Acting and Performance Summer Institute

Acting and Performance Summer Institute



Participants of the Acting and Performance Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • Theater 50 - Theater Production (2 units)
  • Theater 72 - Theater Production and Practice (2 units)


Students will have an opportunity to participate in scheduled workshops that allow behind-the-scenes understanding of live theater.

Possible Workshops:

  • Mask Making
  • Actor’s Gang Workshop
  • Combat Class
  • Tech/Design Workshop
  • Industry Panel

Note: This list is subject to change.

Schedule and Syllabus

Schedule and Syllabus

  • Acting & Performance Syllabus
  • Acting & Performance Schedule
  • Weekdays

    Throughout the three weeks, students will participate in core classes consisting of acting, movement, playwriting, and acting for the camera. Each morning begins promptly at 9:00 AM with tai-chi exercises, followed by alternating days of the different core classes. Afternoons and evenings include theater acting ensemble classes, special classes and rehearsals for the performance project. Special classes will include guest workshops and panels.

    The performance project provides the student with the practical experience of the rehearsal and performance process. Students are expected to be involved in all aspects of the creative process-- conceptualizing, writing, and transforming ideas into dramatic action--while guided by their directors. The performance project fosters a mature approach to theatrical responsibility, commitment and issues of collaboration, resulting in a final showcase performance by the students for invited guests. Daily evening activities will conclude at 11:00 PM.

    Sample Weekday Schedule
    9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Tai-Chi
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Acting and Movement Classes
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch
    1:30 PM - 5:20 PM: Performance Project Ensemble / Special classes
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Dinner
    7:30 PM - 10:30 PM: Performance Project Rehearsals / Special Programming & Workshops


Weekends and evenings will include rehearsals and special workshops. In the past, workshops and other special events expose students to the wide range of opportunities in theater, film, and television, and help students make more informed decisions about potential college programs.

Sample Weekend Schedule
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM: Special Programming/ Workshops/ Rehearsals
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Free Time/Homework Time
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Dinner Break
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Special Programming/ Workshops

Faculty and Instructors

Perry Daniel

Perry Daniel has taught movement and acting for many years. During the summer as program co-creative director, Daniel teaches and directs for the Acting and Performance Summer Institute. Previous APSI classes have included puppet design, mask technique, clowning, commedia dell arte, and improv comedy. Her primary focus is on creating original works through ensemble development and creative collaboration. She utilizes her background as a Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor to assist students in furthering their understanding of artistic exploration through physicality.

She is also the Program Director and student supervisor for the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Arts Bridge program, a national organization dedicated to providing arts education in LAUSD K-12 classrooms.

Daniel's investment in performing arts, education, and outreach is evident in her diverse array of experiences. As an instructor, she has developed and taught movement based acting courses in both New York and Los Angeles. She began her education outreach work in New York with The 52nd Street Project, a non-profit theater company committed to creative work with the youth in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Her work with the Project led to a writing position with the production company Little Airplane for Nick Jr's The Wonder Pets. While in New York, Daniel trained with Under the Table Ensemble Theatre (founded by Dell' Arte International School of Physical Theatre alumni), participating in commedia and clown shows around the city. A supporter of Clowns Without Borders, she has toured with the South African chapter, providing humanitarian outreach and psychosocial relief through the art of playing. As an extension of her commitment to arts outreach and education, Daniel wrote and directed Tall Tales for the Geffen Playhouse. The debut was followed by a two-month tour of LAUSD elementary schools.

Daniel received her BFA in theater from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her MFA in acting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her improv and sketch comedy training is courtesy of UCB, The People's Improv Theater, and Denver's Impulse Theater. Among numerous stage and camera credits, favorite past roles include Arlecchino in Il Sogno d'Arlecchino, Valentina from Goldoni's The Housekeeper, and Cyllene in the Getty Villa's production of The Trackers. Daniel is also a member of the Los Angeles-based theater company Sacred Fools and an adjudicator for the Pantages Theater's Jerry Herman Awards.

Vikas Adam

Vikas Adam is an award winning actor, voiceover artist, director, producer, and writer. Vikas has a BFA in Theater from Syracuse University and a MFA in Acting from UCLA. As an educator, he's taught acting, voice, and movement based studies from elementary to undergraduate levels. He was Program Director for Junior Players, Dallas' oldest non-profit youth arts organization, and during his tenure worked closely with various school districts and recreation centers to implement free after school visual and performing arts based programming with working actors and artists teaching.

In addition to this, he annually co-produced PUPFest (a young playwright's festival) with Kitchen Dog Theater as well as the third show in the Shakespeare Dallas Summer season which included a critically acclaimed Bollywood version of A Midsummer Night's Dream which he also conceptualized, sound designed, and dramaturged.

As a teacher, Vikas is constantly updating his curriculum and employs improvisation, movement, ensemble, and character building exercises with an emphasis on 'thinking outside of the box' and building discipline and self-confidence.

Vikas has narrated over 100 audiobooks by bestselling authors including Orson Scott Card, Manil Suri, M.M. Kaye, and C. Robert Cargill (screenwriter, Doctor Strange). He's the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award (the Oscars for Audiobooks) in Fantasy for his work on "Nice Dragons Finish Last". Favorite theatre roles include Alceste in The Misanthrope, Orlando in As You Like It, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Ariel in the Tempest. He's currently on the Producing Committee for The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival and on the Advisory Board for Junior Players.



Participants of the Acting and Performance Summer Institute will be awarded 4 units of credit in the form of a letter grade after the successful completion of the program.

As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. Grades A, B, C, and D may be modified by a plus or minus suffix.

For more information on grades, visit the Registrar's website.

Credits / Units

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth approximately 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = approximately 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.


The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. It lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order.

Ordering a transcript can be done online through MyUCLA. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form.

Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.

NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.

Program Supplies



To ensure that you are dressed appropriately for classroom work, please wear comfortable clothing that will allow for maximum movement in all classes. Please observe the following:

  • Wear: sweat pants, sweatshirts, loose T-shirts, stretch pants, sneakers or other alternative movement shoes, etc.
  • Do not wear: tight jeans, short skirts, low-cut pants, midriff tops, platform shoes, heels, skimpy sandals, flip flops, or jewelry (watches are okay).
  • You will also need one pair of black pants, one long sleeve all-black top (no logos), one pair of black shoes (jazz, tai-chi, dance sneakers, etc.)

You must be able to move comfortably.









Program Dates

JUNE 19 - JULY 9, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JUNE 19 - JULY 9: Acting and Performance Summer Institute

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.