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Springboard to Design

Clint Ramos and Shartoya "Toya" R. Jn.Baptiste with her scenic design for "An Echo in the Bone" by Dennis Scott
Clint Ramos and Shartoya "Toya" R. Jn.Baptiste with her scenic design for "An Echo in the Bone" by Dennis Scott
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I love the way the clothes make me feel. I love the stories you can tell through the clothes. It’s the power and the beauty of what clothes can do. I want to be able to tap into it.
Dede Ayite
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Encourages and mentors students from underrepresented populations in the industry to explore the process of theatrical collaboration and the many avenues of American Theatre design.

About Springboard to Design

In partnership with Design Action, Springboard to Design encourages and mentors students from underrepresented populations in the industry to explore the process of theatrical collaboration and the many avenues of American Theatre design. Led by renowned members of the contemporary theatre in the heart of NYC, the Springboard to Design curriculum includes workshops, seminars, and access to important work on Broadway and off. Instructors will consist of award-winning artists who will create a collaborative environment for students, as they explore costume, set, lighting, projection, and sound design.

Springboard to Design aims to provide students with access to theatre education they may not otherwise receive. Therefore, no prior experience is required to participate. Applicants with an interest in sewing, fashion, drawing, painting, building, creating, and storytelling are highly encouraged to apply. Students who already have a love for theater but don’t know where they fit in are also encouraged.

Springboard to Design is a tuition-free program. Students are responsible for getting to and from the program each day. There are a limited number of hotel rooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis for students based outside of NYC who wish to attend.  Any student requesting a room must have a parent or guardian with them for the duration of their stay/outside the hours of the program. Room requests can be indicated on the Springboard to Design application.

For a sample schedule, please click here. (Please note that if accepted into the program, a finalized schedule will be circulated to students in advance)

FAQ

  • Who is eligible for the program?

    The Springboard to Design program is for high school students (grades 9-12) from underrepresented populations in the theatre industry.

  • When can I apply?

    Applications are now closed for the 2022 program.

  • Where does Springboard to Design take place?

    Springboard to Design will take place in the theatre district in midtown Manhattan. The program has a qualified staff that will supervise participants at all times during the program. All of our staff are at least eighteen years of age and have strong leadership skills and experience.

  • What will participants do during the program?

    The Springboard to Design curriculum includes workshops, seminars, and access to important work on Broadway and off. Instructors will consist of award-winning artists who will create a collaborative environment for students, as they explore costume, set, lighting, projection, and sound design.

  • What are the dates of the program?

    For 2022, the program will take place during the week of July 18th -22nd.

  • What is the cost to attend the program?

    This is a tuition-free program, therefore there is no cost to attend.

  • Are there any skill or previous experience requirements?

    No, not at all! This program is for everyone, especially those just starting out. Springboard to Design aims to provide students with access to theatre education they may not otherwise receive. Therefore, no prior experience is required to participate. Applicants with an interest in sewing, fashion, drawing, painting, building, creating, and storytelling are highly encouraged to apply. Students who already have a love for theater but don’t know where they fit in are also encouraged.

  • Do you have more questions?

    Ask away! Please reach out to Zoë Lewis at zmlewis8@gmail.com or Janae Beaver at jbeaver1@fordham.edu.

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