Due to COVID-19 our staff is tele-working. For questions, email academy@gmu.edu. All private lessons and classes are now online.

Advanced Actor Showcase: The Hamlet Murders



by Lisa Nanni-Messegee

This very unique and highly intensive program gives actors the experience of performing a full-length virtual production while receiving top-level training. Actors will have the opportunity to create complex characters while working on a modern text, adapted especially for the online environment by playwright and screenwriter Lisa Nanni-Messegee. Each actor will receive a role and will work as an ensemble to rehearse and record a complete production in just one week. This program is always focused on the ensemble, meaning each actor is given time to shine on the virtual stage.

Note: Openings are limited, so early registration is encouraged.


Ages:  13 – 18
Dates:  July 13 – 17, 2020
Times:  1:00 – 4:00 pm EST (M–F)
Tuition:  $225
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Sample Daily Schedule
Each day will include one snack break.

Auditions • Characterization Seminar: Classical & Modern Acting Styles • Project Overview
Acting Workshop • Zoom Blocking Rehearsal • Acting Workshop
Rehearsal • Characterization Workshop • “Creating the World” Environment Seminar
Rehearsal • Production Tech Discussion • Acting Workshop
Final Dress Rehearsal • Recording of Final Presentation



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Ashley Promisel
Read about Ms. Promisel

Ashley Promisel is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Theater Education at Mason. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from CNU, with a focus on acting and lighting design. Ms. Promisel is the theater teacher and director at Key Middle School. Recently, she was seen in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Gogol’s Nose” at GMU, and directed “10 x 10 x 10” in the Mason Players’ Originals! Ashley has been teaching and directing for AFYP’s after school, showcase, and summer camp programs since 2017.





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