High School Summer Theater Program

Discover a career in theater.

At the NSLC on Theater, you’ll create and collaborate with your peers to design, rehearse, and produce your own show while discovering a variety of theatrical career paths.

It was amazing. I had the best time and learned so much about leadership and theater. I’m so excited to use these experiences in the real world.

Oliver, Georgia

Choose your track.

Theater is divided into the specialty tracks below. Choose one when submitting your application.

Theater - Performance


Immerse yourself in the craft of stage acting and collaborate with your Production peers to devise an original 10-minute piece. Build your creative foundations through workshops in movement, voice, character development, script analysis, and auditioning.

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Theater - Production


Discover the artistry behind the scenes of a stage play, and collaborate with your Performance peers to devise a 10-minute original piece. Learn vital stage management skills and explore set, lighting, costume, and sound design, leaving the program with examples of new work for your portfolio.

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Guest Speakers

Gain industry insights.

Interact with guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds that bring practical knowledge and real-world experiences to the Theater program.

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Trips & Tours

Go beyond the classroom.

Gain a new perspective on theater through field trips that uncover how the industry works behind the scenes. A mix of educational and sightseeing tours allow you to explore the city surrounding the university.

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Columbia University Trips & Tours

Trips and tours may include:

  • Broadway Show
  • Off-Broadway show
  • Lincoln Center Theatre
  • Costume Rental House
  • The Museum of Broadway

is in our name.

Each NSLC program contains a leadership curriculum designed to teach skills that can apply to all areas of life. Workshops on personality styles, communication and listening, resilience, and empathy set the foundation for a successful future, no matter where it may lead.

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Life on a College Campus

Dates, Locations, & Tuition

NSLC provides an immersive pre-college experience that prepares students for life beyond high school, allowing them to study in university classrooms, learn to navigate a campus, and experience living with roommates. All students are required to reside in supervised campus dormitories and will be provided meals through campus dining services.

What does my tuition include?

Columbia University*

New York, NY

$4,095 Residential

Summer 2024

Jun 17 - Jun 25

Jun 29 - Jul 7

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Columbia University Trips & Tours

Trips and tours may include:

  • Broadway Show
  • Off-Broadway show
  • Lincoln Center Theatre
  • Costume Rental House
  • The Museum of Broadway

* NSLC is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by Columbia University.

Pay over time.

Flexible plans allow you to pay monthly – until 30 days before your program – at no additional fee.
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Protect your tuition.

Affordable trip insurance protects your investment in case of emergency.
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Apply for a scholarship.

NSLC awards more than $500,000 in scholarships each year.
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Earn College Credit

NSLC has partnered with American University to offer an online college credit opportunity for students across all our programs and locations. AU’s faculty-taught courses are completed at home outside the dates of your program and tailored to complement your area of study.

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