Q&A with Parade Stone (NTSA '14)

Q&A with Parade Stone (NTSA '14)

We recently sat down with NTSA alumna and current Board of Directors President Parade Stone to chat about her NTSA experience. She's been up to a lot since completing her NTSA program — like starting her own off-Broadway theatre company (and hiring actors that she first met at NTSA in the process)!

Posted on Mar 03, 2018 in About NTSA  

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How to Use Skype Office Hours

How to Use Skype Office Hours

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Make sure to take advantage of Skype office hours this weekend. Follow these steps to get your questions answered immediately!

Posted on Mar 02, 2018 in About NTSA  

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Guest Blog: Kayleen Peña (NTSA '12-'15)

Guest Blog: Kayleen Peña (NTSA '12-'15)

Kayleen Peña was the first student to ever join NTSA back in 2012. She started as a member of our producing team and was eventually promoted to Director of Marketing. This summer, she’ll be joining the NTSA Board of Directors. No one knows NTSA better than Kayleen does, so we wanted to let her tell you firsthand about her experiences with our organization through the years. (Thanks, Kayleen!)

Posted on Mar 01, 2018 in About NTSA  

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A Day in the Life of an NTSA Actor

A Day in the Life of an NTSA Actor

What does a day look like in the life of a typical NTSA actor? We’re breaking it down with two hypothetical students: Kara (a residential student in the devised production) and Kevin (a commuter student in the musical theatre production).

Posted on Feb 28, 2018 in About NTSA  

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An Inside Look: Daemen College Housing

An Inside Look: Daemen College Housing

Wondering where you’ll be living this summer? Check out this tour of Daemen College’s Canavan Hall (for Session 1 students) and Campus Apartments (for Session 2 students) from their residential life department.

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 in About NTSA  

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Production Profile: Rebel Girls [Devised]

Production Profile: Rebel Girls [Devised]

Kneehigh Theatre. Frantic Assembly. Punchdrunk (the ensemble that brought you Sleep No More). What do these three theatre companies have in common? Not only are they creating some of the most groundbreaking work in the UK, they also all use devised theatre techniques. Devised theatre is a method of theatre-creation where a group of actors, often led by a facilitator (director), work together to create an original production from scratch. 

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 in About NTSA  

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Production Profile: Loserville

Production Profile: Loserville

Loserville took a path that few musicals commissioned by youth theatres do — from high school summer program to West End (and Olivier Award nominated) production. Imagine that you spent a semester workshopping a brand-new musical in your high school theatre department and then saw that same musical with an all-star cast on Broadway the following year. That’s what happened with Loserville.

Posted on Feb 07, 2018 in About NTSA  

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Production Profile: The Dolls of New Albion

Production Profile: The Dolls of New Albion

ANNOUNCEMENT: NTSA has decided to bring Paul Shapera’s The Dolls of New Albion to New York City this summer. Instead of being a regional production, this steampunk chamber opera will be playing a special one-night only engagement on Sunday, July 29 at the Theatre Under St. Peter’s.

Recorded in 2012, The Dolls of New Albion has managed to amass a cult following despite only receiving scattershot productions at fringe festivals and in black-box theatres. This is due to the genius of composer Paul Shapera who has built an entire universe full of possessed automatons, voodoopunk cults, anarchist revolutions, sinister backwoods carnivals, and a parallel universe that would put H.P. Lovecraft to shame. 

Posted on Feb 02, 2018 in About NTSA  

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Why Student-to-Staff Ratio Matters

Why Student-to-Staff Ratio Matters

If you’ve been searching for a pre-professional summer training program, you may have seen some impressive student-to-staff ratios like 2:1. Two students for every one staff member? That means that you’ll be getting unbelievable one-on-one training all summer long, right? Unfortunately, student-to-staff ratios can be misleading. Many summer programs include their non-teaching staff in that ratio — like administrative staff, health care staff, and kitchen and janitorial staff. While all of these folks are instrumental in building a smoothly-running summer program, they aren’t necessarily the ones helping you fine-tune your vocal performance skills.

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 in About NTSA  

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Meet the Team: Alexis Floyd (Choreographer, The Dolls of New Albion)

Meet the Team: Alexis Floyd (Choreographer, The Dolls of New Albion)

A native of Cleveland, Alexis graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s BFA Musical Theatre program. She first studied dance at the Cleveland School of Ballet before settling into contemporary dance and hip-hop as her primary styles of expression. She’s performed as a guest artist in several classical and contemporary dance companies including The Cleveland Ballet, DANCEVERET, Ohio Dance Theatre, and a collaboration with Robin VanLear, Artistic Director of Community Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Posted on Jan 25, 2018 in About NTSA  

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Meet the Team: Ben Viertel (Director, Loserville)

Meet the Team: Ben Viertel (Director, Loserville)

Ben Viertel directed one of NTSA’s first productions, Clipped, in 2013 and then served as NTSA’s Artistic Manager from 2014-2016. Born in France, Ben graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s John Wells Directing Program. He currently serves as Artistic Director of Third Space in New York City. Recent productions include a new adaptation of Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant at the New Ohio Theatre (NYC), which was called “a gorgeous production” with “exuberant staging” and the American premiere of Marius von Mayenburg’s Fireface at The Brick (NYC), which The New York Times called “inventive and sophisticated.”

Posted on Jan 07, 2018 in About NTSA  

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Meet the Team: Rebekah Lane (Co-Director, Untitled Devised)

Meet the Team: Rebekah Lane (Co-Director, Untitled Devised)

Rebekah Lane will be co-directing NTSA’s first devised work this summer. With an MFA from Towson University (with a focus on devised work), Rebekah brings an incredible wealth of experience to NTSA. Previous writing and directing work includes Mindful Momentum and Foolish Bebop (Art in Odd Places Orlando and Creative City Project: Immerse), Finding Home (Creative City Project), Untitled #52 (Towson University), Words We Wear (Epic Vita), 39 Steps: An Improvised Spy Thriller (Orlando International Fringe Festival), and Bench and Chair (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center National Puppetry Conference).

Posted on Jan 06, 2018 in About NTSA  

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Meet the Team: Sam French (Director, The Dolls of New Albion)

Meet the Team: Sam French (Director, The Dolls of New Albion)

Meet the directors that you'll be working with this summer — including Sam French, the director of the Regional Company's The Dolls of New Albion!

Sam French co-directed Jimmy!: A Musical Fable with Almost No Historical Basis for NTSA back in 2014. Since then, he’s directed Millicent Scowlworthy at Uncanny Valley (NYC), Baskerville at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, The Beatles Present “The Lord of the Rings: The Musical!” at The Brick (NYC, with fellow NTSA alum Kyle Wilson), and Action at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Posted on Jan 05, 2018 in About NTSA  

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Why Western New York?: Four Reasons Why NTSA Loves this Region

Why Western New York?: Four Reasons Why NTSA Loves this Region

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 NTSA  

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Five Reasons to Work with NTSA's Creative Team Over the Summer

Five Reasons to Work with NTSA's Creative Team Over the Summer

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 NTSA  

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Four Reasons to Join the NTSA Regional Production

Four Reasons to Join the NTSA Regional Production

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 NTSA  

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Meet the Team: Executive Director Victoria Chatfield

Meet the Team: Executive Director Victoria Chatfield

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 NewsArtvoice, 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 NTSA  

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Five Reasons Why You Should Choose NTSA Over Traditional Pre-College Programs

Five Reasons Why You Should Choose NTSA Over Traditional Pre-College Programs

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 NTSA  

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Five Reasons Why You Should Choose NTSA Over Summer Camps

Five Reasons Why You Should Choose NTSA Over Summer Camps

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 NTSA  

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Four Ways Camp Helps Your Teen Grow

Four Ways Camp Helps Your Teen Grow

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 NTSA  

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