HSA Summer Theatre Intensive 2017 is a fun and immersive experience exploring all facets of being an actor, taught by working professionals and culminating in an original performance. The intensive runs for five weeks Monday through Thursday, with a final performance open to the public on Friday August 11th. Our daily sessions run from 1PM – 5pm, our prices are extremely competitive, and our instructors are the best of the best.

Essentially an ensemble building tool for the Harlem School of the Arts Theatre Alliance, the Summer Theatre Intensive is designed to recruit and connect with new talent as well as the existing Prep Company members and begin positioning the Theatre Department for more challenging educational and performance work.

Dates: Monday July 10 – Friday August 12, 2017 (five weeks)
Days: Monday-Thursday
Times: 1:00-5:00 pm

Cost: $750



2. Submit completed registration materials and tuition fees at the time of registration via the following methods:
• In person at HSA (645 Saint Nicholas Avenue at 141st Street, New York NY 10030)
• Phone, call 212.926.4100 x324 or x324



Monday 1 – 2:00pm Speech & Diction
2:00pm – 3:30pm Physical Acting
3:30pm – 5:30pm Musical Theatre
Tuesday 1 – 2:30pm Improvisation
2:00 – 5pm Company (Rehearsal)
Wednesday 1 – 2:00pm Speech & Diction
2:00 – 3:30pm Physical Acting
3:30pm – 5:00pm Musical Theatre (Singing for the Actor)
Thursday 1 – 2:00pm Improvisation
2:00 – 5:00pm Company (Rehearssl)


Speech and Diction
A class in understanding and developing speech as a tool, focusing on clarity, diction and projection of the spoken word.

Physical Acting
This class works to strengthen the actor’s instrument (voice and body) and release the imagination through a rigorous series of stretching, movement and improvisation exercises. We focus on acting without a script, connecting to true impulses and finding the natural voice in this class.

Once a week we dedicate two hours to reading scenes, acts and sometimes entire scripts in order to deepen the young actor’s understanding of and exposure to dramatic literature. In the summer session we focus on contemporary and new plays.

Theatre Games
Ensemble building work based in improvisation, vocal warmup and exercises designed to sharpen focus and understanding of working with others. A series of fun and fast paced theatre games that designed to heighten the senses build trust in cast mates.

Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre focuses on individual and company songs from prominent Broadway and Off Broadway musicals, and stresses understanding and expressing character through song –“Acting the song”. This work is combined with choreography in our Company sessions and rehearsals.

Company is a session where we put things together through shaping original work and setting rehearsal protocols, introducing choreography to the work done in Musical Theatre/Singing for the Actor, and exploring writing and devised work. Company is also a place where we discuss the issues and emotional life connected to being an actor and creating work. Company is where our original performance takes shape and comes to life.



In our summer session instructors often share and overlap in their various specialized areas.

Alfred Preisser (Theatre Games, Company, Plays, Speech & Diction)
Alfred Preisser is the Artistic Director and Chair of Theatre at Harlem School of the Arts. Mr. Preisser has directed and produced over fifty professional shows in New York, regionally and in Europe. His work has been recognized with The American Theatre Wing Award, Drama Desk Award, Edwin Booth Award, Lucille Lortel Award and numerous Audelco Awards. As an educator he has taught and guest directed at CCNY in Harlem, The Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, and Stella Adler NYU.

Tracy Johnson (Physical Theatre, Company)
Actor, choreographer and educator currently residing in NYC. Choreography & theatre Credits include: Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, The Black Nativity, Hip Hop Monologues, Romeo and Juliet, Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death, Macbeth, Best of Both Worlds, Aint Nothin’ But The Blues;, and The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller. Tracy is also co-creator, co-director & choreographer of Soul Nativity, an annual Gospel Christmas Extravaganza, recently revived at the Harlem school of the Arts. Ms. Johnson recently played the title role in Medea at HSA, directed by Mr. Preisser.

Yolanda Wyns (Musical Theatre/Singing for the Actor)
Yolanda Wyns appeared on Broadway in “The Color Purple”. As a vocalist she has worked with renowned artists such as Freddie Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Angie Stone, and Patti Austin. Ms. Wyns is a graduate of LaGuardia high school of Music and Art and an Alumnus of Manhattan School of Music where she studied vocal performance. Her recordings include “Many Faces” available on iTunes. In addition to her acting roles, recording projects and performances, she works with artists to develop their vocal and performance skills through vocal coaching.

NSangou Njikam is an actor and playwright originally from Baltimore, MD. He is the author of Syncing Ink, Re:Definition, I.D., When We Left, Search For The Crystal Stairs, and one of the authors of “Hands Up: 6 Plays, 6 Testimonials.” His work has been developed by The Public Theater, Penn State University, The Flea Theater, Hip Hop Theatre Festival, UNIVERSES theatre company, The New Black Fest, and the Alley Theater. His playwriting fellowships include 2015 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, 2013 New Black Fest fellow, and Penn State University commissioned playwright. As an arts educator, Mr. Njikam has worked for Brooklyn Academy of Music, CUNY Creative Arts Team, and Harlem School of the Arts.

HSA Theatre


Alfred Preisser
Program Director
(212) 926-4100 x338


Alfred Preisser
Program Director
(212) 926-4100 x338

HSA Theatre


Alfred Preisser
Program Director
(212) 926-4100 x338