologues for Young Men

 

Monologues for Young Women

Monologue Helpful Tips
  • Read the entire play so that you know what's happening, where you are, who you are talking to, and why you are talking to them.
  • Fully memorize your monologue well in advance of recording so that you're confident enough to engage your imagination and make the piece your own. We want to experience a character in a dramatic situation and not just a young person reciting. 
  • Work from yourself. Avoid put on accents, funny walks or talking, and crude attempts at "character."
  • Avoid monologues written just for young people, or internet sources. There's a lot of bad material out there that will put you at a disadvantage. You can only go so far as the writing will take you, so it's the most important choice you'll make in the preparation process.
The Interview Questions

You'll briefly answer each of the following questions as part of the video. Remember, after the monologue and if you choose to sing, you'll only have about two minutes left on the video, so time your answers accordingly.

  1. Tell us three things you're passionate about.
  2. Reveal one of the most challenging things you've done all by yourself.
  3. What do you hope to gain by coming to the Odyssey Drama program?
  4. (OPTIONAL) Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you related to Arts Odyssey Drama?
Before Recording the Application Video

Download and read the guidelines below. These guidelines walk you through how to prepare before recording (lighting, sound, what to wear), as well as when to stop and start the recording. 

Guidelines for Recording the Application Video

After Recording the Application Video

If you have not already downloaded the recording guidelines above, we STRONGLY encourage you to do so now. After you have read the guidelines and made the video, download the submission directions below.

Arts Odyssey Video Submission Guidelines

Important Dates

Academy Program

Application Deadlines
  • November 30, 2019 - Application fee waiver deadline
  • January 8, 2020 - Application deadline 
  • After January 8 - Applications will be processed on a space-available basis.

Teacher recommendations, grades, and attendance must be submitted by the above deadlines in order for your application to be considered complete. 

Audition Dates
  • February 1, 2020 - Midlands - Columbia College
  • February 8, 2020 - Lowcountry - College of Charleston
  • February 22, 2020 - Upstate - SCGSAH
Admission Decision Notification
  • April 1, 2020 - Decision notifications sent by email 

Note: Decision status will not be given over the phone.

Arts Odyssey Program

Spaces in the Arts Odyssey program are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so applying early gives you an advantage. Students do not audition for the Arts Odyssey program.

  • December 13, 2019 - Application deadline
  • After December 13, 2019, applications will be processed on a space-available basis.
  • February 14, 2020 - Admission decision notifications sent by email

* Teacher recommendations and other art area specific requirements must be submitted by December 13 in order for your application to be considered complete. 

Fees

Application Fee

For those in need of financial assistance, the Application Fee Waiver, located on the Submission Confirmation page of the application, may be submitted instead of the application fee.

  • Arts Odyssey: no application fee
  • Academy: $25 application fee after November 30

Deposit & Tuition

Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, students must submit a non-refundable deposit to secure a place in the program.

  • Arts Odyssey Tuition: $500, includes the $100 non-refundable deposit
  • Academy Tuition: $950, includes the $150 non-refundable deposit

Financial aid is available to residents of South Carolina with validated financial need. Fees are based on previous year and are subject to change.

Fees and Financial Aid