Premiere Stages staff partners with the Kean Theatre Conservatory and School of Communication, Media & Journalism to teach these classes each semester.
“Playwriting for the Stage” teaches the fundamentals of playwriting and applies them to the creation of an original play for the stage. Students are given the opportunity to hear scenes from their work read aloud by professional actors in class. After taking the class, students are encouraged to submit their work to the Bauer-Boucher Playwriting Award.
Acting I: The Actor Prepares
“Acting I: The Actor Prepares” an introductory course in theatre performance and appreciation. Students learn basic acting skills while participating in individual exercises and partnered scene work.
Acting as a Profession
“Acting as a Profession” is a capstone course for B.F.A and B.A. students. Students interested in pursuing a career in the theatre study audition technique and the business skills necessary to become a professional actor. Industry professionals, including theatrical directors, talent agents, and casting directors, are brought into the class to provide additional insight.
Premiere Stages has solidified a partnership with the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NY NATAS) to offer “Inside Television,” an accredited class in which Kean students engage with professionals in the field of television. Students visit the NY NATAS headquarters to gain practical knowledge from renowned speakers and deepen their understanding through television studio tours in New York City, including New York's PIX11. Students who excel are recommended for internships with Academy affiliated networks.
Kean Theatre Conservatory
The Kean Theatre Conservatory offers students the knowledge, skills, and critical perspectives necessary for building a strong foundation for a lifelong engagement with their art and their world. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, Kean University's Theatre Conservatory mirrors the university's mission to provide a core educational foundation based on the liberal arts. Their curricula are designed to educate theatre students to enter the realm of professional theatre, theatre education or advanced graduate studies. For more information on the Kean Theatre Conservatory, please visit them here.