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American Theatre Wing Now Accepting Applications for 2011 SpringBoardNYC Program

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New York, NY – The American Theatre Wing (Theodore S. Chapin, Chairman, Board of Trustees; Howard Sherman, Executive Director) is now accepting applications for the 2011 SpringboardNYC summer program, being held June 6 – 17 in New York City. Limited to 35 participants, SpringboardNYC also offers financial aid and multiple scholarship programs to students who qualify.

“It’s a pretty remarkable opportunity, to get to workshop and train with a wide array of working theatre professionals – casting directors, actors, directors,” SpringboardNYC mentor Neil Patrick Harris said about the program. “If I were in college, I would definitely try to attend.”

The program is the ideal transitional program, offering young adults information and contacts that would otherwise take years to develop. Designed for serious students looking to take the plunge into the New York theatre world, SpringboardNYC prepares the next generation of theatre artists for working life in New York. Taught by industry professionals, sessions include on-your-feet audition training with directors and casting directors and seminars with the industry's leading agents and managers, as well as intimate conversations with some of Broadway’s biggest names. Sessions are held with a variety of the theater industry’s major “behind the scenes” players, including general managers, press agents, company managers and more, giving participants the advantage of better understanding the world into which they are entering. Participants also get to attend several Broadway and Off Broadway shows (with special talkback sessions), as well as the dress rehearsal for The Tony Awards.

SpringboardNYC mentors and speakers have included: actors Katie Finneran (Tony Award-winner, Promises, Promises, Noises Off), Allison Janney (Tony Award-nominee, 9 to 5), Lauren Graham (Guys and Dolls), Phylicia Rashad (Tony Award-winner, A Raisin in the Sun), Billy Crudup (Tony Award-winner, The Coast of Utopia), Jonathan Groff (Tony Award-nominee, Spring Awakening), Liev Schreiber (Tony Award-winner, Glengarry Glen Ross), Paul Rudd (Three Days of Rain); directors and choreographers Jerry Zaks (Multiple Tony Award-winner, Guys and Dolls), Kathleen Marshall (Tony Award-winner, Anything Goes), Rob Ashford (Tony Award-winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Jerry Mitchell (Tony Award-winner for La Cage Aux Folles) and many more.

The Director of SpringboardNYC is Randy Ellen Lutterman, who founded the program. Now in its ninth year, many SpringboardNYC alumni are living their dreams of working in the theatre, including: Joel Perez, in the National Tour of In The Heights; Matthew Couvillon, in the National Tour of A Chorus Line; Eric William Love, currently appearing Off Broadway in Peter and the Starcatchers at New York Theatre Workshop and Becky Baumwoll, currently appearing Off Broadway in TACT's production of Three Men on a Horse.

Applications are being accepted now through April 1, 2011. The program, which accepts 35 participants per session, is open to college students who are currently in their junior or senior year. Other admissions may be possible by special arrangement on a case-by-case basis. Because the American Theatre Wing is committed to making the program accessible to everyone, need-based financial scholarships are available.

Visit www.americantheatrewing.org/springboardnyc for comprehensive information and application materials.

The American Theatre Wing (Theodore S. Chapin, Chairman, Board of Trustees; Howard Sherman, Executive Director) is a not-for-profit organization best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, which it presents annually with The Broadway League. In addition to “Downstage Center,” “In The Wings,” “Working in the Theatre,” and a host of other online resources, The Wing operates many activities, all dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre, including SpringboardNYC, the Theatre Intern Group, the National Theatre Company Grants and the Jonathan Larson Grants. Visitors to www.americantheatrewing.org can listen to, watch or download from ATW’s extensive media collection, and learn more about all of its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences who want to learn more about the making of theatre. Follow ATW on www.Facebook.com/TheAmericanTheatreWing, www.youtube.com/americantheatrewing and www.Twitter.com/TheWing.


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