June 25 - July 8, 2023
Experience what it is like being a student in the nationally recognized programs in Acting and Musical Theatre at Rider University. This summer we will provide an in-person personalized experience with a world class training program.
You will thrive as a triple threat performer through focused group and private sessions to refine your skills in singing, acting and dancing. Lead by faculty of Rider University, you will receive professional theatre training by working with and learning from renowned, distinguished faculty with experience on Broadway and National Tours as well as TV, commercials and film. You’ll experience summer conservatory-esque instruction in a nurturing yet challenging environment.
- In-person format on the Rider University campus
- Master classes with special guests
- Scene study, Song as Text, monologue and audition technique classes
- Self Taping Techniques for online auditions and college submissions
- Voice classes with Rider faculty
- Dance classes in Tap, Jazz and Broadway Styles
- College Audition counseling and coaching with Institute staff and Rider University Admissions specialist
- Perform Live in 2 final showcase performances in Acting and Musical Theatre Performance
The Rider University Pre-College Musical Theatre Institute (MTI) seeks to empower the young “Actor of the Future” for the “Industry of the Future.” The MTI works to give a student an experience that mirrors the rigor and atmosphere of safety and inclusion of the Rider University experience.
The MTI faculty recognize that students have varying levels of natural ability and experience for a myriad of reasons. The faculty commits to meeting each student “where they are” in their training, and help them cultivate and expand their current abilities. The program is dedicated to developing the talent the student brings to the table. We also seek to cultivate a program that celebrates, recruits, retains and nurtures diversity and inclusion as well as breaking down systemic barriers in the entertainment and educational industries, including access and ability to pay.
We encourage each student to develop their own voice and authenticity as well as support breaking down and reinventing the ideas of “type” that have supported racist and other non-inclusive practices and systems. We view the MTI as an opportunity to train actors “holistically” and help them create tools that serve their talent, their community and as the future of the industry, the catalyst for embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
"Thank you for the wonderful musical theatre experience you provided this summer. [My daughter] had such a great time, and she learned so much. I am so grateful; you really have no idea! She was so happy for those two weeks, and it was nice to see my daughter again, as I had been missing her through all the depression and sadness that has come with quarantine."
- Wendy, parent of a Summer 2020 program participant
- Rotating Acting classes in Scene Study and Monologue coaching and Song Interpretation
- Rotating Dance classes in Broadway Styles, Tap and Jazz
- Afternoon and Evening one-on-one voice lessons and coaching by Institute staff
- Master Classes by industry professionals
High school students who complete any Rider University Pre-College Summer Program prior to applying for first-year admission to Rider University can qualify for an annually renewable $2,000 Pre-College Completion Award. Some restrictions may apply.
$3,300 (includes the $150 deposit/processing fee and Room & Board)
Enrollment is open to high school singers, actors and dancers entering the 10th grade through those who have just completed their senior year. Enrollment is limited; applicants are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Video audition is requested upon registration – it is optional but highly recommended for placement. Students are accepted based on recommendations from their teacher.
Video audition is requested upon registration – it is optional but highly recommended for placement. Camp Directors would like to see one monologue and two contrasting 32 bar cuts of songs. Students are accepted based on recommendations from their teacher. The letter may come from any of the student’s teachers and emailed directly to the Westminster Summer Arts Programs via [email protected].
Applications are due by May 31st: All auditions and references can be emailed to [email protected].
Expectations for students: Students must participate in both weeks.
*All class instruction with Rider faculty and materials will be provided, along with a line-up of award winning artists and internationally acclaimed guests to present engaging masterclass sessions.