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 other connected fields), in order to help you become the artist that only you can be.
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.
We are also able to work directly with students and their schools to fill the requirements of various programs for college credit, independent study, work-study, and community service.
WHAT IS A DAY AT PANORAMA LIKE?
Panorama takes place seven days a week from 9am to 10:30pm with an occasional break in schedule as needed. All classes are kept small to ensure individual attention. Most classes are divided according to age and individual strengths, while others are divided by focus.
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 offer a unique opportunity to pursue specific interests in addition to technique classes.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
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. At the end of each R&D cycle, we gather together to share and support the work that has been created in what we call an “open rehearsal.”
INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL Q&As
During special sessions, faculty members host Q&A session with guest artists. Past 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.
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 Panorama Community Agreement can be viewed below.
Family and friends are invited to join us on the last weekend of Panorama to enjoy open classes and rehearsals, meet faculty, and attend seminars on various topics pertinent to the performing arts including professional life in New York City and College Selection. All students are included in scheduled festival events throughout the weekend. At Panorama, our focus is on process over product; the intensive is not about “putting on a show.” We look at all of the festival events not as performances, but as educational open rehearsals to share with family and friends.
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.