Summer Music Theatre Institute

July 17th - 30, 2016

Summer Music Theatre Institute (SMTI) at Wagner College gives high school students from around the country the opportunity to learn about all aspects of music theatre performance from theatre professionals in the Wagner College and New York City community. In a two-week, on-campus intensive, students receive rigorous, college caliber training in acting, singing, improvisation, and dancing--taught in a supportive, professional environment. Students gain insights into the professional world of New York City theatre through visits from industry experts and trips to Broadway productions. Students are encouraged to apply early as there are a limited number of spots available. We only accept 12 students each year.

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The intensive culminates in a showcase of student performances for family, friends, and the Wagner community. SMTI gives students a learning experience that is professional and positive--rigorous training and serious fun. Past SMTI students have visited and spoken with the stars of productions including Memphis, EvitaStomp, Spiderman and Billy Elliot. Each student also participates in a professional photography session and receives a CD of his / her shots.

Wagner College is located in the beautiful Grymes Hill section of Staten Island, a short shuttle ride from the famous Staten Island Ferry that takes them into Manhattan. SMTI is the perfect segue from high school to college, introducing the serious student to the professional world of musical theatre.

Acceptance into the Institute is by audition see SMTI FAQS for more info. To contact us:


Wagner College is listed in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guide for the 11th year in a row. Wagner also appeared on several of the specialized Top 20 lists compiled by the Princeton Review, including “Best College Theater”. This is the 11th year the Wagner College Theater has been ranked among the top collegiate stage programs in the nation. Wagner is No. 2 on this year’s Best College Theaters list. Wagner has also been identified in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014."

If you have any questions, contact Director Susan Fenley at