Combines European casting opportunities with three weeks of comprehensive training focused on competitive belting, legit and crossover techniques, as well as dance and acting.
European Casting opportunity
MT artists participate in a three-day musical theatre intensive in Hamburg or Vienna and work with casting directors from Stage Entertainment, the largest producer of musicals in Europe. Workshops and master classes culminate in professional casting auditions, workshops with SE casting director Ralf Schädler, and personalized feedback. Artists who receive call-back auditions (during or in the months following IPAI) will continue to receive specialized preparation and coaching by IPAI faculty. Housing and transportation for the musical theatre intensive in Hamburg or Vienna are included in the cost of tuition.
"IPAI is a special program for artists to discover themselves as performers and get to know others that have the same goal in mind. My experience with IPAI was beyond what I could imagine. I got to grow in my craft and not only make friends but connected with family. I’m so grateful to have gone this summer and I can’t wait to be a fellow next summer!"
Artists receive two voice lesson, one or two coachings, acting & dance classes, and multiple workshops and master classes per week. They work with choreographers, casting agents and voice teachers whose students are currently performing in shows such as Rocky, Aladdin, Wicked, Lion King, Mamma Mia, Elton John's Aida, Sister Act, Tarzan, Phantom of the Opera, and many others. Our esteemed faculty specialize in healthy musical theatre belting, crossover singing techniques, and are regularly invited to give workshops, master classes, and lectures in the United States and Europe.
MT artists learn and perform choreography in ensemble and group musical numbers on our showcase concerts, as well as essential stage movement and mechanics that apply to performers at all levels and genres. Some special performance opportunities may be given to advanced level dancers, but dancers and movers of all levels are encouraged to apply. Artists refine their stage presence and presentation in weekly acting classes, workshops, and individual dramatic coaching in order to refine their audition package and maximize their impact as a total artist. Special attention is given to audition selections chosen for the musical theatre intensive casting auditions.
Language & Culture
Artists learn and practice German in daily language classes and by living in a Bavarian village for three weeks. Instruction includes the basics of functional conversational German, an introduction to German culture and etiquette, learning to slate and answer basic audition questions in German, as well as opportunities for more advanced speakers to refine their language skills. Our artists receive musical theatre and lyric diction coaching in German. French, Italian, English, and Czech can be integrated into weekly lessons and coaching sessions as dictated by the artists' repertoire selections.
I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had to study with the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany! It was my first time ever in Europe, which was absolutely thrilling, and I truly enjoyed learning about and immersing myself in German culture. I met and worked with some incredibly talented people, some of whom will be on “my team” as I continue along my career path. Most importantly, I grew as a person and performer, learning new things about myself, my voice, and my talents.
Thank you to all the faculty and students who made this a wonderful learning opportunity and experience for me! It was a pleasure to grow and learn with you, and I had a blast tramping around the country and navigating the Deutchbahn with you. I have absolutely no shortage of funny stories, memories, and new knowledge that I will take with me!
Each Young Artist is a featured soloist on our musical theatre cabarets, is cast in at least 2 scenes, and sings and dances in company ensemble numbers. Concert performance opportunities include: master classes that may be open to the public, Cabaret Nights, the annual IPAI Vocal Competition, and 2 scene concerts--"Broadway to Brass" accompanied by the Kiefersfelden Musikkapelle (community band) and the IPAI Gala Concert.
Career Building & Development
In addition to professional development & audition workshops, IPAI artists receive one-on-one feedback from each of our esteemed faculty throughout their IPAI residency. Our three-week training program culminates in a next-steps conference that offers an opportunity to connect on a deeper level with our faculty, strategically plan for the "next steps" of your artistic career, gather personalized advice, and be mentored by professional who invest in artists beyond just three weeks of training.
Outstanding singer and dancers, promising young artists, and emerging artists may be offered a significant scholarship and the opportunity to join IPAI as a Fellowship Artist in the following summer. Fellowship Artists have usually completed a Masters Degree or Artist Diploma, are on the cusp of starting their professional career, are already performing professionally, and/or are exploring opportunities to audition and sing in Germany or Europe. Fellowship Artists receive special attention, may be invited to auditions, or offered roles with regional companies in the US and Germany.
"Going into IPAI GAP, I was quite nervous about the technology aspect of singing and performing over an online platform. Luckily, Marc Rivet's technology masterclass saved the day! Not only did Marc teach us how to effectively use Zoom for voice lessons and properly record performance videos, he also eased a lot of my anxiety about the required technology by taking us step-by-step through everything we needed to know. Marc was there every step of the way to provide feedback and help us with any unique issues that arose. The technology masterclasses proved to be beyond helpful, and now I am able to take all the things I've learned back to my university to help us thrive during this digital era of performing! The IPAI GAP experience provided me with so many tools to keep creating content in this crazy time we are living in, and I will forever be grateful for that!"
- Olivia McCain, singing actress
Tuition & SCHOLARSHIPS
T U I T I O N : $6,000
D E P O S I T : $500
***The deposit must be received by the date on your acceptance letter (10-14 days after acceptance) in order to reserve your spot in the program and any scholarships you have been awarded.
IPAI is an all-inclusive educational experience that includes lodging; two meals per day (breakfast and lunch--artists are responsible for dinner and snacks), private voice lessons; individual and group coachings; 15-20 master classes and training workshops; German language, dance, and acting classes; a comprehensive scenes program; and 6 plus concert performance opportunities. The cost of tickets and transportation for one excursion (the musical theatre intensive and audition casting in Hamburg, or the German opera house excursion) is also included in your tuition for IPAI Germany.
Not included: airfare or ground transportation to/from Kiefersfelden, Fairhope, Thailand, or New York; ground or public transportation during the program; health or travel insurance; costs of securing a passport or visa (for non-US residents); entry, luggage, or other fees at border control; costs associated with program cancellation, flight cancellation, or travel delays.
Tuition scholarships (typically between $500 - $3000) are awarded based on funding availability, artistry, and merit and determined by the application, video or live audition, financial need, and IPAI programming needs. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of IPAI faculty, administration, and audition panelists. Recipients are obliged to notify IPAI of acceptance in a timely fashion and are still responsible for securing their position in the program by paying the deposit.
"I loved being a part of the IPAI summer program. I am so impressed with how things turned out given the circumstances this year. Everyone involved worked so hard. I received so much helpful guidance. All of the IPAI team are super supportive, personable, and lovely! I was pleasantly surprised, and felt very comfortable working with everyone. As far as summer programs go, this is the most helpful one I have participated in by far because it was organised, well thought through, positive, and highly informational. I can't wait to return next year!"
- Verity Arden, singing actress
All participants and faculty must secure international health insurance that is valid in the country or state of residence for the duration of the program. We STRONGLY suggest securing both health and travel insurance when studying abroad. Check with your current insurance provider to inquire if they have options for temporary international travel and health insurance. Feel free to reach out to our IPAI administrative staff for assistance if you need help finding an insurance provider. It's relatively inexpensive and can be purchased online.
"The International Performing Arts Institute Global Artist Program was a pleasure to take part in! After hearing that IPAI would have to cancel their annual trip to Germany this year due to the COVID-19 crisis I was, naturally, disappointed, However the amazing faculty at IPAI stepped up and gave their students access to these classes through zoom! It couldn’t beat a trip to Kiefersfelden Germany, but all the students who participated felt like Germany was brought to them, myself included. The participants were asked at the beginning on what we like about our talents and what we would like to improve about ourselves. I wrote down that even though I love my voice and feel that I exude good characterization I would love to make strides in my overall confidence as a performer. I believe that this experience has helped me grow so much in such a short amount of time! The faculty are all so genuine, kind, and put their wealth of knowledge and years of experience to great use. The students that participated brought so much of themselves and were willing to be vulnerable while showing off their unique talents. Overall, this created a safe working environment for all those involved which is such a blessing! I can’t wait to see everyone in person (hopefully) next year in Germany for IPAI 2021! Thank you IPAI!"
- Savannah Poor, singing actress
REFund & Participation Policy
Unfortunately, IPAI cannot issue any refunds for tuition or deposits under any circumstances at this time. This includes but is not limited to acts of violence or terrorism, sickness, disease, financial insolvency, force majeure, or any other circumstances. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, IPAI may be able to issue limited refunds minus the $500 deposit in the event the program is cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. The no refund policy stands as long as a live, in-person summer program can take place.
IPAI reserves the right to withdraw a student artist from the program for behavior deemed inappropriate or unprofessional. Illegal substance use is strictly forbidden. Participants caught using illegal substances or participating in illegal activities will be sent home at their own expense and no tuition refunds will be given. Artists and faculty participate at their own risk and must provide proof of valid health insurance for the duration of the program. IPAI is not liable for a participants inability to attend or participate due to sickness, emergencies, or other unforeseen events.
"My experience with IPAI has been nothing less than incredible. Having access to such a large array of knowledgeable professionals-- even over something like zoom has helped me improve leaps and bounds past what I could every do on my own. It really is hard to find a community that supports each other like this one and I'm so very glad to be a part of it. I'm also excited at the possibility to continue my training this coming summer in 2021!"
- Julian MacDonald, singing actor