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 see the complete 2016 performance here.

How To Apply

Applicants must attend a public school in New York City, and be twelve to seventeen years, and not have gradated from high school. The application process consists of a simple written application, and attendance at a one-hour session at The Performing Garage with the Director of the Institute, and the other applicants, where we play games, and talk about the Institute.

The Summer Institute runs for three consecutive weeks in July, or July and August. The exact dates will be determined in December 2016. The schedule is Monday-Thursday, 9:30AM-2:30PM, and in the third week we add performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Please check back in January 2017 for information about applying to the 2017 Summer Insitute.

For more information, please contact the Summer Institute at:

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, 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.