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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.


6 Ways to Engage

If you are an alum who is excited to deepen your connection with Usdan, here are 5 ways you can engage with us today.

1. Pass Usdan On: Alumni Friends & Family Discount

If you believe Usdan is a valuable place for children, think of a child in your life who would thrive at camp and share our program with them. 

Through March 14, 2022 any new student referred by a Usdan alum will receive a significant tuition discount of $550 for the 4-week A and B sessions and $1,000 for the 8-week session. This includes your own children, extended family members, friends, and even students! 

How to get your alumni discount:

  1. If you are an alum and plan to enroll your own child(ren), complete this form.
    If you plan to refer a family member or friend, forward them this form and have them complete it for their child(ren).
  2. Within 48 hours, 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 on or before March 14, 2022 and you will receive your discount. 

This alumni referral code cannot be combined with any scholarship and is only for students who have never attended Usdan before.
For the purposes of this program, "Alumni" means a former Usdan student who has graduated from Usdan and has completed 12th grade. 

2. Follow us on social media

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

3. Complete the Alumni Survey

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

4. 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. 

5.  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.

6. 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,