PROGRAM DATES: July 21st (arrival) - July 28th (departure), 2023

FOR: ages 14 to 25

TUITION: BLUEPRINT STUDENT DISCOUNTED RATE - in-person - $1500 - includes room & board
FOR STUDENTS ONLY ATTENDING COMPASS - in-person - $1750 - includes room & board as well as transportation to and from airport.

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE: click here for details

AUDITION INFORMATION: Admission is by audition only.
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About Compass: Acting for Camera

Compass: Acting for Camera, like all Performing Arts Project programs, is ultimately concerned with the art of authentic storytelling. During this week, we’ll focus on telling the truth as an actor while working on camera. Students with no on-set experience or lots of on-set experience are welcome. A good portion of our work will be on self-tape auditions (because you have to get the job first). Plus, you’ll gain the confidence to arrive on a set and know what the heck is going on. (What’s a gaffer? What’s a key grip? What oh what is a cowboy shot?)

Most importantly, though, our work will be to forget everything in favor of living in the shoes of your character for the important moments between action and cut.


At Compass: Acting for Camera you’ll take classes with experienced film and TV professionals who work both in-front-of and behind the camera.

A typical day at Compass: Acting for Camera will consist of classes from 10am to 9pm. Classes will be held every day with an occasional break scheduled as needed. Class sizes are kept small to ensure individual attention.

In class we’ll, work on monologues, scenes, self-taping, and mastering the technical skills needed to succeed on-camera. In the evening, you’ll be given assignments such as preparing sides for an audition, recording a self-tape, and working on material with a scene partner.

In addition to the daily schedule, Compass: Acting for Camera will also include straight-talk conversations with pros about the state of (and entry into) the TV & film industry. 

Wake Forest University has no responsibility for the conduct of any program or activity offered by The Performing Arts Project. Wake Forest functions only as a site for the conference/camp and will provide many of the services specified for the conference/camp such as facilities, food and housing. The University assumes no responsibility for any damage, injury or loss to any person or property, from any cause whatsoever except to the extent such liability results from the sole negligence of Wake Forest University.

What are the room and board details?

Compass students are housed in air-conditioned dormitories on the campus of Wake Forest University. All students are required to live on campus. Adult chaperones live with students and conduct nightly room checks at curfew. They are also available to help students with their personal needs such as doctor visits. Students are assigned to 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, but may purchase a linen package from the dormitory if they so choose.

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 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 are not covered in student tuition and require that the student pay the restaurant separately at the time of service.


Community Agreement

The Performing Arts Project has a Community Agreement in place, created by faculty member Alejandro Rodriguez, for all administration, faculty, interns, staff, and students. This agreement establishes best practices for the prevention/repairing of any potential harm.

The contents are discussed and updated at the beginning of programming to fit the specific needs and input of each company of students. A previous Compass Community Agreement can be viewed below.

Compass Community Agreement