Sunday, January 11, 2015

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Join the Expedition

January signals the start of a New Year full of new opportunities and adventures. When you're thinking about setting goals for 2015, how about considering this one: "make your off-Broadway debut"?

We're looking for the most talented high school seniors and college freshmen from across the country to make their off-Broadway debuts this summer. We're hiring six extraordinary student actors and designers to come to New York City to work on the world premiere of Rae Binstock's Expedition. So, without further ado, here are the top five reasons why you should send in your application TODAY.

5. Spend the summer in one of the theater capitals of the world.
New York City. Back in high school, just mentioning the City That Never Sleeps was enough to make me giddy with excitement. (To be honest, I still feel an adrenaline rush every time I get off of the subway at 42nd Street-Times Square . . . and I've been living here for over a decade now.) There's nowhere in the world quite like New York City -- and this summer, you can call it "home." Imagine spending your tech week afternoons sitting on the stoop of the building where Rent was produced. Imagine perusing the 80,000 rental costumes at the TDF collection at the Kaufman Astoria film studios. Imagine seeing the best that Broadway has to offer on the weekends, surrounded by some of the best friends you'll ever meet. Which brings us to . . .

4. Work with tomorrow's Broadway superstars today.
You're talented. Working with NTSA will give you a chance to meet equally talented students from across the United States, working in all different disciplines. These are tomorrow's Broadway superstars -- and you have a chance to work with them today! Meet the playwright whose script you'll perform in Chicago after graduation. Meet the actor who will be your roommate on your first national tour. Meet the director who will someday call you about designing a show on Broadway. As our Marketing Director Brandon Burke once said: "[NTSA is] a family with CRAZY connections. Anything that you need, just ask and you shall receive."

3. Because WE pay YOU.
I can't tell you how many students have emailed me and asked, "What does your program cost?" The answer: nothing. In fact, we pay for your housing and transportation over the summer. I've met tons of families (including my own) who couldn't afford the high tuition fees charged by performing arts summer programs. We want to make sure that all students have the opportunity to participate in NTSA's productions.

2. You want to join the Expedition.
We fell in love with Rae Binstock's script the first time we read it. It's a stunning examination of the distance between what we "should" want and what we actually do want. We had our first reading of the script in November, and we're going to be producing a workshop with local actors in March. We're so excited to see how the work grows and develops over time. By joining the Expedition, you can be a key part of that process!

1. At NTSA, you're always center stage.
I.B. Hopkins, co-author of Jimmy!: A Musical Fable with Almost No Historical Basis, once wrote: "The National Theatre for Student Artists is in the business of realizing dreams like mine." Yes, we create dynamic theatrical productions -- but, perhaps more importantly, we're in the business of making your dreams come true. And that doesn't stop once the show has closed, and you're on a plane flying out of JFK. NTSA is a family that's dedicated to providing you with the resources and support that you need to make your artistic mark on the world.

Join the Expedition this summer. Apply to NTSA TODAY.

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