FAQ for SMTI
July 9th - 22nd, 2017
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Summer Music Theatre Institute at Wagner College?
A: The Summer Music Theatre Institute gives high school students the opportunity to experience intensive, professional acting and musical theater training taught by working professionals within the context of a college environment. It is for the serious student who intends to pursue performing as a career.
Q: When does the Summer Music Theatre Institute begin and end?
A: Wagner College Theatre's SMTI begins Sunday, July 9th and ends Saturday, July 22nd. This is an intensive experience where participants will receive instruction and training every day. Students should arrive on Sunday, July 9th to move into their rooms and attend orientation on campus. The Institute to begins first thing Monday morning.
Q: Where does the Institute take place?
A: The Institute takes place on Wagner College's beautiful campus, located in Staten Island -- one of the five boroughs of New York City.
Q: What do I send in the way of audition materials?
A: We require an audition video/DVD/Flash drive or download that includes one monologue, either comedic or dramatic, and one song that shows you off to the best of your ability. We also require an essay, telling us in one single-spaced, (11 or 12-point font) page why you are interested in performing and why you want to attend Wagner's SMTI.
Q: Who will be teaching at the Institute?
A: In addition to Co-Artistic Directors Susan Fenley and David Sisco (for more about Susan and David visit our contact page), the faculty of SMTI will include professionals from the Wagner faculty, alumni, and members of the professional theatre community in NYC. Follow SMTI on Facebook for updates.
Q: What if I don't sing and/or dance?
A: Wagner College Theatre's specialty is musical theater. While your strength may be in one area, you will be expected to train in singing, acting, and dance. We will determine from your audition material whether you and the program are an appropriate match.
Q: What if I have no formal training?
A: We realize that most high school students, although they may have the experience of performing in shows, might not have formal training in singing, acting, or dancing. We are looking for talented individuals who have the drive to learn more about their crafts in a focused, intensive environment.
Q: Is there a performance at the end of the Institute?
A: Yes. Along with their classes and trips to Broadway, students rehearse for a culminating showcase that premieres on Saturday, July 22nd. Parents and friends, as well as theatre professionals, are invited to this performance which will include musical numbers, improvisation, and scenes directed and staged during the students' study at the Institute.
Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: Not at this time.
Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: Admission is by audition DVD, flash drive, or download, and any high school student between the ages of 16 and 19 is eligible to apply. We are accepting 12 participants from around the world. Students are strongly urged to submit their applications early.
Q: Do participants have to reside on campus?
A: Yes. Due to the intensive nature of the Institute, we feel it is more professionally appropriate for students to be concentrated on campus.
Q. New York City...is it safe?
A. Wagner College is located atop Grymes Hill in Staten Island, a neighborhood of historic turn-of-the-century estates and mansions which has a breathtaking view of Manhattan. Our 24-hour security personnel and surveillance cameras ensure protection for all students. Additionally, participants are fully supervised during classes and on trips to Manhattan. Wagner is as safe as it is beautiful.
Q: What shows in New York City will students see?
A: Shows will be determined depending on what is playing at the time, however we have seen musicals that include Evita, Spiderman, Newsies, Stomp, Motown and Memphis. Wagner alumni perform in various Broadway shows and we hope to take students to those shows and behind-the-scenes tours. We may view other Broadway plays and off Broadway productions as well. Shows vary in style, and will be age appropriate. We help students analyze and evaluate the shows in order to contribute to their growth as performers.
Q: What is the daily schedule?
A: Although the schedule each day may vary with visits from professional guest artists and trips to see performances, below is a Sample Weekday Schedule:
Sample Weekday Schedule
Sample Day 1
|1:00pm||Acting / Scene Study|
|3:00pm||Singing / Musical Styles|
|9:00pm||End of Day|
Sample Day 2
Q: Does the Institute include training for students interested in a technical theater career?
A: No. Currently, the program includes only professional training for musical theater performers.
Q: How do I know that my application has been received?
A: You will receive an email confirmation from SMTI once your application has been received.
Q: Tell me a little more about Wagner College.
A: Wagner College is a competitive, four-year private college founded in 1883. It is consistently highly ranked in the Princeton Review's Top 10 lists for "Best College Theatre." The college’s nationally recognized academic program, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, is enhanced by a rich array of internship and other professional and cultural opportunities readily available in New York City. The campus is 105 acres of park-like hilltop that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, New York Harbor and Manhattan. it has a total of 23 buildings, including four residence halls fully equipped with both wired and wireless Internet access. 67% of our undergraduate students live on campus. The current enrollment rate is 1,750 undergraduates, 450 graduate students. Our students represent 44 states and 30 countries. The most enrolled undergraduate majors at Wagner are biological sciences, business, psychology, sociology, and theatre. 10–15% of our students enter the teaching profession. 87% of our students receive financial aid. For adult learners and children ages 6 to 17, Wagner Lifelong Learning Programs provide on-campus and online courses in professional development, personal enrichment, the arts, the sciences, and more. For more information about the campus and about Wagner College, log on to Wagner.edu.