THREE-WEEK INTENSIVE « The Performing Arts Project


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About Panorama, our Three-Week Summer Intensive
The Performing Arts Project’s Panorama program is a three-week summer intensive designed to provide a rigorous and vibrant approach to training in the disciplines of acting, dancing, singing, plus many other connected fields, in order to prepare students (ages 16 to 25) for a lifetime of working in the arts.
Detailed Information
The Performing Arts Project’s Panorama program is a three-week summer intensive that has two profound goals in mind:
First – to study the disciplines of acting, dancing, and singing (plus songwriting, clowning, script analysis, conducting, directing, Russian movement, stand-up comedy, choreography, and many other connected fields), and to do so with exhilaration and rigor.
Second – to create art fearlessly, knowing that it’s nearly impossible to be original if you’re not prepared to be wrong. It’s uncomfortable to be wrong, but it’s important and necessary.
Panorama is designed to cultivate bravery, and collaboration, and finding out what you have to say, and doing things you’ve never done, and falling on your face, and getting up. At Panorama, you’ll experience a 360º panoramic approach to each art form (coming at it from all sides), a perspective that helps reveal your true reach as an artist. Admission to this selective three-week residential intensive for students ages 16-25 is by audition only.

For audition information, click here.



    Dates: July 9th – July 30th, 2017
    Location: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
    Ages: 16-25
    Tuition: $3,950 (This includes housing, three meals a day, and family tickets to the final weekend.)



Students participate in classes and other program events from 9am to 10:30pm, seven days a week with occasional (but limited) time off scheduled. Some classes involve the full company, but most classes are divided according to age and individual strengths, while others are divided by focus during the Choose-a-palooza. All class groups participate in the same core curriculum during Panorama. Class sizes are kept small in order to ensure the most contact and feedback from faculty members. The majority of classes are one hour and fifteen minutes. Classes at Panorama include various styles and techniques in the disciplines of acting, dancing and singing as well as specialty classes in writing, directing, stage combat and more. Some schools offer credit for participation in Panorama. We work directly with students and their schools to fill the requirements of various programs for college credit, independent study, work-study and community service. For a list of classes offered at Panorama, please see our curriculum page.

9:00am – 9:30am Warm-Up
9:45am – 11:00am Dance Class
11:15am – 12:30pm Theater Class
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:45pm – 3:00pm On-Camera Technique
3:15pm – 4:30pm Russian Movement
4:45pm – 6:00pm Vocal Class
6:00pm – 7:15pm Dinner
7:30pm – 10:30pm Rehearsal Class (Research & Development)



Students are housed in an air-conditioned dormitory on the campus of Wake Forest University. All students are required to live on campus during the three-week summer intensive. Adult chaperones employed by The Performing Arts Project live with students and conduct nightly room checks at curfew. Chaperones are also available to help students with their personal needs, such as doctor visits. Students are placed in a room with a roommate in their same age range. Dormitories have common areas as well as coin laundry rooms. Students are asked to bring their own linens or may purchase a linen package from the university. To see pictures of campus dormitories, visit



Students eat on campus in the Student Union at the Fresh Food Company dining hall. They are served three meals a day with food service provided by Aramark Food Service. The dining hall has ample selections and will easily accommodate students with eating limitations including vegetarians, vegans, and those with food allergies to nuts, gluten and lactose. Students may also choose to eat at some of the other food options on campus, such as the food court; however, these options will not be covered in student tuition and will require that the student pay the restaurant at the time of service. For more information on all of Wake Forest’s campus dining, visit



Choose-a-palooza is an exciting new experiment in the way learning opportunities are created. During a few special days during Panorama, students will be given an array of unique specialty classes from which they can create their own day-long itinerary. Diverse disciplines such as Songwriting, Script Analysis, Storytelling, Viewpoints, Directing, Choreography, and Puppetry, all taught by our amazing faculty, are just a few of the options from which the student may be able to choose.



Family and friends are invited to join us on the last Friday and Saturday of Panorama to enjoy open classes, rehearsals, performances, meet faculty and attend seminars on various topics pertinent to the performing arts, including college selection and professional life in New York City. All students are included in scheduled festival events throughout the weekend. At Panorama, our focus is on process over product; the intensive is not about “putting on a show.” We look at all of the festival events not as performances, but as educational open rehearsals to share with family and friends.


The Performing Arts Project is a not-for-profit organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sex, or sexual orientation.