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NEXUS @ Texas State Musical Theatre Pre-College Intensive

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What is Nexus?

Nexus Week One

The NEXUS Experience!

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Date: June 5-21, 2020 

2020 Guest Artists 

Tyler Hanes  Award Winning Broadway Choreographer

Tyler Hanes HeadshotTyler Hanes is an actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer best known for his work in Broadway musicals. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, but raised in Marietta, Georgia, Tyler was only 17 when he was discovered by Ann Reinking while attending Broadway Theater Project in Tampa, Florida. She cast him in the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical, Fosse. Following the tour, he attended Carnegie Mellon University, leaving after a year to make his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of Oklahoma! Soon after, he appeared in the original Broadway companies of Urban CowboyThe Boy From OzThe Frogs, the 2005 revival of Sweet Charity, and as Larry in the original revival company of A Chorus Line. Tyler also appeared in the Broadway companies of Hairspray and the 2014 revival of On The Town. Off-Broadway, he starred in the musical Juno, opposite Victoria Clark, Stephen Sondheim's A Bed And A Chair: A NY Love Affair, opposite Bernadette Peters, and American Dance Machine for the 21st Century. Most recently, Tyler starred as Rum Tum Tugger in the highly anticipated Broadway revival of Cats. In Chicago, Tyler starred as Chad in All Shook Up, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Ren McCormick in Footloose (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.) Other regional theatrical roles include Bert in Mary Poppins, Enjolras in Les Miserables, Sir Galahad in Spamalot, Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret, Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate, and Jackie in The Studio. As a choreographer, his work was featured in a Broadway medley starring Kristin Chenoweth on Dancing With The Stars. His other choreography credits include Kristin Chenoweth’s Some Lessons Learned World TourKristin Chenoweth Coming Home for PBSThe American Country Awards, and the Latin American premiere of El Chico De Oz in Lima, Peru. He is currently producing and starring in the upcoming dark comedy Ms. Guidance. When not onstage, Tyler is also very passionate about arts education and is a devoted teacher. He is a core faculty member with The Broadway Dreams Foundation and is one of the founding faculty members of The Performing Arts Project.

Tom Delbello

Tom D HeadshotTom hails from Alberta, Canada and is an MFA Directing Graduate with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from Texas State University. Tom has been a professional Musical Theatre artist for 20 years and has worked in theatres around the world. Selected theatre credits include; the World Premiere production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Boys in the Photograph, the North American tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a lead vocalist with Disney Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines. He has worked at the Zach Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars and TXSTU while in Texas. His most recent production of Cabaret at Texas State University was listed on both Austin 360 and Broadway World’s list of Austin’s Top 10 Shows of 2018. Tom is also a graduate of the prestigious Sheridan College Musical Theatre program in Toronto, Canada.

Neil Patrick Stewart

Neil Patrick Stewart HeadshotA teacher of acting, characterization, and improvisation at Texas State, as well as an actor, writer, and decorated director. He has been a member of the core creative team behind the musical version of Volleygirls since its inception; the world premiere production at the Signature Theatre was part of the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), where it was nominated for best direction and best choreography, and won the awards for best ensemble, most promising new musical, and the coveted top honor: Best of Fest. Neil directed the premiere of Christian Durso’s Shiner for the IAMA Theatre Group in both Los Angeles and New York, and his L.A. production of The Elephant Man for the non-profit Mechanicals Theatre Group earned four prestigious Ovation Award nominations, including best direction of a play, and best production. He is the former creative director of New York’s Back House Productions, which he co-founded. With Back House, Neil helped over forty projects make the leap from the laptop to the stage, including Broadway’s smash hit In the Heights, which he co-directed for its first couple of years of laboratory development. Neil is the associate artistic director (as well as a founder and member of the acting faculty) of The Performing Arts Project, a cutting-edge musical theatre training intensive for outstanding high-school and college-aged students, which takes place every summer at Wake Forest University, and he was a member of the acting faculty of the Broadway Theatre Project for over a decade. His acting credits include three tours of France, two with Julius Caesar, and one with Jean Genet’s Splendid’s, Julius Caesar in Bogota, Colombia, Splendid’s in Seoul, South Korea, both The Onion Cellar and Julius Caesar at the American Repertory Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at New York City’s South Street Seaport, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Texas State Performing Arts Center, the world premiere of Hello Herman at the Grove Street Playhouse in New York, E to Jamaica Center at the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe, a lead in the Russian feature film Chuzhie, and upcoming 2015-2016 season engagements of the National Theatre of Orleans’ production of Splendid’s in Spain, France, and Switzerland. Neil holds a B.A. in theater from Wesleyan University, and a M.F.A. in acting from the world-renowned American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training (A.R.T.) at Harvard University. Neil is also a writer, with two books on the shelves of major bookstores: Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t! and Headlines! Headlines! Headlines?, and numerous articles in magazines.

2017 Guests Artists

Michael Balderamma-Resident Choreographer Hamilton

Dave Clemmons- Broadway Producer, Casting Director, College Coach.

Our Mission

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.

Who are the Texas State Faculty?

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Why “Nexus”?

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.

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What type of student are we looking for at Nexus?


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.

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.

Audition Requirements

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.

Airport Transportation

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: June 5-21, 2020

Application Deadline: February 21, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: March 20, 2020

$1,000 Deposit Deadline: April 6, 2020*

$2,100 Balance Due: May 6, 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, and we will try to accommodate you if possible.

Make a Payment

Please have all checks made out to Texas State University, memo line- Nexus MT Camp. 

Mail to:

Texas State University

Department of Theatre and Dance

Nexus: Kaitlin Hopkins

601 University Drive

San Marcos, TX 78666

Admission Notification

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 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.

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.”