Recent Guest Artists

Artists who participated in the program
  • Findley Davidson
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Alexa Fogel
  • Adam Guettel
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Marc Hirschfeld
  • Gayle Keller
  • Tom Kitt
  • Jefferson Mays
  • Marci Philips

Recent Shows

Theater viewed by students during the program
  • Bridges of Madison County
  • Cabaret
  • Hedwig & the Angry Inch
  • If/Then
  • No Man’s Land
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Richard III
  • The Cripple of Inishmaan
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Twelfth Night
  • Violet
  • Waiting for Godot

New Casting Apprenticeship Program

Syracuse University's Department of Drama and Casting Society of America have formed a new premier apprenticeship program to train casting directors. Learn more about the program.

I can not stress enough how the Tepper Semester has helped me. It has prepared me in a way that is incredibly profound. It prepped me for life in this business while training in the profession. That is something that did not exist before.”
Tramaine Montell Ford, 2006

The Tepper Semester is a unique program from Syracuse University's Department of Drama that offers undergraduate students in advanced levels of acting, directing, musical theater, playwriting, casting, design, and stage management the opportunity to immerse themselves in a rigorous artistic training program in the culturally rich setting of New York City. Designed to be inclusive, this program welcomes qualified applicants from other schools, colleges, and universities.

Read more about the Tepper Semester

Live and study in the heart of the New York professional theater scene, taking classes at Syracuse University's Fisher Center and other studios throughout the theater district. Attend up to 30 productions on and off Broadway that expose you to numerous genres of theatre. Learn about the artistic process from professional actors, directors, and writers who attend your classes on a weekly basis for workshops and discussion.

Opportunity and Access
Learn from the best. The Tepper Semester features a faculty of prominent industry professionals. Take advantage of unprecedented opportunities to develop valuable relationships with exceptional artists in the industry. As an immersion experience, this professional preparatory semester creates the base of a national arts network for emerging artists.

Nineteen-Credit Core Curriculum
Build a critical understanding of the profession through daily artistic training. In addition to core classes, your curriculum is rounded out with numerous master classes (16 in the recent semester) with industry professionals, including master teachers, actors, casting directors, agents, composers, writers, designers, stage managers, and production staff members.

Intimate Class Size
Receive one-on-one attention in a supportive, nurturing environment that helps build confidence and focus.