Summer Pre-College
Overview

Due to the ongoing considerations related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pre-College program will be offered only through remote instruction in the summer of 2021.

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama Pre-College Program introduces high school students to the intensity of a top-ranked undergraduate conservatory program.

This is an online program for high school juniors and seniors offering training and preparation for college auditions/interviews and exposure to a top rated drama conservatory experience.The program is offered in three options: Acting, Musical Theater and Design/Production. All classes are taught by CMU faculty and adjunct professors. Students will attend classes for approximately four to six hours a day, Monday through Friday with occasional special topics and guests offered to all students for curriculum enrichment. Separate morning and afternoon sessions will be offered to accommodate east and west coast students in the Acting or MT option. Design/Production students will have a single schedule for all.

Online Curriculum

Musical Theater Program 
Designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for college auditions, students will learn how to search for appropriate audition monologues and songs and work with acting and singing faculty to develop rep and develop audition techniques. Students will learn what to expect when auditioning and what will be expected of them. Additional classes will provide support and background to improve the training.

Acting Program
Designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for college auditions, students will learn how to search for appropriate audition monologues and work with CMU faculty to develop rep and develop audition techniques. Students will learn what to expect when auditioning and what will be expected of them. Additional classes will provide support and background to improve the training.

Design/Production Program 
Designed to introduce high school juniors and seniors to Design and Production coursework and to prepare a portfolio for college interviews. Classes provide an introduction to several aspects of the D/P program that is followed by current undergraduates.

Note: Informational video depicts pre-pandemic program.

PREVIOUS GUEST ARTISTS


Casey Cott (BFA 2016) from CW's Riverdale

Kennedy McMann (BFA 2018) from CW's Nancy Drew

Mary Margaret Kunze (BFA 2012), Producer, Marvel Studios (Cloak and Dagger, Runways)

Kendra Chapman (BFA 2011), Writer, (Emergence, Designated Survivor)

Sample Schedule

Class offerings may change slightly before the summer.  Special topics have included guest artists who share industry experience and Drama Pre-College alums who share their college audition experience in a Q&A format.

Musical Theater
Monday/Wednesday

9 am: Audition Prep
10:30 am: Song Coaching
12 pm: Self Tape/Camera Acting

Tuesday/Thursday
9 am: Acting
10:30 am: Dramatic Literature
12 pm: Dance

Friday
11 am: Elective
2 pm Special Topics

Acting
Monday/Wednesday

9 am: Acting
10:30 am: Song Coaching
12 pm: Self Tape/Camera Acting

Tuesday/Thursday
9 am: Shakespeare
10:30 am: Dramatic Literature
12 pm: Voice and Movement

Friday
11 am: Elective
2 pm Special Topics

Design/Production
Monday/Wednesday
1:30 pm: Basic Design
3 pm: Science of Scenery

Tuesday/Thursday
12 pm: Dramatic Literature
1:30 pm: Technical Production
3 pm: Storyology

Friday
1:30 pm: Production Management
3 pm: Applying to College

PRE-COLLEGE INFORMATION

Carnegie Mellon University’s Summer Drama Program is just one of ten Summer Pre-College Programs the university offers. To apply and learn more about the Summer Pre-College Programs visit the Pre-College Website.

Deadlines:
March 10 for scholarship application
March 17 for program application

COST AND FINANCIAL AID

Full scholarships are available to students demonstrating financial need. You can elect to be considered for a scholarship within the online application.

To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit Pre-College Financial Aid here.

 

Contacts


Don Wadsworth, Director, Drama Pre-College
412-268-7820 / wadswrth@andrew.cmu.edu

Maria Stoy, Associate Director, Drama Pre-College
mstoy@andrew.cmu.edu

Valerie Haley, Program Coordinator, Drama Pre-College
412-268-3284 / CMUDramaPC@andrew.cmu.edu

Facebook - Carnegie Mellon Drama PreCollege

Faculty

Wendy Arons


Claudia Benack


David Boevers


Judith Conte


Tomé Cousin


Sarah Everhart


Michael Fuller


Valerie Haley


Kevin Hines


Randy Kovitz


Gary Logan


Tony McKay


Deana Muro


Denise Pullen


Joe Pino


Mary Rawson


Tina Shackleford


Andrew Smith


Cary Spear


Ausar Stewart


Maria Stoy


Richard Teaster


Susan Tsu


Michelle Van Doeren


Lisa Velten Smith


Don Wadsworth


Jill Wadsworth


Beth Zamborsky


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