NWSA launches Summer Theater Academy for low-income students interested in pursuing a career in theater

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Students from NWSA Summer Theater Camp with Jeff HessMIAMI--- From Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 19, 2015, New World School of the Arts (NWSA) will be offering Summer Theater Academy, a program designed to help talented, low-income students, entering 11th and 12th grades in the fall of 2015, gain a competitive edge in theater auditions through training for collegiate arts programs. This initiative is funded in part through a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge grant, a funding initiative to help bring South Florida together through the arts. “There is an unparalleled opportunity through this grant to reach young students in our community who wouldn’t normally have this type of opportunity,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost of New World School of the Arts. “We want to shine a light on their talent and let them see the world can be their stage.”
The NWSA Summer Theater Academy takes place Monday, June 8  through Friday, June 19, 2015. Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM. New World School of the Arts, MDC Wolfson Campus, Building 5. Located at 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami, FL 33132.
The all-inclusive program is FREE of charge with acceptance, for the two-week session. The session includes training, materials, lunches, snacks and field trips. A theater arts teacher must recommend the student. Application: http://nwsa.mdc.edu/images/files/pdf/summertheater_academy_app.pdf

Information: NWSA Theater Division 305-237-3541; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; visit http://nwsa.mdc.edu
New World School of the Arts Summer Theater Academy provides students interested in Acting and Music Theater the opportunity toprepare for college auditions. Students will be coached in audition techniques, interviewing skills, and in the research and process of applying to colleges. Students will participate in an intense two-week acting, dance, vocal, movement, speech and improvisation classes taught by the theater faculty of New World School of the Arts. Students will also receive private vocal and acting coaching.
“The Summer Theater Academy will offer students important skills for auditioning and applying to colleges around the country. It will equip them with information about a variety of college / universityprograms available to them to have successful careers in theater,” said Patrice Bailey, dean of Theater at NWSA. “The theater division is very excited and grateful to be able to offer these young students the opportunities to workwith the faculty at New World School of the Arts.”

The goal is for students to depart from the academy with audition materials and information on the application process required by colleges. The program culminates in a student showcase, providing the students with a performance experience.

Acting and Music Theater at New World School of the Arts:
Acting and Music Theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. The intensetheater curriculum is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to become working actors, and indeed, many of them have this opportunity as they exit the school, BFA degree in hand.
In addition to regular classes, NWSA students are routinely exposed to guest artists, casting agents and theater experts. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing onstage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry. Among NWSA alumni that havereceived worldwide attention are award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney; Broadway star Katie Finneran, silver screen actors Cote de Pablo,Yara Martinez, and Zabryna Guevara; Carbonell Award winners Lela Elam, NickDuckart, and Gregg Weiner among many others.
About NWSA:
NWSA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, and provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development. NWSA grants the four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, as well as the high school diploma. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. For more information on NWSA please visit http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
About Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.