Message from Director

Welcome to Marist College and our Pre-College Summer Theatre Institute for rising high school students. At our institute, you will begin to learn what it takes to be part of the college theatre community. Whether you plan to study theatre as a potential career path or as a way to build skills applicable to a host of paths, we start that training at Marist! Mornings are filled with acting exercises, theatre games, and rehearsal of scene work. We continue the day with a discussion of plays and theatre artists, and how theatre serves as a form of cultural and social expression. You will have the opportunity to learn how Marist approaches theatre production, working with one of our faculty directors and with one of our designers who share their vast knowledge with you.  And of course, we will see theatre, with a trip to NYC to see a Broadway musical, including a private backstage tour and meeting with cast and crew.

I invite you to apply into our summer theatre program and immerse yourself in a challenging and rewarding experience, getting a jump start on your college career. Marist’s Summer Institute is for all students who love theatre, whether that be performance, technical theatre or theatre management—we introduce you to all areas. Best of all, we keep our program small, so it is a truly intimate experience where, we hope, you make lifelong friends.

Matt Andrews, Associate Professor and Director of the Marist Theatre Program, is Director of the Summer Theatre Performance Institute. Professor Andrews teaches Acting I, Acting II, Acting III and Directing at Marist, as well as directing musicals and plays on campus.

Instruction in the Summer Theatre-Performance Institute will be given from multiple theatre professionals and faculty to give participants a wide-ranging view of actor-training and college level material.