The Usdan Festival has hosted professional artists from around the world, including dances from the choreographers Alvin Ailey and Michelle Dorrance companies, musicians from the New York Philharmonic and International Contemporary Ensemble, mimes, puppeteers, spoken word and Broadway performers, and, in the very first season, an 11-year-old cello prodigy named Yo-Yo Ma. Repertoire for the daily Festival Performance includes traditional and contemporary art from a culturally diverse group of performers. These performances bring art to life for campers in thrilling new ways to delight, surprise, and inspire our students. All of our professional performers hold a workshop or master class on the day of their performance with students from a related class or department.
In a typical summer, the series alternates days between professional artists, faculty performers, and student performers, showcasing the talent and commitment of Usdan’s incredible campers and offering a glimpse of the artistry created in the studios throughout the summer. Complementing the in-studio performances, the Festival showcase exemplifies the value of performing for different-sized audiences and with different levels of formality. By participating in the series, performing-arts students learn what it means to come together as a group to produce an artwork, to take risks, and to be supported by faculty and their peers on the big stage.
Festival Calendar & Recordings
Click the button below for our Summer 2021 Calendar.
To watch Festival performances from past summers, visit our YouTube page.
Outdoor Performance and Rehearsal Venue Rentals
Usdan's campus consists of 140 acres of natural beauty, peppered with winding paths, gardens, and outdoor artworks. The grounds feature more than 70 studios and theater spaces including the year-round Maurice B. Hexter Center and the 900 seat Andrew and Lily McKinley Amphitheater, an award-winning state-of-the-art performance space. Additionally, the campus features four modern tennis courts, three large outdoor swimming pools, two yoga platforms, and a recreational area.
For more information on outdoor venue rentals on our wooded campus, please visit our Venue Rental page.