Your Professional Gateway to New York Theatre
SpringboardNYC is your launching pad to a career in the theatre and an exclusive introduction to the culture and community of New York Theatre, as well as New York City itself.
An intensive two week program taught by the best and brightest working in the theatre today, Springboard will give you a head start over other hopefuls and prepare you for working life. The program features advice, tips, strategies and shortcuts that will give any actor or actress the edge as they start their career. Plus, it all happens in the two weeks around the Tony Awards.
SpringboardNYC is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Scholarships funds are provided by the Michael Stewart Foundation and by the Nat R. and Martha M. Knaster Charitable Trust.
(SpringboardNYC was created and developed by Randy Ellen Lutterman while she served as Executive Director of Musical Theatre Works. The American Theatre Wing has been the proud home of the program since 2005.)
2018 Program: June 2018 (Dates TBD – usually the first two weeks in June)
The curriculum of SpringboardNYC includes a series of workshops, seminars, master classes, and field trips to theatres – both downtown and on Broadway. The purpose of the program is to provide students with insight into the business of theatre while connecting them to a network of working professionals and colleagues. To get a better idea of the kind of time you will spend with us, take a look at our schedule from 2017.
Who is eligible for the program?
The program is open to undergraduate college students. Preference is given to juniors and seniors who are graduating in the year in which they apply.
When can I apply?
Applications for the Summer 2018 program will open in November 2017; look out for our updates in regards to application processes and timelines. Please know that they will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Once your application has been reviewed, you will be notified in April 2018 whether you have been accepted in to the program.
What does the application process entail?
Your application will include a short personal statement, and a teacher recommendation. Additionally, we require a video audition of two contrasting pieces. Musical Theatre program candidates should sing a short up-tempo and ballad selection. General Performance program candidates should submit short (less than 2 minutes) contrasting monologue selections.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes. The American Theatre Wing will award a limited number of need-based scholarships to accepted SpringboardNYC 2018 students who qualify. Applicants will indicate on the 2018 application whether they are applying for tuition scholarship aid and include additional required information when they submit their application. All information is confidential. Keep in mind, the scholarship committee considers the applications for students of need as they are accepted to the program. We suggest you apply early as scholarship funds are limited.
When will I be notified if I have been accepted?
Applications are accepted for the 2018 program beginning November 2017 through February 2018. They will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. All applicants will be notified about their application status by the end of April. Please check back on our website for updates on the application timeline and process.
What is the structure of the two week program?
What is the structure of the two week program? SpringboardNYC 2018 will take place June 2018, with events taking place all day, including many evenings. Every effort will be made to provide one weekend day off. Also, SpringboardNYC students will be invited guests at the rehearsal of the broadcast of The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards. To get a better idea of the kind of time you will spend with us, take a look at the 2017 schedule by visiting americantheatrewing.org/docs/sbnyc-2016-schedule/
Where does SBNYC take place?
Most of the SpringboardNYC work sessions will take place at Pearl Studios, located at 519 Eighth Avenue, very close to the Theatre District. The studios are accessible by many bus and subway lines. Additional activities throughout the two-week period will take us to various theatres and rehearsal studios around the city, many within walking distance.
I don’t sing. Is this program still for me?
Yes. SpringboardNYC participants will choose their focus: general performance or musical theatre performance. In both cases, in-depth on-your-feet work will be done with influential working artists to help perfect your audition presentation. If you have questions about which track to select, call the ATW office at 212-765-0606 and we'll help determine the best choice for you.
I’m from a small town and I’ve never been to New York City. How do I know if New York is the place for me?
People come from all over the country to attend SpringboardNYC. One of the main reasons we created the program was to provide a community and context through which to enter the city, while giving you the tools to understand the realities and opportunities of life in New York. You may discover NYC is not for you, or you may fall in love with it, but one thing is certain: by the end of the program, you will know if the city is the right place for you to call home. During these two weeks you'll decipher the city, meet the working artists that form the New York theatre community and learn skills that will give you an advantage over the many others making their journey here. But you'll do it all alongside friends and colleagues who are going through the same thing you are. And most importantly, we'll help you do it safely. You'll truly discover New York.
Is Housing Available?
The American Theatre Wing will help retain dormitory housing for SpringboardNYC students. This will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for students who do not have family or friends with whom to stay. Housing is approx. $85/night. You will indicate on your application whether or not you will need housing.
What does my program fee cover?
The program fee covers a two-week, jam-packed schedule of workshops, master classes, seminars, "meet & greets," and field trips, as well as a two-week unlimited Metrocard (public transportation pass). Also includes the purchase of tickets to 5-7 Broadway and/or off-Broadway shows and/or special events, including the dress rehearsal for The Tony Awards. Special Question and Answer "talkbacks" with cast members will be held after many shows. The 2018 program fee is $1800. Partial and full need-based tuition scholarships are available to accepted students.
The American Theatre Wing welcomes your questions, opinions and concerns.
SpringboardNYC is made possible through the generosity of our donors. Here are some ways your support could enrich this program:
- $5,000 could sponsor a SpringboardNYC student who demonstrates financial need
- $2,500 could send the SpringboardNYC class to a Broadway show
- $1,000 could pay for studio space for SpringboardNYC for 1 full day
- $500 could underwrite a “Meet the Artist” session for the entire SpringboardNYC class
- A donation in any amount helps a talented young artist make the leap from college to career
To support this program, simply click on the button below and select “SpringboardNYC” after you enter your name and address, or call us at 212-765-0606.