NYTI NEW PLAY SUMMER CONSERVATORY in association with the artists of Ensemble Studio Theatre

NEW YORK THEATRE INTENSIVES offers seminars and intensives in contemporary American theatre performance, new play development and collaborative art. Our flagship program is the six week summer conservatory where students from across the country join us in NYC to focus on the development of new work as actors, writers and directors. Our deepening course challenges participants to work across genre and in a collaborative format to find their own voices and their place in the collective.

Students study five days a week with master teachers from the ranks of the Ensemble Studio Theatre ( and our acting faculty also lead departments at NYU), write plays, do public presentations, publish their work and meet with luminaries from the world of theatre. Our guests have included David Auburn, Donald Margulies ( Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights), Jerry Zaks (award winning Broadway director), Billy Hopkins (casting PRECIOUS), Lois Smith (TRUE BLOOD) and lots of others.

Come join us!

Early Application Deadline:  May 1st, 2014 (10% discount)
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Acting, writing, ensemble work and guest seminars with some of the brightest lights in the contemporary American Theatre. Past guests have included Donald Margulies (Pulitzer Prize), David Auburn (Pulitzer Prize), Willie Reale (Tony and Oscar nominee, McArthur Fellow, Dominic Chianese ( actor, THE SOPRANOS), Billy Hopkins ( casting director PRECIOUS and many other projects).

Public performances, theatre tickets, seminars and city tours. Optional weekends at the O’Neill Theatre Center, Berkshire Playwrights Festival and more!

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LeShawn Darnell Holcomb is an emerging playwright living in Northern California. His work has been seen in California, Washington D.C., Michigan, Arizona, New York and Kentucky. Holcomb recently finished a season long internship at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he led playwriting residencies in Indiana and Kentucky. Prior to Louisville, Holcomb graduated from California State Fullerton with a Bachelors of Science in Human Services and Afro-Ethnic Studies.

While at Fullerton, he taught creative writing to high school students and organized a Multicultural Arts Council; where students and faculty worked together to ensure and promote diversity by hosting short theatrical performances and talkbacks. Holcomb participated in New York Summer Intensive inaugural class in 2010 as a student, and is excited to be working alongside of his mentors, Susan Merson and Rod Menzies. For more information about LeShawn please visit lleshawnholcomb.com
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We just completed our first Alumni Weekend and the quality of the work was simply outstanding. Watching the growth and development of these extremely gifted creators is awe inspiring. > View Gallery

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We recently introduced fine artists as respondents to our work. Fred Hatt (www.fredhatt.com), Ira Joel Haber, Deryl Day and Alejandro Paz joined students in process and gave us another perspective on the affect of our work in the world.

NEW PLAYS AND MONOLOGUES from NYARTS Summer Theatre Conservatory




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NYTI Directors Susan Merson and Rod Menzies discuss the various aspects of the NYTI Program.

SM: ". . . to be spontaneous, to be in the moment, to talk and listen to people that we are engaged with and to come up with creative choices for any kind of conflict resolution, that's going to help you whether or not you're going to be a great star in the theater or whether you're going to be a citizen of the planet in our generation."

Director Rod Menzies: "I think it was a wonderful experience for the students in our first years because we had such a great cross section. . . "

". . . I think we did something pretty remarkable"

All the playwrights and directors were taking acting classes, all of the acting students were taking playwriting classes and we kept all the work at the same kind of level with the same quality of attention, so we developed a repertoire of plays written by every person in the class. "      . . . > READ FULL TEXT

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