Wilma Theater HotHouse Summer Intensive: June 5 – June 23

The HotHouse Summer Intensive is a deep dive into the acting methodologies of Blanka Zizka and the Wilma HotHouse Company. This three-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 New York 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, serves 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 to apply.

  • 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 bring to it, the more you will learn. Leave your concerns about looking foolish and your standard measurements of success at home. They won’t serve you here.


Summer Intensive Schedule
Week 1:  June 5-9: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Week 2: June 11-16: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Week 3: June 18- 23: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM


To Register: 
Click here to download and complete an application. Acceptance decisions will be made on a rolling basis, within 1-3 days of receiving your application. We will notify you with any questions, or when we have made a decision.

Tuition: $1100. Tuition is due by Friday, June 1.
A $200 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot in the class.

Questions about payment plans? Contact Education Assistant Rachel Beecher at 215-893-9456 ext. 113 or at RBeecher@wilmatheater.org.