Summer Institute : Theater

July 13 - August 8, 2015
|     4 weeks 
|     3 college credits

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The Goods
You will learn to explore, innovate, collaborate, problem solve and push the boundaries of your creative expression in this four-week intensive program modeled after the world-class undergraduate theater programs at UArts. This experience will transition you from the high school stage to the college stage by offering an in-depth look at the training of University theater students and their preparation for the professional world in the performing arts.

The Extras
Master classes with Tony award winners and nominees
Field trips to theatre companies and professional performances in both Philadelphia’s thriving cultural community and NYC. Many of these experiences include backstage tours and meet-the-actors sessions
Rising high school seniors will also have the opportunity to audition before University faculty and Admissions counselors for admission to the fall 2016 undergraduate theater program

The Show
At the end of the four weeks you will have the opportunity to perform for friends and family in the University’s Arts Bank Theater, a professional 220-seat theater. The showcase performance will allow you to share and display the talent and skills you have developed and honed during the program.

The Takeaway
You will emerge from the program with an in-depth understanding of what it’s like to study theater in college and what it means to pursue a professional life in the theater. You will be exposed to new methods and techniques and leave with honed skills, self-confidence and connections to a community of peers and mentors. You will also collaborate with your peers in the creation of brand new pieces of theater. College admissions counselors will talk with you about building the best college application possible, which can include letters of reference from your summer faculty, your honed audition and your transcript with three college elective credits.

Students interested in attending the  Summer 2015 Theater program will not be required to submit an audition for acceptance into the program.  The very high quality of past participants has indicated that this step is not necessary given the individualized instruction that we offer.  Our students are expected to come with strong skills, a deep commitment, and have varied experiences.  Our expectation is that students are serious performers and are geared-up for an intensive four-week college-level experience in the dramatic arts and movement.  We seek young dramatic artists who are up for this challenge.  Students who are applying for scholarships will need to submit an audition.  Details can be found on the Scholarships page of our Summer Institute website here.

Core Curriculum

Designed for students who want to strive for personal growth and transform from a high school actor into a mature performer.

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Students will study with undergraduate faculty from the University of the Arts that are also working actors, directors, and playwrights.

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Registration + Tuition

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Student Life + Housing

The University of the Arts' campus is located in Center City Philadelphia and is easy to navigate by foot.

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Important Dates + Policies

Mark your calendar and learn more about tuition discounts and our Student Code of Conduct.

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Summer Institute Open House

Join us Saturday, April 18 from 1-4pm to learn about our Pre-College Summer Institute.

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View our 2015 Summer Institute brochure and registration form.

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Scholarship funds are limited, therefore awards are competitive.

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