NEXUS @ Texas State Musical Theatre Pre-College Intensive
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.
What We Offer
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.
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.
Date: Cancelled as of March 2020
2020 Guest Artists
2017 Guests Artists
Michael Balderamma-Resident Choreographer Hamilton
Dave Clemmons- Broadway Producer, Casting Director, College Coach.
How to Apply
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.
Applicants should be rising freshman thru rising seniors in high school.
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.
Deadlines and Tuition
Admitted students are required to submit a $1,000 deposit to secure enrollment. Enrollment deposits will be credited against the tuition balance.
Tuition: $3,100 includes tuition, lodging and meals. There are no additional expenses.
Program Dates: Cancelled as of March 2020
Application Deadline: Cancelled as of March 2020
Notification of Acceptance: Cancelled as of March 2020
$1,000 Deposit Deadline: Cancelled as of March 2020
$2,100 Balance Due: Cancelled as of March 2020
Non-refundable deposit/cancellation policy: *$1,000 deposit is non-refundable. Please note that there are No Refunds for cancelations.
If you miss the deadline but want to apply please email Kaitlin Hopkins at MTSummerCamp@txstate.edu, and we will try to accommodate you if possible.
For consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the application deadline. 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 call 512-245-6841 for questions or issues.
Make a Payment
Please have all checks made out to Texas State University, memo line- Nexus MT Camp.
Texas State University
Department of Theatre and Dance
Nexus: Kaitlin Hopkins
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
What Students Had To Say
“Nexus taught me more than simply how to sing, dance, or act. It taught me how to be an artist-a healthy artist. A creative artist, a well-rounded artist, and above all, a story teller.”
“Nexus has been key in preparing me for the college audition process, and the business in general. The faculty are so knowledgeable and I have gained life- long friends. I have learned so much about myself as an artist and a person. Thank you Nexus!!”
“I loved that the small groups allowed us to have one-on-one time with each and every one of the amazing faculty members.”
“The supportive, family-like environment at Texas State is unique compared to other colleges I've experienced. A rigorous, yet safe space to grow is exactly what I'm looking for in a school and Nexus helped me realize that!”
“The confidence I gained through Nexus will serve me for the rest of my life.”
“I’ve never had more fun in two weeks than I did at Nexus. Every staff member touched my life in a different way and I am BEYOND grateful for this experience.”
What Parents Had To Say
“My daughter was empowered by the NEXUS camp. Spending 2 weeks with talented kids and knowledgeable pros as instructors not only improved her skills, but gave her confidence.”
“This experience exceeded our expectations as parents. The faculty "wowed" our daughter beyond what she expected.”
“We were very impressed and appreciative of the detailed organization and information! We were very pleased with the support, supervision, and attention our daughter received and all that she learned. Thank you Nexus!!”
“As a parent, I’m cognizant that it’s not an easy path she’s chosen, and it can be scary to let your kid move forward in a direction you know is filled with uncertainty and rejection. And yet we do, because they love it and they have story to tell and a gift to give. So I’m grateful that Nexus took the time to focus on physical and mental health for performers, and to provide these kids self-care tools to manage the road ahead. And I’m thankful to all of the faculty, staff, and counselors for creating a safe environment that gave these kids the space to try, to fail, and to discover. She felt incredibly seen as an individual, and that just doesn’t happen everywhere. Nexus was everything we could have asked for and more.”