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Springboard to Design

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I love the fact that when you work on a play or an opera or a ballet, you are always learning something new. I think it keeps one very much alive.
Jane Greenwood
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Exploring the process of theatrical collaboration and the many opportunities and career paths in the field of American theatre design for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, MENA, Asian and People of Color (BIPOC) high school students.

About Springboard to Design

In partnership with Design Action, the American Theatre Wing is thrilled to launch Springboard to Design, a program whose mission is to encourage and mentor Black, Indigenous, Latinx, MENA, Asian and People of Color (BIPOC) students in the process of theatrical collaboration and the many avenues of American Theatre design, as well as the viable career paths that stem from them. 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. For the program’s first year, applications will be open to all high school students, and 20 high school students will be selected to participate. Classes will take place virtually from 9am-12pm ET during the week of July 12th-16th, 2021.

 

About the Application Process

The application process is simple and designed to be easy and straightforward. In addition to basic contact information that can be filled out in a matter of minutes, submissions require the following simple materials (3 parts):

Brief Narrative/Short Answer (500 words max.) – What interested you in applying for Springboard to Design and why do you want to participate?

File Upload – Please upload an original piece of visual or aural art (This can be anything you created yourself – no guidelines!)

File Upload (Video) – Springboard to Design is excited for the opportunity to hear from you in a brief introduction video – tell us a little more about yourself in your own words! This is your chance to speak directly to the panelists who will review your application. Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes long. Please do not worry about this video looking “professional.” We encourage you to record it at home on your phone or computer (so long as we can clearly hear and see you!)

Some sample questions to include in your video –

  • What are your areas of interest? (costumes, sets, lights, projection, sound, etc.)
  • What are you most excited about?
  • What do you hope to take away from this experience?

FAQ

  • Who is eligible for the program?

    The Springboard to Design program is for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, MENA, Asian and People of Color (BIPOC) high school students.

  • Where do I apply?

    Applications are now closed for the 2021 Springboard to Design program.

  • When can I apply?

    Applications are now closed for the 2021 Springboard to Design program.

  • Where does Springboard to Design take place?

    For 2021, Springboard to Design takes place virtually.

  • What are the dates of the program?

    For 2021, the program will take place from 9am-12pm ET during the week of July 12th -16th.

  • 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 Melanie Lisby at melaniejlisby@gmail.com.

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