New World School of the Arts is among 49 recipients of a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. The $25,000 grant allows the New World School of the Arts Theater Division to create the Summer Theater Academy, a program to help talented, low-income students gain an edge in auditions, through training, for collegiate arts programs. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge funds ideas that help bring South Florida together through the arts.
“New World School of the Arts has done an unparalleled job of educating the artists who are fueling our local arts scene. This program will extend their efforts, and help to level the playing field for aspiring artists to pursue their goals in higher education,” said Dennis Scholl, VP/Arts at Knight Foundation.
Designed for high school students who haven’t studied in a specialized or arts magnet school, the academy will offer coaching in audition techniques, interviewing skills and in the research and process of applying to colleges, in addition to private vocal and acting coaching. The goal is for each student to depart from the Summer Theater Academy with two monologues and songs that they can confidently use for college auditions.
“There is an unparalleled opportunity through this grant to reach young students in our community who wouldn’t normally have this type of opportunity,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost of New World School of the Arts. “We want to shine a light on their talent and let them see the world can be their stage.”