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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2016 Youth Programs in the Arts:
Youth Musical Theatre

Grades 4–8


Typical Day

Location: Music Bldg., Room 0078

Explore musical theatre and receive in-depth instruction in contemporary acting, vocal production, stage movement, and dance. Students meet in small classes with experienced teachers who are accomplished professionals. This skills-building program is based more on process than end result, and is specially designed to help elementary and middle school students develop self-confidence, a work ethic, and enjoyment in the performing arts.

To broaden skills and exposure to the arts, Youth Musical Theatre can be combined with Young Actors, Shakespeare Workshop, 3-D Video Game and MakerLab Creations (new!), Young Artists (updated!), Young Architects, Young Photographers, Young Filmmakers, the Songwriting Workshop, and/or Vocal Intensive to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

Session II: July 11–22
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,200 for the first registration
$1,080 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 6, 2016)

About the Instructors

Merideth Maddox (lead and acting instructor) holds an MFA from Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory and has worked in theatre education for more than 10 years. She directed the young actors program at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and taught at the Professional Performing Arts School and the School of Visual Arts. Merideth currently teaches at the Hackley School, where she has directed The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, Dear Edwina, Willy Wonka, and John Lennon & Me.

Melanie Gambino (dance instructor/choreographer) MA, RSMTE, holds a BFA in dance from Purchase College. In addition to majoring in dance, Melanie created her own program in teaching, choreography, and performance in the college’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Melanie has been performing, choreographing, and teaching professionally for more than 30 years. She is currently a lecturer in the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College and is the resident choreographer and director of dance in the Performing Arts Department at the Harvey School.

Lin Snider (music director and voice instructor) AEA, SDC, is thrilled to return to the Youth Musical Theatre program! A professional director, musical director, singer, actress, and teacher, she has performed in cabaret, TV, and film and onstage in regional theatres, Off-Broadway and in the national tour of Anything Goes with Mitzi Gaynor. As a director and teacher, she has worked at Yeshiva University, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYU, TADA!, the Horace Mann School, and the Hackley School, among others, and with several professional companies.

Updated Mar. 25, 2016

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Program Descriptions:

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Shakespeare Workshop
Songwriting Workshop
3-D Video Game &
MakerLab Creations

Vocal Intensive
Young Actors
Young Architects
Young Artists
Young Filmmakers
Young Journalists
Young Photographers
Youth Musical Theatre

Program Options:

Early Drop-Off Option
Extended-Day Option

Summer Precollege Programs
(grades 9–12)

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