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Next Stop: New York City

Participating in an elite summer theatre program in New York City this summer solidified career plans for Emporia State University student Nathan Dale Short of Paola. In fact, the senior theatre major is making plans now to move to New York in August 2017.

Short had auditioned and been chosen to attend the prestigious Open Jar Institute earlier this year. As one of 60 students selected internationally, he worked with some of Broadway’s top teaching artists, vocal coaches, choreographers, casting directors and agents, and attended several Broadway shows.

“The skills I acquired here at ESU made my experience that much better because of the abilities I’d established,” said Short, adding that it also showed him what he still needs to learn and to improve on.

“Experience is the best teacher,” he remarked. “You have to be able to truly do something to know what it is you’re getting into.” 

Short said that meeting one of his heroes, six-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein, had been an exceptional highlight of the Institute exposure, as had the opportunities to perform on-stage before top professionals in the theatre.

Most surprising, however, had been the exceptional support he received from them.

“We hear all the time that the word we’ll hear most in this business is ‘No,’” Short said. “But I genuinely heard ‘Yes’ more often. …

“Due to the information I received, I’m moving to New York City next August to jump in feet first.”

Nathan Dale Short, at left in photo, pauses with six-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein.