Sarah Lawrence College's Summer in the City
For more information, please call 914-395-2205
Open to students entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
Using New York City as the backdrop, students will take three, one-week classes about the history and literature, architecture and theatre of New York. This exciting program gives you an opportunity to discover the city that eight million people call home while staying just 30 minutes away on the beautiful Sarah Lawrence College campus. Throughout the three weeks, travel into the City and its surrounding environs, visiting museums, neighborhoods, and landmarks that will give you a deeper understanding of the subjects you will study in literature, history, architecture, and theatre. Included in the tuition fee is the cost of admission into museums, tours, and parks.
History of New York
During the first week, students will study some of the major periods, developments, and influential personalities who have shaped the rich history of New York City. We will explore Dutch New Amsterdam, English New York, and the Americanization of the Big Apple; we will analyze the various waves of immigration to New York; and we will discuss major historical and cultural events such as the construction of Central Park or the Brooklyn Bridge. Students will read articles on the history of New York throughout the week.
Architecture and Urban Planning can be a mirror of history, an expression of the aspirations of a city and its people. During this week, you will learn how to “read” architecture of New York City to unlock some of its historical and social meanings. We will follow the history of architecture in New York and the development of the city through time to understand something of the changing spaces and transforming values of the City of New York.
The course will include slide lectures and lecture walks, visiting architecture around the Sarah Lawrence Campus, as well as field trips to New York City to see and analyze the architecture of New York first hand.
Theatre of New York
Explore the New York City theater scene through the eyes of an actor. The students will work on monologues and scenes from the three productions that we will see On and Off Broadway. They will be chosen from three distinct styles; a classical piece (perhaps Shakespeare in the Park), experimental (the work of the Wooster Group or LaMaMa) and an off Broadway play by a new, young American playwright.
To create a strong ensemble and a sense of creative play, we will study improvisational skills throughout the week and attend an evening of improvisational comedy (Upright Citizens Brigade, The Pit, or Barrow Street Theatre). One of the afternoons will be spent in the Theater District discussing the history of New York theatre, watching a professional acting class, and sitting in on an audition for a play or musical. Students do not need any prior acting experience, simply the willingness to work with the material on their feet and allow their bodies to experience the language and techniques of a trained actor.
Field trips may include the following:
- Ellis Island
- Museum of the History of New York
- The Tenement Museum
- The Empire State Building
- Walking tour of the village
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Ferry to Staten Island
- The Highline
- Times Square
Schedule (Mondays through Fridays)
|8am – 9:30am||Breakfast|
|9:30am – 1:00pm||Field trips in and around New York City|
|1pm – 2:30pm||Return to campus /lunch|
|2:30pm – 4:0pm||Class on campus|
|5pm – 7pm||Dinner|
|7pm – 11pm||Optional organized recreational activities|