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Theater Arts Institute

The Theater Arts Institute offers students a total theater immersion experience for four weeks. Students learn the process of theater through daily classes in acting, singing, dance, set and costume design, and playwriting.

In addition, students attend nightly laboratory sessions to work together on performance and design projects and attend master classes in movement, voice and diction, improvisation, lighting design, children’s theater, and stage management. All aspects of the dramatic experience are highlighted, with opportunities for young artists to grow in many areas.

Throughout the summer, students complete scene work in classical and modern drama, rehearse and perform numbers from a variety of musicals, and design set and costume pieces for different periods.

Weekly field trips to professional theater and artistic performances throughout New York and New England inform our work and inspire our students.

This program is designed for young people who are serious about expanding their knowledge and willing to take risks in all areas of theater. 

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There was something to enjoy in every one of my classes. I took script and text, acting, design, production studies, dance, and voice classes. These classes together formed the showcase which was my favorite part of the program because it had a little bit of everything.  —2022 TAI Student

While here, I tried many new things, but my favorite was faux batiking. We learned about this in design class, and at first, I was scared that mine was going to be dreadful. I have never faux batiked anything, let alone heard the name. With help from my teachers and peers, I ended up creating a story-telling piece of art based on the musical “Wicked.” —2022 TAI Student

We had daily classes that required us to step out of our comfort zones. In this state of vulnerability, we all made mistakes and learned from them. This taught me to try new things, even when I was scared, as you never know what you can gain from them. —2022 TAI Student