Testimonials & Student Vlogs
What our Alumni are saying about ITDP...
ITDP provides a uniquely caring approach to theater. While the quality of instruction is rigorous, there's a strong emphasis on empathy and self-care that is incredibly rare in theater intensives. While the programming is on par with BoCo intensives, the backdrop of Greece and Greek culture added an incredible amount to the experience. In my nine years of theater intensives and shows, I've never experienced such a perfect blend of developing theater skills, cultural education, and caring community. ITDP fosters independence for high school students, and hones both theater and life skills for college students.
- Liam, 21, Oberlin College & Conservatory
I would highly recommend ITDP to anyone who wants an amazing educational experience while also getting to go to one of the most beautiful places on earth! All of the instructors were so amazing and pushed me to get the most possible out of each class. It was a great experience for someone who just graduated-- the perfect mix of getting to go abroad (a classic post-grad choice) and have a mini vacation while also continuing my theatre training with people who were as invested in learning as I was!
- Maya, 22, Northwestern University
I never knew what I was missing in my community until I came to ITDP. I’ve made lifelong friends and connections that have changed my life, and will continue to change and support me in years to come. I can’t thank this program enough, and I’m excited to come back.
- Naomi, 22, University of Rhode Island
Being in the birthplace of theatre and learning its history helped me find a stronger bond to acting and the reason why we do it, and why we need to pass this art form to the next generation. So we can be in conversation with our daily life problems and struggles.
- Mateen, 21, Boston University
ITDP Greece is an unforgettable program that will further develop your artistic education as well as nurture your holistic life experience. Being able to study theatre and dance in the country that gave birth to these art forms is a unique opportunity that will only refuel your passion for them and expand your skills as an artist. Being immersed in a different culture and experiencing all there is to enjoy that is out of your ordinary routine will nourish your growth as a human being, which is ultimately the essence of your art. Taking risks and accepting challenges during this trip will only stretch what you are capable of achieving. You will leave this program surprised by how much you’ve accomplished in your work and how much you’ve matured in life.
- Fady, 19, Boston University
The decision to go on this trip was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The teachers were so inspiring and the opportunity to work with other young artists was one that truly comes once in a lifetime. Living on the island of Paros while doing what I loved was a dream come true and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. From boat trips, cliff jumping, swimming in caves, traditional Greek dancing, exploring the Parthenon in Athens, or trying the delicious Greek dishes, I experienced so many aspects of the culture that I never would have before. I have worked with Lenni and Stephanie for years and they are two people with the biggest hearts I know who have so much love for their students. I left Greece not only with amazing new training and experiences but with a new family. Thank you, ITDP for the best summer of my life.
-Paige, 22, Ithaca College
Studying theatre in Greece has been a dream of mine for a long time, and now that dream is fulfilled. If someone were thinking about going on this trip I would tell them to go and experience great training and network with great teachers, artists, and people. I have learned so much in this short time and a lot of what I learned is that I am ready to go out in the world as a working actor in any environment because of this trip.
-Susanne, 21, Boston Conservatory
Intensive, challenging, community-building. Absolutely [I would recommend ITDP], especially to college students who want more time abroad but can’t find opportunities through their schools.
- Liz, 22, Northwestern University