The Black Arts Institute

The Black Arts Institute is an immersive acting program offered in partnership between the Billie Holiday Theatre and Stella Adler Studio. The Institute offers two programs in 2020 exploring the history of the contemporary Black theater tradition with courses held at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.

Applications are open for the Black Arts Institute Summer Intensive, a five-week comprehensive exploration of the history of the contemporary Black theater tradition, led by a world-class faculty.

Students will leave with an understanding of the aesthetic, socio-cultural and historical components involved in bringing contemporary Black theater to life. The program will highlight certain key historical moments like the Harlem Renaissance,the Black Power movement and the genesis of the Negro Ensemble Company, as well as many Black theaters that emerged during the Black Arts Movement.

Summer Black Arts Intensive

Dates: July 6 – August 7, 2020
Duration: 5 Weeks, 30 Hours of Class per Week
Tuition: $3250
Audition Required
Regular Application Deadline: April 1, 2020
Final Application Deadline:
April 15, 2020

Course Description:

Voice and Movement Warm-Up: Vocal and physical warm-up classes at the beginning of the day.
Script Analysis: An immersive page-by-page analysis of the plays we’ll focus on in the intensive. Teachers may bring in historic documents, literature, videos, etc. to fully explore the culture of the time.
Scene Study (Summer): Working on assigned scenes from Black Arts Movement era plays.
The Black Arts Movement: A speaker series open to the public. Topics will include the common themes within the Black Arts Movement.
Music: An in-depth exploration of the key role of music in the Black Arts Movement.
Movement and Dance: Learning the correlation between movement/gesture and historical period. Learning various dances such as Juba.
Voice and Dialect: Voice and speech work, leading to an investigation of selected dialects
of Black English.
Historical Lectures: Helmed by Dr. Indira Etwaroo, this lecture series will highlight critical moments of the African American socio-cultural experience.

1. A performance of one contemporary/realism monologue no longer than 90 seconds in length.

Summer Intensive NYC AUDITIONS:
**At this time, in-person auditions have been suspended in lieu of video auditions through the Video Audition Submission Form.
If you have any questions, email Melissa, Program Coordinator