Summer Professional Theater Intensive

Program Dates: August 15th – 21st , 2017

New York City & Hawley, MA

Program Overview

This August, the Drama League offers an exciting, immersive and rigorous program for college-aged actors and directors. This industry-focused, week-long intensive provides you a unique opportunity to retreat from city distractions and focus on your artistry under the guidance of professional Master Teachers (to be announced soon).

SPTI prepares aspiring actors and directors for a career in the professional theater industry while providing the rare experience of concentrated theater-making, surrounded by unparalleled nature.  Share meals with industry professionals and build artistic relationships that will last a lifetime. 


Participants will first meet in New York City for a Professional Industry Day, including panels and seminars with industry professionals, and take in a Broadway or off-Broadway performance.

The following day, the cohort departs the city for the inspiring serenity of Stump Sprouts Retreat in Hawley, Massachusetts. There, you will have the opportunity to hone your technique and craft, without the distractions of the city and everyday life. You will participate in whole-group Master Workshops including Classic Text Approaches, and The Audition Room (From Both Sides Of The Table), as well as break out workshops specific to the Actor and Director tracks.

Finally, you will have the chance to implement these new techniques and approaches, working in small groups to rehearse and present a site-responsive scene of classic theater on the final day of the retreat. 


Schedule (subject to change)

Monday August 14th: Arrive NYC

  • Out-of-town participants make their own way to NYC.
  • Informal, optional welcome dinner
  • Accommodation provided for those who need it (additional cost).

Tuesday August 15th: NYC Industry Day

  • Panels and seminars with NYC theater industry professionals, held at the Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca
  • Free evening to explore NYC
  • Attend a Broadway or Off-Broadway show
  • Accommodation provided for those who need it (additional cost).

Wednesday August 16th: Depart for Stump Sprouts

  • Breakfast at Drama League Theater Center
  • Bus to Stump Sprouts, MA
  • Reading and discussion of final performance script

Thursday August 17th – Sunday August 20th : Stump Sprouts Retreat

  • Full group workshops including Classic Text Approaches and The Audition Room (both sides of the Table)
  • Break-out workshops with Master Teachers for the Acting track and the Directing track
  • Directors direct Actors in monologues with Master Teacher guidanceand support
  • Break in to groups (two Actors per Director) to rehearse and present two-person site-responsive scenes in the natural environment of Stump Sprouts
  • Critique and recap of performances

Monday August 21st: Depart Stump Sprouts

  • Bus back to Drama League Theater Center, with one stop in midtown
  • Students with cars and prior permission can head directly home, bypassing NYC. 


Program ​Cost

Program fee is $1900 for both Actors and Director. 

Additional cost if accommodation is required in New York City.


What's Included in the cost? 

  • All food and accommodation at Stump Sprouts Retreat
  • Transport NYC --> Stump Sprouts --> NYC (students bringing their own cars are responsible for gas and insrance costs)
  • All tickets and scheduled activities on NYC Industry Day
  • Two meals in NYC - lunch on 8/15 & breakfast on 8/16. 


​How To Apply

Click the button below to begin your application via Submittable. The process includes:

  • Select the track for which you'd like to be considered (Director, Actor or Both)
  • Submit a 400 word written response - Why you are applying
  • Upload a spoken response (directors) or monologue (actors) - or both if you want to be considered for both tracks!
  • Provide two references


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Still got questions?
Email Education Manager Miriam Rosalky at education@dramaleague.org.