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 college audition — all approached from within a framework of artistic rigor.
Our core group of faculty for all programming is made up of educators and professionals in the Broadway, television, and film industry. Working hard in this environment of unconditional support enables you to create the blueprint to become the artist that only you can be.
WHAT IS A DAY AT BLUEPRINT LIKE?
Blueprint takes place seven days a week from 9am to 9:30pm with an occasional break in schedule as needed. All classes are kept small to ensure individual attention.
In addition to the daily schedule and college audition curriculum below, Blueprint also includes:
INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL Q&As
Faculty members host weekly Q&A sessions with other artists, which are announced on the day of the session. Past sessions have included exclusive conversations with:
- Original Mean Girls Broadway cast member Erika Henningsen (Cady) and Tony Nominee Adrienne Warren (Tina - The Tina Turner Musical)
- 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, or voice as well as one 30-minute individual college audition coaching
During Blueprint, representatives from numerous colleges and universities with prestigious performing arts programs join us to speak to interested students. These optional sessions 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 Blueprint, we help students prepare for the overwhelming blitz of college auditions by holding our own practice version of these, which we call “Bluenifieds.” On a typical Bluenifieds day, which happens at least twice during Blueprint, 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.
The Performing Arts Project has a Community Agreement in place, created by faculty member Alejandro Rodriguez, for all administration, faculty, interns, staff, and students. This agreement establishes best practices for the prevention/repairing of any potential harm. The contents are discussed and updated at the beginning of programming to fit the specific needs and input of each company of students. Our 2021 Blueprint Community Agreement can be viewed below.
We invite family members to join us for the last day of Blueprint. On that day, family members will be able to attend various panels pertinent to the performing arts as well as class observations. All events are included in the tuition, so there is no extra charge and no tickets need to be purchased. At The Performing Arts Project, our focus is process over product. Therefore, there will not be a performance at the end of the program. Family members may not stay on campus with the students. There are many hotels close to campus. For an extensive list, visit http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/hotels/.
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 two-week summer intensive. Adult chaperones employed by The Performing Arts Project live with students and conduct nightly room checks at curfew. Chaperones are also available to help students with their personal needs, such as doctor visits. Students are 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 or may purchase a linen package from the university. To see pictures of campus dormitories online, visit Wake Forest Housing.
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 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 at the time of service. For more information online, visit Wake Forest Campus Dining.
All information is subject to change as it will depend on Wake Forest University’s evolving COVID-19 protocol.