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 begin with acting exercises, theatre games and rehearsal of scene work. We continue the day with discussion of plays and how theatre serves as a form of cultural and social expression. Our afternoons and evenings are an array of experiences both in and out of the classroom. You will have the opportunity to learn how Marist approaches theatre production, meeting with our faculty and staff, touring our rehearsal and performance spaces and completing an array of unique assignments. And of course, we will see theatre, both locally and by attending a popular Broadway musical.

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, Musical Theatre and Directing at Marist, as well as directing musicals and plays on campus. Prof. Andrews is also Artistic Director of River Valley Rep Theatre, a professional summer theatre company in residence at Marist College.

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