SUMMER NYC 2020 – F.A.Q
Do I need to audition for Broadway Workshop’s Summer programs or is it Open Enrollment?
The only Broadway Workshop Summer program that requires an audition is our Children’s Musical Theater Festival. The Children’s Musical Theater Festival (CMTF) is a performance based program in which students will be playing roles in a musical! Audition information regarding CMTF can be found on the CMTF page of our website and at www.cmtfnyc.com. ALL of the other Broadway Workshop summer programs (Vocal Intensive, Junior EXCEL, EXCEL Teen Intensive, and Camp NYC) are considered Open Enrollment and do NOT require an audition.
Why doesn’t Broadway Workshop require an audition for most of the summer programs?
We feel our job as an educational institution is to bring out what is special about each student and give them the opportunity to be challenged from an individual performer perspective. Our students range from student actors who are just starting out and students who have been in multiple Broadway shows. We know every student will feel challenged in our summer intensives and camps! Also, by not having live and online auditions for each program, we are able to offer our summer intensives at a lower cost. We know it feels exciting to get accepted into a program but we can assure you that our students are incredible and each student will feel challenged in our programs. We do require that students have a background in performance in either school or professional theater and are ready for taking the next step in their training for our non-audition summer intensives.
How do I know if my child is ready for a Broadway Workshop Summer program?
While our Camp NYC program is for students of all levels, our other summer programs are definitely for students with an elevated interested in performing. Students in our intensive programs will be performing in front of their peers and receiving constructive feedback about their performances from major Broadway stars and industry professionals. If your child comes prepared with the requirements for the program and is not afraid of working through their material in front of their peers, we think they will have an exciting and enriching experience at Broadway Workshop.
What kind of students attend Broadway Workshop Summer programs?
At Broadway Workshop we have a wide variety of students from all different levels and from all around the United States. All of our students are coming from different levels in their training and we know everyone has so much to learn from each other. While the majority of students are from all around the tri-state area, there are a good deal of students coming from other states and even other countries! At the end of the week, we know your child will have made some lifelong friendships and industry connections!
Where do the programs take place?
Our rehearsal studio space for Summer 2020 is the brand new, state of the art studio space – RIPLEY GRIER STUDIOS 305, located at 305 West 38th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenues). We are really excited to spend summer 2020 in these beautiful new studios. There is plenty of lobby space for parents who would like to stick around the rehearsal studio during the rehearsal day. The final day of each program will take place in a theater location specified on each program’s webpage. The CMTF program will take place at both Ripley 305 and The Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Avenue).
How does payment work for Broadway Workshop Summer programs?
In order to register a student for one of Broadway Workshop’s Summer Intensives, you must check out by paying half of the tuition with a 50% Deposit. The remaining 50% of the tuition will be charged automatically, roughly one month before the start date of each program, on the following dates:
- Broadway Vocal Intensive: 6/6/20
- Children’s Musical Theater Festival: 6/13/20
- Junior EXCEL Intensive: 6/20/20
- EXCEL Teen Intensive – Session 1: 6/27/20
- EXCEL Teen Intensive – Session 2: 7/3/20
- Camp NYC: 7/10/20
If you are registering for a program after the final payment date, full payment will be required when registering.
What is Broadway Workshop’s Cancellation Policy regarding Summer programs?
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have updated our cancellation/Refund policy : We will now offer full refunds to any registered student up to 48 hours before the start of a program. This should allow our students to remove themselves from a camp/intensive if they are uncomfortable traveling to our studio or if they are experiencing any level of sickness related to or not related to COVID-19. Any student who has been exposed to a person who is showing symptoms of COVID-19 should remove themselves from a program, and a full refund will be issued from Broadway Workshop. As always, if Broadway Workshop is unable to present a Summer 2020 program, a full refund or credit will issued.
Are the age restrictions on Broadway Workshop’s Summer programs flexible?
Unfortunately, we are not able to make exceptions regarding a student’s age. Over the last 12 years, we have worked hard to tailor our programs and hire the best possible teachers for each specific age group and we hope that you understand why we must have these restrictions in place. We also feel that students work best when they are surrounded by students in their age group. For this reason, we have broken up that age group for every summer intensive.
What is the difference between the Broadway Vocal Intensive and the EXCEL Teen Intensive?
The major difference between these two program is that in our EXCEL Teen Intensive, students are able to choose a “Major”. In the EXCEL Teen Intensive students choose between being a “Vocal Major” or “Acting Major” which determines whether they will focus primarily on their monologues or their vocal selections in preparation of the Final Showcase on Friday. Students in the Broadway Vocal Intensive work primarily on a vocal selection in preparation of their Final Showcase. Both the Vocal Intensive and the EXCEL Teen Intensive programs allow students the opportunity to develop their vocal, acting, and dance skills in a variety of classes throughout the week.
What is the difference between Session 1 and Session 2 of the EXCEL Teen Intensive?
There are only a couple of minor differences between the two sessions.
- Difference #1: Session 2 will be the larger of the two Sessions with five (5) total groups (2 Acting Majors, 3 Vocal Majors), while Session 1 is the smaller of the two Sessions with three (3) total groups (1 Acting Majors, 2 Vocal Majors). Each group ranges from 14 to 16 students total.
- Difference #2: In the afternoon, all EXCEL Teen Intensive students will focus on developing their dance skills. Students in Session 2 will supplement half of their afternoon dance workshops with rehearsal for an Opening or Closing Number for Friday’s Final Showcase. Students in Session 1 will not have an Opening and Closing Number for their showcase and will spend their afternoons in dance workshops and special workshop experiences.
- Difference #3: Because Session 1 caps out with a smaller number of students, we are able to offer additional guest star workshops during the intensives.
Are lunches provided at Broadway Workshop or are we required to bring our own lunch?
Broadway Workshop does not offer lunch during our programs. We ask that each student come with a lunch packed and ready to go each day! If parents would prefer to drop off a lunch for their child, someone will always be available in our Main/Check-In Room. We will have a variety of snacks on hand throughout the day for students between classes, but suggest making sure they have a water bottle each day.
How does Broadway Workshop handle food allergies?
Broadway Workshop is peanut/tree nut free zone! We ask that all students taking part in our programs do not bring snacks or lunch with peanuts or tree nuts in them (this includes peanut butter). Any snacks provided by Broadway Workshop will be completely peanut and tree nut free! If you have another food related allergy, please let us know any and all details promptly. Students with an Epinephrine pen can choose between carrying their pen throughout the day or keeping it with a Broadway Workshop staff member in the event of an emergency.
How does Check-In and Check-Out work at Broadway Workshop Summer programs?
All students must check in and check out with our designated Broadway Workshop staff members. Students are under our supervision for the entirety of the day from Check-In to Check-Out. Parents are not required to be present during Check-In, however, in order for students to check out at the end of the day, a parent or guardian MUST be present. If you wish to allow your child to leave without a parent or guardian you must fill out a Check-Out Release Form. These forms are made available prior to the start of each program.
How many students are in each Broadway Workshop Summer program?
The total number of students differs from program to program, but ranges from 45-76 total. Regardless of how many students are in each program, we assure their are only 14-16 students per Master Class. While they may be with larger numbers of students for dance classes and specialized workshops, when students are working on their material for the final showcase, they will be with the same 14-16 students and Broadway level guest teacher each day.
Does my child get to see a Broadway show during the week?
With the exception of the Children’s Musical Theater Festival, ALL Broadway Workshop Summer programs will see a Broadway show during the week. On Wednesday afternoon of each week, we will attend the 2:00PM matinee of a Broadway show. Students will begin their mornings with their normal classes, have lunch, and then head to the theater. We will be walking to the theater as a group and have a large number of Broadway Workshop Staff members to assist with this process. Each staff member is responsible for a very small group of students on the walk over to the theater, making it much easier for us to account for each and every student. If Broadway Theater is too far for the group to safely walk, we will hire a private bus company to transport our students before the matinee performance.
Can parents attend the Broadway show that the program will be seeing?
While parents are welcome to attend the Broadway show that we see, we only purchase the exact amount needed for our staff and students, so we will not have any additional tickets available. We also have a few guidelines if you choose to attend the show:
- We ask that you do not walk with us to the theater as it adds to the responsibility of our staff members
- During our arrival and departure from the theater please do not distract your child from staff instruction
- Even though you will be inside the theater with us, at the end of the show you must still take part in the Check-Out process outside of the theater
Are there are any discounts available for Broadway Workshop Summer programs?
We do offer a Sibling Discount of $50 for each sibling registered for the same program. This discount is automatically applied when you register two or more students in the same order.
Does Broadway Workshop provide housing or hotel accommodations for students during their Summer programs?
We are unable to provide housing for students who are visiting New York City for a Broadway Workshop program. We do have a partnership with 42nd Street Tours that has allowed us to secure hotel rates for a nearby Hilton Garden Inn during each summer program. In order to book a hotel through our partners click the link at the bottom of the specific program information page on BroadwayWorkshop.com. Though this partnership allows us to secure these rates, we cannot guarantee that this is the most affordable option for you and your family. We suggest doing your own research to ensure that you find a hotel and rates that work best for you.
What is the Final Showcase and do we need tickets?
Our Final Showcase takes place on the final day of the week and is an opportunity for students to share what they have been working on throughout the week. Throughout the week, instructors will guide students in making the decision about what material they will perform in the Final Showcase. In addition to performing for family and friends, there will be also be industry agents and managers in attendance. Each student will receive two (2) complimentary tickets for the Final Showcase and these tickets must be given to whoever will be attending the Final Showcase. All attendees must have a ticket and additional tickets will be for sale after each camp day.
What do students need to have prepared before attending a Broadway Workshop Summer program?
Each Summer program requires something a little different in preparation for the week! Camp NYC is the only program where students do not need to prepare anything. Below is the breakdown for each program:
- Broadway Vocal Intensive: 2 Musical Theatre song/Pop/Rock selections in the correct key cut down to 16/32 bars, multiple headshots and resumes for our industry guests, 1 monologue from a published play
- Junior EXCEL Intensive: 2 Musical Theatre song selections in the correct key, 1 monologue (from a monologue book or a play), multiple headshots and resumes for our industry guests
- EXCEL Teen Intensive: VOCAL MAJORS should have 2 musical theatre song selections and 1 contemporary monologue prepared for the EXCEL program, ACTING MAJORS should have 2 contemporary monologues and one musical theatre song prepared for the EXCEL program, ALL STUDENTS should have multiple headshots and resumes for our industry guests
When do Broadway Workshop Summer programs tend to sell out?
While there really is no way to determine when exactly our programs will sell out, most of programs will reach capacity about one month before they start. While we do suggest registering for our programs sooner rather than later, please keep in mind the 50% deposit needed to register is non-refundable and that you should have solidified travel plans and accommodations for your week.
If a Broadway Workshop Summer program is sold out and I am on the Wait list how and when will I know if a space opens up?
In the event that a space opens up in a sold out program, we will then contact the Wait list. As the program start date draws nearer, we understand most people on the Wait list will have had a change in plans or will not have enough to make travel plans. If and when contacted about an open spot, please be upfront about whether or not you are able to attend. We are not able to predict when and/or if a space will open up at any given time leading up to the program.
Are Broadway Workshop’s summer intensives for local New York area students only?
No! Broadway Workshop students who are part of our summer camps and intensives come from all over the United States. We even have students who attend each year from other countries including Italy, England, China and Japan.
Do you offer housing for students coming from out of the area?
We have an official hotel partner- Hilton Garden Inn Times Square, Located at 790 8th Avenue in the theater district and a 10 minute walk to our studio. These hotel rates are only available online and you have to use the link on each summer intensive page. Many of our out-of-town students stay at the Hilton Garden Inn. However, we do not require students and parents to stay at the partner hotel. We encourage you to find the best fit for your budget.
If you have additional questions please contact our office at Info@broadwayworkshop.com or 212-262-2636