NYSTI Education Programs

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In its 19th year, SummerStage combines structured performing arts training with creative expression, fun, and social interaction. The faculty includes highly qualified and experienced teaching artists and NYSTI staff.

SummerStage includes a wide variety of students and the opportunity for all participants to perform in a showcase project based on their individual interest. “Living Our Dreams” is the theme for 2007's performance projects. Students are grouped by age for acting classes, by a wider age range in rotating special topics, and by interest for the showcase performance projects. The program emphasizes individual attention along with collaborative work of the young perfomers' creative talents.

  • July 9 - 27, 2007
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Held on the Russell Sage College campus, Troy
  • Tuition: $550.
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2007
  • Contact Sara Melita, SummerStage Director: 518.274.3295

Summer Theatre Institute

Professional standards, professional faculty, professional training... Summer Theatre Institute offers students the opportunity to rehearse and perform a workshop production of a new musical. The fully staged production is performed during the closing days of the program. Faculty for Summer Theatre Institute includes a professional director, choreographer and teachers.

  • July 23 - August 18, 2007
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Held on the Russell Sage College campus, Troy
  • Tuition: $700.
  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2007
  • Applicants are required to participate in an audition and interview; videotapes are accepted.
  • Contact John McGuire, STI Director: 518.274.3754

Additional Summer Programs Opportunities

SummerStage and Summer Theatre Institute also offer high school and college students internships, and elementary and secondary school teachers an educator-in-residence opportunity. Contact the Institute at 518.274.3573 for more information.

Before and After Care Program

An extended hours program available to augment your child's participation in SummerStage. Before and After Care operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 - 9:00 AM and 4:00-5:00 PM. The program is only available for the full three week length of the program. Contact 518.274.3295 for more information.

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