The Institute is held on the campus of a local college in Minneapolis. Practice rooms are provided every day, and nearby dormitory rooms are available for those coming in from out of town.
• Saturday, June 22nd: Director and coaches gather a day early for a pre-Institute meeting, introducing some of the approaches and basic ideas around which all Institute activity is structured.
• Sunday, June 23rd: Performers can check-in this afternoon, and later that day (time to be determined), we will have an orientation meeting with all participants and the staff.
• Monday, June 24th: Full day classes begin this day (evening free for fireworks!) and continue through Saturday, July 13th:, six days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to around 6:00 p.m., with a few evening sessions three or four nights a week. We do not meet on Sundays, except for the first orientation meeting.
A typical day at the Institute begins with a morning movement class, followed by a large group class team-taught by Institute staff exploring the basics of integrated singing-acting. After lunch, we break up into small groups to study vocal play, musical improvisation, collaborative principles, song and aria interpretation, etc., and then the afternoon continues with scene rehearsals facilitated by Institute staff.