Nautilus Music-Theater: Performer development this summer!

Registration now open!
Special program design for this summer:
Your choice: either ONLINE or IN PERSON!
Join us for an extraordinary approach to musical-storytelling performance!
June 27th to July 10th, 2021
The Wesley Balk Opera / Music-Theater Institute is unlike any other professional development program in the country. Now in its 43rd year, the Institute builds upon the basic skills of singing, acting, and moving, and unifies these essential musical and theatrical components into integrated performance. Since its inception, the Institute has had a profound impact upon hundreds of participants who have found its concepts applicable to all styles of performance, ranging from traditional opera to Broadway musicals to new experimental music-theater.


In response to the COVID pandemic, the Institute staff has re-designed our regular three-week program as a two-week intensive. Depending on their personal circumstances, participants will be able to select one of two professional development tracks:
• Track One for in-person on-site instruction:
Designed for performers based in the Twin Cities and those from out-of-town who can arrange housing, Track One sessions will be held at Nautilus and nearby facilities in Lowertown Saint Paul. All activities will be held in accordance with safety protocols as established by the CDC, and with recommendations from Opera America and Actors Equity Association. Track One will be limited to 14 participants. Tuition for Track One is $850.
• Track Two for online virtual instruction:
Designed for performers located out-of-town and those local performers who would prefer to meet virtually, Track Two sessions will be held online on Zoom; participants have online access to movement classes and all group classes team-taught by Institute staff, and will also receive two online coachings. Tuition for Track Two is $650.
Like many professionals in our field, the Institute staff has had much experience in online instruction this past year, with course study, master classes, rehearsals, and productions for such academic institutions as Oklahoma City University, Yale School of Drama, University of California at San Diego, Boston Conservatory, Macalester College, University of Saint Thomas, and MacPhail Center for Music.
The staff is continuing to refine our plans for this summer to ensure that in spite of this year's extraordinary circumstances, we will be able to offer an experience that (as past participants have said) "stretches your body, mind, and soul" and "takes us into new realms of singing-acting performance, and a new broader foundation for all our work”. 
• No audition required
• Private coachings and printed workbook provided
• Registration deadline is June 13th

This year, we are offering four scholarships, with priority given to performers who identify with under-represented communities. Based on past Institute participation, that would include performers who are BIPOC, performers who have disabilities, and transgender people. For more information on these scholarships, please email us at [email protected], or call us at 651-298-9913.

(NOTE: Due to this special structure, we are unable to accommodate stage directors and music coaches this year. We hope to return to a full three-week session next year, which would include such colleagues.)
More information, including a link to the registration form, is available at
Questions? Email us at [email protected] or call us at 651-298-9913
"I'm ready to embrace new challenges and situations full of imagination, creativity, sensitivity and an acceptance of myself I’ve never had before • Wonderful atmosphere for growth as a singer-actor and as a person • The staff is very supportive, well-qualified, and generous with time and talent • The whole program is well-integrated and a great value! • It truly changed my entire way of thinking!”


Contact information

Nautilus Music-Theater
Ben Krywosz
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Sunday, June 13
Posted May 27