Northern Stage Boot Camp is a program designed to nurture young theater artists by providing in-depth training and mentorship for high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who want to pursue a career in the arts. With support from the Pussycat Foundation and created to honor the philanthropic and creative spirits of Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown, Boot Camp serves young artists who lack access to the resources required to pursue professional-level arts training. Admission to colleges, BFA theater programs, and performing arts conservatories are highly competitive, and Boot Camp seeks to level the playing field by preparing students to compete at the highest level for continued arts and performance studies.
Run by Northern Stage’s Director of Education Eric Love, Boot Camp provides personalized training tailored to each student’s unique capabilities and aspirations, as well as assistance with college admission and financial aid applications. Boot Camp Cadets receive one-on-one training and mentorship from professional theater artists, participate in group master classes, and perform with Northern Stage’s Youth Ensemble Studio and Summer Musical Theater Intensive. In addition to these opportunities, Boot Camp Apprentices also receive training in theater administration and production while working part time in the Northern Stage offices. Included in the Boot Camp program is a trip to New York to experience Broadway productions and participate in the National Unified Auditions, where Cadets and Apprentices are seen by top universities. Boot Camp Director Eric Love says, “A life in the arts is a thrilling journey. For students who know this is the life they want, Boot Camp will turn their first steps into leaps toward the future.”
Boot Camp is now in its third year and is currently invitation-only. With weekly voice and dance lessons, monthly master classes, audition preparation, and more, this rigorous program requires significant time and energy from the students. In the first year, all seven seniors/recent graduates were accepted into college theater programs.
What our past Boot Camp students have to say about the program:
“Boot Camp gave me all the opportunity and just asked me to give effort and have discipline,” – David Stark, 2017-18 Boot Camp Cadet
“Getting accepted into college immediately after my first audition in the city was the most phenomenal feeling in the world,” – Emmy Masteller, 2017-18 Boot Camp Cadet
“For the first time I am excited for what my future holds.” – Rylee Pauling, 2017-18 Boot Camp Apprentice
“Boot Camp is the best thing that has ever happened to me,” – Kyle Mason, 2017-18 Boot Camp Cadet
Made possible through the generosity of the Pussycat Foundation.