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TheatreBridge & Playwrights Workshop: How to Apply

TheatreBridge and the Playwrights Workshop run concurrently: both programs work with the undergraduate Apprentice Company, the professional Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep Company, and with each other. Both require an open and generous creative spirit while maintaining a full commitment of purpose. Students may apply to both, but can enroll in only one.

The TheatreBridge and Playwrights Workshop admissions processes are designed to build two distinct theatre companies of students who, regardless of previous experience, are highly motivated to explore their creative potential together. Admission is highly selective and the number of students we can enroll in each program is limited. Thus students are encouraged to submit strong applications early.   

Applications will be accepted beginning in December, 2013 and will be reviewed until the program is full. Students will generally be notified of the outcome of their application within two to three weeks of receipt of a complete application. 

Both programs are open to rising High School Juniors and Seniors. 

How to apply to TheatreBridge »
Though we welcome student-actors whose primary experience and interest may be in musical theatre, TheatreBridge uses exclusively non-musical material to explore and expand acting skills.

How to apply to Playwrights Workshop »
The young writers selected for the Playwrights Workshop may be well versed in other genres  of writing - poetry, fiction, non-fiction - but all will learn from and support each other’s writing as they explore and strengthen their own singular voices, spending the summer discovering what dramatic writing and plays in performance can do.

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Apply to TheatreBridge

A complete TheatreBridge application consists of the following items:

Applications will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until all items have been received.

1. A completed Online Application
Note: The application period for 2015 programs will begin December 2014.

2. A non-refundable application fee (payable online)
Before 3/1/2014: $50
3/1/2014 to 4/30/2014: $75
5/1/2014 and after: $100

3. An Official School Transcript.
Applicants should request an official transcript containing your grades/marks for each course with an explanation of the scoring system in English (for example, 6=excellent or A=excellent). Transcripts may be faxed to our office at 401-863-3916.

4. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or person (not a relative) familiar with your creative and artistic abilities relating to theatre.

5. For TheatreBridge applicants: A Video Interview     

The Video Interview for TheatreBridge Applicants

The video interview is your opportunity to give our faculty a sense of what you're all about as a person, so relax and be yourself as you respond on camera to all three of the following questions:
1. How did you get started in theatre?

2. How will you make use of your theatre training in the future?

3. Please share with us something about your passions and enthusiasms in areas that are NOT connected in any way to theatre or any branch of the arts.

Your recording should be only a few minutes in length. A simple head-and-shoulders shot that allows you to talk directly into the camera should be sufficient. No student will be accepted without a video interview. Video clips from productions may not be substituted.

How to submit your Video Interview

Preferred Method – Online
You may upload your video clip to your personal web site, or to a video hosting web site such as YouTube.com. Once you’ve uploaded your video, submit the URL (web address) via email to summerapply@brown.edu, with the subject: "TheatreBridge Video Interview: Your Name". Remember: the privacy of your video posting is up to you – you do not need to publish this file publicly, but you must submit a valid web address where the review committee can access your interview.

Alternate Method – DVD Sent by Mail
Although we prefer online submissions, we will accept DVD versions of your Video Interview. Please submit two (2) copies of your DVD-R disk (i.e. two identical disks) to the address below. Your DVD must be readable on a Macintosh computer or on a standard American DVD player. It is imperative that you submit two copies of this audition. We also request that you clearly print your name on the DVD surface with a permanent marker. Please be certain to record in DVD-R format.

Mail your DVD to:
Brown University
TheatreBridge - Summer@Brown
Box T
Providence, RI 02912
FAX: 401.863.3916

 


Apply to Playwrights Workshop

A complete Playwrights Workshop application consists of the following items:

Applications will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until all items have been received.

1. A completed Online Application
Note: The application period for 2015 programs will begin December 2014.

2. A non-refundable application fee (payable online)
Before 3/1/2014: $50
3/1/2014 to 4/30/2014: $75
5/1/2014 and after: $100

3. An Official School Transcript.
Applicants should request an official transcript containing your grades/marks for each course with an explanation of the scoring system in English (for example, 6=excellent or A=excellent). Transcripts may be faxed to our office at 401-863-3916.

4. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or person (not a relative) familiar with your creative and artistic abilities relating to theatre.

5. For Playwrights workshop: A statement and Writing Sample.

The Writing Sample For Playwrights Workshop Applicants

Your writing sample may be a one-act or full length play, or two ten minute plays, or a collection of poems, or two short stories, or any combination of short plays, poems and fiction not exceeding 50 pages.  We ask that you send your writing sample as a PDF document. You should include your name, title of the piece and page numbers on each page of the document.

Please also include with your writing sample a one page written statement about your interest in theatre and writing plays, and include any information you would like us to know about your expectations for yourself as a creative artist. What plays interest you? Why the theatre? Please also share with us something about your passions and enthusiasms in areas that are not connected in any way to theatre or any branch of the arts.

How to submit your Writing Sample

Preferred Method – Via Email
We prefer that you send a PDF of your Writing Sample and statement as an email attachment, with “Playwrights Workshop” in the subject heading, sent to: summerapply@brown.edu

Alternate Method – Hard Copy Sent by Mail

Please mail a hard copy of your writing sample to:
Brown University
Playwrights Workshop - Summer@Brown
Box T
Providence, RI 02912
FAX: 401.863.3916

 

 

Students wishing to be considered for both TheatreBridge and the Playwrights Workshop should submit a single application, but include both a Video Interview and a Writing sample.