Summer Intensive

Six Weeks of Foundational Meisner Training in Brooklyn, NY

Summer Intensive Training For Adult Actors


Spark your desire to study authentic acting for adults (18 years of age and over) with our Summer Intensive in Meisner TechniqueMovement, and Voice & Speech. This summer acting program will help actors of all levels grow and connect with the actor they have always longed to become. Over the course of six weeks, Summer Intensive acting students will begin to develop core acting skills rooted in the Meisner TechniqueSanford Meisner‘s traditional sequence of improvisational exercises and basic scene work.

Summer Intensive students begin by learning how to listen deeply, respond truthfully, and express authentic emotional life under rich imaginary circumstances.


The Best Summer Acting Program in N.Y.C.


When Terry Knickerbocker started acting, directing, and coaching over thirty years ago, he knew that he wanted to teach his students the ways of Sanford Meisner through a variety of acting, voice, and movement classes.

Over the years, Terry has helped coach and prepare actors for their career-defining roles in TV and film thanks to Meisner’s acting techniques. With our six-week-long Summer Intensive, you can learn from the best and receive the same coaching that helped launch the careers of Emmy Rossum, Sam Rockwell, Boyd Holbrooke and more.

Our studio is conveniently located in the heart of Brooklyn and this summer acting program will send you on your way to acquiring you the career-advancing skills that the entertainment industry is looking for in today’s actors. Join the best summer acting program in N.Y.C. today!


Goals of our Summer Intensive


At Terry Knickerbocker Studio, we will teach you how to get out of your head, tap into your emotions, and follow your instincts through the Meisner acting technique. During our six-week-long intensive, you will learn to access a range of emotions, discover how to develop a rich connection to imaginary circumstances and scene work, and explore yourself as an acting instrument.

Studying with Terry has helped actors across TV, film, and the stage find success and discover their own personal creativity, due to his expertise and emphasis on the importance of excellence and mastery of Sanford Meisner’s teachings.



  • Am I mindfully present in rehearsal?
  • How are the actors acting around me in this scene?
  • Do I care too much about what others think of my performance?
  • Am I holding back when I should be more spontaneous?
  • Am I forcing this emotion or am I acting in the moment?

Who Should Apply To The Terry Knickerbocker Summer Intensive?


At Terry Knickerbocker Studio we seek adult acting students who are committed to becoming the best actor they can be. Our ideal summer student is willing to explore our Meisner acting course methodology, develop new skills, and exceed their goals of personal and artistic integrity.

Enrolling in our unique Summer Intensive is the best way to grow your range as an actor while sampling the Terry Knickerbocker Studio curriculum and the Two Year Professional Acting Conservatory.

Students are encouraged to enroll in Conservatory Intensive for comprehensive actor training.

Summer Intensive

Conservatory Essentials

20 - 25 Hours Per Week, Including Outside Work

Summer Intensive

Acting Foundations

12 - 16 Hours Per Week, Including Outside Work

Ready to jump in? Apply Now! Admission is by interview only.


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Hear From Our Students

I had Peter for the 6-week Summer Intensive. Peter challenged and pushed me to live truthfully as an actor throughout the entire session. I have tremendous appreciation and respect for him as a teacher of the Meisner technique. For what he taught me and how much I have grown through his feedback and guidance in such a short period of time, I am truly grateful.

– Shranna J.

Summer Intensive Student

I participated in the Summer Intensive & it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I am more fully self-expressed, allowing my inner self to match my outer. Terry, Nate, Matt & Kana are some of the most high integrity teachers I’ve had the pleasure to learn with. If you are on the fence, just take the leap, you will not regret it!

– Rachel F.

Summer Intensive Student


“Terry creates a safe, fun, and experimental environment that allows us students to explore our different temperaments at great length….”


Terry Knickerbocker Studio is an AMAZING acting studio. It is helmed by the brilliant Terry himself who challenges, inspires, collaborates, but more importantly, builds relationships with his students. He always comes ready to teach with consistent, high intensity energy and pushes his students to bring this same readiness to each class (which will then carry over into our professional acting jobs). Terry creates a safe, fun, and experimental environment that allows us students to explore our different temperaments at great length. I am so grateful to be at the Studio currently and train under the master teacher that is Terry.

Also, Terry has surrounded himself with an amazing team of other teachers like Kana Sato, Nate Flower, Matthew Dudley, and more! The supplemental voice and movement classes, as well as other electives, are just as challenging and inspiring!!

If you’re looking for a place to start, continue, or strengthen your training, GO TO TERRY KNICKERBOCKER STUDIO! If you’re not ready for the full commitment of a 2-Year program, try out the 6-Week Summer Intensive to see if this is the right training for you. I have a feeling it will be.

– Michael TJ W.


“I found myself surrounded by students and staff that were universally invested in my growth and success….”


This past summer, I had the privilege of participating in TK’s Summer Intensive. I have trained at other schools and studios in New York and I can confidently say that the Terry Knickerbocker Studio is something special. Their mission statement “training the passionate actor committed to excellence” couldn’t be more apt. All summer I found myself surrounded by students and staff that were universally invested in my growth and success. I was challenged, pushed, supported and encouraged to explore my body, mind, wants and needs – both as an actor, and as a person.

I could not recommend this program, or this studio more highly. I will be returning in the fall for their Two-Year Intensive and feel incredibly lucky for the opportunity to continue my training at this studio.

– Ali E.

Conservatory Student



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