Summer Technical Theatre Institute

July 13th – 20th, 2019STTI-Homepage-1

Summer Technical Theatre Institute (STTI) at Wagner College gives high school students from around the country the opportunity to learn about all aspects of technical theatre from theatre professionals in the Wagner College and New York City community. In a thrilling seven day, on-campus intensive, students receive rigorous, college caliber training in carpentry, electrics, rigging, and welding-- 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.

The Institute emphasizes the mastery of practical skills required to take a theatrical production from the conceptual design to the stage. The course uses a hands-on approach to teach students how to work with the theatrical equipment and tools necessary to function as a technical stage employee across multiple disciplines. The one week summer intensive will build a student’s knowledge and skills, while increasing professional development by enriching their portfolios and resumes.

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 students into Manhattan. STTI is the perfect segue from high school to college, introducing the serious student to the professional world of musical theatre.

Wagner College is listed in Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guide for the 14th year in a row. Wagner also appeared on several of the specialized Top 20 lists compiled by Princeton Review, including “Best College Theater”. This is the 14th year the Wagner College Theater has been ranked among the top 10 collegiate stage programs in the nation. Wagner is No. 5 on this year’s Best College Theaters list. It has also been identified in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges."

Acceptance into the Institute is based on personal essay submissions. Students are encouraged to apply early as there are a limited number of spots available. We only accept 10 students each year. If you have any questions, contact Director Brian Sharron at

STTI 2019 Application