If you’ve ever dreamed of performing on an off-Broadway stage (like this season’s Theatre at St. Peter’s, the incubator for shows like Avenue Q), then you’re a perfect fit for the NTSA Actors Program. Our students spend three weeks rehearsing a regional or world premiere production with professional theatre practitioners before traveling to New York City and performing a special one-night engagement. While most of your day will be spent in rehearsal, you'll also have the opportunity to take masterclasses in various theatrical disciplines, including: scene study, dance/movement, vocal performance, accents and dialects, basic stage make-up, physical comedy and stage combat, improvisation, theatre games, and many others. You'll also be able to work on sheet music and/or monologues that you want to use for future auditions during one-on-one sessions with our acting coach.

Audition Materials for Musicals: Upload a video of yourself singing an entire song of your choice — not just 16 or 32 bars. (We’d prefer to see a pop-rock song for Loserville if possible.) We’d prefer accompaniment; however, the song can be sung a cappella if you don’t have access to an accompanist or can’t find a pre-recorded accompaniment track. You also have the option of uploading a second entire song.

Audition Materials for Devised Productions: Upload a video of yourself performing a devised monologue. What is a devised monologue? A devised monologue is an original theatrical work that you create and perform. Your devised monologue can be spoken word and/or include singing, movement, instrumental performance, or anything else that you dream up. Let your ideas and your personality shine through. Your devised monologue should be a response to this quote: “I believe in America because we have great dreams -- and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” (Wendell Willkie) Your monologue can be as optimistic or as critical as you’d like. Profanity and/or controversial subject matter are acceptable. Your monologue should be between 2-5 minutes in length.

In the NTSA Directors Program, you’ll have the opportunity to improve your skills, refine your artistic vision, and get hands-on experience on an off-Broadway production. In our Directors Studio Program, beginner students receive three hours of directing instruction every day in addition to working alongside one of our assistant directors in the rehearsal studio. In our Assistant Director Program, advanced students direct scenes and musical numbers in our off-Broadway productions under the mentorship of an experienced director. 

While Directors Studio participants don’t need to have any previous experience in directing, NTSA Assistant Directors need to have demonstrated a commitment to someday directing at the professional level (through academic coursework or previous experience). Students will leave the program with video footage of their work for their portfolios. Previous NTSA student directors have gone on to start their own off-Broadway theatre companies, create work for prestigious New York City residency programs (like HERE Arts Center’s SubletSeries and Abrons Arts Center’s AIRspace Program), and be hired by NTSA in subsequent years. Both the Assistant Directors and Directors Studio Programs are open to emerging directors, music directors, and choreographers.

Audition Materials for Assistant Directors: Upload a directorial concept. For your directorial concept, write a short statement that sums up your ideas about a play or musical that you have directed or would like to direct. What’s the most important event that occurs in the play or musical? What’s the theme that the playwright/composer’s trying to get across to the audience? What theatrical style(s) or element(s) might you use to get that theme across to the audience? Why do you think this play or musical is relevant to your audience now? You also have the option of uploading video of a scene that you directed.

Audition Materials for Assistant Choreographers: Upload a video of five minutes of your choreography and a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) about how the script/music inspired the choreography choices shown in your video.

Audition Materials for Assistant Music Directors: Upload a video of an entire song from a published musical performed by yourself on the piano. You also have the option of uploading a second entire song either performed vocally by yourself or a singer that you've coached.

Audition Materials for Directors Studio: Upload a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) discussing a play or musical that you would someday be interested in directing and why, as well as why you’re interested in joining the NTSA Directors Studio this summer.

The NTSA Designers Program provides unparalleled opportunities for students who are ready to fully design productions in professional off-Broadway theatres. Students work remotely via web-based platforms with our directors to create sets, costumes, lighting, sound, props and puppets, hair and make-up, and projections for our productions. Since all of NTSA’s shows are built to be touring productions, students are able to learn an entirely new skill set as they create designs that fit in a box truck — or, in some cases, in checked luggage. NTSA Designers need to have demonstrated a commitment to someday designing at the professional level (through academic coursework or previous experience); however, students who do not have any previous design experience can apply as NTSA Assistant Designers. Students will leave the program with photographs of their work for their portfolios.

Audition Materials for Set Design: Upload photographs of an original, three-dimensional scale set model from a published play OR perspective renderings showing a set and its relationship to the theatrical space and a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) about how the script inspired the design choices shown in your renderings.

Audition Materials for Costume Design: Upload three full-color character renderings from a published play (either three different characters or a single character through several changes). Template or trace characters may be used for renderings. Please label the renderings with the play title and author, as well as the character’s name and act/scene. Upload a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) about how the script inspired the design choices shown in your renderings.

Audition Materials for Lighting Design: Upload one light plot including channel (dimmer) color, type of instrument, any special equipment, and an indication of the set and masking; a description of light cues organized by scene, including the purpose (outcome) of the cue and the timing of the cue (i.e. cue breakdown); and a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) about how the script inspired the design choices shown in your light plot and cues.

Audition Materials for Sound Design: Upload five minutes of audio files representative of the sound design for a published play and a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) about how the script inspired the design choices heard in your audio files.

Audition Materials for Props and Puppetry Design: Upload three photographs or renderings of props or puppets from a published play and a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) about how the script inspired the design choices shown in your renderings.

Audition Materials for Make-Up and Hair Design: Upload three full-color make-up charts from a published play (either three different characters or a single character through several changes). Please label the make-up charts with the play title and author, as well as the character’s name and act/scene. Upload a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) about how the script inspired the design choices shown in your make-up charts.

Audition Materials for Projection Design: Upload one minute of video representative of the projection design for a published play and a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) about how the script inspired the design choices shown in your video.

Audition Materials for Assistant Designers: Link to (via Pinterest) a mood board with at least twenty images for a published play or musical. What is a mood board? Mood boards are collections of images that reflect your design concept for a play or musical. Your mood board should reflect your understanding of major themes and character arcs. Upload a brief statement (not to exceed one page) about how the script inspired the design choices shown on mood board.

At NTSA, our musicians are an integral part of the action. Whenever possible, all of our musicians play as part of an onstage band in contemporary musical theatre productions. Working as part of a musical theatre band makes a fantastic (and marketable) addition to any young musician’s resume — building sight-reading skills, flexibility in adapting to last-minute changes, and solo skills (as students will frequently be the only one playing their part, unlike in their school band or orchestra). Plus, nothing beats the first sitzprobe on any of our productions! Students have the opportunity to not only work alongside experienced music directors but also award-winning composers. 

NOTE: The NTSA Musicians Program runs one week for Off-Broadway Companies.

Audition Materials for Musicians: Upload a video of an entire song performed by yourself on your chosen instrument. (The song doesn't need to be from a published musical. Choose any song that best demonstrates your strengths as a musician.) Your piece should be less than five minutes in length. You also have the option of uploading a second entire song. If you play multiple instruments, you should submit a video for each instrument that you play.

The NTSA Producing Fellowship was created for students who are interested in learning more about the day-to-day operations of a theatre company — including, but not limited to, marketing and public relations, donor management, staff training and support, and production/company management. Not only do fellows receive real-world work experience, under the guidance of NTSA’s Executive Director, they also will participate in weekly one-on-one Skype sessions with theatre producers and managers from across the globe. Students selected for the NTSA Producing Fellowship receive free accommodations and meals throughout the summer, as well as a $100 weekly stipend. Students must be currently enrolled in college (either at the undergraduate or graduate level) to be eligible for the NTSA Producing Fellowship. 

Audition Materials for Producers: Upload a brief statement (not to exceed two pages) describing any previous experience that you have in producing (marketing, finance/accounting, development/fundraising, human resources, etc.). Please also address the following:

  • The qualities, skills, and interests that make you the best candidate for the NTSA Producing Fellowship
  • Your career goals and how the NTSA Producing Fellowship can help you to achieve them

Please upload a sample press release (not to exceed one page) for either a real or hypothetical production and two letters of recommendation.

Students in the NTSA Stage Management Program are completely in charge of our productions. While they receive mentorship from experienced professionals, these students are responsible for completing all of the paperwork, running production meetings, managing rehearsals, and calling a full-scale show in an off-Broadway theatre. NTSA Stage Managers need to have demonstrated a commitment to someday stage managing at the professional level (through academic coursework or previous experience); however, students who do not have any previous stage management experience can apply as NTSA Assistant Stage Managers. More than one stage manager may be assigned to each production due to the intensity of the rehearsal/production schedule on NTSA shows. 

Audition Materials for Stage Managers: Upload ten pages from a prompt book for a published play or musical (ideally including blocking notation; set, prop, and costume plots; daily rehearsal calls; memos and shift plots, etc.).

Audition Materials for Assistant Stage Managers: Upload a brief statement (not to exceed one page) detailing any work that you’ve previously done as a stage manager (if applicable) or in theatre and why you’re interested in being an NTSA assistant stage manager this summer.