I almost didn't want to write a review because I truly believe that it's a best kept secret and my teen still auditions for this every summer! This is by far the best training that my teen has gotten in musical theatre. Since it is an "audition only" program, the talent level is very high and the students are extremely focused. The staff are all working professionals, most from the NY area and the students are treated like working professionals. The housing is unreal, they are beautiful homes. There's two ways to go, either a production-based intensive or a master class based intensive. SSTI is a production based intensive, but they are doing more workshops and master classes every year, bringing in some top broadway stars, last year they had Laura Osnes do a master class with the teens. I find that my teen is happiest when they are performing and so I choose the performance based scenario. With the level of professionalism at this summer intensive, everyday rehearsals are like master classes for the students. Because they cap out the number of students that get accepted, it is a small, very focused, talented group of teens that bond together and become a family.