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 dynamic and constantly-evolving programs including the summer intensives Panorama and Blueprint. In addition, we conduct weekend workshops throughout the year for students in varying age groups including high school, college, and professional.
What is the difference between the Blueprint and Panorama programs?
Both Blueprint and Panorama are designed to provide instruction in all aspects of the performing arts including acting, singing, and dancing. They are also both focused on creating artists who are confident, creative, and prepared physically and emotionally to move forward in their artistic endeavors.
Blueprint is designed to strengthen technique and to that end, students attend highly-focused week-long studio class sessions over the course of the program. In addition to the studio sessions, Blueprint students take part in mock auditions as well as information sessions and classes with numerous college and university Musical Theater programs.
At Panorama, students focus on applying their technique to create art. They work in a master-class environment, which includes a rotating selection of disciplines of theatrical study such as acting, singing, and dancing, in addition to more diverse offerings including writing, songwriting, choreographing, and more. Evenings are spent working on performance pieces, many of which are created from scratch through the collaboration of the students and faculty.
What is Panorama?
The Performing Arts Project’s Panorama program is a three-week summer intensive that has two profound goals in mind:
First – to study the disciplines of acting, dancing, and singing (plus songwriting, clowning, script analysis, conducting, directing, Russian movement, stand-up comedy, choreography, and many other connected fields), and to do so with exhilaration and rigor.
Second – to create art fearlessly, knowing that it’s nearly impossible to be original if you’re not prepared to be wrong. It’s uncomfortable to be wrong, but it’s important and necessary.
Panorama is designed to cultivate bravery, and collaboration, and finding out what you have to say, and doing things you’ve never done, and falling on your face, and getting up. At Panorama, you’ll experience a 360º panoramic approach to each art form (coming at it from all sides), a perspective that helps reveal your true reach as an artist. Admission to this selective three-week residential intensive for students ages 16-25 is by audition only.
What is a day at Panorama like?
Panorama students participate in classes and other program events from 9am to 10:30pm, seven days a week with occasional (but limited) time off scheduled. Some classes involve the full company, but most classes are divided according to age and individual strengths, while others are divided by focus during the Choose-a-palooza. All class groups participate in the same core curriculum. Class sizes are kept small in order to ensure the most contact and feedback from faculty members. The majority of classes are one hour and fifteen minutes in length. Classes at Panorama include various styles and techniques in the disciplines of acting, dancing, and singing as well as specialty classes in writing, directing, stage combat, and more. Some schools offer credit for participation in Panorama. We work directly with students and their schools to fill the requirements of various programs for college credit, independent study, work-study, and community service. For a list of classes offered at Panorama, please see our curriculum page.
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
9:00am – 9:30am Warm-Up
9:45am – 11:00am Dance Class
11:15am – 12:30pm Theater Class
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:45pm – 3:00pm On-Camera Technique
3:15pm – 4:30pm Russian Movement
4:45pm – 6:00pm Vocal Class
6:00pm – 7:15pm Dinner
7:30pm – 10:30pm Rehearsal Class (Research & Development)
What is Choose-a-palooza?
Choose-a-palooza is an exciting new method in the way learning opportunities are created. During a few special days during Panorama, students will be given an array of unique specialty classes from which they can create their own day-long itinerary. Diverse disciplines such as Choreography, Conducting, Directing, Juggling, Meditation, Poetry Slamming, Puppetry, Rap-Battling, Script Analysis, Shakespeare Study, Songwriting, Stand-Up Comedy, and Viewpoints, all taught by our amazing faculty, are just a few of the options from which the student may be able to choose.
When is Panorama?
Panorama takes place from July 9th – July 30th, 2017.
Students will arrive in the afternoon on July 9th and depart on the morning of July 30th.
What are the ages for Panorama?
Students who have completed their freshman year of high school by the beginning of Panorama, but are not yet 16, may also audition and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What is the tuition for Panorama?
Tuition: $3,950 (This includes housing, three meals a day, and family tickets to the final weekend.)
Once a student has been accepted, a non-refundable deposit will be due on March 31st. The balance of tuition is due by May 1st. Checks or money orders should be made payable to The Performing Arts Project, Inc. No refunds are possible after June 1.
What is Blueprint?
The Performing Arts Project’s Blueprint program is a two-week summer intensive designed to provide exceptional training in the performing arts to high-school students. At Blueprint, you’ll receive technique training from dedicated professionals in the three major performance disciplines: acting, dancing, and singing — plus the art of the audition — all approached from within a framework of artistic rigor. Working hard in this environment of unconditional support will enable you to create the blueprint for the kind of artist you want to become. Admission to this selective two-week residential intensive for students ages 14-18 is by audition only.
What is a day at Blueprint like?
A typical day at Blueprint consists of theatrical classes and activities that take place from 9am to 9:30pm. Classes are held seven days a week with an occasional break scheduled in as needed. Some days will be spent in mock auditions and optional information sessions and classes with college and university representatives are also on offer throughout the intensive. Students should be ready for daily classes in all disciplines and are required to attend all classes as assigned.
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
9:00am – 10:00am Warm-up
10:15am – 12:15pm Vocal Class
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:45pm – 3:15pm Dance Class
3:30pm – 5:30pm Acting Class
5:30pm – 6:45pm Dinner
6:45pm – 8:15pm Audition Workshop
8:30pm – 9:30pm Student Activities
Will attending Blueprint help me prepare for college auditions?
Yes, the curriculum at Blueprint is aimed to help students prepare for upcoming college auditions. Classes will focus on honing technique. Students will also participate in mock auditions as well as information sessions and/or master classes with representatives from top university and college arts programs. Most importantly, our curriculum aims to help our students gain confidence and perspective as they make important decisions about their future and begin their college audition process.
When is Blueprint?
June 24th – July 8th, 2017
Students will arrive in the afternoon on June 24th and depart on the morning of July 8th.
What are the ages for Blueprint?
High School Ages: 14-18
This includes students who are just graduating from high school at the end of the school year just prior to the start of the Blueprint summer session.
Students who are about to enter their freshman year of high school but are not yet 14 may also audition and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What is the tuition for Blueprint?
Tuition: $2,750 (This includes housing and three meals a day.)
Once a student has been accepted, a non-refundable deposit will be due on March 31st. The balance of tuition is due by May 1st. Checks or money orders should be made payable to The Performing Arts Project, Inc. No refunds are possible after May 22nd.
Can I attend both programs?
Yes. Our audition team will consider all applicants for the programs that are appropriate for their age. If accepted into both programs, students will be able to choose which program they would like to attend or may choose to study with us for five weeks, attending both Blueprint and Panorama.
What are the qualifications to be accepted?
To be considered for acceptance into our summer programs, you must either attend a live audition or submit a digital audition. Students must meet our age requirements and excel in either acting, singing, or dancing. They should be dedicated to studying all three of these disciplines as well as exploring their own artistry and creativity.
How do I get accepted?
What do I need to prepare for the live auditions?
For the live auditions for both programs, you will need to prepare 16 bars of a song and a one-minute monologue as well as participate in a dance call or show dance on a digital submission, and for Panorama, you will also need to prepare an original piece of your choosing. 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. Our original piece can be a song you composed, a monologue you wrote, a character you’ve created, a brief (a minute or two is sufficient) dance combination you’ve choreographed, a rap, a poem, a chant, a pantomime: it’s all on the table. Your original piece may replace your prepared song or monologue when appropriate. A dance combination will also be taught at the audition, so make sure you come prepared to dance. For more details, please see the auditions page.
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 slot.
Are my chances better if I attend a live audition?
No. The same audition team evaluates both digital and live auditions. Although we would very much like to get to know you at a live audition when possible, we understand that not everyone can make it to a live audition, and therefore equal consideration is given to both types of auditions.
What should I do if I am submitting my audition electronically?
Digital auditions may be submitted through our website or through GetAcceptd.com.
When submitting your audition please include a full song, a one-minute monologue, a dance combination and for Panorama, an original piece of your choosing. There are no specific requirements for the songs, monologues or dance pieces. You should choose pieces that you feel show your strength; genre and style is up to you. Your original piece can be a song you composed, a monologue you wrote, a character you’ve created, a brief (a minute or two is sufficient) dance combination you’ve choreographed, a rap, a poem, a chant, a pantomime: it’s all on the table. Your original piece may replace your prepared song or monologue when appropriate. You should also include a personal statement to help us get to know you a bit.
For detailed digital audition information, please see the digital auditions page.
How many students are accepted?
The Performing Arts Project programs are highly selective. In order to provide the best training, the number of students in both Panorama and Blueprint is kept to no more than 100, based on auditions. Students are split into small classes with an average of 20 students per class.
When will I find out if I am accepted into Blueprint or Panorama?
Acceptance letters are sent via email during the first week in March. Students who are not accepted may also be placed on our Wait List. Wait List students may be offered acceptance into programs as late as June.
What is included in the tuition to the Summer Intensives?
The tuition payment includes arrival and departure transportation between the Greensboro airport and Wake Forest University, housing 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.
Are scholarships available?
Limited scholarships 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 email, 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 mid-March.
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 pertinent 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 email that contains login information including a unique username and password. The login information will be used to sign into a private database on The Performing Arts Project website on which students can submit most forms electronically.
What are the room and board details?
Students of Panorama and Blueprint are housed in air-conditioned dormitories on the campus of Wake Forest University. All students are required to live on campus. Adult chaperones live with students and conduct nightly room checks at curfew. They are also available to help students with their personal needs such as doctor visits. Students are assigned to 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 they bring a mattress pad and/or a foam topper for the bed. Students eat on campus in the Student Union at the Fresh Food Company dining hall. They are served three meals a day with food service provided by Aramark Food Service. The dining hall has ample selections and 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 are covered in student tuition and require that the student pay the restaurant separately at the time of service.