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Acting Uncut

Liberty University Acting Uncut

High School Students

Acting Uncut gives high school students from all over the world the opportunity to engage in a challenging and rigorous acting program. Students will interact with Liberty Theatre faculty in small master classes, collaborate with current theatre majors, perform on the Tower Mainstage and experience the freedom of integrating faith and art. Throw in room and board and you have the makings of an unforgettable experience.

Session Information

July 6-14, 2019

  • Grades: Students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.
  • Location: Liberty University - Tower Theater (directions)
  • Dates: July 6-14, 2019
  • Performance Date: July 13, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
  • Production: Performance Cabaret

Tickets are free. A catered dinner will be held before the production for all Acting Uncut students and their family members. The cost for family members is $20/guest.


Early Enrollment Deadline: May 17, 2019

Cost: $795 ($200 due at time of enrollment). Cost includes room, board, and collegiate level instruction from Liberty University faculty. The remaining balance is due before the final enrollment deadline: June 21, 2019. The same amount ($200) is due for sibling rates as well.

Sibling rate: 15% off of the total combined cost of two or more family members of the same household

Enrollment after May 17, 2019

Cost: $895 ($200 due at the time of enrollment). Remaining balance due before June 21, 2019. The same amount $200 is due for sibling rates as well.

Sibling rate: 15% off of the total combined cost of two or more family members of the same household.

Final enrollment deadline: June 21, 2019

Audition Requirements

Auditions are not required for enrollment. Auditions are held the second day of camp and are used to assign roles for the performance cabaret.

Students must prepare the following:

  • 30-second monologue. Monologue must be memorized and may be from a play, musical, or movie.
  • Brief song selection. Choose one selection from the approved list of songs below. Sections are already marked for each piece.

Remember to wear comfortable clothing for the short dance combination that will be taught during the audition process.

Once enrolled, e-mail a photo of yourself to Chris Nelson, Summer Camp Coordinator, at

As a reminder, all students will perform in the Performance Cabaret.

Audition Songs

Audition songs to be announced.

Additional Purchases

The following items are available for an additional charge:

  • Theatre Arts Journal: $12
  • Catered Dinner: $20 per guest (Acting Uncut campers are free)

How to Enroll

  1. Fill out and sign Registration and Waiver Forms (one pair for each sibling)
  2. Pay deposit (If paying by check, please mail along with forms)
  3. Send in Registration and Wavier Forms one of three ways:
    • Mail forms:
      Department of Theatre Arts
      Liberty University
      Attn: Chris Nelson
      1971 University Blvd.
      Lynchburg, VA 24515
    • Scan and email forms to

Payment Methods

  • Pay by check: Make checks payable to Liberty Department of Theatre Arts
  • Pay by credit card: Go to the Register Now webpage.

I'm enrolled! What do I do next?

Travel Itinerary

On July 6, 2019, students should arrive and check in from 12-4:30 p.m. at the LaHaye Student Fitness Center, unless otherwise approved by the Summer Arts Coordinator. On July 15, students will be released after the morning worship service, which ends at 10:30 a.m. Please email Chris Nelson ( with a travel itinerary no later than June 29. For those arriving and/or departing by plane, please choose flights that fit the check-in and check-out timeframes. If a flight is not available within the timeframes, please choose a flight closest to them and we will do our best to accommodate.


Email a recent picture of yourself to Chris Nelson at

Pay Balance

Final balance is due by June 21, 2019. In order to pay a balance, simply use our Register Now link. You will need to complete steps 1 & 2 again and then select the “Pay Balance” option to manually enter your balance payment.  You may also use this method when purchasing journals and banquet tickets.


  • What is Acting Uncut?

    Acting Uncut is a 9-day, 8-night residential theatre experience for high school students. This experience is geared towards students interested in studying theatre at the collegiate level.

  • Where Will I Stay?

    Students will live in the Liberty University East Campus dorms. These apartment-style dorm units consist of 3 bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, a fully furnished family room, an eating area, a full kitchen, and a washer and dryer.

  • How Many Students Will Be In A Dorm Room?

    Each room will house 2-3 students.

  • What Kind Of Supervision Will Be Present?

    All students will be under 24-hour supervision. Camp counselors will reside in the East Campus dorms alongside campers for the duration of the camp.

  • Will I Be Required To Go Off-Campus For Any Activities?

    Students will never leave the Liberty University campus. All activities will be within walking distance of the dorms.

  • What Will I Learn?

    Students will attend a variety of in-depth master classes taught by Liberty University Theatre Arts faculty and staff. Learn more about the faculty and staff.

  • What Should I Bring?

    Each student will need to bring bed linens, a pillow, a towel, toiletries, camp clothes, dance shoes if possible, and a Bible. Students may also want to bring snack foods, water bottle, a bathing suit for the LaHaye indoor pool, recreational clothes, and laundry detergent.

    Camp Attire

    • Men's Dress: Casual clothes, recreation/dance clothes, modest swimwear, a semi-formal outfit for the final catered dinner, an all-black outfit for the cabaret, jazz shoes if you have them. All students must have closed-toe shoes. Please, no spandex or speedos.
    • Women's Dress: casual clothes, recreation/dance clothes, modest 1-piece swimwear, a semi-formal outfit for the final catered dinner, an all-black outfit for the cabaret, jazz/ballet shoes if you have them. All students must have closed-toe shoes. Please, no spandex.
  • How Can I Get There?

    The first option is to drive. However, it may be more convenient for a student to arrive by train, bus, or plane. Liberty University Theatre will provide shuttle service from the Lynchburg Amtrak station, the Lynchburg Bus Station, and the Lynchburg Regional Airport. Students may also wish to fly into the Roanoke Regional Airport or Greensboro Regional Airport; however, shuttle service will not be provided from these locations.

  • Is There A Place My Parents / Friends Can Stay? 
    • Is there a place my parents and/or friends may stay if they drop me off?
    • Is there a place my parents and/or friends may stay if they come to see the cabaret at the end of the week?
    • Are there any activities my parents and/or friends can attend?

    The Fairfield Inn & SuitesThe Kirkley Hotel, and The Extended Stay America are all within minutes of walking distance of the University. A catered dinner will be held on the final Saturday of camp before the Acting Uncut performance cabaret. An example of a past catered dinner menu included roast beef, roasted pork loin, herb roasted red bliss potatoes, glazed apples, green beans almondine, and an assortment of desserts. The cost for the catered dinner is $20/guest.

  • I Am A First-Year College Student Considering Transferring To LU. May I Attend Acting Uncut?

    Yes! Acting Uncut is a great opportunity for potential Liberty students to come, live in the dorms, eat in the dining hall, and meet Liberty Theatre students, faculty, and staff members. If you have already graduated from high school and are interested in attending Acting Uncut, contact Chris Nelson at

Past Guest Artists

Corey Cott

Corey Cott

Professional Actor, AEA

Since graduation from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Corey Cott has quickly established himself as a captivating young actor, equally at home on both stage and screen. He received critical acclaim for his performance in the Tony Award-winning musical Bandstand. Previous roles include two years as Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies, his Broadway debut, which was immediately followed by the Broadway revival of Gigi starring opposite Vanessa Hudgens.
On television, he portrays writer Townsend Martin opposite Christina Ricci in the Amazon series “Z: The Beginning of Everything”, about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. He also has a recurring role on “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access). Across the Atlantic, Mr. Cott co-starred alongside Hattie Morahan in the BBC miniseries “My Mother and Other Strangers” which also aired on PBS. He was a series regular on the Amazon pilot “The Interestings”, and has guest starred on “Madam Secretary”, “Public Morals”, and “Law and Order: SVU”. A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Mr. Cott made his solo concert debut at The Kennedy Center’s ASCAP Centennial Celebration, and recently starred in the National Symphony Orchestra’s West Side Story in Concert conducted by Steven Reineke. Twitter/Instagram: @NapOnACott

Perry Payne

Perry Payne

Professional Actor, AEA

Perry Payne embarked upon a new adventure this year: she connects, presents and promotes the people and causes she loves the most, through her new venture Perry Payne LLC. She teaches, coaches, and guides young talent, and this spring presented concerts and master classes by Faith Prince and Billy Stritch. She helped Mike Faist (Connor in Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen) create, underwrite and market his new Ohio Artists Gathering, scheduled for August of this year.
She served Virginia Theatre Association for four years as its Executive Director, connecting, creating, cultivating, and advocating for practitioners of theatre in Virginia, after a stint as Creative Director at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. She enjoyed a twenty-year run in Manhattan, where she worked as a performer, producer, creator, and businesswoman. She has worked in artist management, non- profit administration, and corporate and government sectors.
As an NYC singer, actress, and writer, she worked extensively in theatre, cabaret, comedy, industrials, and voiceovers. She performed in DC at the Kennedy Center, and in regional theatres around the country. She was an original investor in In The Heights on Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical which featured the Washington Heights neighborhood where she lived and worked for over a decade. Her performance in Keith Thompson’s Kooky Tunes led InTheatre Magazine and Show Business Weekly to name her one of the top ten funniest performers in New York cabaret. Her holiday novelty single, Santa Claus Won’t Get Lit Up (At the Trailer Park Gate This Year), was featured in Billboard Magazine as a Top Ten Holiday Song for nearly a decade.
A native of Lynchburg and graduate of E. C. Glass High School and Lynchburg College (and LC’s 2014 graduation speaker), she is an avid watercolor artist and “fairy stepmother” to Evan, Kate and Maggie. She came home to Lynchburg in 2014 with her husband Victor Millner and an enormous springer spaniel named Arlo Guthrie.

Derek Leonidoff

Derek Leonidoff

Professional Actor, SAG/AFTRA/AEA

Derek Leonidoff is an alumnus of The Improv Olympic Training Center, The Groundlings Improv Comedy School, as well as the famed Second City Conservatory.  Derek has performed with over a dozen professional improvisational comedy ensembles including “Cup of Tea,” (Improv Olympic cage match-winner - 27 weeks running,) and “Cog” (featured troupe – L.A. Improv Festival).  Acting credits include the hit series Turn (AMC,) Homeland (Showtime), as well as the films I Am Number Four, Unstoppable, and Letters to God.  You also may have seen Derek in the Award-Winning 2012 Super Bowl Doritos commercial, “Man’s Best Friend.”  (Yes – that’s the one with Great Dane bribing his owner with a bag of Doritos.)  USA Today rated “Man’s Best Friend” the #1 Super Bowl commercial of 2012.

Acting Uncut Masterclass Instructors

Chris Nelson

Mr. Chris Nelson

Associate Professor, Summer Arts Coordinator
Acting Uncut Master Classes: The Stanislavski System, The Meisner Approach, Acting for Stage & Screen

Chris Nelson’s professional credits include the role of Chris in Terrence Malick’s “The New World,” starring Colin Farrell. Most recently, he played David in the independent feature and New York Times Critics’ Pick “As It Is in Heaven,” where his performance garnered acclaim from top critics, including the Los Angeles Times.

Linda Nell Cooper

Mrs. Linda Nell Cooper

Chair, Associate Professor: Department of Theatre Arts
Acting Uncut Master Classes: Basic Alexander Technique, Alexander with Shakespeare, Musical Theatre: Categories & Approaches

Linda Nell Cooper is a registered songwriter with BMI in New York City, and a member of both the Dramatists Guild of America and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. As the artistic director of Alluvion Stage Company, she has brought premieres of Disney’s “Tarzan,” “Mary Poppins,” and “The Little Mermaid” to the Tower Theater.

Scott Hayes

Mr. Scott Hayes

Dean: School of Visual & Performing Arts
Acting Uncut Master Classes: Mask Exploration

A member of the Screen Actors Guild, Scott Hayes’ credits include the feature film “The Pallbearer,” television shows “Central Park West” and “Law and Order,” as well as regional and local commercials. Since joining the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), Hayes has worked at regional theaters around the country and for several universities as an AEA guest actor and director.

Neal Brasher

Mr. Neal Brasher

Assistant Professor
Acting Uncut Master Classes: Working With Shakespeare, and Stage Combat (Unarmed, Quarterstaff, Rapier, and Dagger)

Neal Brasher’s professional credits include multiple roles with Shenandoah Shakespeare, Alabama Public Television, and Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival, where he played Macbeth. He was instrumental in reviving Summer Shakespeare at Liberty University with the production of “Hamlet” in 2013.


Andy Geffken

Mr. Andy Geffken

Assistant Professor
Acting Uncut Master Classes: Scene Study, Stage Movement, and Stage Combat (Unarmed, Quarterstaff, Rapier, and Dagger)

Andy Geffken has worked as an actor and fight choreographer for several years. He helped start the Americana Theatre Company in Plymouth, Mass., in 2011 and is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors. He continues to promote innovative methods of storytelling, including site-specific Shakespeare and promenade-style theatre.

David Hahn

Dr. David Hahn

Assistant Professor of Music & Worship
Acting Uncut Master Class: Vocal Technique, Vocal Study

David Hahn has sung in churches, live productions, and the recording studio. He has served as a musical director and vocal coach for over 30 years, and is a National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) certified voice instructor. His professional credits include the role of the bishop in Alluvion Stage Company’s production of “Les Misérables” and vocal director for “The Little Mermaid.”

2018 Acting Uncut Counselors

Judah Fox

Judah Fox

Acting Uncut Counselor

Show Credits: Over the River and Through the Woods, Seussical, The Encounter (Radio Drama), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Wait Until Dark, Bye Bye Birdie, Love's Labour's Lost

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • Irene Ryan Nomination for Mike in Wait Until Dark

Megan Grant

Megan Grant

Acting Uncut Counselor

Show Credits: Quilters, Seussical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Love's Labour's Lost

Joel Hadden

Joel Hadden

Acting Uncut Counselor

Show Credits: Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Newsies, Wait Until Dark, Arsenic and Old Lace, Bye Bye Birdie, Love's Labour's Lost

  •  ?Member of Alpha Psi Omega

Rendel Kellum

Rendel Kellum

Acting Uncut Music Director

Show Credits: Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Newsies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bye Bye Birdie, Big Fish

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • Irene Ryan Nomination for Horton in Seussical

Brandon Shawl

Brandon Shawl

Acting Uncut Choreographer

Show Credits: Meet Me In St. Louis, The Encounter (Radio Drama), Steel Magnolias, Henry V, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Newsies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bye Bye Birdie, Big Fish

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • Irene Ryan Nomination for Stage Management in Bye Bye Birdie

Stefania Smith

Stefania Smith

Acting Uncut Counselor

Show Credits: Over the River and Through the Woods, Seussical, Bye Bye Birdie

  • Irene Ryan Nomination for Emma Christiano in Over the River and Through the Woods

Lucia Standridge

Lucia Standridge

Acting Uncut Stage Manager

Show Credits: Brigadoon, Over the River and Through the Woods, She Stoops to Conquer, Newsies, Arsenic and Old Lace, Big Fish

Jaymee Wagner

Jaymee Wagner

Acting Uncut Counselor
B.A. in Theatre Arts: Production and Dramaturgy
B.A. in English

Show Credits: Little Women, A Man for All Seasons, Everyman, The Encounter (Radio Drama), Steel Magnolias, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Newsies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Big Fish

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • Irene Ryan Nomination for Stage Management in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Brandon Yoder

Brandon Yoder

Acting Uncut Counselor

Show Credits: Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Newsies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bye Bye Birdie, Big Fish

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega


"Acting Uncut was the best camp experience of my life! To be surrounded by lovers of Christ while mastering dance, song, and acting was truly life changing. It gave me a deeper appreciation for theatre and gave me hands on experience that I will carry with me the rest of my life."

Chase Smith,  AU ‘10

"Acting Uncut really pushed me past my limits of what I thought I could do as an actor, singer, and dancer. It completely changed my assumptions of what this art form is all about, and I came out a better artist from it."

Jared Calhoun,  AU ‘11

"Acting Uncut was definitely a 'stepping-out-of-my-comfort-zone' experience. It wasn't easy – it was challenging and humbling; but, it was also one of the best weeks of my summer. Not only was I able to expand my knowledge, but I also got to know some of the professors and observe how they work and teach, making my transition into the theatre department as a college student so much smoother."

Tatiana Harman, AU ‘13

"Acting Uncut was my first experience with Liberty University, and it convinced me to come to school here. The dorms were awesome, the counselors were incredible, and the recreational games and teams were always a blast!"

Jeremy Webb, AU '13

"Acting Uncut was the highlight of my summer for the past two years. Not only did I grow as a performer and a person, attending this camp gave me the chance to experience Liberty University through a students eyes. Through Acting Uncut, I gained unforgettable experiences, and had so much fun in the process. I am so grateful for the faculty and counselors for welcoming and challenging me, and in turn, equipping me for all kinds of future performing opportunities."

Monica Oquendo Alvarez, AU '14


Summer Arts Coordinator
Chris Nelson
(434) 582-2627



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