Frequently Asked Questions
What is Club Wingspan?
Club Wingspan is an on-site afterschool program at your school! We offer arts enrichment classes for students following the DOE calendar, and our programs run until 6pm. Wingspan Arts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and our programs are fully-insured.
The Club Wingspan afterschool model has been developed and refined over the years, and although programs may look similar on the outside, they are tailored specifically to each school community. This model owes its success to our Site Directors and Assistants who facilitate daily program management, and our roster of talented Teaching Artists, who are able to focus on the arts instruction that they do best. Club Wingspan allows all students a chance to broaden their arts learning, and with classes like Rock Band, Mini Musical, Art Studio, and Actor's Toolkit. You never know what to expect with each new semester of afterschool.
Who is at my school?
Each Wingspan Arts afterschool program has a Site Director, who is on-site at your child’s school every day from school dismissal until 6pm, Monday-Friday. They are your Wingspan points of contact, and can be reached via email and mobile phone when programs are in session.
Each Wingspan Arts class is led by one of our amazing Teaching Artists, who are working professional artists and educators.
Every program also has Site Assistants and Assistant Teaching Artists, who help supervise the guided play and structured activities before and after enrichment classes, and provide support during classes, too!
What does a typical day look like?
Wingspan starts the moment your child is dismissed from school, and runs until 6pm.
SCHOOL DISMISSAL – 3:30PM: PRE-CLUB
Your child is either picked up by Wingspan staff, or dropped off by their classroom teacher at a general meeting area right when the school day ends. During these transition times, students have access to games, art supplies and outdoor areas when the weather cooperates. We also have a space set aside for students to work on homework during this time.
3:30 – 5:00PM: CLUB TIME (times may shift depending on school)
During this time, your child attends their arts-enrichment class. These 90-minute classes are taught by Wingspan Teaching Artists. All Wingspan TAs are professional artists in their field.
5:00 – 6:00PM: AFTERCLUB & PICK-UP
You can pick up your child anytime between 5 and 6pm. During this time, we also have art supplies, games and play equipment for supervised free time. Please note: ALL students MUST be picked up by 6pm. Pickups after 6pm will result in late fees.
Does Wingspan provide a snack?
Yes! Wingspan provides your child with a daily snack. We offer a variety of snacks each day, however you are welcome to pack an additional snack for your child.
What are the classes like?
Wingspan offers classes across the artistic spectrum: music, dance, drama and visual arts. We also run classes in sports, culinary arts and hands-on science, occasionally, in partnership with other organizations. Each 90-minute class includes several different activities to keep your child engaged, entertained and educated! For our class selection, please see your school’s class schedule.
Each Wingspan Arts class is working toward a final presentation, performance or gallery—some presentation of the skills they have been acquiring and mastering throughout the semester. Wingspan hosts a culminating community event at the end of each semester to showcase the talents and hard work of the students at your school!
Is there homework help?
While our site staff is more than happy to answer homework questions, Wingspan is not an academic program. We do not offer tutoring or homework instruction. Students often elect to do their homework during the unstructured period before and after class.
Are there programs on half-days or school breaks?
Wingspan does offer programming on NYC half-days, which is a separate registration. Some half-day programs include field trips to museums, theatre performances, zoos, or parks.
Wingspan does not have programs during school breaks.
How competitive is this program?
The answer to this question changes year to year depending on how many students apply. On average, we audition 75-100 students each year and accept 20-25 new students.
Those numbers make me really nervous—I’m new to this. Should I bother applying?
ABSOLUTELY! We strive to accept students across all ability levels—from talented beginners to experienced professionals.
Will late applications be accepted?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications.
Where is the program located?
We are still in the process of finalizing our location for this summer. We will be in Manhattan and in an air-conditioned building; however, as of right now the exact location is TBD.
How many students are in the program?
We have about 30 middle school students and 45 high school students each summer. The middle school students are all in one musical together. The high school students are split into two casts—a musical and a play.
I hate musical theatre and only want to do a straight play. Can I choose to just sign up for the play?
Unfortunately, no. If you are applying for the Wingspan Players (middle school), all students will be cast in a musical. If you are applying for the Wingspan Ensemble (high school), all students are cast in either the play or the musical. Students do not get to choose where they get cast. If you are only interested in being in a play and will be miserable if you are cast in a musical, this may not be the program for you. We believe it is important for all of our students to stretch themselves and often ask them to work outside of what they are normally used to doing in an effort to expand their range and experience.
I love theatre but I am not a performer. Do you have a program for students interested in working on the technical side of theatre?
We do! This year we are adding a couple of spots in the Wingspan Ensemble (high school) program for students just like you! If you would be interested in applying for those positions, contact us via the Contact page. Unfortunately, we do not have a program like this for middle school students.
Can I apply to the program if I do not live in New York City?
Absolutely! We have had students from all over the country (and even from other countries) in the past. If it is not possible for you to come to New York City for an audition, please contact us and we can discuss your options for the audition. Please note, however, that we do NOT provide housing or transportation so you would need to organize that on your own.
Who should I ask to write my recommendation?
This recommendation can be from any teacher. It does not need to be a performing arts teacher. Choose someone who knows you well and can give us a sense of your work ethic, ability to work with others and anything else you think we should know. Teachers must fill out the TEACHER RECOMMENDATION FORM by the application deadline for you to be considered.
What is a personal statement?
Along with your application and teacher recommendation, all students must answer the following questions: Why do you want to spend your summer studying theatre? What do you think you will gain from this program? And what do you think you will bring to this program? These answers can be submitted through the online application.
What monologue should I choose?
There is a wealth of resources online to find monologues. You can also look at Drama Bookshop or the Lincoln Center Library for plays and monologue books to pull from. As long as it is about one minute in length, we do not care where it comes from!
What song should I sing?
We would prefer that your song be a musical theatre song, but that is not required. We do, however, ask that you bring sheet music for whatever song you choose to sing. Again, looking online is the easiest way to find this sheet music. You can also visit The Lincoln Center Library—it has tons of sheet music that you can copy. Ultimately you should choose something that you feel comfortable singing and that highlights your talent!
Should I prepare the whole song?
It is a good idea to know the whole song, but we will ask you to sing just 16 measures of it. So please have a starting and ending place prepared before you come in for your audition.
I am not a singer; do I still need to perform a song in my audition?
Yes. Everyone must sing even if you do not consider yourself a singer. Just choose a song that you can sing and feel comfortable performing!
Can parents come to the audition?
Of course. Parents are more than welcome to come to the auditions. We will actually give everyone another overview of the program before auditions happen. Parents, however, will not be allowed into the actual audition.
How long are the auditions?
The actual audition is only a few minutes, but the whole process can take up to 45 minutes or so.