At first, I was reluctant to even consider attending a summer program in-state. My 16-year-old self thought that leaving Texas for a few weeks really meant that I was getting excellent training, but I was so incredibly wrong. TAP Camp is one of the finest summer intensives for musical theatre, acting, and film, something very few intensives offer collaboratively.

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At TAP, I found a home; a sanctuary full of other wickedly talented young artists all trying to better themselves. I learned how to trust myself—I learned how to truly be present and in the moment, regardless of the medium I was involved in. TAP camp instills this hunger for knowledge and improvement in every single student—something that you don’t see very often. The young artist’s purpose is challenged and strengthened at this intensive, and we truly got a taste of the business. Everything going on is fast-paced and campers learn to adapt to change quickly, a skill useful in and out of the theatre. TAP helped me understand myself, what I was capable of, and how quickly I can improve if I set my mind to it.

Through TAP,  my peers and I gained all the skills necessary to successfully complete our Unified Auditions for BFA programs. In fact, one of my favorite days was when we had a “Mock Unified” experience; it truly gave us a taste of what to expect when the actual auditions came. Through this, I was accepted to The Boston Conservatory for a BFA in Musical Theatre, something that would not be possible without the Texas Arts Project.

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TAP Camp does such a thorough job of making sure that each student is prepared for whatever lies ahead of them, and I am so humbled to be a part of this experience. TAP Camp is for everyone, the 16-year-old opera singer, the 14-year-old who wants to make films but has never tried, or the experienced young actor who wants to strengthen his skills—TAP Camp fosters all of these types and helps each of them blossom.

Overall, the summer of 2015 at Texas Arts Project was the best summer I’ve ever had. I will always remember TAP and all of the lessons I learned there. Thank you TAP Camp, I owe you big time!

-Sarah Cosgrove (Starting Boston Conservatory Fall 2016)