Summer Institute

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The Summer Institute is a free, three-week performance workshop for teenagers in the public school system, founded by Wooster Group member Kate Valk and Ariana Smart Truman. The workshop is organized around a selected text and sessions with guest artists in many aspects of performance (ranging from movement to writing to voice training to video techniques). Students are accepted as young as twelve, and are invited back every summer until they graduate from high school, at which time they may return as interns, and ultimately instructors or guest artists. The program culminates in three public performances for supporters, friends, and family.

Watch short videos from past sessions here or view the complete performances from 2016 and 2017.

Schedule 2018

The 2018 Summer Institute will take place from July 16 – August 4, with performances on August 2 – 4. All participants must attend every scheduled session. The weekly schedule is:

Week 1

Monday, July 16 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Tuesday, July 17 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Wednesday, July 18 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Thursday, July 19 – 9:30am-2:30pm

Week 2

Monday, July 23 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Tuesday, July 24 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Wednesday, July 25 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Thursday, July 26 – 9:30am-2:30pm

Week 3

Monday, July 30 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Tuesday, July 31 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Wednesday, August 1 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Thursday, August 2 – 9:30am-2:30pm, with performance #1 at 3:00pm
Friday, August 3 – 2:00pm-7:00pm, with performance #2 at 7:00pm
Saturday, August 4 – 5:00pm-7:00pm, with performance #3 at 7:00pm

The Summer Institute takes place at:

The Performing Garage
33 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10013

How To Apply

To apply for the Summer Institute, please complete the online form here »

Summer Institute participants must attend a public school in New York City, and be twelve to seventeen years old, and not have graduated from high school. The application process consists of a simple written application, and attendance at a one-hour session at The Performing Garage on either April 19 at 6 pm or April 22 at 10 am. At this session, applicants will meet with each other and with the Director of the Institute to play games and talk about the Institute.

Contact the Summer Institute

email: si@thewoostergroup.org
mailing address:

The Wooster Group
Summer Institute
PO Box 654, Canal Street Station
New York, NY 10013

phone: 212-966-9796

Summer Institute Needs Your Support!

The Summer Institute is supported by the Edward T. Cone Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, Select Equity Group Foundation, and the donations of many generous individuals. We need your ongoing help in order to sustain this program. The Wooster Group is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization; your contributions are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Contribute on-line:

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M.S. 131 - Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School, New York City


Each school year Wooster Group members and associates, led by Kate Valk, work with a variety of classes (ESL, social studies, drama) to develop games and exercises that interface with class curriculum and culminate in a final performance or video project.

The Wooster Group’s in-school residency at M.S. 131 is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.




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