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USD Theatre Student to Train on Broadway

Garrett Braeden USD student Braeden Garrett will learn from some of Broadway's best this summer.

VERMILLION, S.D. — A University of South Dakota theatre major has been accepted into this summer’s session of the Open Jar Institute, New York City’s most Broadway-integrated actor training program.

Braeden Garrett, a junior from Centralia, Washington, will be one of only 60 students to spend a week in New York. He’ll take part in one-on-one workshops with some of the Broadway’s best teaching artists, vocal coaches, acting teachers and choreographers. Garrett will also meet with casting directors and agents, and get to see some of Broadway’s best shows, interact with the casts and be part of backstage tours.

"We in the Theatre Department are thrilled for Braeden and excited by this fantastic opportunity. We know that he will excel in New York and are proud that he will showcase the talent we have here at USD Theatre," said Raimondo Genna, interim department chair.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News