2017 Screen Acting Summer Institute

with Damian Young and Welker White
on the Campus of Brooklyn College

Screen Acting Intensive
A week-long workshop, July 24-28, 2017

This 5-day INTENSIVE aims to expand the actor’s range of expressiveness and ease working in front of a camera. Screen Acting Intensive is an exciting exploration into the working world of film and television by which actors learn to make necessary adjustments in acting technique to suit both the constraints as well as possibilities in filmed performance.

Why Brooklyn College? The Brooklyn College Campus (easily accessible by the 5, 2, and Q train) affords a unique opportunity to move beyond the classroom to best approximate the filming experience for the actor. With the aid of an experienced cameraperson, actors will shoot on and around the campus (as weather permits).

What Will We Be Doing? Screen Acting Intensive is a full immersive experience into the world of shooting. In addition to acting in front of the camera, the workshop aims to demystify the technical obstacles that can often prevent the delivery of a compelling filmed performance. Screen Acting Intensive will cover film analysis, genre, how to read a film or tv script, understanding set operations and terminology, and more. Students will view and analyze their work after shooting.

Material will be made available to participants prior to start of Intensive.

Workshop Goals
how to prepare to work with no rehearsal
living vs. acting on camera
translating common directions
understanding the role of language in film/tv
understanding the principles of shooting

July 24-28, 2017
Monday-Thursday, 11am-4pm
Friday, 11am-3pm

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On-Camera Audition Intensive
A one-day four-hour workshop, July 29, 2017

For actors, the audition is a necessary stepping stone which can feel like both an opportunity as well as an obstacle. Not quite an interview and not quite a performance, this unique exercise demands the actor bring their full self into a room of strangers.

This 4-hour AUDITION INTENSIVE aims to strengthen your on-camera auditions. Whether you are already making your living in the profession, or just dipping your toe into the world of film and television, on-camera auditions can be a vexing challenge.  Through managing nerves, making strong choices, and finding ways to stay present and alive, this workshop aims to provide tools to unlock the the mysteries of this unique process.

Participants will have a chance to work on simulated auditions on-camera. Through active participation actors will come away with new confidence to help them navigate both the audition experience as well as how to put the tools into practice on your own with effective ‘self-tapes.’ Observers welcome (however, you must register in advance to let us know you are coming).

Film/TV sides will be made available to participants prior to start of Workshop.

Workshop Goals
bringing your authentic self into the room
creating a world and living in it on-camera
getting off the page
remaining open, alert, and connected
working with specificity and spontaneity

Saturday July 29, 2017

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About the Instructors

WELKER WHITE is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches a range of acting classes, including The Art and Craft of Acting in Film and Television for MFA acting candidates and The Audition. Welker also teaches privately, most recently bringing her on-camera teaching to the esteemed NYU Graduate Acting program to help inaugurate their new Film/TV acting initiative. As an actor Welker is well-known for originating roles by major playwrights such as Lisa Kron, John Patrick Shanley, Craig Lucas, Mac Wellman, Howard Korder, David Ives, Amy Freed, and many others. Her film work includes roles in GoodFellas, Dead Poet’s Society, This Is My Life, Eat Pray Love, Morning Glory, I Think I Love My Wife, as well as numerous television guest appearances in shows such as Sex and the City, Smash, Law and Order, and the virtual reality series Invisible, among others. Welker attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College.  Welker is a longtime member of SAG-Aftra and Equity, as well as being a member of The Actor’s Center and the National Association of Acting Teachers.

DAMIAN YOUNG is a sought-after character actor, with nearly 100 credited film and television appearances. Damian is known for his early work in the films of Hal Hartley (Amateur, Simple Men), and has gone on to work as a regular or supporting character on numerous television shows:  Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Damages on Amazon, USA’s The War Next Door, Showtime’s Californication, HBO’s The Comeback as well as recurring and guest roles on shows such as The Good Wife, Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter, Blacklist, White Collar, Person Of Interest, Sex and the City, Numb3rs, Elementary, Third Watch, CSI: Miami, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Law and Order, and many others. His many film appearances include Birdman, Edge of Darkness, Everybody’s Fine, Unbreakable, Catfight, We Only Know So Much,  and the upcoming Ocean’s 8, and Todd Haynes’ (Carol, Far From Heaven) film Wonderstruck alongside Julianne Moore. Damian has appeared on and off-Broadway, and currently stars as Aiden MacCallen on the Netflix series House of Cards.

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  • Upon completing this form, you will be asked to submit a non-refundable $100 deposit via Paypal. Your place in the class is not secured until your deposit payment is completed.

    After you have registered, Welker or Damian will be in touch with you and also provide a link to pay the remaining balance. The remaining balance is due no later than July 14, 2017. If payment is not received, your spot will be released to the waiting list.

    For questions, please email teaching@welkerwhite.com

Screen Acting Intensive
$450 Registration

Audition Intensive
$125 Registration
$20 Observers (at the door)

Register for Both Intensives

Register today by submitting a $100 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot. The remaining balance is due by July 14.

Hear from participants

“This class blew my mind. There was so much to learn about film. Welker and Damian made it all so understandable and accessible. They shared so much insider information and helped make the transition to film fun and educational. I loved every second of this class.”

Dan, Screen Acting Intensive participant


“We covered all kinds of film work language and protocol that would be required on set. I think it would have taken several jobs just to get the hang of the very basic information. It could have been not only a source of distraction from the work, but could add to the feeling of being a young actor without authority and could have made me feel insecure and ignorant. I really feel ahead already and this is just the beginning so that is really exciting!”

Sarah, Screen Acting Intensive participant


“I want to say a big thank you to both you and Damian for the workshops (in Melbourne). It was incredibly clarifying and inspiring. I was able to discover so much more, so quickly. I feel a lot more relaxed in front of the camera and more confident in auditions now, thanks to you two.”

Emma, Screen Intensive and Audition Workshop participant


“I just wanted to say thank you for the workshop. Even though I’ve been working for a long time as an actor, sometimes we need an injection of fresh thoughts and you’ve given me plenty.”

Hunter, Screen Acting Intensive participant


“I learned SO MUCH. I sort of thought: if you can act with ease and specificity, generally it would be similar acting on camera as it is in theatre. But there are technicalities and requirements of acting in front of a camera that are just so different. The camera feels like putting your acting through a strainer.”

Maria, Screen Acting Intensive participant