Develop and showcase your talent on the New York City stage at the NSLC on Theater.

At the National Student Leadership Conference on Theater, you will live and learn in New York City, and have access to all the city has to offer. You will go backstage and see the inner workings of Broadway, participate in master classes and discussions with top New York artists, and spend evenings in the audience of Broadway shows.

Earn College Credit Hours

Program Highlights

Experience award-winning theater
See Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and engage in post-show talk-backs with the casts.

Guest speakers
Work with theater professionals and participate in Master Classes with actors, music directors, designers and stage managers.

Showcase your own talent on a New York stage
as you and your production team craft your own show.

Hands-on Simulations

From your home base of New York, you will experience the life of a theater professional. You will go backstage and see the inner-workings of Broadway, participate in master classes and discussions with top New York artists, and spend evenings in the audience of Broadway shows. With a group of your peers, you will even design, rehearse, and produce your own show. Throughout the process you’ll receive feedback from professional actors, directors, playwrights and stage managers who have years of experience working on Broadway.

Our college-level lecture series will provide a foundation of knowledge on theater performance and production, including:

  • Acting for the Theater
  • The Art of Stage Management
  • Playwriting: From Idea to Production
  • An Introduction to Theatrical Design
  • Techniques for Playing Shakespeare
  • Audition Tips for Actors
  • Mastering the Business of Theater
  • Approaching the Monologue
  • Basic Movement for Actors

Meet Theater Professionals

While at the NSLC’s high school summer theater program, you will meet with and learn from professionals in the New York theater community including playwrights, actors, directors, stage managers and producers. In the past, the NSLC has taken trips to Broadway & Off-Broadway shows, and met with:

Mary Louise Parker
Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor

John Gromada
Drama Desk Award-Winning Composer and Sound Designer

John Lee Beatty
Two Time Tony Award-Winning Set Designer

Lilli Cooper
Actress, Original Cast of Spring Awakening

Ayad Akhtar
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright

Award-winning casts of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Phantom of the Opera, In the Heights, and others

Doug Hughes
Tony Award-winning Director

James Fitzsimmons
Broadway Stage Manager

Nancy Piccione
Director of Casting, Manhattan Theatre Club

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC high school summer theater program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the Theater:

  • Broadway Shows
  • Off-Broadway Shows
  • Lincoln Center Theater
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Times Square
  • Bryant Park
  • Manhattan Theater Club

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. From the beginning of your program you will learn to work as a team during an exciting Ropes Challenge Course. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Theater program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Public Speaking and Communication
  • Negotiation and Intrapersonal Communication

Your NSLC tuition is all-inclusive. Your tuition covers course materials, housing, on-campus meals, social events and transportation throughout your program.

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