A shorter version of the Summer HotHouse Intensive will be held during the fall of 2022.  Artistic Director Emeritus Blanka Zizka will be offering a five-day version of the intensive, and Co-Artistic Director James Ijames will be offering a playwriting intensive that will take place over Zoom. Stay tuned for further details and confirmed dates. If you would like to be considered for either of these opportunities fill out this online application form.

HotHouse Summer Intensive

This intensive was easily one of the most intriguing and transformative acting classes I have ever taken.

Evan Raines, HotHouse Intensive student

The HotHouse Summer Intensive is a deep dive into the acting methodologies of Blanka Zizka and the Wilma  HotHouse Company. This intensive will integrate the core areas of HotHouse practice: Hot Body, Hot Voice, Hot Movement, Hot Music and Hot Text. All five areas of focus work in concert to foster embodied acting, which Blanka Zizka describes in her recent interview with the NY Times as, “emotion, body, voice, all in fluid expression.”

The Method of Theodoros Terzopoulos grounds the corporeal training in a structured progression of exercises that expand the breath, awaken the body and cultivate a collective energy. Improvisational play, through exercises in vocal exploration, music making and contact improvisation, serve to draw actors out of their heads and into their bodies, enabling them to listen with the heightened awareness of all five senses. Text-based, Cecily Berry inspired exercises encourage actors to follow their impulses—particularly those grounded in their bodies—and in the inherent musicality of the words themselves.

HotHouse intensives are designed for advanced acting students and professional actors. However, this work has a way of meeting you wherever you are; curious and brave directors, playwrights, and theater educators are welcome.

  • Come prepared to move. The work can be rigorous, though adjustments will be made for various body types, injuries and physical limitations.
  • Come prepared to play. The more fun you’re willing to have with this work, the more curiosity and openness you to bring to it, the more you will learn. Leave your concerns about looking foolish and your standard measurements about success at home. They won’t serve you here.


To register for the HotHouse Summer Intensive, please complete the application online or print and complete the downloadable application. Printed applications may be dropped off at the box office or mailed to:

The Wilma Theater
265 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Acceptance decisions will be made on a rolling basis in the order in which they are received. We will notify applicants as soon as we have made a decision.


For additional information, please email education@wilmatheater.org.