HSA Teen Theater Lab is a fun and immersive summer experience exploring all facets of being an actor. Students will have the opportunity to closely work with an in-house playwright and Vocal Artist building an original play based on the real life stories and experiences of our youth. The writing that is produced is facilitated by the working professionals and culminating in an imaginative live performance!


Theater Lab Actors will be involved in:
• Character Development
• Blocking Scenes
• Devising
• Script Editing
• Improvisation


The intensive runs for three weeks Monday through Friday, with a final performance open to the public on Friday July 26th.


Dates: Monday July 8 – Friday July 26, 2019 (Three Weeks)

Days: Monday-Friday
Times: 12:00-5:00 pm


COST: $825




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





Character Development

Actors learn how to create a character, exploring the change an individual undergoes through the course of a story as a result of the conflict or conflicts that person encounters.


Blocking Scenes

Scene Blocking informs actors where they should move for the proper dramatic effect, ensure sight lines for the audience and work with the lighting design of a scene.



Actors participate in the process in which the whole creative team develops a show collaboratively. From actors to technicians, everyone is involved in the creative process.


Script Editing

Actors learn how to analyze, provide feedback and edit an original script in preparation for a final performance.



On-the-spot improvisation exercises help students to react and respond to unexpected situations, and builds confidence and creative abilities.


Beatbox Dialect

Company members will explore the history and art of beatboxing, or vocal percussion, producing drum sounds and beat patterns using the lips, tongue, mouth, throat, and voice led by Chesney Snow, an award-winning actor, beatboxer, poet, musician and songwriter.



Company is a session where actors put things together through shaping original work and setting rehearsal protocols, 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.



Teen Theater Lab

Chesney Snow is an award winning New York City based theater artist known for originating the role of Boxman in the Broadway a cappella musical In Transit. Snow is widely considered a pioneering figure in the world of beatboxing culture with his work American Beatboxer being archived in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Harvard University Hip Hop archive where he was a 3x artist-in residence. His most recent work was in Two River Theater's production of Oo Bla Dee written by Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor and directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. He was a composer and lyricist alongside Obie award winner Diedre Murray and Regina Taylor for her production of the muscial Crowns at Princeton University's McCarter Theater and the Long Wharf Theater. He is a recipient of the Drama Desk award and a United States cultural ambassador with the U.S. Department of State. He has spent decades in the field of theater arts and education, teaching and creating programs in public schools, prisons, hospitals, non-profits, universities, and numerous countries throughout the world. His autobiographical Hip-Hop theater play The Unwritten Law was co produced by Dixon Place Theater and was hailed as “Political theater at it’s best.” by BROADWAYWORLD

Teen Theater Lab

Gethsemane Herron-Coward is a poet-turned-playwright from Washington, D.C. She is a 2016 Semi-Finalist for the Rising Circle INK TANK, a 2016 Finalist for the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, a 2017 Finalist for SPACE on Ryder Farm. Gethsemane is also a 2016 Grant Recipient from the Puffin Foundation, which supported her residency with JAW Magic Time at Judson Memorial Church. Gethsemane’s short play, The Falling Man received a production in The Fire This Time Festival in 2018. Her work has been supported by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony, where she was the 2018 Yasmin Scholarship Fellow. Her work has been seen in Atlanta Black Star, The Washington Post, the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and Columbia University, where she is completing her MFA in Playwriting. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.