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An intensive Shakespeare summer program for high school students from around the country, Looking for Shakespeare (LFS) 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.

Looking for Shakespeare is seeking neuro/psychodiverse actors, movers, and musicians to join the inclusive ensemble of The Winter's Tale. Offering individualized support and a trained staff, the NYU Steinhardt LFS program aims to advance essential skills and spotlight the natural aptitudes of each performer. This exciting new model will provide a rewarding, collaborative experience for participants of all abilities, gender identities, and/or racial, ethnic, or national backgrounds.    

This program will run for four weeks: June 29 through July 25. A detailed schedule will be provided to participants in June. The program primarily runs Monday through Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm, but there are two Saturday rehearsals: July 11 and July 18. Lunch is provided every program day. The experience culminates in three public performances on July 23, 24, and 25. The tuition covers the cost of lunches, a performance DVD, and a t-shirt. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Program Dates

June 29 – July 25, 2020

Application Deadline

April 9, 2020

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$1,870 (Tuition)
$1,790 (On-Campus Housing and Required Meal Plan)
$160 (Programming Fee)
Scholarships and Financial Aid Available

In-Person Audition Dates:

Due to NYU's decision to conduct remote classes, the in-person auditions are canceled. Please video-record all audition materials, upload, and submit them with your application. See the instructions below for more information about what to submit.

Audition Information

Video Auditions:

Video auditions should be submitted along with the MPAP Summer Programs application no later than Thursday, April 9.  To submit a video audition, upload the file to the Digital Portfolio section of the application. A follow-up video interview with the LFS program staff will be scheduled with each applicant individually.

Audition Instructions:

For your audition, please prepare 2-3 of the following audition materials:

  •  Perform a monologue 
    • Perform a 1-minute Shakespearean monologue or sonnet.  
  • Sing
    • Sing a 1-minute cut (verse & chorus) of any song in the Indie-Rock genre. 

      • For in-person auditions, singers may:

        • Self-accompany (on piano or personal instrument)

        • Email backing track to 

        • Provide sheet music for piano, in appropriate key (accompanist available) 

  • Play an instrument
    • Play 1-minute cut (verse & chorus) of any song in the Indie-Rock genre.

      • For in-person auditions, instrumentalists may:

        • Use piano or cajón provided

        • Bring and play personal instruments

  • Move
    • Creatively move for 1 minute to a piece of Shakespearean text.   
    • Movement can include ASL, dance, or general interpretation using the body and face.  You don’t have to be a trained dancer; we just want to see you use your body to be expressive! 
    • You can choose to have someone read the text as you move, or you can use an audio recording of someone else reading the text (available upon request).  

Notes for singers and musicians

  • Please prepare a song you enjoy singing/playing! 

  • Don’t feel like you have to replicate a song as it was originally sung or played. In fact, we’d like to see how you interpret the song and make it your own!

  • If you are a singer AND an instrumentalist and would like to submit separate songs for each discipline, you may do so.  Individuals who wish to accompany themselves on their instrument while singing are also welcome to do so.

  • The music in the show will have an acoustic coffeehouse vibe, so please pick songs from the Indie-Folk/Indie-Rock genre. Consider artists such as Philip Phillips, Amy Winehouse, Sara Bareilles, Billie Eilish, Ben Folds, Mumford & Sons, Jason Mraz, Aloe Black, Leon Bridges, Ingrid  Michelson, Marc Broussard, Her, Wailin’ Jennys, Hozier, Michael Kiwanuka, and Teagan & Sara.

  • You can find backing tracks on YouTube and then convert the video into an mp3 audio file using websites such as YTMP3.

  • Sheet music can be found online.

Each young actor should feel free to perform the monologue and song of their choice. In an effort to set students up for success, LFS staff members will gladly provide guidance upon request. Email to request monologue options and text recordings, as well as sheet music, chord charts, and/or backing tracks to several pre-selected songs.

Learn more about the new Looking for Shakespeare model, including how we intend to support and include all performers on the LFS Statement of Inclusion and Support.


Amy Cordileone

Clinical Assistant Professor in Educational Theatre

Summer 2020

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