Our Summer Workshop will not be held this summer as we are updating the program and will reintroduce it in Summer 2025. Thank you.
During these two weeks of instruction, you will have the chance to explore the techniques of music theatre performance from the perspective of an actor, singer, and dancer. The workshop consists of one-on-one instruction (voice lessons and coachings), as well as group instruction in dance, acting and song analysis. A series of guest artists will join us and provide various workshops as well as masterclasses in addition to lectures on specific topics related to voice science and the performing arts business.
You will have the opportunity to share the work done throughout the two weeks with your instructors of the various performance tasks related to each course and workshop and receive feedback from the instructors. The workshop will culminate with a final showcase where you will perform the material you have been working on during your voice lessons and classes.
The workshop will be conducted generally Monday through Friday from 10-6pm, with a lunch break from 1:10-2:20pm. Voice lessons will take place in the morning and you will alternate between a morning time when you will be in lesson or taking songwriting classes, and other days when you will have an hour-and-a-half-long block of time to work on the projects for the workshop.
Submit three video clips consisting of the following material:
Introduction: Please say your name clearly, the date, the city you are from, and the pieces that you are going to perform. Two songs: Your two selections should be complete and contrasting songs – each no longer than four minutes. Choose material from music theatre repertoire – but please avoid rock, pop, country, and jazz. Your video should count with the collaboration of a live musician (pianist, guitarist, etc.). However, due to the current circumstances, applicants who do not have a video submission of their song selections pre-recorded with a live pianist may submit recordings using tracks.
In addition to the above videos, please submit a resume: Your resume should reflect your theatre performance experience. Think “theatre resume” rather than “academic resume” for this. Headshot or recent photograph: Again we are not looking for a professional quality photograph. If you have a headshot, that is fine. If not, a recent snapshot will suffice.
Rather than a single long video, we would like three separate clips: the introduction, the first song, and the second song. It’s easier for us to review and easier for you to shoot. We will not be influenced by the professional quality of the video. Please do not worry about any elaborate lighting or studio conditions.
Please make sure your voice can be heard above the accompaniment – try different distances from the sound source until you find the right “balance” between piano and voice.
After uploading the pre-screening submission, you will immediately be notified that we have received your materials. After those materials have been reviewed you will be contacted with more information.
“This was a once in a lifetime experience. The teachers seriously know their stuff and care about your growth as an artist. Thanks for an unforgettable summer!” -Jared Youmans
“This workshop has been so great. I have gained an amazing amount of knowledge in not only the art but also myself. The teachers here are fantastic to work with and the program overall is an absolute blast!”
“This program was wonderful. It allowed me to finally understand how to truthfully deliver a character’s story through song and movement.”
“This program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! It has both challenged me and inspired me to continue to work hard in order to achieve my goals and pursue my dreams! Thank you so much for all the work you put into this!”
"Meeting with and talking to graduates like Jay Armstrong Johnson, Ruthie Ann Miles and Elena Shaddow was amazing - their advice and stories really inspired me!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed the process of learning more about music theatre in song analysis. It was so unique, but everything I would have expected from NYU and in preparation for a career in the business.”
“The MPAP summer program allowed me to become more in touch with the skills of my craft, while also installing the basis of a strong work ethic that I can use for the rest of my life.”
“This program combines responsibility of being a student, the exceptional coaching of the NYU Steinhardt faculty and the exhilarating feeling of being in New York City. I couldn’t have been happier with the experiences and the friend I made.”
“I can't believe how much I have changed and grown in skill and confidence. Finally acting, singing and dancing are brought together in a way that makes perfect sense!"
“This program was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Not only was I spending 3 weeks in the magical city, but on top of that I made irreplaceable friendships and learned so much.”
“This workshop truly opened my eyes to the beauty of musical theatre. I always had a passion for music and theatre but this experience boosted it a ton. The professors were all so genuine and caring for the students. I really love this program and school.” -Stevie LeWarne
“I haven’t learned this much from any other intensive. Thank you so much.” -Osher Fein