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Theater Institute for high school students scheduled this summer at Alfred University

Alfred University will once again host the Summer Theater Institute, a program for high school students who are interested in theater performance and production. The institute will run from July 5-17, 2010 at the Miller Performing Arts Center on campus.

The two-week program is designed for students who will enter grades 10, 11 or 12 this coming fall. The institute will focus on actor training, design and technical theater, and voice development, including an array of workshops such as improvisation, text analysis, character development, staging, voice production, stage managing, costume, lighting and so on.

In addition to the workshops, participants will enjoy scheduled activities on and off campus, including picnics and campfires, hayrides and hikes.

Participants will also go on at least one trip to a professional theater. The institute will conclude with a public performance of scenes and at least one rehearsed short play.

Among the distinguished faculty members is director of the Summer Theater Institute, Dr. Becky Prophet. Prophet is a professor of theater at AU and teaches acting, directing, and playwriting. She has spent nearly three decades teaching and working in theater. After earning a bachelor of arts degree in English from Alfred University, a master of arts degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, she acted, directed and taught in Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Atlanta before returning to her alma mater.

The fee for the theater institute is $1,995, which includes a $200 deposit. This covers tuition, supervision, program materials, field trip, recreational activities, and room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day. Participants will stay in double rooms in the University’s residence halls. The $200 deposit must be submitted with the application. Full payment of the remaining balance, i.e. $1,795, is due by May 28, 2010. Rising juniors and seniors who attend this institute can earn two hours of college credit, if desired, by completing extra assignments and paying an additional $200.

Students who wish to apply must return a completed application form (go to:, a copy of an up-to-date transcript or report card, two letters of recommendation from teachers, a one-page essay which states why the student would like to attend and what he/she expects to gain from the experience, a recent headshot photo and a non-refundable (unless the student is not accepted into the program) $200 deposit.

All items should be sent in one packet to Office of Summer Programs, Alfred University, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802, by Friday, April 16, 2010. Late applications may be considered only if space is available.

For more information about the Summer Theater Institute, visit, or contact Prophet, director, at