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.
July 4-12, 2020
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 $25/guest.
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 19, 2020. 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
Cost: $895 ($200 due at the time of enrollment). The remaining balance is due before June 19, 2020. 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 19, 2020
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder, all students will perform in the Performance Cabaret.
The following items are available for an additional charge:
On July 4, 2020, 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 12, students will be released after the morning worship service, which ends at 10:30 a.m. Please email Chris Nelson (email@example.com) with a travel itinerary no later than June 30. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final balance is due by June 19, 2020. In order to pay a balance, simply use our Register for Camp link and select the "Pay Balance" option.
"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 student's 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
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.
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.
Each room will house 2-3 students.
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.
Students will never leave the Liberty University campus. All activities will be within walking distance of the dorms.
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.
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.
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.
The Fairfield Inn & Suites, The 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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’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 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 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.”
Show Credits: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quilters, Seussical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Newsies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Big Fish, Bloodroot: The Ballad of Clinch Mountain, Bloodroot Writing Project Hello, Dolly!, The Will Rogers Follies, Annie Get Your Gun, Bedford Boys Writing Project
Show Credits: Meet Me in St. Louis, Brigadoon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Newsies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bye Bye Birdie, Big Fish, Bloodroot: The Ballad of Clinch Mountain, Bloodroot Writing Project, The Will Rogers Follies, Annie Get Your Gun, Bedford Boys Writing Project
Show Credits: Over the River, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical, Wait Until Dark, Bye Bye Birdie, Love's Labour's Lost, Hello, Dolly! Sweet and Hot, The Diary of Anne Frank, Annie Get Your Gun
Show Credits: Quilters, Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Will Rogers Follies, To Sail Away, Bedford Boys Writing Project
Show Credits: Newsies, Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Arsenic and Old Lace, Wait Until Dark, Love's Labour's Lost, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Get Your Gun, The Will Rogers Follies, Hello, Dolly!, Bedford Boys Writing Project
Show Credits: Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Bye Bye Birdie, Love's Labour's Lost, Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen, The Encounter Radio Drama, Annie Get Your Gun, Hello, Dolly!, The Will Rogers Follies, Bloodroot Writing Project
Show Credits: Over the River, Seussical, The Encounter Radio Drama, Bye Bye Birdie, Bloodroot: The Ballad of Clinch Mountain
Show Credits: Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen, The Diary of Anne Frank, To Sail Away, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Newsies, Big Fish, Hello, Dolly! The Will Rogers Follies