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July 1, 2014

SUNY Delhi to host prestigious summer acting school

The State University College of Technology at Delhi will play the role of host to more than 30 theater students and several well-known professional actors in July, according to a college official.

For the second year in a row, talented theater students from high schools across New York will gather at SUNY Delhi for the month-long New York State Summer School of the Arts: School of Theatre.

NYSSSA is a program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education, according to its website. This year marks the program’s 45th anniversary.

John Nader, SUNY Delhi’s provost, said it means a lot that the college was once again selected to host the prestigious summer school.

“Last year went so well that we were chosen to host the program again this year,” Nader said.

According to Nader, one of the goals of the college is to further the arts in the Catskill Mountain region.

“We have tried to make it a priority,” Nader said. “Hosting the summer school underscores SUNY Delhi’s commitment to that. Events like this - and the Catskill Mountain Film Festival in May - help raise the profile of both the college and the region we serve.”

From July 6 to August 2, SUNY Delhi will open up its classrooms to the high school theater students, who will receive intensive training and participate in courses and workshops on acting, movement, voice, scene study, improvisation, comedy, directing and play-writing. 

The School of Theatre is open to all New York State school students currently enrolled in grades 8 through 12 who qualify after applying and auditioning, according to the program’s website. Total cost of tuition, room and board for the four-week residential program is $2,100, but NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need. 

Along with providing space for students to study and learn, SUNY Delhi is providing staging, lights and sound for practices and performances, as well as room and board for students and teachers, who are brought in specifically for the program.

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