Each session we have an overall theme and for 2020, our Artistic Interns came up with “seeds,” the idea being that since we could not do theater in the traditional sense, that we were planting the seeds of future growth. This song and video were created entirely by our Blueprint online students.
In this online dance class with faculty member Vasthy Mompoint (The Prom - Broadway and Netflix, SpongeBob SquarePants OBC), Vasthy invited students to focus on change, whatever that meant to them. It could be change in the world, change in themselves - it was their call.
Take a look inside our online acting class from this past summer with Elizabeth Stanley (Tony nominee for Jagged Little Pill, On The Town revival OBC) during which TPAP student Gabe Rodriguez’s question sparked a conversation about the importance of creating a well-rounded character.
In this clip from voice class online with faculty member Ato Blankson-Wood (Tony nominee for Slave Play, Lysistrata Jones OBC) called “Vocal Interp: Bringing Your Voice to the Song,” TPAP student Simón Gómez Villegas sings the heartfelt “The Schmuel Song” from “The Last Five Years.”
Both Blueprint sessions will consist of live, interactive online programming. Blueprint kicks off on Sunday evening with a meet-and-greet where students also find out their class groups, which are kept small to ensure individual attention. Classes then begin on Monday and occur weekly Monday through Friday. In addition to the daytime classes, evenings and weekends are devoted to optional activities including numerous information sessions with college and university representatives, social events, and individual lessons.
Students are welcome to attend one or both of the Blueprint sessions. The curriculum for each session will be similar, but the faculty may vary and, just as in years past, is not announced in advance. Our core group of faculty for all programming is made up of educators and professionals in the Broadway, television, and film industry. Click here to learn more about our faculty.
In addition to the daily schedule, Blueprint will also include:
INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL Q&As
In addition to regular classes, faculty members also host weekly Q&A sessions with other artists, which are announced on the day of the session. Last summer’s sessions included exclusive conversations with:
- Original Mean Girls Broadway cast members Erika Henningsen (Cady) and Grey Henson (Damian)
- Hamilton Director Tommy Kail and Texas State Acting Department Chair Neil Patrick Stewart
- Tony Winner Celia Keenan-Bolger (To Kill a Mockingbird), and Tony Nominee Elizabeth Stanley (Jagged Little Pill)
Each student receives one 30-minute individual lesson of their choice in acting, dance, voice, or college audition coaching. This lesson is scheduled outside of regular class sessions at a time chosen by the student. Additional individual lessons are available for an extra fee.
COLLEGE AUDITION CURRICULUM
COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS
During Blueprint, representatives from numerous colleges and universities with prestigious performing arts programs join us to speak to interested students. These optional sessions, which parents are also welcome to attend, are held in the evenings and on the weekend outside of other programming and can sometimes include classwork in addition to information about the school. They are a great way to get to know what a school has to offer and their educational style.
In addition, we also hold general information sessions on the college audition process for both students and their parents.
Most of our students are familiar with the Unified college auditions held each year in various cities across the U.S. At our online Blueprint program, we help students prepare for the overwhelming blitz of college auditions by holding our own practice version of these, which we call “Bluenifieds." We dedicated the two Fridays during each Blueprint session to these online mock auditions. On a typical Bluenifieds day, a student first participates in a dance call, then must zig and zag their way through seven or more mock college auditions, each audition room challenging them in a unique way. Our former students tell us that this process was vital to their success at their actual auditions.
2021 Blueprint Dates and Tuition
Blueprint Session 1: June 13th (kick off) to June 25th (last day of classes)
Blueprint Session 2: June 27th (kick off) to July 9th (last day of classes)
PROGRAM TUITION PER SESSION - $1,500
Tuition for a Blueprint session includes: student participation in all online classes, a 30-minute individual lesson in either acting, dance, voice, or college audition coaching, and student and parent participation in all college and university information sessions.
The Compass Online Experience
Our Compass: Dance for Movers intensive consists of live, interactive online programming. Compass kicks off on Sunday evening with a meet-and-greet and overview of the week ahead. Classes then occur daily Monday through Friday and are kept small to ensure individual attention. In addition to the daytime classes, there are optional evening activities including Q&As, social events, and individual lessons. Q&A sessions last summer included conversations with:
Nina Goldman (OBC: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Swan Lake)
Deidre Goodwin (OBC: A Chorus Line, Nine)
Krysta Rodriguez (OBC: Spring Awakening, The Addams Family)
Our core faculty for all programming is made up of educators and professionals in the Broadway, television, and film industry. Compass faculty, just as in years past, will not be announced in advance. Click here to learn more about our faculty.
COMPASS DAILY CURRICULUM
Warmup focuses on getting students ready for the day's classes as well as learning a method for safely warming up that students can use in the future to help their performance and also prevent injury.
Each day, students have multiple dance classes in small groups so each can receive individual attention. Classes focus on improving technique in ballet and musical theater/jazz with additional classes in a variety of subjects ranging anywhere from yoga to dance audition prep.
DANCE CALL MOCK AUDITIONS
Students experience all aspects of a dance call with our faculty including audition room protocol, learning choreography in a limited-time environment, dance terminology often used at auditions, and more.
Each student receives two 20-minute individual lessons scheduled outside of regular class sessions in the morning, during lunch break, or in the evening at a time chosen by the student. Additional individual lessons are available for an extra fee.
Outside of the opportunities to work together in class, we host several social events including Netflix watch parties, game nights, dance parties, and more.
2021 Compass Dates and Tuition
Compass program dates: July 11th (kick off) - July 16th (last day of classes)
PROGRAM TUITION - $750
Tuition for Compass includes participation in all online classes as well as two 20-minute individual lessons.
The Panorama Online Experience
Our Panorama intensive consists of live, interactive online programming. Panorama kicks off on Sunday evening with a meet-and-greet during which students will find out their class groups. All class groups are small to ensure individual attention. Classes then begin on Monday and occur weekly Monday through Friday. In addition to classes, social events and individual lessons will take place on various evenings and weekends throughout the two-week session.
Our core faculty for all programming is made up of educators and professionals in the Broadway, television, and film industry. Panorama faculty, just as in years past, will not be announced in advance.
Click here to learn more about our faculty.
In addition to the daily schedule, Panorama will also include:
On several days during Panorama, students are given an array of unique specialty classes from which they create their own schedule for the day. These days are a wonderful opportunity to pursue specific interests in addition to technique classes.
INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL Q&As
During special sessions, faculty members host Q&A session with guest artists. Last summer’s sessions included conversations with:
Gavin Creel (Tony Winner, OBC, Hello Dolly)
Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart, OBC Hello Dolly)
Phillipa Soo (OBC Eliza in Hamilton)
Taylor Trensch (Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen)
Kate Baldwin (Tony nominee, OBC, Hello Dolly)
Stephanie Hsu (OBC Christine in Be More Chill)
Each student receives a 30-minute individual vocal-interpretation coaching session. This lesson is scheduled at a time chosen by the student in the morning, lunch or weekends outside of regular class sessions.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT DETAILS
In the evening, students are divided into different groups with a faculty member for what we call “Research and Development” or “R&D.” This is basically a structured block of time that allows faculty members to work with a group of students on material they feel will help develop our company members as artists. Students, faculty, and artistic interns collaborate on these pieces that are designed to focus on the creative process rather than creating a polished finished product. R&D groups rotate in a three-night cycle, so there are about nine hours to work on any given piece. At the end of each R&D cycle, we gather together to share the work that has been created in what we call an "open rehearsal." This open rehearsal is a great opportunity for our company members to support each other and learn from each other’s work.
2021 Panorama Dates and Tuition
Panorama program dates: July 11th (kick off) - July 23rd (last day of classes)
PROGRAM TUITION - $1,500
Tuition for Panorama includes participation in all online classes and one 30-minute individual vocal coaching session.