May 23, 2014
by Mariangela Lardaro
In a little more than one month there will be over 200 high school students coming to New York City to spend four weeks at Tisch School of the Arts. The students will be part of the Tisch Summer High School Program and receive professional training in drama, dramatic writing, filmmaking, photography and imaging, and recorded music, as well as an immersion in the arts and culture of New York City.
This is the first article of our three-part series in which we follow five high school students who have been accepted to the Tisch Summer High School Program. What we first wanted to know as they start preparing for this exciting opportunity is what they are looking forward to and hoping to get out of Tisch and living in NYC. Mid-program we’ll check in with them again to learn all about creating and collaborating. At the end of the summer we’ll share with you their final thoughts on their experience at Tisch.
Now let’s meet Austin Weyant (Drama), Alex Welch (Dramatic Writing), Audrey Elizabeth Thomas (Filmmakers Workshop), Annie Choi (Photography and Imaging) and Spencer Light (Recorded Music).
I am 16 years old (soon to be 17), finishing grade 11. I live in Calgary, Alberta and attend Strathcona Tweedsmuir School, a private school (Grades 1-12), located south of Calgary. I was accepted into the Stonestreet Screen Acting workshop. I applied to Tisch because of its great reputation, and because I know will learn a lot from the instructors (and I want to spend the summer in NYC).
At Tisch, I am most looking forward to being around kids like me, who love movies and acting. I am also looking forward to learning from great instructors and improving my acting skills. What’s not to look forward to in NYC? A burger at the Shake Shack in July, Broadway, Times Sq, Central Park at night.
I am hoping to take away new skills, contacts with great instructors who might continue to mentor me, and a group of new friends. I love SNL! It would be a dream come true to meet some of the cast this summer.
I’m a high school junior living in Weston, Massachusetts (a suburb of Boston). I love writing, acting, directing, and dance. I have been accepted to the Dramatic Writing track of study. I applied to this program in order to improve my writing skills, connect with other writers, and spend a summer living and working in New York City at my dream school!
I am most looking forward to working with the incredibly brilliant and qualified Tisch faculty as well as meeting other passionate writers.
I am most looking forward to taking advantage of the amazing cultural opportunities of New York City- seeing plays and analyzing the writing style, etc etc.
I am hoping to leave this program a stronger writer, a better collaborative worker, and with a better sense of myself and my future. I hope to use the cultural offerings of New York City as part of my learning and writing experience this summer
I live in Seattle, Washington, and I attend Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. I absolutely love to sing and create films. In my spare time I’m involved with multiple leadership activities, as well as different parts of the arts. I was fortunately accepted into the NYU Tisch Summer Film Program! I have wanted to attend NYU since third grade. A few years ago, before I was eligible to apply I found out about the program and have counted down the days until i was able to apply.
I am really looking forward to meeting young filmmakers with dreams like myself. I can’t wait to collaborate and get involved with them to make incredible pieces of art. I can’t wait to explore the NYU campus and meet people!
I am hoping to learn more about the filmmaking process and to work with others that can teach me while I teach them. I’m really quite excited to extend my skills and help them grow. I just want to keep learning! It would be fun to just explore the city for a while, I would love to have an unscheduled evening to just explore.
–Audrey Elizabeth Thomas
I am from Los Angeles, California and I attend the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California. I am extremely interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. I am very passionate about music production and music business. I was accepted to the Clive Davis Institute of Record Music Summer Program for the summer of 2014. I chose to apply for this program for various reasons. Primarily, the programs description really appealed to my interests, and the offered courses fascinated me. Secondly, New York is my favorite city in the United States and I am counting down the days until I can explore the city with new friends.
I am looking forward to getting a hands on education about how artists effectively work in the studio. I am also looking forward to exploring the arts in New York and seeing the culture of the city in all artistic forms.
I’m hoping to take away a greater understanding of the music industry to be able to make my creative visions come to life, make new friends with similar interests with whom I can collaborate musically with, and gain a new appreciation for all artistic art forms in the diverse city of New York. One thing I would love to do while in New York is try all different types of foods and see the Museum of Modern Art, and if possible see as many concerts as possible!
– Spencer Light
Photography and Imaging
I am a junior at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) High School. I enjoy dancing and taking photos. I dance a variety of genres ranging from hip hop to ballet, and jazz to acrobatics. I help out at my dance studio by hosting photo shoots for the ballerinas in their tutus, and that’s what really sparked my interest into applying for the Tisch Summer High School Photography and Imaging Program.
I’m looking forward to learning all the ins and outs of photography like working with film and black and white images. As of now, I only work with my DSLR camera, but by the end of the program I hope to be able to work with both film and Photoshop.
I’m excited about exploring New York City from eating at their famous Shake Shack to standing in the middle of Times Square. Definitely the one thing I want to do while I’m in New York is visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
We can’t wait to talk to our students again! The second article in this series will be posted in July. Will they have had a burger at the Shake Shack by then? We’ll find out!