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What is The Performing Arts Project?
What is the Summer Intensive?
What is the Young Performers Program?
What happens in a typical day at the Summer Intensive?
What is the Choose-a-palooza?
What are the dates of the Summer Intensive?
What are the age requirements of the Summer Intensive and Young Performers Program?
What are the qualifications to be accepted?
How do I get accepted?
How many students are accepted?
What do I need to prepare for the Summer Intensive live audition?
How long does the live audition last?
What should I do if I am submitting my audition electronically for the Summer Intensive or the Young Performers Program?
Are my chances better if I attend a live audition?
When will I find out if I am accepted into The Performing Arts Project?
What is the cost?
Are scholarships available?
What is included in the tuition?
What paperwork has to be completed before the programs begin?
What are the room and board details?

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What is The Performing Arts Project?

The Performing Arts Project is a not-for-profit organization formed by a group of respected educators and entertainment industry professionals to help prepare the next generation of performers for a career in the performing arts. We provide instruction in all aspects of the performing arts including acting, singing, and dancing; additionally, writing, directing, and other specialty classes are on offer in our curriculum as well as performance opportunities. Our student body comprises young performers from all over the world who are admitted solely by audition. The Performing Arts Project offers a dynamic and constantly-evolving program, the cornerstone of which is a three-week Summer Intensive held at Wake Forest University during the month of July. During that time, we also hold a one-week Young Performers Program. In addition, we conduct weekend workshops throughout the year for students in varying age groups including middle school, high school, and college.

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What is the Summer Intensive?

The Performing Arts Project Summer Intensive is a three-week program held during the month of July on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Summer Intensive is designed to provide classes in the performing arts to up-and-coming high school and college-aged performers selected by audition from around the country and beyond. Students converge for three solid weeks of intensive daily training in the performing arts. A typical day consists of classes and rehearsals all day and into the evening and is conducted seven days a week. One unique aspect of the Summer Intensive is that through our Choose-a-palooza programming, we offer our students the ability to choose areas of study in addition to their comprehensive acting, singing, and dancing training. This allows students to spend extra time working on the discipline of their choice while still receiving well-rounded training. At The Performing Arts Project, we think of our students as fellow artists and our faculty is dedicated to passing on the knowledge they have gained throughout their careers in the performing arts industry.

 

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What happens in a typical day at the Summer Intensive?

On a typical day at The Performing Arts Project Summer Intensive, you might find yourself in acting class with a television and film actor, jazz class with a Broadway dancer, taking a private lesson with a voice teacher who has coached Tony and Grammy award-winners, and then being directed by a member of the faculty in a creative and adventurous workshop environment. Classes in all disciplines are held seven days a week from 9am until 10:30pm. Specialty classes are also included in the schedule. Classes are divided into groups based on age and areas of strength.

 

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What is the Choose-a-palooza?

Choose-a-palooza is an exciting new experiment in the way learning opportunities are created. During a few special days during the Summer Intensive, students will be given an array of unique specialty classes from which they can create their own day-long itinerary. Diverse disciplines such as Songwriting, Script Analysis, Storytelling, Viewpoints, Directing, Choreography, and Puppetry, all taught by our amazing faculty, are just a few of the options from which the student may be able to choose.

 

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What are the dates of the Summer Intensive?

The Summer Intensive takes place annually during the first three weeks of July.

 

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What are the age requirements of the Summer Intensive and Young Performers Program?

To attend our Summer Intensive, students must be between the ages of 16 and 24. Students who have completed their freshman year of high school by the beginning of The Performing Arts Project Summer Intensive, but are not yet 16, may also audition and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To attend our Young Performers Program, students must be between the ages of 12 and 15.

 

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What are the qualifications to be accepted?

To be considered for acceptance into our Summer Intensive, you must either attend a live audition or submit a digital audition. To be considered for acceptance into our Young Performers Program, you must submit a digital audition. During all auditions, students must excel in either acting, singing, or dancing, and be dedicated to studying all three disciplines.

 

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How do I get accepted?

Those interested in attending the Summer Intensive must attend a live audition or submit a digital audition. Applications must include a photograph, resume and $35 audition fee. Those interested in attending the Young Performers Program must submit a digital audition.

 

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How many students are accepted?

The Performing Arts Project is highly selective. In order to provide the best training, the number of students in attendance to the Summer Intensive is kept to around 100 and the Young Performers Program is kept to around 25, based on auditions. Students are split into small classes with unmatched teacher-to-student ratios.

 

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What do I need to prepare for the Summer Intensive live audition?

For the live audition, you will need to prepare 16 bars of a song and a one-minute monologue. There are no specific requirements for the songs or monologues. You should choose pieces that you feel show your strength; genre and style is up to you. Jazz and tap combinations will also be taught at the audition, so make sure you come prepared to dance. You should sign up for an audition spot and arrive at the live audition with a completed application, a headshot and a $35 application fee. You can pay with cash or a check made out to The Performing Arts Project, Inc. For more details, please see the auditions page.

 

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How long does the live audition last?

It depends on your audition slot, for which applicants should preregister. If you are unable to preregister, you may attend the audition as an open call and will be given one of the remaining time slots for that day. Auditions will begin with a dance call in which ALL must participate. This dance call will occur at the start time listed for the audition. After the dance call is completed, you may leave and come back at your assigned time for your one-on-one audition. There are four slots in each half hour audition block.

 

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What should I do if I am submitting my audition electronically for the Summer Intensive or Young Performers Program?

For detailed audition information, please see the auditions page.

 

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Are my chances better if I attend a live audition?

No. The same audition team evaluates both digital auditions and live auditions. We understand that not everyone can make it to a live audition, and therefore equal consideration is given to both types of auditions.

 

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When will I find out if I am accepted into The Performing Arts Project Summer Intensive or Young Performers Program?

Acceptance letters for the Summer Intensive will be sent via e-mail on March 4th. Students who are not accepted may also be placed on our Wait List. Wait List students may be offered acceptance into the Summer Intensive as late as June. Acceptance letters for the Young Performers Program will be sent via e-mail on March 14th.

 

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What is the cost?

The total cost of attending the Summer Intensive is $3,700. Once a student has been accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $800 will be due on March 30th. The balance of tuition is due by May 18th. Checks or money orders should be made payable to The Performing Arts Project, Inc. No refunds are possible after June 1.

 

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Are scholarships available?

Limited scholarships to the Summer Intensive are available and are primarily need-based. Applicants must have a family income of less than $60,000 in order to be considered. When you receive your acceptance into the Summer Intensive, you will be given login access to the scholarship application. You will then be required to turn in the scholarship application along with tax documentation by March 30. Please contact us directly for information on possible scholarships to the Young Performers Program.

 

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What is included in the tuition to the Summer Intensive?

The tuition payment includes arrival and departure transportation between the Greensboro airport and Wake Forest University, housing for three weeks at Wake Forest and three meals a day, seven days a week. It also includes participation in classes and program activities, including private lessons. Additional information on housing and the meal plan can be found on the summer intensive page of the programs section.

 

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What paperwork has to be completed before the programs begin?

Students will be required to provide proof of health and accident insurance, a physical exam, immunization records and other information. These forms enable The Performing Arts Project to make sure students can receive care in area clinics or hospitals if necessary. Upon acceptance and receipt of the deposit, students will receive an e-mail with a unique username and password. The login information will be used to sign into a private database on The Performing Arts Project website where students can submit most forms electronically.

 

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What are the room and board details?

Students are housed in an air-conditioned dormitory on the campus of Wake Forest University. All students are required to live on campus during the three-week Summer Intensive. Adult chaperones will live with students and conduct nightly room checks at curfew. They will also be available to help students with their personal needs such as doctor visits. Students will be placed in a room with a roommate in their same age range. Dormitories have common areas as well as coin laundry rooms. Students are asked to bring their own linens, but may purchase a linen package from the dormitory if they so choose. It is also recommended that you bring a mattress pad and/or a foam topper for the bed. Students will eat on campus in the Student Union at the Fresh Food Company dining hall. They will be served three meals a day with food service provided by Aramark Food Service. The dining hall has ample selections and will easily accommodate students with eating limitations including vegetarians, vegans and those with food allergies to nuts, gluten, and lactose. Students may also choose to eat at some of the other food options on campus, such as the food court; however, these options will not be covered in student tuition and will require that the student pay the restaurant separately at the time of service.

 

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What is the Young Performers Program?

The Performing Arts Project’s Young Performers Program is an eight-day musical theater intensive that takes place on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina annually in the month of July. The Young Performers Program is designed to provide exceptional training to students ages 12 to 16 who are serious about their artistic education, but are not able to attend our three-week Intensive. Admission to the Young Performers Program is by audition only.

The Young Performers Program is divided into two groups, a middle school group for students who are in 6th through 8th grade during the 2014-2015 school year and a high school group for students who are in 9th or 10th grade during the 2014-2015 school year.

The Young Performers Program middle school program is a non-residential program. Students will check in and out of the program daily. Students who do not live locally must have a parent or guardian in town with them.

The Young Performers Program high school program is designed to be residential. However, high school students wishing to attend this program as a non-residential student may also do so.

 

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