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Summer Program Scholarship
for Appel Farm Arts Camp, Open Jar Institute, Rider College Summer Program, 

Uarts Pre-college Summer Institute Program, and possibly additional programs

Students in 9 - 12 grade can audition. (Some of the programs do accept students between high school graduation and freshman year.)

-- After given a link, students will need to submit their resume and headshot online to Open Water.


Summer Program Audition-Two Monologues

Submit a 5 minute total performance of two contrasting (comedy/dramatic OR classical/modern) monologues.


Summer Program Audition-Monologue/Musical Theatre Song

Submit a 5 minute total performance of a monologue and a musical theatre song.


Summer Program Technical 

Submit a portfolio for director, stage manager, design, tech, or theatre marketing



Appel Farm Arts Camp is an overnight camp for the Fine and Performing Arts, conveniently located in southern New Jersey. Campers build individualized schedules, choosing from classes in Theater, Technical Theater, Creative Writing, Photography, Dance, Music, Art+Technology, and Visual Arts, as well as traditional camp games and activities. Appel Farm's non-competitive, process based, approach to arts education gives each camper the opportunity to truly explore their art and hone their skills.

Appel Farm has a proud history of notable alumni and guest artists. Just this past summer, Appel Farm Alumni Daniel Gittler returned to camp after working on the music team of Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen. Campers learned original choreography from In the Heights in a Broadway Master class taught by Gabrielle Ruiz, currently starring in the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Campers took part in music workshops with the West Philadelphia Orchestra, studied improv with the Philly Improv Theatre, and took part in acting workshops at the Walnut Street Theatre.

There's also all the fun of traditional camping - campfires, trips, special events and activities, and late night fun time. Sessions length options begin at 2-weeks, and can be built up to an entire 8-week camp experience, with date options to fit everyone's summer schedule.

APPEL FARM ARTS CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarding 3 scholarships to students from the 2021 NJ Thespian Festival:

1 Scholarship: A full-tuition, 2-week session* ($3,500 value - can be used toward a longer session).

2 Scholarships: $1,000 towards any session.*

To be considered, students will attend a live audition and meet with a member of our Camp team. Appel Farm will also offer special consideration to ALL interested students who attend auditions, and apply for our tuition assistance program.

*The 2-week scholarship covers ALL costs of attending Appel Farm Arts Camp for 2 weeks. It can also be used as a credit towards a longer camp session.

The $1,000 scholarship awards can be used towards a camp session of any length.


While, auditions are open to all grade levels, students must be 17 or younger when attending camp at Appel Farm. For students 18 and over, please ask Appel Farm to hear more about their internship program!

Students may be considered for the vocal and/or acting programs, depending on whether they audition with two contrasting monologues or a monologue and a song.


ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS: PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER INSTITUTE (THEATER) The University of the Arts is an art university located in Center City Philadelphia that offers 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies. Come get a taste of university life by participating in a Pre-College Summer Institute program at UArts this summer!

The Pre-College Summer Institute is a dynamic and challenging program for high school students, where you’ll gain substantial foundational skills and college-level training while working with UArts' expert visual, writing, and performing arts faculty. In the Summer Institute Theater program, you’ll join us for four weeks of immersive study. Students choose one of three tracks: Acting, Musical Theater Performance, or Directing, Playwriting + Production. Modeled after the renowned UArts undergraduate theater experience, this program trains artists looking for individualized and hybrid opportunities to write, direct, design, and produce in addition to performing. Through the rigorous college-level curriculum, you will develop skills in crafting character and scene work, grasp the potential of your voice as an instrument and develop a vibrant stage presence. You’ll further your exploration in track-specific courses that address your individual needs, and in electives that span a wide range of theatrical disciplines. You’ll be trained by our distinguished faculty and participate in weekly master classes with award-winning theater artists. Our faculty is comprised of artists currently working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in film/TV, and in major regional theaters. Our curriculum is enhanced by trips to Philadelphia theaters and a day trip to NYC to attend a Broadway production. Leave with audition-ready materials and preparation, detailed feedback from each instructor, and 3 college credits! Rising seniors will also have the opportunity to audition for fall 2020 undergraduate admission. The experience culminates in a showcase for friends, family, and peers!

UARTS PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER INSTITUTE THEATER PROGRAM: SCHOLARSHIPS The UArts Pre-College office will be awarding 5 scholarships to students from the 2018 NJ Thespian Festival

1 Full Tuition Scholarship: $3,600 value*

2 Half Tuition Scholarships: $1,800 value*

2 Merit Scholarships: $500 value*

*Please note: these awards will be applied towards tuition only. An additional $200 program fee applies. Housing and meals are available at an additional cost.

To be considered, students will attend a live audition and meet with a member of the UArts Pre-College team.

We also welcome any interested students who attend auditions, but are not awarded an NJ Thespian Festival scholarship, to submit an online application for our other Summer Institute scholarship opportunities. Summer Institute Program Applications and Scholarship Applications can be found online at www.uarts.edu/precollege.


UArts Pre-College Summer Institute auditions are open to rising sophomores, rising juniors, and rising seniors. Please note that Rising Juniors and Seniors may attend Summer Institute as residential or commuter students, but Rising Sophomores may only attend as commuter students.

Students may be considered for the acting, musical theater, or directing, playwriting, + production tracks, depending on whether they audition with two contrasting monologues or a monologue and a song, or if they present a portfolio for review.

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