The Tepper Semester changed the way I view theatre, the entertainment industry, and the city of New York all for the better. I now have the confidence, drive and 'know how' to take charge of my career and my life!”
Brittany Anne Oman, 2008

Program Requirements

General

The following are general requirements that apply to incoming students:

  • Academic Level
    Apply as a second semester junior and attend senior year
  • GPA
    A minimum GPA of 2.5 with good academic standing
  • Student Status
    Successfully passed appropriate evaluations and/or currently attending upper level classes
  • Application
    The downloadable application must be completed in full. Remember to sign and date it.
  • Transcript
    Non-Syracuse students must arrange to have one official transcript of all college work sent to the Tepper Semester office. Students who have transferred to their present colleges should also request that a transcript from their previous college or colleges be sent to the Tepper Semester.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    Non-Syracuse students must submit two letters of recommendation from academic references (Design/Tech. and Stage Management students may also choose to submit a letter of recommendation from employers). For the convenience of your reference, you should provide a stamped envelope to your academic adviser, a faculty member in your major, or other person on the academic staff at your institution. Impress upon your reference the importance of returning the recommendation form promptly so we may expedite the review of your application.
  • Application Fee
    A Non-Refundable Application Fee of $60. Make your check or money order payable to Syracuse University.

Acting/Musical Theater

In addition to the general admission requirements, the following requirements are necessary for Acting/Musical Theater admission:

  • Audition
    If you are a theater major and you are not in a BFA program, an audition will be required. Auditions will be held in New York City or you may submit a videotape audition to the Tepper Semester office. Please contact us for more details.

Stage Management

In addition to the general admission requirements, the following requirements are necessary for Stage Management admission:

  • Written Personal Statement
    In the application, students applying to the Stage Management track must answer: 1) Why is the NYC Internship important to you?, 2) How can the NYC Internship complement your academic experience to date?, 3) How can the NYC Internship help you fulfill career goals or interests?, and 4) What types of organizations would enable you to achieve these goals?
  • Resume
    Resume of Academic and Professional Experience and Cover Letter
  • Internship
    With the guidance of the Tepper Center, students are required to secure a New York City internship by August 15th in preparation for the program. Students may also contact the Tepper Semester Program office for further information.
  • Production Book Materials
    Students are required to provide samples of their production book materials. Syracuse University students will submit all materials in-person. Non-Syracuse students can submit materials in-person, through the mail, on disc or by e-mail.
  • Interview with and Approval of Syracuse University Stage Management Faculty
    The interview will be arranged in Syracuse or New York City. If necessary, the interview can take place over the phone.

Design/Tech

In addition to the general admission requirements, the following requirements are necessary for Design/Tech admission:

  • Written Personal Statement
    In the application, students applying to the Design/Tech track must answer: 1) Why is the NYC Internship important to you?, 2) How can the NYC Internship complement your academic experience to date?, 3) How can the NYC Internship help you fulfill career goals or interests?, and 4) What types of organizations would enable you to achieve these goals?
  • Resume
    Resume of Academic and Professional Experience and Cover Letter
  • Internship
    With the guidance of the Tepper Center, students are required to secure a New York City internship by August 15th in preparation for the program. Students may also contact the Tepper Semester Program office for further information.
  • Portfolio
    Students are required to provide samples of their work in a portfolio. Syracuse University students will submit all materials in-person. Non-Syracuse students can submit materials in-person, through the mail, on disc or by e-mail.