By letting you know what to expect and how to prepare we hope to make this the most fun and educational experience you could possibly have. Please, let us know if you have any questions.



These classes are for YOU. It’s up to you to get the most out of them. The teachers you will have are the best in the business and will be sharing the most valuable information available. Make sure you are prepared to learn from them. 


what should I wear to class:

Dance Class:

  • wear clothing in which you feel comfortable moving in
  • colors are helpful to make you distinct from the rest
  • jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, or regular sneakers- no flip flops or skirts allowed.
  • bring a change of clothes for other classes


Voice & Acting Class:

  • wear clothing in which you can move comfortably in (no skirts)
  • sneakers - no flip flops or sandals allowed


Mock Audition/Meet Casting Director:

AUDITION ATTIRE: Mock Audition/Showcase (Thursday – Friday): For Thursday and Friday when you’ll be working with a casting director and Friday for the mock audition and showcase, you should wear audition attire. You should be prepared to bring both vocal audition AND dance audition attire with you for these days:


VOCAL AUDITION ATTIRE: When you do a vocal audition, you would wear something that helps us imagine you in the role. It is not a costume, but something to help us imagine you in the show. This is an outfit that makes you feel CONFIDENT. For these mock auditions, pretend you are auditioning for your ‘dream role’. For girls, it could be a skirt if you wish (or a pair of nice pants). If you wear heels, don’t wear anything too high so you can stay ‘grounded’. For guys, usually a nice shirt and pair of pants (or a nice pair of jeans).  


DANCE AUDITION ATTIRE: When you do a dance audition, you should wear clothes that you can move well in. They should be well-fitted so the auditors can see your movement. Girls, this can be a nice pair of leggings with an athletic top – you CAN use color. Make sure you feel great wearing it. Boys, this can mean a pair of track pants (long) with a nice t-shirt or tank. You CAN use color.



what should I bring to class:

  • water bottle
  • music 3-ring binder with 2 contrasting audition songs in plastic sheets
  • at least 5 headshots & resume (stapled together - see SAMPLE)
  • notebook and pen/pencil to take notes
  • willingness to volunteer and participate.


directions to studio:

NOLA Studios, 244 W. 54th Street – 10th Floor – New York, NY 10019.  

244 W. is located on 54th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, on the South side of the street. Enter the building and look for the main elevators – take elevator to 10th floor. There, you’ll see directions for Open Jar Productions’ Studio.  


sample daily schedule:

 9:30 – 10:00:

10:00 - 10:30: 

10:30 – 12:00:

12:00 – 12:30:

12:30 – 2:00: 

  2:00 – 4:00: 

  4:00 - 5:30:

  6:00 - 7:00:

  8:00 - 11:00:

*Class order varies from day to day.  This is just an example of the timeline.


choosing audition songs:

Each student should have at least two audition songs to work on in class. These are songs that you love to sing, show off your voice, and are short (no longer than one minute each). Once you choose your song, find a short ‘cutting’ that you like. Usually, this is the verse, chorus, and the ending – usually two or three pages or 32-bars. Then, once you’ve put it together, and clearly marked the ‘cut’, make a photocopy of it, place it in plastic protector sheets, and place the songs in a 3-ring binder. Don’t present your audition music in any other manner.


Then, memorize it. Know it backwards and forwards… this is difficult… but you MUST know your pieces really well, so well that you could do it in your sleep. Memorization is very important because we want to take the time in class to actually work on the acting choices, the vocal technique, etc. This is very difficult to do if your brain is full trying to remember the words. Start now so that you can be ready for the summer workshop. If you are a returning student, you should prepare new material. Take this opportunity to work on new materials. Feel free to bring additional songs to work on or perform in case you have additional opportunities to perform.


headshot and resume: 

You should bring 10 copies of your headshot and resumé. You’ll be working with casting directors and agents, who will want to keep your resume and headshot, so you should be prepared to share those with these professionals. A professional resumé is 8 x 10 and stapled (in all four corners) back to back with your headshot. A professional headshot should also be 8 x 10 and should look like you when you walk into the audition room – not a glamour shot – and a good representation of you and your energy. For samples, take a look at our examples


final day ‘mock audition’: friday

Once you’ve had the chance to work on all of your material and received feedback from a NYC casting director, you’ll be participating in a ‘mock audition’, putting into practice all the things you’ve learned throughout the week. Be sure to bring audition appropriate clothing for a vocal audition (this could include a nice pair of heels for the women).


10:00 – 12:00 Mock Audition. Parents and families will be allowed to attend the final ‘mock audition’. Students will be given an audition time during the morning session. We will allow friends and family to sit in and watch that audition at specific times.  


2:00 – 4:00pm: Showcase. Friends and families can attend the showcase, where we’ll be showing some of the audition pieces worked on throughout the week, as well as some of the choreography learned from Broadway shows. It’s not a SHOW, but is a great opportunity for family and friends to see what you’ve been working on all week. Space is limited.



show tickets:

With your tuition, you have ONE confirmed ticket to each of the FOUR hit Broadway shows (Tuesday – Friday), and to the talkback after one of the shows. After class and before the show, you’ll go to the hotel to change clothes for the shows. The group will meet at the theatre one half hour prior to the show and will stay in the theatre after one of the shows to briefly talk with the cast in an informal question and answer session (availability pending).


List of shows is coming soon! We select shows from the latest hit Broadway shows and the shows will be selected once the Broadway season has begun.  



Tuition does not include travel arrangements. Students are responsible for making and paying for all travel arrangement, including air, train, bus and car travel, and transits between the airport and the program site.



Your tuition includes meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) each day. Breakfast and Lunch are served at the studio. Dinner is in a restaurant in the theatre district before the evening show. Please, inform us of any special food needs that you may have, so we can plan accordingly. But, please bring with you a bottle of water and snacks as you may need them.



The safety and well-being of our students is our NUMBER ONE priority. That is why we select an incredible group of chaperones. They are educators, professors, principals, and medical professionals, thoroughly screened by the Open Jar Staff. As of 7 pm when the students arrive until 10am on the departure day, students under the age of 18 are responsible to stay with chaperones at all times. The ratio of chaperones to students is 1 to 10. (1 chaperone/10 students). The chaperone stays in a room across the hall, or nearby. 



If you need to cancel for any reason, here is our policy about refunds. All deposits are non-refundable. If you have paid all or part of your tuition and need to cancel for some reason, you can receive 50% of your tuition before one month (four weeks) prior to the start of the workshop you are attending. After that date there are no refunds available.


additional questions:

If you have additional questions about the Summer Institute, don't hesitate to reach out to your session admission director, Jeff Besselman: