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Montclair in Santiago Theater Studies 2016
Santiago, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Montclair applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Minimum GPA: 2.75
Academic Area: Latin American and Latino Studies, Theatre
Program Description:

Montclair in Santiago, Chile:         

Theater Scenes

January – May, 2016

March 4 – 12, 2016

Payment Deadlines and Costs
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Theater Students Widen Horizons to Santiago, Chile

MSU Students Participate in Interactive workshops with Chilean students

Travel to Santiago, Chile, one of Latin America's most vibrant cultural cities, and participate in an artistic exchange with students and faculty from the Theater School at the Universidad Mayor. This acting exchange program will include a bi-lingual exploration of a play by a noted Latin American playwright: preparatory work on characters and scenes from the text and a bilingual acting experience with students and faculty from the Universidad Mayor. Workshops will include acting with Leonor Lopehandía, voice with Carola Larenas and movement with MSU professor, Heather Benton.  Additional lectures will include contemporary Chilean history and culture, Chilean slang and Cueca Brava, a contemporary form of traditional Chilean dance.

Map of Chile

Itinerary Highlights: About Santiago, Chile

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Chile with a full itinerary of activities in the capital city of Santiago, the surrounding wine country of the Maipo Valley and the beautiful seaside town of Isla Negra. Cultural experiences and day trips will include a Walking Tour of Santiago visiting such historical sites as Santa Lucia Hill, the foundational site of the city; the Palacio La Moneda, the seat of government; Casa Naranja a Gothic mansion of the 19th century, the Church of Saint Domingo, featuring the Bavarian Baroque style architecture; Santiago Municipal Cathedral, one of the largest and most impressive churches in Chile erected between 1748 and 1775; Estación Mapocho, a former railway station recently converted into a gorgeous cultural center and performance space; Mercado Central (the fish market) and La Vega (Santiago's bustling main market). Catedral_de_Santiago_de_Compos
Students will experience independent company-based Chilean Theater at multiple venues; enjoy local culinary delights such as “chipe," a fusion of Chilean and Peruvian cuisines; visit the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos?(Museum of Memory and Human Rights) which commemorates the human rights violations committed during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet; take a day trip to the coastal town of Isla Negra and visit the home of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda; tour the scenic Maipo Valley in the surrounding countryside and visit one of the many famous wineries; spend an afternoon at Pueblitos los Dominicos, a crafts market with over 200 artisans specializing in traditional Chilean arts and crafts.

March falls nearing the end of the South American summer and is characterized by daily highs from 77°F  to 83°F.

 Program Co-Director Heather Benton is the Program Coordinator of the BFA Acting Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance and specializes in a physical, integrated approach to acting. She served five years at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York as the head of the movement department as an acting/ movement instructor and director. She is a company member of the award winning international company East River Commedia, co-founder of the Flying Sandbox, an actor-training studio of physical theatre and works as an artistic collaborator with Théâtre Trouvé. She has developed original work for the underground zero festival, New York Fringe, Montana Repertory Theatre, Ursa Major Theatre (Seattle), Kenyon College and Montclair State University. Regional acting work includes: American Repertory Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, Luna Stage, Book It Repertory Theatre, the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis among others. Benton is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and received her MFA in Acting from ART/MXAT at Harvard.
Program Co-Director Debbie Saivetz teaches acting and directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State.  She has directed and developed new plays at New York, regional and international theaters such as the Foundry, Fulcrum, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick, E.S.T., Working Theater, Voice & Vision, Red Bull, INTAR, American Lyric Theater, the Lark, the Playwrights' Center, Hartford Stage, the Goodman, the Guthrie, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Teatro Helénico (Mexico City), La Casa de los Teatros (Oaxaca) and Teatro La Llave (Santiago, Chile). She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, a New Georges Affiliate Artist, an alumna of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and was a resident director at New Dramatists.  
Teatro Municpal
Guest Lecturers in Chile:
Leonor Lopehandia is a Professor of Voice and Coordinator of General Training at the Universidad Mayor's School of Theater.
Carola Larenas is a Professor of Voice at the Universidad Mayor's and the Universidad de Chile's Schools of Theater.

Héctor Noguera is Dean of the School of Theater at the Universidad Mayor. A distinguished Chilean actor, director and producer, Noguera has worked in theater, film and television throughout Latin America. He has won numerous awards for his roles in the telenovelas Sucupira, Romané, Pampa Ilusión and Machos, and was awarded the prize for best actor at the Biarritz, Monte Carlo and Havana international film festivals for his starring role in the 2013 film Mr. Kaplan.
Students register for one of the following 3-credit courses for the Spring 2016 semester, with classes meeting on campus from January until the spring break trip and then again on campus through to the end of the semester in May.
THTR 432 Theatre Scenes: NJ, NY, and Santiago
THTR 599 Special Topics: Theater Scenes: NJ, NY, and Santiago
LALS 290: Special Topics: Theater Scenes, NJ, NY and SantiagoAccommodation and Meals:
7 nights lodging at an apartment style hotel in the heart of Santiago. Three and four-person occupancy suites include kitchenettes and a daily breakfast buffet. Two group lunches are included.
outdoor theater

Leonor, Heather and Debbie in


Estimated Program Costs:
approximately $2,600
The program cost includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare                       
  • Apartment-style hotel, double occupancy rooms               
  • Transfers                            
  • Theatre tickets                 
  • All lectures, workshops, and tours

Program costs are based on 10 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change.
Participants should expect out of pocket expenses for food, personal expenses, etc.

Payments are made through the Global Education Center (not the Bursar) and can be in the form of checks, money orders or credit card forms (not payable electronically or online).

Payment Schedule:
The payment schedule for program costs is as follows:

Application Fee by Oct 1:


First Deposit by Nov. 1:    


Second Deposit by Dec. 1:    


Final Payment by Feb.1    

$600 (to be confirmed)

Make checks payable to “Montclair State University.”

All students should have an interview with one of the faculty directors and then complete the Global Education Center online application form, which includes a reference form to be submitted by any other MSU faculty member. The minimum GPA considered will be 2.75. In order to obtain authorization to register for the spring semester course by November 1, the recommended deadline for online applications, interview and faculty director approval and the $100 application fee is October 1. Photocopies of a valid passport are required by December 1.

Pre-Enrollment form


For Further Information:
Contact the Global Education Center at 973-655-4185 or email
Contact Heather Benton at 973-655-3085 or Debbie Saivetz at 973-655-3353 or
Or visit us on the web at

Faculty Led Short-Term Study Abroad Institutes Forms

Montclair in Santiago Info Session

Montclair in Santiago - Youtube video

Global Education Center
Stone Hall
Montclair State University
, NJ 07043

Tel: 973 655-4185
Fax: 973 655-7654

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.