This year, NTSA decided to relocate our rehearsals to Western New York. Not only are we now able to work with more students than ever before (more space!), we also absolutely love the Western New York region — and it’s not because of the lake-effect snow. Check out our top four reasons why we’re feeling the Buffalove in 2018.
Posted on Dec 14, 2017 in About NTSARead More
So you’re procrastinating. You see the NTSA Early Decision deadline approaching on your calendar and just shrug: Why do I need to apply early decision anyway? I’ll just get my application in by the regular decision deadline. Hold it right there. We’re here to give you three very good reasons why applying early decision is the way to go.
Posted on Dec 12, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
There are lots of summer programs out there for experienced theatre practitioners who want to work with students — but none of them are quite like NTSA. Check out our top reasons for choosing NTSA as your artistic home this summer if you're an experienced director, music director, choreographer, designer/technical director, or aspiring producer.
Posted on Dec 10, 2017 in About NTSARead More
One of NTSA’s defining features is our off-Broadway productions. We get it. It’s the very first thing we mention when we start talking to prospective applicants at high school theatre festivals. We provide an opportunity for students to stage pre-professional work in the Theatre Capital of America . . . So why would anyone choose to apply for the NTSA regional production? You don’t get to travel to New York City. You don’t get an off-Broadway credit on your resume. Erm, what’s the upside here? Answer: Way more than you might think.
Posted on Dec 08, 2017 in About NTSARead More
Meet the artists that make NTSA possible, starting with NTSA Executive Director Victoria Chatfield. Victoria started her first theatre company when she was a sophomore in high school. Armed with $100 from a garage sale and a dream, she rented her school’s gymacafetorium to stage her first show, which was a resounding disaster. Never deterred, she continued her producing career, eventually becoming an established part of the Western New York theatre community and earning critical acclaim in The Buffalo News, Artvoice, and Buffalo Spree for her shows, all of which featured work by student actors, directors, designers, stage managers, and musicians. Her goal was to eventually start a national youth theatre in the United States, similar to the ones that existed in the United Kingdom.
Posted on Dec 08, 2017 in About NTSARead More
Financial aid works a little bit differently at NTSA than at other programs. We view financial aid as a collaborative venture: you do some of the work (with our support), and we do some of the work. What does this look like in practice?
Posted on Dec 05, 2017 in Financial AidRead More
If you apply by our Early Decision deadline and get accepted, you’ll only have two-and-a-half weeks to come up with the initial $500 deposit for your program. What does that mean? It means that if you’re applying for NTSA, you should start fundraising that $500 deposit now.
But how can I come up with $500?
Posted on Dec 04, 2017 in Financial AidRead More
One of NTSA's core beliefs is that high school and college students should be given the resources and support necessary to lead their own productions. This led us to create the NTSA Directors Program, which originally partnered with Carnegie Mellon's John Wells BFA Directing Program but, since 2015, has welcomed students from all educational institutions. Our Directors Program provides a clear pathway for students — taking them from first-time novices to full-fledged (and fully-paid) off-Broadway directors. If you’re interested in joining the NTSA Directors Program this summer, we have a few tips for writing your directorial statement.
Posted on Nov 29, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
Are you multi-talented? Like maybe you act, but you’re also an accomplished cellist? Or painter? Or folk singer? Or cheerleader? Or DJ? Or baton-spinning, fire-juggling, sword-swallowing figure skater? (If you’re the last one, you don’t even need to fill out the application. You’re accepted. Boom.) Devised theatre is the perfect art-form for integrating your other artistic talents into your performance work.
Posted on Nov 23, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
If you’re an actor, you may be looking at our audition requirements and thinking: “What in the name of Stephen Sondheim is a devised monologue?” While devised theatre is incredibly popular in the United Kingdom, it hasn’t quite caught on in the United States the same way. So we’re here to give you a step-by-step process for how to create your devised monologue from the stimulus provided by NTSA.
Posted on Nov 21, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
We know that you have tons of options when it comes to summer programs — and some of the most enticing are traditional pre-college programs. In these programs, you’ll have the opportunity to spend the summer on a college campus, experiencing what BFA theatre classes are like. There are lots of fantastic reasons to attend one of these traditional pre-college programs: you don’t know if the BFA track’s right for you, you’re not sure about applying to that particular university, etc. However, we believe that NTSA’s usually the better option, and we’re here to give you five reasons why.
Posted on Nov 11, 2017 in About NTSARead More
Tired of belting out "This Is the Moment" for the nineteenth audition in a row? As we've previously mentioned, we don't have a Do Not Sing List at NTSA, but we understand if you're getting tired of the worn-out staples in your repertoire. So we’ve come up with a list of the five songs that we wish we heard more often in auditions. Sing on!
Posted on Nov 11, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
You’re sitting in the hallway outside of the audition room and all of a sudden, you hear it. The BFA candidate inside . . . is singing your audition song. While it’s not the worst thing that could happen, you worry about the judging panel comparing you to Whatsername. So we’ve come up with a list of the five songs that we wish we heard more often in auditions. Sing on!
Posted on Nov 08, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
You’ve spent years perfecting your “legit” tunes. Anything Goes? Try anything got it covered. But then you read those dreaded words on the audition notice: pop-rock song. The good news is that finding a pop-rock song is easy. They’re all over the radio after all. It’s picking the RIGHT pop-rock audition song that’s the hard part.
Posted on Nov 06, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
Are you the next Donyale Werle, Kevin Adams, or Darron L. West? (If you know who all of those artists are, we’re definitely speaking the same language!) If you want to design with NTSA this summer, check out our top four tips for completing the designer application below!
Posted on Nov 04, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
If you’re applying to be an Assistant Designer at NTSA, you may have noticed that your application requires a mood board. Today, we’re going to take you step-by-step through how to create a mood board for a hypothetical production.
Posted on Oct 31, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
After countless school plays, you feel like you’ve got this auditioning thing down. But then you read the NTSA application: VIDEO audition? What does that even mean?! Today, we’re sharing our top tips for making the most out of your video audition.
Posted on Oct 27, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
Think you need to spend a small fortune getting your headshot professionally taken for your NTSA application? Your perfect headshot might already be waiting for you in your Facebook account. You might not even have to take out your iPhone!
Posted on Oct 25, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
When you start filling out your NTSA application, one of the first questions asks you to upload your resume. “Wait a second!” you might be thinking, “I don’t have a resume!” You might not have one right now — but you can create one in ten minutes or less using these simple steps.
Posted on Oct 23, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
Summer camp. Waterskiing on Lake Chippewa. Roasting s’mores over the campfire. Knotting about a hundred friendship bracelets. And putting on full-scale musical theatre productions. There are so many summer camps that provide the best of both worlds — a traditional campground experience mixed with intense performing arts training. Why would you choose NTSA over one of these options?
Posted on Oct 20, 2017 in About NTSARead More
Maybe you have an accompanist at your high school — a music director, a vocal instructor, or just a friend who happens to be good on the piano. For the rest of us, when audition time rolls around, we need to find a pre-recorded accompaniment track. But where do you even start looking? Over at NTSA, we gathered up a list of the five best websites for finding accompaniment tracks (or having them custom-created for you).
Posted on Oct 18, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
Ready to get started on your NTSA audition video but don't know what song to choose? Katherine Steele's Theatre Thursdays on YouTube has some excellent advice! (And we have a few extra tips to help you make the most out of your NTSA audition video!)
Posted on Oct 16, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
Parents: If you looked at our program dates and rates and almost X’ed out of the window, stop! Don’t click anywhere yet! I know that there can be some sticker-shock when dealing with summer programs, but I’m here to tell you that they can be affordable.
Posted on Oct 13, 2017 in Financial AidRead More
Unlike many summer theatre programs, NTSA is selective — meaning that we only accept students based on the application materials that they submit via our website. So how do you know if you have what it takes to make the cut? Here we have five ways to know if YOU are the ideal NTSA applicant.
Posted on Oct 05, 2017 in AuditionsRead More
Gone are the days when your student needed a babysitter over the summer. Nowadays, you can head out to work in the morning and not worry about your teenager being home alone. So why would you invest all of that money in a summer program? What can your student get from a summer at NTSA that he couldn’t get through his regular high school extracurriculars?
Posted on Oct 05, 2017 in About NTSARead More