Chicago First Performing Arts College Symposium Offering $250,000 In Scholarships

Chicago’s Broadway Break Thru to Host First Performing Arts College Symposium for 75 Students

 “College Break Thru” Program Will Award Participants Over $250,000 in College Scholarships

CHICAGO, IL (May 21, 2018)   For the first time ever, twenty-three of the country’s top performing arts schools will come together in Chicago for Broadway Break Thru’sCollege Break Thru” (CBT) summer symposium.  Scheduled to take place Monday, June 25th thru Friday, June 29th at the University Center Chicago (525 S State Street), students will have the opportunity to receive more than $250,000 in college scholarships that will be awarded at a ceremony on Friday, June 29th from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Broadway Break Thru (BBT) provides nationwide opportunities to young, aspiring artists through performing arts summer camps, pre-college programs, after school programs and weekend workshops.  Founded by David Petro, a Disney, Nickelodeon and Broadway Casting Director and former Broadway performer, BBT students are given the chance to meet and learn from celebrities, university faculty members, and entertainment industry professionals.  Through personalized, individual feedback in a safe and nurturing environment, BBT students receive the tools needed to excel in their auditions, performances, and lives.  Past pre-college BBT programs have had an 85% success rate of students getting into college programs.

“Our son learned so much about auditioning, how to audition, how to prepare for an audition, and how to select songs and monologues that were appropriate for him as a performer,” explains Cathy Smith, pre-college program parent.  “The level of confidence I saw in my son as he walked into his auditions was incredible.”

College Break Thru is the newest program from the BBT brand. The 5-day intensive is designed for incoming high school freshmen to seniors, who have a strong interest in musical theatre, dance, voice and acting.  By accepting only seventy-five of the nation’s elite high school performing artists, CBT can provide unprecedented access to the world’s top colleges and instructors, high caliber classes and exclusive auditions.

This year, university faculty members from the following institutions will be participating in this summer camp intensive program: American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Ball State, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, CAP 21, Carnegie Mellon, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Columbia College, DePaul University, Emerson College, Indiana University, The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, NYU, Pace University, Point Park University, Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, Texas State, Yale School of Drama, in addition to Stewart Talent agency, and Second City Chicago.

“I’m thrilled to provide an opportunity that's never existed before and doesn't exist anywhere else,” explains Petro. “This program gives students an extra college advantage. No other program allows talented students to pre-audition and get feedback from the decision makers who will be in their real college auditions. The performing arts teach students skills applicable in ALL areas of life, not just theatre.” He believes, “All aspects of life are an audition from first impressions, to college admissions to job interviews.”

When he learned that the Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School student leaders and gun control activists from were theater students, he felt compelled to help.  Petro connected with Melody Herzfeld, the drama teacher who saved sixty-five of her students by barricading them into a closet.  She explained that while her students were busy leading the Never Again movement, most have not been back to school since February, are failing classes and having difficulty being accepted into colleges.

In honor of their leadership and courage, Broadway Break Thru has created the Melody Herzfeld Scholarship for CBT would like to offer 5 Stoneman Douglas students round trip airfare, full boarding/meal plan, and admission to the 2018 summer program (worth $2500). Donations to contribute to the fund to support additional students are being accepted here:

“With on-site college acceptance and scholarships available during our CBT week, our goal is to have five Stoneman Douglas High School students attend the summer program,” adds Petro.

BBT is currently running programs in Chicago, Indiana and Wisconsin through June. Cost for the CBT 2018 program is $2195 per student with limited space available.

College Break Thru Summer Intensive 2019 is scheduled for June 24 - 28, 2019 in Chicago.   An early registration fee of $2195 ($400 off the regular price) is being offered to anyone that signs up between June 25, 2018 -September 1, 2018.  Due to the program’s high-demand, limited number of student positions and hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarship available, pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

About Broadway Break Thru (BBT)

Founded in 2009, BBT provides national and local opportunities to all aspiring young performers. The focus is on empowering students to master all the essential elements of musical theatre, film, dancing, singing, acting, and script writing. The performing arts summer intensives, pre-college programs, and weekend workshops give students a chance to meet and learn from celebrities, university faculty members, and entertainment industry professionals, offering them unprecedented opportunities in the world of performing arts.  BBT has brought an elite performing arts education to over 6,000 students in nine different cities and featured over 400 celebrities, casting directors, talent agents, college faculty, and high-level entertainment industry professionals.

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