Wilma Theater HotHouse Summer Intensive: June 4 – June 22

The HotHouse Summer Intensive is a deep dive into the acting methodologies of Blanka Zizka and the Wilma  HotHouse Company. This 3 week 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.


Summer Intensive Schedule

Week 1:  June 4- June 8:  10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Week 2: June 11-June 15 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Week 3: June 17- June 22: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM


To Register:  Complete application.  Acceptance decisions will be made on a rolling basis in the order in which they are received. We will notify you as soon as we’ve made a decision.

Email Education Assistant Rachel Beecher (RBeecher@WilmaTheater.org) with any questions.


Tuition: $1,300/$1,100 if paid in full by April 8, 2019. $250 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot in the class. All tuition is due by Friday, June 1th.  


“Observing Blanka in action for the first time was enthralling. She exudes remarkable passion, generosity and experience while providing masterful instruction for rigorous and abstract exercises.”

-Tom Trudgeon, HotHouse Intensive participant


“I was consistently impressed with how committed the instructors have been to sharing the foundations and rigors of Hot House practice. I never felt that we were getting some watered down version, even though they could share only so much of a complex practice in 3 weeks.”

-Germaine Ingram, Hothouse Intensive participant


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

-Evan Raines, HotHouse Intensive student


2019 Summer Intensive Application.pdf