Broadway Theatre Project Extends Deadline For Summer Institute

Broadway Theatre Project Extends Deadline For Summer Institute

Broadway Theatre Project (BTP), a program described by Playbill as "The world's most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students", has extended its deadline for the upcoming 3-week summer institute held in July. Acceptance announcements for the remaining five spots will be announced on an individual basis.

Founded in 1991 by Tony award-winning dancer, choreographer and director, Ann Reinking, and BTP Artistic Director, Debra McWaters, the annual 3-week institute was created with a mission to further develop the key disciplines of musical theatre; acting, voice and dance, as well as the critical life skills required for the world of professional theatre.

Emphasis is not only placed on the individual art forms but also the collaborative process. BTP endeavors not only to provide educational excellence but also to mold a well-balanced, musical theatre performer and professional.

Dozens of highly successful Broadway stars and directors have been involved with BTP throughout the years. In a training manual written by McWaters called Musical Theatre Training: The Broadway Theatre Project Handbook many of those artists impart their wisdom on musical theatre training. Actor, Director Austin Pendleton said, "If I know what you are thinking about, it's not intriguing to me. It makes the magic go away." Julie Andrews said, "Learn your craft and learn it well. It's okay to learn from failures, and don't let the success go to your head."

Broadway Theatre Project is also a fertile ground for experimental work. "It is no easy feat to gather a group of artists who are also adept at transmitting information innovatively and with patience," says President Debra McWaters. "At BTP, are lucky to host working artists who are also talented teachers and have a passion for sharing their knowledge with those coming into the field."

This year, visiting artists and faculty include: Austin Pendleton (Actor, Director, Playwright), Chazz Palminteri (Actor, Playwright), Todrick Hall (Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Actor, Choreographer, Playwright), Gianna Palminteri (Actor, Producer, Writer), Herman Payne (Dancer, Choreographer), Donna McKechnie (Actor, Dancer), Peisha McPhee (Vocal Coach) and Michael Orland (Vocal Coach). For a full list of faculty and artists visit: Faculty appear schedules permitting.

The Broadway Theatre Project will be held July 9 - 30, 2017 at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Student housing and meals are provided. Apprentices must be at least 16 - exceptions will be considered on an individual basis. To apply, visit

For those students just learning about BTP and would like to audition for the project, please call Debra McWaters immediately at: or 888-874-1764- exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.

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