Looking for Shakespeare

Summer Programs

Looking for Shakespeare

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 2018 play will be The Two Noble Kinsmen.

This program will run for three and a half weeks: June 27th through July 21st. 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 7th and July 14th. Lunch is provided every program day. The experience culminates in three public performances on July 19th - 21st. There is a materials fee that covers the cost of lunches, a performance DVD, and a t-shirt. There are merit-based and need-based scholarships available.

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Amy Cordileone, Ph.D, Director

Amy Cordileone is a director, choreographer, and designer whose artistic work and research is focused on investigating aesthetic spaces across the globe. She has created partnerships with organizations worldwide, most notably within the educational community in Uganda, which was at the center of her doctoral work. At NYU, Cordileone continues to develop innovative content for a variety of Steinhardt programs, including the NYU Youth Theatre Ensemble, Theatrix (a bi-annual festival of student work), Playlabs (in collaboration with notable regional theatres), and the Writers' Roundtable (a mentorship experience pairing emerging and professional playwrights). Amy’s passion for new work development led to the curation of the NYU Forum on Developing New Work for the Theatre (2013) and the Forum on Site-Specific Performance (2015). Her directing and choreography credits include: Last Night in Town (San Diego Workshop), Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter,Meta(premiere), Little Shop of Horrors, The Heart Cycle (premiere), Underground: An Unauthorized Ben Folds Jam Session (premiere), Two Noble Kinsmen, Alice: The Looking Glass Girl, Les Misérables, and more. Additionally, Amy is the Editor-in-Chief of the Teaching Artist Journal, a Taylor and Francis publication. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of California, at Irvine. Cordileone completed both her MA and PhD at NYU.

Robert M. Stevenson, Co-Producer

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. This is his twelfth summer working with LFS, and his eighth on the production team. As a performer, he has recently appeared in Up and Away (Lincoln Center Education), The Last Coin (Spellbound Theatre), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wombat Theatre). He recently directed We Are All Tourists (Trusty Sidekick Theater Company), a promenade tour experience for families on Governors Island in NYC. He holds a master’s in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhardt.

Jasmine Vogue Pai, Co-Producer

Jasmine Vogue Pai works at Trinity School a K-12 Prep School on the Upper West Side where she teaches Technical Theatre and Design as well as Advanced Acting. She is also the Technical Director for the Performing Arts Department and designs Set and Lights for all Trinity productions. Recent directing credits at Trinity include Almost, Maine, The Heiress and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Before starting at Trinity she worked as freelance Scenic and Costume designer in the NYC Metro area. She has designed for Mile Square Theatre, New York Fringe Fest, Planet Connection Festivity, 4th Wall Theatre to name a few. Jasmine is on the board of 4th Wall Theatre in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

Minimum age allowed in NYU on-campus housing for a MPAP Summer Program is 15 years old.

  • Housing is not required, students may commute and will not be charged for housing/meal plan. Residential students will be housed in Weinstein Hall.
  • Summer housing application instructions are provided to admitted students only.
Meal Plan
  • Students staying in housing are required to have a meal plan (automatically assigned to student accounts when assigned a room in a residence hall).
  • 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars per week (if desired, admitted students can increase meal plan)

Move In Date: June 24 - 26, 2018
Move Out Date: July 21, 2018

Cost and Fees
 US StudentsInternational Students
 US StudentsInternational Students
Application Fee (paid at the end of Acceptd application) $55 $55
Tuition Cost $1,836 $1,836
Housing and Meal Plan (if on-campus) $1,640 $1,640
Programming Fee  $160 $160
Health Insurance Not Applicable $355 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).

$150 Enrollment deposit:
  • Accepted applicants will make an enrollment deposit of $150 in order to confirm their attendance to their NYU MPAP Summer Program. Payment instructions are provided within the initial acceptance email.
$500 Housing deposit:
  • 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: 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. 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.

All fees, tuition and housing costs are charged to the students eSuites (online student billing system and personal account) via the NYU Bursars Office. Read instructions on accessing the eSuites account.

For information, see the Summer 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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