The Building Blocks Summer Intensive 2021
June 4th-27th | NYC (Midtown)*
Who Is the Building Blocks Summer Intensive For?
To put it simply, the Building Blocks System is for everyone. Both beginners and Broadway professionals have taken pre-launch offerings of this class, and they have experienced breakthroughs and immense growth as a result of this course.
However, the Building Blocks Summer Intensive is specifically intended for people looking to develop their acting skills at a professional level. Because of this, it is best suited for:
Industry professionals looking to dive back into their craft following a hiatus due to COVID-19
Collegiate theater/music theater students (or recent graduates) looking for a way to apply their education in a practical and personal way
Performing artists (such as dancers or singers) looking to develop their acting skills
Actors looking to find their personal approach to acting, instead of being forced into a pre-existing mold
PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting applicants 18 years of age or older at this time. Stay tuned for future high school intensive announcements.
The weekly breakdown is as follows:
Week One: Freeing the Mind and Body and Preparation and Research
Week Two: Inner Life
Week Three: Voice and Physicality
Week Four: Environment and Business
This intensive offers 38 hours of instruction, which breaks down as follows:
Two 3-hour technique classes per week
One 3-hour scene study class per week
Two hour-long private coaching sessions through Dan Hoy Coaching
About Your Instructor
Dan Hoy is a professional actor, singer, and teacher based out of New York City and the founder of Building Block Studios. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2018 before taking off on the 1st Broadway National tour of the CATS revival in 2019.
In addition to almost a decade of professional acting experience, he’s studied a wide variety of acting techniques, including Viewpoints, Stanislavsky, Meisner, Hagen, Linklater, Practical Aesthetics, and Chekov. It is through this experience and education that Dan developed the Building Blocks System.
Dan is also a trained voice teacher, having studied voice and pedagogy under a variety of teachers, including Dr. JR Fralick and Justin Stoney.
Auditions and Enrollment
The intensive will only be accepting 10 students in total. This allows us to create the highest-quality experience by ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate and receive consistent, personal instruction.
Because of the extremely limited number of slots, we will be requiring an audition to be considered for enrollment in the summer session.
For your audition, please prepare a self-tape with the following:
Two contrasting monologues. While there is no strict time limitation, please try to keep each monologue under 90 seconds.
A slate that includes your name and the titles of your two monologues.
If possible, please send the self-tape as one file (edited as slate, monologue #1, monologue #2). If there is a technical limitation that prevents you from editing the video, you can send it as multiple files (as long as each file is clearly labeled).
Submit all auditions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject line:
[YOUR NAME] — Audition — Building Blocks Summer Intensive 2021
ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE SENT IN BY APRIL 1st.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to the instructor (Dan Hoy) at email@example.com or through the chat feature below.
For the inaugural intensive, we are offering a one-time, discounted launch price which is as follows:
If paid in full: $700 (~$18 per hour of instruction)
If utilizing a payment plan ($200 deposit, followed by $75/mo.): $800 (~$21 per hour of instruction)
If paying in full, payment can be accepted via debit/credit card, cash, or check. If utilizing a payment plan, payment must be made using a debit/credit card.
IF ACCEPTED, PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BY APRIL 19th AT THE LATEST.
COVID Safety Precautions
COVID-19 is a serious illness and must be treated as such. While we are hoping that vaccination efforts will be further along by the time the intensive takes place in June, we will be utilizing the following procedures to keep students and faculty safe:
All students and instructors will be provided with masks and face shields. Our hope is to be able to do scene work without masks, but that is pending CDC guidance as the vaccination rollout continues.
All students and instructors will be required to complete weekly COVID testing or provide proof of completed vaccination.
All students and instructors will be subject to temperature checks before being admitted into class.
All students and instructors will be provided with hand sanitizer
The studio will be sanitized before and after every class.
These precautions are all in line with the current CDC guidelines. If those guidelines change, Building Block Studios will adapt to the most current literature. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out through the chat feature below.
*The specific studio location is currently pending and will be shared with students following acceptance into the intensive.