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AU hosting residential Theater Institute for high school students

Alfred University will welcome high school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 interested in learning more about theater performance and production at the Theater Institute July 5-16. The institute will provide an opportunity for students to create and develop perspectives and skills in theater through group sessions and with a good deal of individual attention, training and experience from Alfred faculty.

The registration deadline is Friday, June 10. Students who wish to apply should fax or e-mail their application form and submit the other required items as soon as possible. For a form, go to:

The admissions committee evaluates all applications and determines which students will be accepted. (If you are not accepted the $200 deposit will be refunded.)

The $1,995 institute fee covers tuition, supervision, program materials, field trip, recreational activities, room and board, and meals beginning with dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day. Two students per room will stay in University residence halls; students must provide their own pillows, blankets, and bed/bath linens. Specially trained Resident Directors and Resident Assistants who serve as camp counselors, mentors, positive role models and friends will also supervise students.
Local students who wish to attend the Institute as commuters may do so at a $995 rate.

Morning sessions will focus on actor training, including improvisation, text analysis, character development, staging, voice production and movement for actors. Afternoon sessions will provide students with experience in voice and voice development. In the late afternoons, students will choose particular areas to work on: voice for the stage, acting, design, technical theater and/or stage-managing. At least one trip to a professional theater will be included in the program and the Institute will conclude with a public performance of scenes and at least one rehearsed short play.

When not in classes or rehearsals, students will enjoy planned activities on and off campus as well as free time for relaxation. Activities include movies, picnics, swimming, indoor and outdoor games and social gatherings. Living, dining and learning together, students have ample opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships.

Faculty supervisors include Becky Prophet, AU professor of theater; Zachary Hamm, technical director for the Alfred University performing arts division; and Rebecca Weaver, adjunct instructor of voice at Alfred University who is completing doctoral studies in voice at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester.

Juniors and seniors who attend the institute can earn two hours of college credit by completing extra assignments and paying an additional $200. Students should indicate their interest by checking the appropriate box on the application form.

Accepted students will receive, along with the acceptance letter, additional materials including medical forms, liability releases, emergency notification forms, etc. These materials must be filled out by the due date found in the acceptance letter.

The Alfred University campus is located six hours from New York City, two hours from Buffalo and one and a half hours from Rochester. The nearest airport, Rochester International, is 65 miles away from campus. Transportation to/from the airport can be provided for an additional charge if requested.