Texas State Musical Theatre’s Pre-College Summer Intensive
Michael Balderamma-Resident Choreographer Hamilton
Dave Clemmons- Broadway Producer, Casting Director, College Coach.
Resident Choreographer for HAMILTON will be our visiting Guest Artist for NEXUS! He will doing workshops in Hip Hop Styles and Musical Theatre Dance.
Exposing young artists to collegiate training and preparing them for the current professional market as well as their college auditions.
Familiarizing young artists with Texas State’s immersive, holistic musical theater training program.
Focused training with Texas State Musical Theatre faculty, top industry professionals, which includes a final showcase performance.
During NEXUS students experience two weeks of intensive training at the university’s state-of-the-art facilities. The campus is set in the idyllic Hill Country of Texas. We will accept up to 60 students per year in this highly sought after summer intensive, which prepares them for the demands of a rigorous four-year training program.
The intensive curriculum is based on Texas State’s highly respected, nationally recognized BFA musical theater program and will be taught by Texas State’s esteemed faculty. Texas State faculty is made up of working professionals with credits that span Broadway, off Broadway, film, television, national tours and international tours, recording, radio, voice-overs, television commercials and much more. Our faculty members work together to fully integrate all aspects of the curriculum with a focus on the health of the performer physically, vocally and mentally. Our curriculum has a cutting edge, outside the box approach and was designed by Broadway professionals to train future Broadway professionals.
Nexus is defined as: “A connection or series of connections linking two or more things, a binding together.” If you happen to be in the nexus of something, you’re right in the middle of it all. And that’s where we want you—right in the middle of the best voice, acting and dance training the Texas State faculty have to offer.
Comprehensive, Challenging, Innovative! Plus we have a lot fun!
Come ready to live in your imagination as much as your technique. We are story tellers, and whether it is through text, movement or music, we will explore what it means to tell the story, not just using your voice, but also your heart, mind, and body. If you want to pursue the arts professionally, we will help you prepare for your college auditions and for the professional market that awaits you! We will also go tubing down the beautiful San Marcos river, have movie nights, and rehearse a showcase for a presentation at the end of your adventure here.
Classes are modeled on those of the BFA musical theater students at Texas State, including master classes and workshops in Audition Technique, College Audition Prep, Vocal Health, Physical Health and Nutrition, and Mental Wellness/Stress Management.
Curriculum also includes: voice, acting, musical theater dance styles, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, audition prep, improvisation and help with audition material selection.
Admission is by video audition and application and is highly competitive.
Nexus accepts a total of 60 students every year which are broken down into groups of 4.
Prepare two contrasting songs. Each song must be no longer than 32 bars.
Prepare a one-minute monologue.
Your audition materials should include a video that shows some technique that you’ve learned in jazz, or ballet OR a musical theatre dance combo that you have in your repertoire. If you are an experience tap dancer, feel free to include an additional dance video. This would be in addition to your ballet/jazz video.
Shuttles to and from the Austin Bergstrom International (AUS) Airport will be provided to students traveling by air.
Admitted students are required to submit a $500 deposit to secure enrollment. Enrollment deposits will be credited against the tuition balance.
Program Dates: June 2018 (Exact dates TBA)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: March 14, 2018
$500 Non-Refundable Deposit Deadline: April 1, 2018
Full Tuition Deadline: May 1, 2018
The balance can be made in 2 payments, as long as the final payment is received by May 1, 2018.
If you miss the deadline but want to apply please email Kaitlin Hopkins at email@example.com, and we will try to accommodate you if possible.
Prior to May 1, 2018: if a student withdraws, 50% of the payment made will be refunded minus the non-refundable $500 deposit
After May 1, 2018: if a student withdraws, no refund will be given.
For consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the application deadline. February 1, 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed. No decisions will be given by phone.
As a courtesy to Nexus faculty and other applicants, please notify us at MTSummerCamp@txstate.edu if you need to withdraw your application due to committing to another summer program that conflicts with the NEXUS dates.
Please note-we will not be making early offers from our summer camp for the incoming 2018 freshman class.