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Summer Acting & Theater Institute

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Student Testimonies:
I just wanted to thank you all for a wonderful summer. I had so much fun and learned so much. I also gained so much not just as an actor but as a person. And thanks to all of the wonderful teachers I went into the audtitions for the plays at the University of Toledo where I attend I used what I learned and went in there and audtitioned with no apologies, and landed the role of Dunyazade in "Arabian Nights." Everyone here at Toledo have noticed a difference in my acting also and keep commenting on how much stronger I've gotten. You guys have an amazing place that I would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat. Keep up the amazing work!
-Margaret Lute
AMC Summer Intensive Class of 2008
I just finished my first round of auditions for my school's department shows since my summer at AMS and I had to write to you immediately and thank you, because the institute this summer completely changed me as an actor. I did a full Williamson warm-up before my audition, and felt loose and confident and ready when I entered the room. It was a group audition, which I used to feel really shy about, but today I had so much confidence and was so open and had no apologies. Everything we did this summer fed into this audition and no matter what happens with it, I had fun with it, and know that I am a different and better actress after studying with you and your staff this summer. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can't say it enough.
Love, Kiki Samko Summer 2007
Thank you so much for the beautiful opportunity and all the wonderful memories! I recently finished "Anna in the Tropics" at FIU and I could never have tackled the role of Ofelia (a 50 year old Cuban Woman) without the skills I developed at your school! I hope we can work together again very soon ! Also, many of my classmates are very interested in your Summer Intensive after seeing the transformation the six of us had last summer.
- Emily-Jayne Frail, Florida summer 2006
"The Actors Movement Studio Summer Conservatory was a unique experience because not only did it allow me to tap into emotional resources I had not previously explored, but it also provided a one-of-a-kind bonding experience that has yet to be repeated. I am fascinated by Michael Chekov technique and I still use viewpoints in my current projects. It was a pleasure to play Oscar Wilde in the Salon because not only did it give me a chance to really perform, but it also gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about what went on in the personal life of a genius whose work is a classic and a must for everyone who's interested in theater and life in general. My experience that summer is one I could not speaking of for several months after it was over and it is one that I still think of when people ask me for recommendations for where to spend their summer."
- Amir Levi
"My experience at the Summer Intensive Institute of 2005 was incredible. I learned so many things not only about the dramatic craft but about myself, too. I experienced how to "let go" and be. I am a big fan of Williamson technique and Michael Chekhov technique. Catherine Fitzmaurice was also very helpful, I learned all these amazing exercises which help me open my voice even more."
- Ina Imprescia
Summer Theater Institute

The AMS Summer Theater Intensive for Actors :Curriculum includes a variety of physically based techniques and is specifically designed to develop the actor’s Imagination voice and body, the total Instrument. Students will be immersed in an intensive program with Master Teachers and Guest Artists while surrounded by the cultural abundance of NYC.

For twenty-five years, AMS has offered physical training for the actor. AMS has been featured in SHOWBUSINESS, The Soul of the American Actor, and the critically acclaimed book by Nicole Potter, Movement for Actors.

Master Teachers and Guest Artists include: Loyd Williamson-founder and author of the Williamson Technique; Catherine Fitzmaurice-founder of Fitzmaurice Voice-Work; Mala Powers-actress, director and author who studied extensively with Michael Chekhov and is acknowledged worldwide as a leading authority on the Chekhov technique of acting and is the Executor of the Chekhov estate; Andrei Malaev-Babel-M.F.A. graduate from the renowned Schukin Theater School of the Vakhtangov Theater in Moscow, Russia and author of a chapter, translation and commentary on “The Application of Psychological Gesture” in the recently published edition of Michael Chekhov's seminal book To the Actor; Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan-certified teachers of Michael Chekhov Technique; Ted Morin and Janice Orlandi-Artistic Directors of Actors Movement Studio NYC, Certified teachers of Williamson Physical Technique and Period Style and Dance; and Bill Bowers-renowned Mime artist who recently worked with John Turturro and Aida Turturro in the Soul of Naples on Broadway and in Italy, Tom Vasiliades- Certified Teacher Alexander Technique Chair of the Movement Department at the New School for Drama at New School University. Scott Fielding director of the MICHAEL CHEKHOV ACTORS STUDIO CHICAGO and the artistic director of ALCHYMIA THEATRE in Chicago. Gene Terruso Director of the School of Theatre Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Lesley-Ann Timlick Chairperson of Theatre at Florida International University in Miami, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Paula Murray Cole MFA and one of the country's chief developers and proponents of RasaBoxes, innovative exercises that train actors to become “athletes of the emotions.”

Our Faculty has taught at major universities, studios and conservatories including: Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), A.R.T./ Harvard, The University of the Arts, Yale School of Drama, Mason Gross School of the Arts ( Rutgers University), Julliard School, Brown University, Bard College, Northern Illinois University, Florida International University, University of the Arts, American Conservatory Theatre,Williamstown Theater Festival, The Actors Studio MFA Program, among many others.

Intensive Acting and Physical Theater Training with Master Teachers and Guest Artists


  • Williamson Physical Technique
  • Williamson Period Style Salon
  • Fitzmaurice Vocal Technique
  • Michael Chekhov Technique
  • Mask and Mime Workshops
  • Viewpoints and Composition
  • Feldenkrais Movement
  • Laban and Character

Actors Trained in Williamson Physical Technique include: Calista Flockhart • James Gandolfini • Jordan Baker • Kevin Chamberlain • Roger Bart • Kim Delaney • Kristin Davis • Timothy Olyphant • William Fichtner • Molly Price • Aaron Stanford • Mark Collier

Located in the heart of Manhattan’s theatre district, students will experience the professional atmosphere of the performing arts capital of the world.

Affordable student housing is available for all attendees and just ten minutes from AMS!