NYU Musical Theater Summer Program

My name is Liam McKenna. I am a 16 year old sophomore at Saratoga Springs High School and an aspiring musical theater actor. Ever since I was five years old, acting has been an extremely important part of my life and my one true passion. My greatest milestones have been representing New York State as the 2013 Poetry Out Loud champion, playing a principal role in Opera Saratoga's professional production of The Mighty Casey, and working with my high school drama club on The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, Urinetown, Pygmalion, and presently Footloose as Chuck Cranston.

I am honored to have been accepted into the prestigious New Studio Summer Music Theatre program at Tisch through NYU. This is a rigorous four week musical theater immersion program, at New York University. After completion I will receive 6 college credits. It is an invaluable opportunity and my chance to make my dream a reality.

You can just imagine my excitement and surprise when I received an email saying that out of the 200 applicants I was one of the 32 to get in. Unfortunately, the price tag of $10,149 is more than my family is able to afford. GoFundMe is my only chance to get to Tisch this summer. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will have an everlasting effect on my life, but is only achievable with your help. Any assistance toward fulfilling this goal and making my dream a reality is greatly appreciated. 

Thank you all so much. This fund raiser has gone better than I ever could have imagined. The current marker showing I am only 37.54% of the way there is misleading. I have received donations outside of this website. My good friends Ben Palmateer, Hunter Johns, And Zach Sharky who are part of the band Pletzel, as well as my good friend Matt Boyce held a benefit/concert for me last Saturday and raised about $300. Also, I applied for a grant from the Local Egg Foundation and they contributed $4000 dollars towards my goal. These donations combined, put me at right about $2000 left to go (a much more manageable number) and incredibly close to my goal. At this point I must commit to Tisch or back out, so I am committing and will be extending the fundraiser until the day I leave, July 13th. Please help me make the final push towards my goal! I thank you all again for your gracious support.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,
Liam Woodrow McKenna 

New Studio Summer Music Theatre Program

My Resume

Poetry Out Loud

Opera Saratoga

  • Rhea Bowen 
    • $25 
    • 90 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 91 mos
  • Jane Bergeron 
    • $30 
    • 92 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 92 mos
  • Ed McKenna 
    • $500 
    • 92 mos
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Liam McKenna 
Saratoga Springs, NY
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