Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts is a premier arts summer camp for children in the New York metropolitan area. Diverse and playfully rigorous from the start, for over fifty years Usdan has brought world-class teachers and visiting artists – actors, directors, playwrights, painters, sculptors, musicians, composers, dancers, poets and novelists – to teach and collaborate with our campers ages 5 to 18. Our arts summer camp is set on an idyllic 140-acre woodland campus in Long Island, dotted with open-air studios and performance spaces designed to inspire creativity, collaboration and experimentation. Campers choose to “major” and “minor” in artistic disciplines such as painting, music, theater or dance, or photography. The Usdan experience is unique among arts summer camps around NYC, as it brings together the rigor of artistic practice and the playfulness of a classic summer camp, with places to swim, play sports, and practice yoga and archery. It is no surprise that many campers choose to return year after year to continue their creative journeys in Usdan’s safe and welcoming environment.
To audition for the Usdan Troupe:
Complete this brief form regarding your experience
Upload a video containing the following:
o A performance of you singing a song from Broadway repertoire with accompaniment. You may use footage from a show you were in, or take a video of you singing with accompaniment.
o Please also prepare a memorized monologue. Try to select one that best shows the range of your talent. You may choose a monologue from a play in which you have recently appeared or you may use the attached list of suggested plays as a guide. The monologue should come from a published play. It should not exceed one minute in length and should not come from a monologue book or be self-written.
o We strongly encourage you not to use a song or monologue from “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”
The deadline to submit this audition is April 15, 2021.
Please create an account to access the audition form. Please complete the form and upload a video. This video will serve as your audition.
Strict Deadline for submission is April 5, 2021
If you have any trouble, please email email@example.com.
Usdan Audition FAQ’s
How fast should I play each selection?
Please pick a tempo that you can perform each selection to the best of your ability. Recommended tempo is quarter note = 120, but it is more important to be accurate than fast. Skip any repeats.
What if I can’t play something?
The purpose of these etudes/excerpts is to correctly place you in an ensemble. Do your best and demonstrate to the best of your abilities.
Why was I given such a short time to prepare?
We want to see not only your technical facility on the instrument but also your reading ability. This will help us place you in an ensemble that will be most appropriate. We purposely do not want to give you months to work on the materials.
Can I play something additional for my audition?
You MUST perform the audition materials Usdan has supplied. If you wish to play an additional piece, please keep it under 3 minutes in length. This is completely optional and not required.
Please remember, this is to make sure you are placed in the correct ensemble. This will help make sure you have an enjoyable and rewarding summer!