“This [was] my favorite show that I have EVER been a part of. Our bond as a cast was so strong that it really helped me to feel comfortable and confident in the rehearsal room and on stage.”
- Submit the online NHSI Application
- Pay the $50 application fee & await a confirmation email with instructions for submitting your Supplemental Materials
- Submit all required supplemental materials to the NHSI office by the Admissions Deadline
You will receive further information regarding the supplemental materials (resume, essay responses, letter of recommendation, transcript, and optional test scores) via email once you submit the online application and application fee. Students also applying for the 2-week Musical Theatre Extension must additionally submit a singing video. Further directions regarding song choice, cutting, and submission will also be included in your confirmation email after you submit your initial application.
Scholarships and Financial Aid awards are determined by the NHSI Financial Aid Committee and are made based on financial need.
We encourage students to look into outside funding options as well. Students should inquire with their school about Activities Funds, talk with the PTA, or local service clubs such as Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, or AAUW. Past students have also run successful crowd funding campaigns on sites such as Kickstarter and Go Fund Me.
International students whose first language is not English will be required to submit an English Language test score. Please see our International Student FAQ above.
Accepted Student FAQs
More info will be included with your Information Packet
Students are responsible for arranging all travel to and from the Institute. The NHSI does NOT provide shuttle service. However, many cab companies offer advance scheduling and flat rates to and from the airports.
Each student performs in one of the final productions and will serve on crew for two additional productions during the last week of the 5-week Theatre Arts program. Each Design/Tech student will stage-manage one of the productions.
Musical Theatre students will also perform in a musical theatre showcase on the last two days of the 2-week extension.
Any hospitalization or emergency room visits must be covered by students’ own insurance and is not covered by the NHSI or Northwestern University. Students must carry a health insurance card with them and/or a method of payment.
If, while attending the NHSI, a student is experiencing a medical, psychological or other health-related concern that exceeds the NHSI’s ability to ensure their safety – or the safety of other NHSI students or staff – the student’s caregiver(s) will be notified and will need to arrange for an adult to check the student out of the program within 24 hours.