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Be a star at the Broadway boot camp! Our young performers have an exciting time acting, singing, and dancing under the direction of New York City Theater professionals, while learning teamwork skills, making friends, and building confidence.

Into the Woods Performance PosterEach student develops a sound base of technical skills, and learns to breathe life into the character on the page – providing the foundation and latitude needed to take risks and make a character one’s own. Our talented instructors coach and mentor campers, using the hit musical ‘Into the Woods’ – a fairy tale complete with witches, giants, and magic beans, but informed by the not-so-happy endings that come with real life. Three weeks of instruction and exercises culminate in a performance of fully staged scenes and songs at the Swyer Theater at The Egg.

Our program is totally student-focused, and teaches that no matter what their role, every performer is important. Whether your young performer is an aspiring Ben Platt, Caissie Levy, or Kristin Chenowith, and dreams of headlining a Broadway production or just loves to perform, he or she will have a blast at the Summer Academy Broadway Boot Camp!

View the Summer 2017 final performance at the Swyer Theater here.

Musical Theater Acting Camp at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY

July 9 – July 27

9am – 4pm

Bootcamp workshops include:

  • Dance & Movement
  • Improvisation
  • Acting Method
  • Theatrical Make-up
  • Stage Combat
  • Audition Technique
  • Vocal Instruction
  • Physical Comedy
  • Classical Texts
  • Yoga
  • Monologue Work
  • Scene Study

Broadway Bootcamp Instructors

Melissa Firlit

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Melissa Firlit has been nominated and won various awards and accolades around the country for her work on the regional level. She recently directed the Ireland National Tour of Misterman by Enda Walsh, which was developed at Thingamajig Theatre Company in 2014. Prior, she was at Creede Repertory Theatre directing the world premiere of Albert Porter: Boy Explorer which toured the Southwest region of the  United States and reached over 24,000 people.  As part of her personal commitment to new work and collaboration with playwrights, Melissa dedicates a lot of her time to plays in various stages of development. In 2015 she started a playwright’s festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado so that she could give a playwright the opportunity to work on their play in a rehearsal room setting. 
New Work Credits: The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995 (Best Medicine Rep), I’m Just Fine (solocomNYC), BUBBA (FringeNYC, Planet Connections, UnitedSolo, Theatre Tuscaloosa), SIDD ( Chicago Fringe Festival), Annabel Lee (Apothecary Theatre Co), Someone to Buy It (EST’s Youngblood), A Nasty Tempered Man (Theatre for the New City), Bunting or Flags (New Light Theater Project), Third Ward Scandal (Project Y), The Squizzinator (Project Y) and many FringeNYC shows. 

Favorite Credits: Trojan Women: A Love Story (Fort Lewis College), AidaCircle Mirror TransformationThe PillowmanThe Secret GardenRedA Picasso  (Thingamajig), Dracula (Mile Square Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Princeton Festival), Stop Kiss (Wagner College), Under Construction, Machinal, boom, Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine (Rutgers Theater Company).

To provide up and coming thespians with the same encouragement and passion she thrives on, Melissa teaches at the renowned McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, helms a Musical Theatre Bootcamp Program at The College of St. Rose and does workshops at colleges around the country. Melissa’s training includes an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and a BA in theater with a minor in music from The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute.  She is an associate member SDC. Check out Melissa’s website at

Craig Dolezel

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Craig MacArthur Dolezel is an actor and professor of voice and speech.  He recently completed a tour in Ireland of Misterman by Enda Walsh.  As an instructor of voice he has been a contributing faculty member at Rutgers University and AMDA.  He has also taught at the NYU Atlantic Acting School and HB Studio.  He is currently the head of speech in the HB Studio CORE Acting Conservatory.  He works as a mentor to other teachers in the field and contributes regularly to international workshops and conferences.  Craig received his BA from SUNY Purchase and a MFA in Acting from Rutgers University.  He feels that voice and speech are experiential skillets which are creative, fun and accessible to everyone.