This creative summer program was created for talented students who have been inspired by the energy and sophistication of theater and musical theater. The program develops the abilities of experienced performers who are serious about the field and eager to work hard. Our goal is to help you grow creatively through full-time, college-level theater training under the direction of acclaimed professional performers and teachers.
The three-week program develops your performance skills and provides a behind-the-scenes view of theater that combines music, drama, and dance. Students complete the program with improved audition skills and with experience in college level work in the field.
Classes aim to improve command of your body, mind, and voice, so that combined they become the expressive instrument of an actor. Students take a trip to see at least one professional production with program faculty.
My experience at Syracuse this summer truly was life changing for me as an artist and person. I have made lifelong friends that I will treasure forever and got the experience of what it is like to be in college, including being responsible and accountable for myself. I also learned what it takes to be in a BFA program for Musical Theatre and Acting, and it has prepared me for the work I need to do to one day get there, and made my passion grow with teachers that challenged me in ways I have never been challenged before. -Tali P., Summer College Acting and Musical Theater student, 2018.
- Experienced performers study drama, music, and dance
- Grow creatively with full-time college-level training
- Learn from guest performers and field trips
Learn more about Acting and Musical Theater:
Program Dates & Details
Session I: June 29 – July 19, 2018
Grading System: Pass/Fail
Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.
Students are required to submit audition pieces with their Slideroom Application. Auditions should include the following video submissions:
- Two contrasting songs (each approximately one-minute in length)
- One age-appropriate monologue
- One short dance segment
- Each component of the audition should be approximately one minute in length
- You should be the only person represented in the audition
- Submission of high school or other group productions is not admissible
- The audition is submitted online with your application via SlideRoom. Instructions are provided in the application.
- Residential (only): $4,990*
*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.
What to Pack
- A recording device for voice and musical theatre ensemble classes.
- Lock to use on a locker
- Loose fitting clothing (i.e. warm-ups, tights, leotards, stretch pants) Jeans are not permitted in class
- Dance clothes for jazz class
- Jazz shoes (with or without heel)
- Two musical theatre songs that you have memorized, ready to perform
- Two contrasting monologues (age appropriate) that you have memorized, ready to perform
- All music must be in a three-ring binder
Students in the Acting and Musical Theater program are expected to:
- Demonstrate command and application of appropriate technical skill and stylistic elements
- Display a commitment t the ongoing development of the physical instrument , technique, style, strength , stamina, precision, range, expressiveness, sensitivity
- Apply technique effectively and efficiently to learning monologues, scenes, dances, stage combat (including class and stage work)
- Possess the ability to communicate effectively and clearly with teachers, and fellow students in the classroom.
- Display imagination and creativity
- Identify personal physical and aesthetic challenges, habits, tendencies
- Demonstrate professionalism in attitude and behavior
This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload. Free time is very limited in some programs.
- 9 a.m. to Noon Classes focus on musical theater, including acting, voice, improvisation, movement, dance, stage combat, and scene study.
- 1 to 4 p.m. Classes involve additional work in acting, movement, and voice, along with rehearsals for public performances.
When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!
Field Trips will be scheduled and announced as soon as possible. Students typically attend a Summer Theatre performance in the area. In previous years, these have included one of the following: the Hanger Theatre in Ithaca, Merry Go Round Theatre in Auburn or The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY.
The program culminates in a performance on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:00pm with an approximate one-hour run time. Parents, relatives, and friends are encouraged to attend!
Final Academic Obligation
Students are permitted to depart following the final performance on Friday, July 19, 2019 at approximately 8:30pm. Some students choose to leave on the following Saturday morning. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.
Anthony Salatino – Associate Professor, Musical Theater
Professor Anthony Salatino is a well-known choreographer, director, and teacher. A graduate of The Julliard School, Anthony was the artistic director of the Fort Worth Ballet (Texas) and the associate director of the Hartford Ballet (Connecticut). For Syracuse Stage he choreographed Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Big River, Christmas Carol, American Song, Amadeus, Romeo and Juliet, and Godspell. He created movement for M Butterfly and designed the fights for A Streetcar Named Desire, Bug, and Romeo and Juliet.