ArtsBridge GapYear

ArtsBridge GapYear is a 15-week virtual intensive training program for musical theater and acting students designed to be a bridge between the high school and the college experience. With a core focus on the Meisner technique, ArtsBridge GapYear offers a robust curriculum led by renowned educators with college admission support and guidance by ArtsBridge consultants.


Length of Program: 15 weeks of classes

Dates: August 30, 2021 – December 22, 2021 (Classes will take place Monday-Friday)

(excluding 1 holiday week: November 22 – 26, 2021)


ArtsBridge GapYear is open to:

  • High school graduates taking a year off before applying or reapplying for college admission
  • College students on leave who intend to either return to or reapply for college programs

How to Apply

Admission to the program is by video audition and interview. You can read more about the audition and application requirements and apply here. The application for 2021 is now closed.

Artistic Curriculum

ArtsBridge GapYear is designed with a core focus on acting training. Musical theater students looking for rigorous actor training are encouraged to apply as well. All students will be immersed in highly specialized training including:

  • The Meisner Technique
  • Storytelling & Text Analysis
  • Voice & Speech
  • Alexander Technique
  • Artists as Activists
  • Monologue Class
  • Private Monologue Coaching
  • Private Voice lessons (available for musical theater students who would like to substitute voice lessons for monologue coachings)
  • Master Classes & Workshops with rotating guest faculty

Weekly Schedule

The schedule below is tentative. Enrolled students will receive final, detailed schedules in advance of the program.


  • 10:00 – 11:00am EST, Alexander Technique, Helen Farmer
  • 1:00 – 3:30pm EST, The Meisner Technique, Kevin Kittle


  • 10:00am – 11:00am EST, Storytelling & Text Analysis, Cameron Knight 
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm EST (every other week), Monologue Class, Julie Boyd


  • 10:00 – 11:00am EST, Alexander Technique, Helen Farmer 
  • 1:00 – 3:30pm EST, The Meisner Technique, Kevin Kittle


  • 11:00am – 12:00pm EST, Artists as Activists, Neal Gupta
  • 1:00 – 3:00pm EST, Voice & Speech, Nathan Crocker


  • 1:00 – 3:30pm EST, The Meisner Technique, Kevin Kittle

College Admission Curriculum

ArtsBridge GapYear students who are pursuing college admission will be supported and guided by ArtsBridge college admission experts. The college admission curriculum will include:

  • Twice monthly, small group admissions seminars covering a wide range of topics related to college admission.
  • Access to the My ArtsBridge portal, ArtsBridge’s online college guide that allows students to keep track of their college list, audition requirements, deadlines, application status, and other pertinent college information all in one place.


Julie Boyd, The New School, Fordham University, Queens College/CUNY

Julie Boyd is an accomplished Actor, Educator, Director and Coach based in New York City. She has decades of experience at the highest levels of University training programs and is the Director of the Fordham Summer Musical Theatre Workshop. New York acting credits include "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (Roundabout/PBS) directed by Jerry Zaks, and "Noises Off" (Broadway) directed by Michael Blakemore. Regional theatre includes productions at Long Wharf, the McCarter, the Kennedy Center, Williamstown, the Goodman, and the Guthrie. Boyd also works extensively in film and television. She received her BFA from the University of Utah and her MFA from Yale Drama School. Her in-depth knowledge of acting and training sets her apart as one of the best in the business whether she is teaching, directing or acting. Her gentle approach, coupled with her rigorous work ethic are her hallmarks of excellence.



Nathan Crocker, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts

Nathan C. Crocker is a professional actor, teacher and coach based in the New York City area. Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, he holds an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine; and a BFA in Theatre Performance from UNC-Greensboro. Nathan’s voice, speech and dialect coaching credits: (pre-Broadway) Ain’t Too Proud; (Regional) Confederates at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Othello, Henry VI Part 1, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Price at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Ken Ludwig’s Gods of Comedy at McCarter Theatre (NJ), Familiar at The Old Globe (San Diego), Detroit ’67 at Chautauqua Theatre Company, Too Heavy For Your Pocket at Roundabout Theatre Company (NYC), Keen Company (NYC), George Street Playhouse (NJ), Santa Rosa Summer Rep Theatre Festival; (Educational) The Laramie Project, Parade, Blues for Mr Charlie at Marymount Manhattan College, Intimate Apparel at NYU/Tisch Graduate Acting Program.  Directing credits include A Raisin In The Sun at Santa Rosa Summer Rep.  Acting credits include Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Angels In America, The Piano Lesson, Company, and Othello, Taming of The Shrew, working at such companies as the American Shakespeare Center, NC Stage Company, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Theatreworks USA, Titan Theatre Company, Hedgepig Theatre Ensemble, Three Day Hangover Productions, Boomerang Theatre Company, Santa Rosa Summer Rep. Nathan is currently the Voice & Speech professor for Mason Gross School for the Arts BFA Acting Conservatory program at Rutgers University.  He has also taught Voice, Speech and Accents for NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Acting Program, Atlantic Theatre Company Studio and Meisner Studio; and voice and speech for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New York Film Academy.  Nathan is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice® Voicework, and a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork.  Nathan is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Neal Gupta, Actor, Director, Devised Theater Specialist

Neal Gupta [he/him] is a NYC based director, actor, cultural worker, & activist. Directing credits include 26 by Ang Bey (The Strides Collective) & When We Dead Awaken (The Gallery Players). Associate Directing credits include the upcoming, Running by Danny Pudi (East West Players/Hypokrit) & Bollywood Kitchen (Geffen Playhouse). Assistant Directing: A Small Fire, starring Bebe Neuwirth, (Philadelphia Theatre Co), Tear a Root from the Earth (BRIC & New Ohio). Neal served on the panel for the 2021 Terrence McNally Playwriting Award and is a part of the SDC Observership Program. Neal will begin teaching a course in devising at the BFA Acting Program at Rutgers University in the Fall where he will also direct a devised piece in the Spring. Training: BFA Acting, Rutgers University, Mason Gross. Shakespeare’s Globe. Interlochen Arts Academy.

Helen Farmer, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts

Helen is an actor, acting teacher and certified Alexander technique teacher. She graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts with an MFA in acting in 2008. As an actor she has worked with various companies, including; Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Cross Roads Theater and Ensemble Studio Theater. Helen returned to Rutgers to teach in the BA theater program in 2013. She teaches Basic and Intermediate acting. Helen’s interest in Alexander technique began during her actor training. While living in New York she trained at the American Center for Alexander Technique (A.C.A.T), the oldest training program in the country. Since graduating from ACAT she has built her practice working with actors both one-on-one and in group settings. Helen has taught Alexander technique in the BFA and MFA programs at Mason Gross and will be working with BFAs at NYU this coming fall.  

Kevin Kittle, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts

Kevin Kittle has worked as Joseph Chaikin’s assistant director and with Arthur Miller and Sam Shepard for the Signature Theater Company. He has directed numerous productions and readings in such New York City theaters as The John Houseman, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Theater Row Theaters, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE, Sullivan Street Playhouse, and The Irish Repertory Theatre, as well as regionally. His most recent productions include Bitter Greens at 59E59, Hot Season at The Sheen Center for Strange Sun Theater, Blood Potato at the Clurman and In God’s Hat at Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater for Apothecary Theatre Company, and Beyond the Pale (nominated for Best Director and Best Production at the 1st Irish Theatre Festival). At the Greenwich Street Theatre, he directed the world premiere of Jamie Linley’s Dirty Works (critical acclaim in NYC and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Philip Ridley’s The Pitchfork Disney, both as resident director of Stiff Upper Lip. Other credits include: Watching and Waiting at The Judith Anderson, The House of Yes at The Currican, and Life During Wartime (2001 Off-Off Broadway Review Award for Outstanding Production) with Inertia Productions as their resident director. As co-developer and dramaturge-director, Kevin has worked on This is the How, with Rhett Rossi at The Playroom Theater, David Dannenfelser’s When Words Fail… at The NY International Fringe Festival (the script of which is published in Plays and Playwrights, Vol. One), and Peter Handy’s East of the Sun and West of the Moon, which was a finalist in the Samuel French One Act Festival and is published by Samuel French. His Los Angeles production of Chet Whell’s Economic Subterfuge was nominated for an LA Weekly Award. Kevin served as Associate Head of Acting and the Director of Performance Ensemble at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University until 2020.


Cameron Knight, Director of the BFA Acting Program and an Associate Professor of Acting in Theatre, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts

Previous Teaching: Associate Professor of Acting and Directing UNCSA Assistant Professor, Head of BFA Acting The Theatre School at DePaul University Assistant Professor Carnegie Mellon University Directing credits include: Richard III (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Down in the face of God (UNCSA), Fences (Resident Ensemble Players Rep) A movie star has to star in black and white, Suddenly last summer (UNCSA), Othello, Twelfth Night, Pericles (Notre Dame Shakespeare) Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Theatre Company: Academy for Classical Acting) Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (DePaul University, fall 2016), Seven Guitars, Once on this Island (Carnegie Mellon University) Underneath the Lintel (12 Peers theatre). Theatre Credits include: Teatro Vista, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, Resident Ensemble Players, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Acting: Notable works include: Benedick in Much ado about Nothing, Othello in Othello, Dogberry in Much ado about Nothing, Booth in Top dog/underdog, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hud in Hair, Cleante in The Imaginary Invalid, Bill Walker in Major Barbara, Cory in Fences. Television: The Orville, Chicago Med, Film: Widows (directed by Steve McQueen), The world without you, Sister Carrie Voice-overs and commercial: Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, Honey Nut Cheerios, Dodge Ram, PBS, TD Bank, The Pennsylvania Lottery and Subway.
Gary Kline

Gary Kline, Assistant Head of Acting/Musical Theater, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama

Gary Kline is Professor and Assistant Head of Acting and Musical Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University. He has taught private singing and music theatre courses such as Cabaret and Acting A Song for Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama since 1990, where he currently oversees the Vocal Curriculum. He is the artistic director of ArtsBridge Summer Musical Theater. In demand as a teacher, Gary has taught Master Classes at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia, the Torggler Vocal Institute at Newport University, the Flying Swan Program at Wesleyan University, The Broadway Theatre Project at FSU, The Performing Arts Project at Wake Forest, and Perry-Mansfield Arts Camp in Colorado. Gary has taught some of the most highly-skilled Broadway Performers at CMU, including Tony-winners Christian Borle (Peter and Starcatcher) and Patina Miller (Sister Act/Pippin), as well as Patrick Wilson (The Full Monty), Chris Hoch (Beauty and the Beast), Kirsten Bracken (Follies), Megan Hilty (Wicked), Kyle Beltran (In the Heights), Bradley Dean (Spamelot), Renee Goldsberry (Color Purple) Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd) and dozens more. Regionally, Gary has appeared in leading roles in Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Night Music, 1776, The Civil War, Man of La Mancha, Secret Garden, The Laramie Project, and Fiddler.  He’s also sung with the Pittsburgh Opera and soloed twice with the Pittsburgh Pops under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch. Gary is a graduate of the Dana School of Music (YSU) and the CMU School of Music.  He has studied Acting at Stanford U. with Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, and Ann Jackson, as well as with Johanna Merlin and Victor Garber in NY.  His CD “Lucky” includes duets with friends Billy Porter, Patrick Wilson, Sally Mayes, and song legend Margaret Whiting.  Gary is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Actor’s Equity, and NATS.  He is thrilled to be working with Halley and the great faculty and students at ArtsBridge!



Guest Faculty

The guest faculty below are from the 2020-2021 term.

Tuition & Fees

  • Application Fee: $75
  • Tuition: $18,000
  • Need-based application fee waivers are available. Need-based financial aid for tuition is also available. If you’re interested and have questions please contact

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