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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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2022 Nexus Summer Experience:

June 14-23, 2022

Nestled in the heart of idyllic Hill Country, Texas, our San Marcos campus offers students state-of-the-art facilities in which to study their craft.

We will accept 48 of the top young artists from around the world for the Nexus Summer Experience, which will prepare them for the rigorous demands of a four-year training program. 

Campers will check-in on Tuesday, June 14th  for their 10 day Nexus adventure and check out on Thursday, June 23rd.

Our Mission

At Texas State, our goal is to provide holistic, wellness-based training in musical theatre performance to prepare students for the current professional market and develop artists who live with integrity in all aspects of their lives.

As a Hispanic Serving Institution serving a majority-minority student body, our program strives to foster, and continue to evolve an environment where social justice and anti-racism are key pillars of education.

Read more about our BFA program and commitment to equity and diversity here.

What type of student are we looking for at Nexus?

We are looking for artists who embrace the craft of storytelling not just in the pursuit of their careers. We are looking for brave, curious humans who are inspired by and are committed to the process of learning, being of service through their art form, and developing their unique voices as artists.

To learn more about the kind of artists we look for at Texas State, click here!

What exactly is “Nexus”?

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The word ‘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 exactly where you’ll be at Nexus – right in the middle of a community of artists working together to create the future of our art form, utilizing innovative training methods and guided by Texas State’s nationally renowned faculty in our state-of-the-art facilities.

What We Offer

Students will explore finding their unique voices as artists through Texas State’s innovative teaching methods:

Artist Training

  • OneVoice Workshops

  • Acting Classes and Monologue Coaching

  • Dance Classes

  • Song Coachings and Audition Preparation

Wellness Workshops

  • Stress Reduction and Wellness for the Performing Artist

  • How to Build Confidence and Explore Your Authentic Self

  • Imposter Syndrome: What to Do When You Doubt Your Ability

Performance Workshops

  • Audition Technique 

  • Music Rehearsals: A Survival Guide

  • Ensemble Workshop: Most Valuable Player

  • Being A Professional: What the Heck Does That Mean?

New Musical Workshop

The New Musical Development Initiative is a central part of our BFA program at Texas State, and Nexus students will get a taste of what it’s like to workshop material from a new musical and reflect on how actors contribute to the process of creating a new piece and shaping the future of the art form.

Our Faculty

Texas State’s faculty is made up of working professionals with credits that span Broadway, off-Broadway, film, television, national and international tours, recording, radio, voice-overs, television commercials and much more. Our team of faculty work together to fully integrate all aspects of the curriculum, guided by values of integrity, empathy, inclusivity, collaboration, curiosity, and a willingness to “fail forward.” 

Want to learn more about our Texas State Faculty? Click here!

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Words We Live By

“Be well first. Be an Artist second. Your first priority as an actor is to be well or all the rest won’t matter. To be a successful professional means doing what you love in a healthy, sustainable, repeatable way. As educators, it is our job to make sure that is a foundational skill set offered as part of your training in this program.”

- Kaitlin Hopkins, Co-Director of Nexus at Texas State

How to Apply  

Admission is by video audition. There is no audition fee.

Audition Requirements

Applicants should be rising freshman through rising seniors in high school, and are asked to prepare the following:

  • Two contrasting songs. Each song must be no longer than 32 bars, or 1 minute
    and 30 seconds.

  • A one-minute monologue.

  • 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
    experienced tap dancer, feel free to include an additional dance video. This
    would be in addition to your ballet/jazz video.

 Deadlines and Tuition

Program Dates:  June 14-23, 2022.

We are taking applications now through March 1, 2022.

We recommend applying prior to the deadline as we accept applicants on a rolling admissions basis until spots are filled. Once spots are filled, accepted students will be put on a wait list.

Application Deadline: 3/01/22

Tuition: $2,500.00 (**includes room and board)

  • A non-refundable $500 deposit is due 3/21/22

  • Final Balance is due 4/25/22

Notification of Acceptance will be emailed to you by March 7, 2022. 

If you miss the deadline but want to apply, please email us at,  and we will try to accommodate you if possible.

Admission Notification

For consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the application deadline. Notifications of Acceptance will be emailed to you by March 7, 2022. 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.

Make a Payment

Please have all checks made out to Texas State University, memo line: Nexus MT Camp, and mail to:

Texas State University
Department of Theatre and Dance
Attention: Kaitlin Hopkins - Nexus MT Program
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 a 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.”