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Summer Camp: Acting Uncut

High School Students

Acting Uncut is a residential high school experience where you will spend 9 days with us here at Liberty. AU students will interact with Liberty Theatre faculty in small master classes, collaborate with current theatre majors, experience Liberty University up close and personal, and enjoy the freedom to integrate faith and art.

AU features two distinct experiences: AU: Onstage and AU: Backstage. Students enrolled in the Onstage track will focus on performance theory and perform a final performance cabaret. Students enrolled in the Backstage track will focus on design and production and help produce and manage the cabaret. At Acting Uncut you will collaborate with fellow artists from across the nation, develop long-lasting friendships and refine the skills and talents that God has given you.

Session Information

July 4-12, 2020

  • Grades: Students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.
  • Location: Liberty University – Tower Theater (directions)
  • Dates: July 4-12, 2020
  • Performance Date: July 11, 2020, 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 $25/guest.


Deadlines

Early Enrollment Deadline: May 15, 2020

  • 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

 

Enrollment after May 15, 2020

  • 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

Additional Purchases

The following items are available for an additional charge:

  • Theatre Arts Journal: $12
  • Catered Dinner: $25 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 two ways:

Mail forms to:
Department of Theatre Arts
Liberty University
Attn: Chris Nelson
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

Scan and email forms to:

cnelson@liberty.edu


Audition Requirements

Auditions are not required to sign up for Acting Uncut. Students enrolled in AU: Onstage will audition on the second day of camp for roles in the performance cabaret. All AU: Onstage students will perform in the cabaret. Students enrolled in AU: Backstage will attend in-person interviews on the second day of camp for cabaret production assignments. All AU: Backstage students will help produce and manage the cabaret.

AU: Onstage 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.

AU: Backstage students may prepare the following:

  • Portfolio with images from previous backstage work (i.e., set design, costume design, etc.).

Audition Songs – TBA

Female Songs – TBA

Male Songs – TBA


Payment Methods

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

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Travel Itinerary

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 (cnelson@liberty.edu) 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.

Pay Balance

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.


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Past Guest Artists

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”


2019 Acting Uncut Counselors

Teagan Cooper

Acting Uncut Counselor

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

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • KCACTF for Bloodroot Writing Project

Adell Ehrhorn

Acting Uncut Counselor

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

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • KCACTF for June Carter in Bloodroot: The Ballad of Clinch MountainBloodroot Writing Project, Distinguished Performance in a Play (June Carter)

Judah Fox

Acting Uncut Counselor

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

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • KCACTF for Mike in Wait Until Dark, Sound Design in The Diary of Anne Frank

Megan Grant

Acting Uncut Counselor

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

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • KCACTF for Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

Joel Hadden

Acting Uncut Counselor

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

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega

Becca Schultz

Acting Uncut Counselor

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

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • KCACTF for Terry in Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen, Bloodroot Writing Project

Stefania Smith

Acting Uncut Counselor

Show Credits: Over the River, Seussical, The Encounter Radio Drama, Bye Bye Birdie, Bloodroot: The Ballad of Clinch Mountain

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • KCACTF for Emma in Over the River, Bloodroot Writing Project

Brandon Yoder

Acting Uncut Counselor

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

  • Member of Alpha Psi Omega
  • KCACTF for Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank