|Program Dates: June 29 - July 22, 2017|
This program is intended for:
- High School Students
An intensive Shakespeare summer program for high school students from around the country. This program is unique in that ensemble members work with a director, production team, and graduate assistants to mount a fully-produced Shakespeare play on the campus of NYU. Participants investigate how Shakespeare’s language resonates for them, within their own personal experiences. The 2017 production will be The Tempest.
This program will run for three and a half weeks: June 29th through July 22nd. A detailed schedule will be provided to participants in June. The program primarily runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm, but there are two Saturday rehearsals: July 8th and July 15th. Lunch is provided every program day. The experience culminates in three public performances on July 20th - 22nd. There is a materials fee that covers the cost of lunches, a performance DVD, and a t-shirt. There are merit-based and/or need-based scholarships available.
Check out the Looking for Shakespeare Facebook page here!
Nancy Smithner, Ph.D., Director
Nancy Smithner, Ph.D. is a clinical associate professor in the Program in Educational Theatre. She specializes in the devising of original performance works and directing of plays, including: Beyond the North Wind (devised work); The Tales of the Lost Formicans (Congdon); The School for Scandal (Sheridan); Tongues (Shepard), A Chance Shadow (Wobbe), The Triangle Project (original work), Sonia Flew (Lopez), Romeo and Juliet,As You Like It, Macbeth, Love’s Labours Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare); The Eumenides (Aeschylus), Mad Forest (Churchill), (m)BODY (devised work), The Imaginary Invalid (Moliere), The Memorandum (Havel), Voices of Women (original works), and The Odyssey (Homer). As an applied theatre practitioner, Smithner has taught in medium and maximum security prisons with both male and female inmantes, and also performed for several decades as a pediatric clown doctor for the Big Apple Circus.
Robert M. Stevenson, Producer & Assistant Director
Robert M. Stevenson is a Brooklyn-based theatre maker and educator, specializing in ensemble-based devising, puppetry, and Shakespeare. He serves as a Teaching Artist for The New Victory Theater, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Lincoln Center Education, New York Theater Workshop, and the Park Avenue Armory. As a performer, he has recently appeared in Blossom (Dixon Place), The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Lincoln Center Education), Up and Away (Lincoln Center Education), Animating Red Bank Battlefield (The Whitall House, NJ), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Secret Theatre). He recently co-directed We Are All Tourists, a promenade tour experience for families on the High Line in NYC. He is the Project Development Manager of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, creating bold theater for young people and families. He holds a master’s in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhardt.
Applying to the non-credit program consists of two steps:
1. Online Application: You must first complete our online admissions application at 2017 MPAP Summer Application in order to submit your auditions admission materials.
2. Audition Submission & Supplemental Material Upload: After you submit your application successfully, you will be sent an email link to the audition admissions website GetAcceptd. You will be required to submit a $55 application fee.
*Please note: You must have your application number available in order to successfully begin the audition submission step (provided when completing the online application - step 1).
International Students: Please also see special instructions for international applicants to Looking For Shakespeare.
Current NYU students: If you are currently attending NYU and wish to apply to a summer program, you should not follow these steps and should instead review the application procedure listed under Information for Current NYU Students.
Online application guide:
|Starting an Application||
What to expect when completing the online application:
|Proof of English Proficiency (International Students Only)||
The audition or supplemental materials submission portion of the application is completed in a third party website called GetAcceptd.
Audition Submission & Supplemental Materials guide:
Looking For Shakespeare
What to expect when completing the online application:
|How to complete||
*Minimum age allowed in NYU on-campus housing for a MPAP Summer Program is 15 years old.
|Total Housing/Meal Plan Cost||
|US Students||International Students|
|Application Fee (paid at the end of Acceptd application)||$55||$55|
|Housing and Meal Plan (if on-campus)||$1,640||$1,640|
|Health Insurance||Not Applicable||$280 Comprehensive Plan|
Accepted students will confirm their attendance once they have paid the enrollment deposit (detailed instructions provided in acceptance email). Residential students will have successfully registered for housing once they have paid the housing deposit and completed the housing application (sent via email after student confirms their attendance).
Enrollment deposit: $150
- Accepted applicants will make an enrollment deposit of $150 in order to confirm their attendance to their NYU MPAP Summer Program. (payment instructions provided within the initial acceptance email)
Housing deposit: $500
- If staying in on-campus housing, students are required to pay a $500 deposit to reserve a space in housing.
- The housing deposit is a portion of the housing charges, and is NOT a separate or added fee.
- The housing deposit is applied to any housing charges on your bill. Any excess balance remaining will be applied to tuition fees or refunded to the student.
Please note: the Application Fee, Enrollment Deposit and Housing Deposit are not refundable.
Paying the remaining balance:
After paying the deposit(s), students are responsible for paying the remaining balance prior to the start of the program. *While the remaining tuition may be posted immediately after deposits are made, the remaining housing bills are not sent until 2 weeks prior to the start of the program.
All fees, tuition and housing costs are charged to the students eSuites (online student billing system and personal account) via the NYU Bursars Office. Instructions on accessing the eSuites account can be found here.
*Please note: Payment by credit card is not accepted by the Bursar's office to pay remaining balances, please contact the Bursars Office directly for questions about payment.
For information, see the Finances page.
- All communications and admission decisions are provided via email (email account used when application was created).
- Many program directors make admission decisions on a rolling basis once a completed application is received. However, applicants can expect to receive a final admissions decision email no later than two weeks after the final application deadline date.
Students interested in financial aid should complete and submit the Scholarship Application that is sent to you once you complete the application process.
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