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Our Alumni

“Usdan was the place where I found myself and my community. I got to explore my creative side
and meet other "outsiders" and visionaries who saw the world like me.”
—Usdan Alum


What so many of our 40,000 alumni tell us is that Usdan shaped them no matter what career they ultimately pursue.

For some Usdan alumni, finding themselves at camp has meant discovering a new way of thinking and living. For others, it has meant answering a professional call, as it has for actors Natalie Portman, Jackie Hoffman, Olivia Thirlby, and Lisa Gay Hamilton; stylist and television personality Stacy London; singers Jane Monheit, Taylor Dayne, and Mariah Carey; Broadway playwright Michele Lowe; Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse; Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky; Juilliard conductor Adam Glaser; and members of major American orchestras, and dance and theater companies. And, for many others, it has meant becoming professional arts educators.

Our highest hope is that the Usdan experience will instill in campers the courage to make creative contributions to their worlds, for the rest of their lives.


7 Ways to Engage

If you are an alum who is excited to deepen your connection with Usdan, here are seven ways you can engage with us today.

1. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter

2. Alumni Friends & Family Discount

Usdan’s alumni referral discount offers a 10% discount for new families referred by a Usdan alum – a former Usdan student who has completed a summer at Usdan and has graduated grade 12. The discount is also applicable to alum who are sending their children to Usdan for the first time.  The discount is applicable for our Classic and Discovery Programs only and cannot be combined with any scholarship.

How to get or give your alumni discount:

  1. If you are an alum and plan to enroll your own child(ren), complete the form below. If you plan to refer a family member or friend, forward them the form below and have them complete it for their child(ren).
  2. Once you complete the form, we will send you or the person you referred a promotional code to use at the time of enrollment.
  3. Enter the promo code at the time of enrollment and you will receive your 10% discount. 

This discount cannot be combined with any scholarship and is only for families with children who have never attended Usdan before.

3. Follow us on social media

Follow us on our FacebookInstagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn accounts. 

4. Complete the Alumni Survey

Update your information in our alumni database and ensure you receive communications around opportunities that most interest you.

5. Join us for our Conversations with U Series

Conversations with U is Usdan's panel discussion series in which we speak with alumni in various fields. Through Conversations with U, we hope to connect our impassioned community and draw inspiration from the ways in which former Usdan students are contributing creatively to the world.

Check out our YouTube channel to watch recordings of past panels. 

Visit our Calendar for upcoming events. 

6.  Support Usdan on Amazon Smile

Did you know you could support Usdan by doing your usual shopping on Amazon Smile? Simply choose "Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts" as your supporting non-profit and Amazon will donate .5% of your order to camp.

7. Become a Donor

Since opening in 1968, Usdan has operated as a nonprofit camp, which means that 100% of our student tuition and all of our donations go directly into funding our programs and scholarships. Those scholarships enable at least 25% of our students to attend Usdan. We aim to preserve that opportunity and your support will allow us to continue to make Usdan a camp that draws students of all economic backgrounds. If you have questions about making a donation to Usdan or would like to donate to a specific program or fund, please contact Stella Shepherd,