Summer in the New York City

2014 Summer in the City Application

Download the 2014 SITC Application here. Auditions for the 2014 trip start in February 2014. Please check your application category for dates and instructions

The program is designed to be a life-altering performing arts residency capital in artistic capital of the United States: New York City. Participants will meet and study with some of the greatest professional artists in the world.


While “Summer in the City” is an artistically rewarding program, the pace and intensity of its training schedule can be physically and emotionally demanding. Please audition with the understanding that discipline and a commitment to work hard are required for your success.

Program Description

“Summer in the City” is a life-altering 3 week performing arts summer camp in New York City. Camp dates for 2014: June 8 through June 29

The New York Experience:

2014 will be our ninth successful year, “Summer in the City” (SITC) is a 3 week long performing arts summer camp in NYC where the participants reside at The Juilliard School, working with world class artists, teachers, casting directors and agents:

Private lessons are alternated with a variety of group seminars, workshops, and activities. Participants also attend many performances on Broadway, at the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre, and Off-Broadway.

A short list of past mentors includes:

Broadway Artists:
  • Jerry Mitchell, Choreographer/Director: "Legally Blonde"
  • Leah Hocking (Velma in "Hairspray", Donna in 'Mamma Mia" Mum in “Billy Elliott”)
  • Megan Osterhaus (Mary) "Mary Poppins"
  • Michael Mastro “West Side Story,” “Mamma Mia,” “Side Man,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”
  • Jesse Nager: “The Broadway Boys”
Concert Pianists:
  • Seymour Lipkin
  • Lang, Lang
  • Jazz great: Marcus Roberts
Casting Directors & Agents:
  • Duncan Stuart and Co., Theatre/Film/TV: ‘Chicago,” “La Cage aux Folles,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Sopranos,” “The Office,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and more.
  • Merri Sugarman of Tara Rubin Casting – one of NYC’s biggest!!!! “Jersey Boys,” “Billy Elliot,” “Shrek,” “Mammia Mia,” “Mary Poppins,”
  • Michael Cassarra, Casting Director. Casts for legit theatre in NYC and around the country
  • Joel Carlton, Talent Agent, Nicolosi & Co. Casts Broadway Shows: “Wicked,” “Adams Family,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” “Mamma Mia” “Sister Act,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,”
  • Cindi Rush, Casting Director “Urinetown,” “Made for Each Other,” “Master Class”
  • Mia Cusamano, Assoc., Casting Dir., ABC Studios
  • Scott Swiontek, Agent, The Gersh Agency
  • Eileen Haves, Talent Agent. One of the most respected names in the business for the last 20 years.
  • Charlie Winfield, Talent Agent, Funny Face Today

“Summer in the City” was launched in 2005 with the following objective:

“Summer in the City” is an "arts as discipline" program designed to provide talented youth from all over the world the same opportunities afforded their contemporaries residing in major metropolitan areas. Thereby fostering competitive standards for these aspiring youth through the study of and exposure to world class artistic achievement.

This project will foster a network of personal contacts with internationally recognized educators and artists. The program is designed to acquaint them with the disciplinary, physical and scholastic demands of World Class Excellence.

SITC continues in the vein of the more than forty years of research beginning with Manuel Barkan's (Ohio State University) movement of "arts as discipline" during the 1960's, which provided stimulus for J. Paul Getty's second phase during the 1980's and finally the third movement: "Transforming Education Through the Arts Challenge" (TETAC) during the 1990's.

SITC will challenge and inspire participants to broaden the horizons of individual potential, and instill the discipline required for a career in the arts, or equally; a productive and rewarding life.

"Art is humanity's most essential, most universal language. It is not a frill but a necessary part of communication. The quality of civilization can be measured through its music, dance, drama, architecture, visual art and literature. We must give our children knowledge and understanding of civilization's most profound works."

--Ernest L. Boyer, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

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