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CAP21 Kicks Off Residency at Molloy College

CAP21 Kicks Off Residency at Molloy College

Collaborative Arts Project 21, America's Musical Theatre Conservatory and Theatre Company (CAP21) and Molloy College have established a one-of-a-kind partnership. CAP21 is in residency at Molloy College, and to inaugurate the residency, both institutions are developing a four year BFA Theatre Arts Degree Program that will combine CAP21's 20 years of experience in training musical theatre actors and Molloy College's renowned academic programming.

"This collaboration is very unique and exciting. In the future we will see even more arts organizations partner with academic institutions to sustain the theatre for the next generation of artists." -Frank Ventura, Executive Artistic Director, CAP21.

CAP21's mission is the creation of new work, the development of new talent and the building of new audiences and Molloy College is passionate about strengthening the arts community on Long Island. The formation of this partnership aligns with CAP21's mission and the major efforts Molloy College started in 2004 with their plans for their Public Square Building, which now houses the Madison Theatre at Molloy College, a state-of-the art 560-seat theatre that has been celebrated as a professional performance space.

"This new collaboration between Molloy College and CAP21 is one more way that both institutions can continue to celebrate culture, foster learning, and strengthen the arts community in both New York City and on Long Island. The College plans to redesign the current Theatre Arts undergraduate program and working with CAP21 submitted a new BFA program to the New York State Education Department for approval." -Dr. Drew Bogner, President, Molloy College.

CAP21, now in their 21st Anniversary Year, is an internationally recognized Musical Theatre Conservatory and award winning Theatre Company. Annually, the conservatory trains over 300 emerging artists through its various programming.

Over 100 alums of the CAP21 Conservatory have performed on Broadway and hundreds more have performed Off-Broadway, in national tours, and in film and television. The CAP21 Alumni currently starring in Broadway shows include: Bobby Steggert (Big Fish), Alli Mauzey (Wicked), Liana Hunt (Newsies), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date), and Adam Jacobs (Disney's upcoming Aladdin). Other Notable Alumni include Lady Gaga (Grammy Winner), Anne Hathaway (Academy Award winner LES MISERABLES), Matthew Morrison (TV's Glee) Nikki James (Tony Winner The Book of Mormon), and Cristin Milioti (Tony Nominated for Once).

The CAP21 Theatre Company was honored with the 2012 GLAAD award for Outstanding New York Theatre: Off and Off-Off Broadway, for its production of the new musical Southern Comfort. 2013 marks the fourth consecutive year that CAP21 Residency writers received the prestigious Jonathan Larson Grant for a new musical developed and produced at CAP21. 2013 also marks the second time a writer whose work was extensively developed and produced by the CAP21 Theatre Company received The Kleban Prize for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing. For more information on CAP21, visit www.cap21.org.

Molloy College was founded in 1955 and is a private Long Island college that provides a value-centered, multidimensional liberal arts education with more than 50 quality academic programs. At approximately 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students, Molloy College prides itself on being large enough to offer students an academically-challenging, quality educational experience yet small enough to provide the personal attention that enhances every student's intellectual, ethical, spiritual and social development. To learn more about Molloy College, go to www.molloy.edu.

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