Stagedoor Manor
Stagedoor Manor is a performing arts
Performing arts
The performing arts are those forms art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artist's own body, face, and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some physical art object...

 summer camp
Summer camp
Summer camp is a supervised program for children or teenagers conducted during the summer months in some countries. Children and adolescents who attend summer camp are known as campers....

 located in Loch Sheldrake, New York
Loch Sheldrake, New York
Loch Sheldrake is a hamlet in the Town of Fallsburg, New York in Sullivan County, New York. The zipcode for Loch Sheldrake is 12759.The community was originally named Sheldrake Pond after a deep glacially formed pond which forms the center of town...

. Over the past 36 years, it has trained thousands of young actors, many of whom have gone on to success in film, television, and theatre.

Stagedoor Manor is located in a former Catskills Borscht Belt
Borscht Belt
Borscht Belt, or Jewish Alps, is a colloquial term for the mostly defunct summer resorts of the Catskill Mountains in parts of Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties in upstate New York that were a popular vacation spot for New York City Jews from the 1920s through the 1960s.-Name:The name comes from...

 resort (Karmel Hotel) in Loch Sheldrake, New York
Loch Sheldrake, New York
Loch Sheldrake is a hamlet in the Town of Fallsburg, New York in Sullivan County, New York. The zipcode for Loch Sheldrake is 12759.The community was originally named Sheldrake Pond after a deep glacially formed pond which forms the center of town...

 that was redesigned in the 1970s. The camp consists of a variety of theatre spaces, including the Carousel, the Cabaret, the Forum, the Merman, and the outdoor Garden Theatre. The three largest theaters are the 350-seat Carl and Elsie Samuelson Theatre, the 250-seat Jack Romano Playhouse, and the Oasis Theatre (a theatre-in-the-round).

Each summer, Stagedoor Manor holds 3 three-week long sessions (starting in late June and ending in late August). Approximately 280 campers, ranging in age from 10-18, attend each session. During each three-week session, the camp produces 10 musicals
Musical theatre
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, 3 drama
Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word meaning "action" , which is derived from "to do","to act" . The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes collaborative modes of production and a...

s, Dramafest (a one-act playwrighting competition) and two unique cabaret performances (the Our Time Cabaret and Player's Ensemble).

The school's impact on the careers and networking of child actors was described by film director Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy
Shawn Adam Levy is a Canadian-American actor, director and producer who directed the comedy films Big Fat Liar, Just Married, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Pink Panther, Night at the Museum, Date Night, and the sci-fi movie Real Steel...

 in the June 15, 2007 New York Post:
If someone plays that Stagedoor card. it's like whispering the location of a party with a secret location...I could sing you that song from the camp's yearly cabaret, and that's the equivalent of the secret handshake.

Stagedoor Manor served as the inspiration for the 2003 independent film
Independent film
An independent film, or indie film, is a professional film production resulting in a feature film that is produced mostly or completely outside of the major film studio system. In addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies, independent films are also produced...

Camp (film)
Camp is a 2003 American independent musical film written and directed by Todd Graff, about an upstate New York performing arts summer camp. The film is based on Graff's own experiences at a similar camp called Stagedoor Manor. The film was released in 2003 by IFC Films.-Plot:The film centers on the...

written and directed by Stagedoor alumnus Todd Graff. Stagedoor was also a subject of a 2006 documentary by Alexandra Shiva.

Stagedoor Manor has a long history of "firsts" through its long-time partnerships with Music Theatre International
Music Theatre International
Music Theatre International, often abbreviated MTI, is a theatrical licensing agency based in New York City. The League of American Theatres and Producers calls MTI "A leader in the theatrical licensing industry."-Description:...

 (MTI), the American Theatre Wing
American Theatre Wing
The American Theatre Wing is a New York City-based organization "dedicated to supporting excellence and education in theatre," according to its mission statement...

, and other Broadway producers and composers. In 2004, Stagedoor produced Richard Maltby and David Shire's Starting Here, Starting Now
Starting Here, Starting Now
Starting Here, Starting Now is a musical revue with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and music by David Shire. With a cast of three and three musicians, the revue explores a variety of romantic relationships....

. Maltby and Shire conducted a special workshop with the cast during the rehearsal period and also attended the opening night performance. In 2006, Stagedoor produced the world-premiere of Disney's High School Musical
High School Musical
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. In 2007, Stagedoor produced special workshop productions of Avenue Q
Avenue Q
Avenue Q is a musical in two acts, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. The book was written by Jeff Whitty and the show was directed by Jason Moore and produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, and Jeffrey Seller...

and RENT
Rent may refer to:*Renting, a system of payment for the temporary use of something owned by someone else ; the payments for such use are typically referred to as "rent"...

in partnership with MTI. In 2008, in partnership with the composer, Stagedoor produced Andrew Lippa
Andrew Lippa
Andrew Lippa is an American composer, lyricist, book writer, performer, and producer. He is a resident artist at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City.-Biography:...

's The Wild Party
The Wild Party (Lippa musical)
The Wild Party is a musical with book, lyrics, and music by Andrew Lippa. It is based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem of the same name...

. Later that summer, Stagedoor became the first non-Equity stage to produce Mel Brooks' The Producers
The Producers (musical)
The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich...

Stagedoor Manor regularly partners with MTI and has done workshop productions (for School Editions) of Aida, Miss Saigon, Avenue Q, Rent, Sweeney Todd, and The Wild Party.

In 1999, Stagedoor Manor staged their own version of Carrie - The Musical, despite the fact that amateur
An amateur is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science, without pay and often without formal training....

 performing rights never were released for the show. Composer Michael Gore
Michael Gore
Michael Gore is an American composer. He, along with lyricist Dean Pitchford, won the Oscar in 1980 for best original song for "Fame" from the film of the same title. He also won the award that year for best original score. Gore is the younger brother of singer/songwriter Lesley Gore.Gore wrote...

 and Book-writer Larry Cohen
Lawrence D. Cohen
Lawrence D. Cohen is an American screenwriter and producer, best known for his work on Brian De Palma's Carrie , an adaptation of Stephen King's novel. Following this he scripted a simplified film adaptation of Peter Straub's novel Ghost Story in 1981...

 attended one of the performances. Gore enjoyed seeing the show with its re-worked ending and a real teen cast, and stayed after the performance to talk to the performers.

Performers, creators of current Broadway shows, and Stagedoor alumni return to the program each summer to teach master classes and workshops.

Notable alumni

  • Amanda Aday
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  • Skylar Astin
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  • Michael Ian Black
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  • Zach Braff
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  • Alexander Chaplin
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  • Josh Charles
  • Jon Cryer
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  • Robert Downey Jr.
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  • Michelle Federer
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  • Adam F. Goldberg
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  • Todd Graff
  • Randy Harrison
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  • Bryce Dallas Howard
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  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
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  • Shawn Levy
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  • Mary Stuart Masterson
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  • Fred Melamed
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  • Lea Michele
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  • Mandy Moore
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  • Julia Murney
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  • Adam Pascal
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  • Bijou Phillips
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  • Natalie Portman
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  • David Quinn
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  • Andrea Ross
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  • Amy Ryan
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  • Jeffrey Sharp
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  • Adrienne Shelly
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  • Jonathan Marc Sherman
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  • Nicky Silver
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  • Helen Slater
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  • Sebastian Stan
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  • Jeanine Tesori
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  • Mia Tyler
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