BUSTi 2024:  JUNE 30-JULY 27

About BUSTi

The Boston University Summer Theatre Institute is a four-week pre-college experience for highly motivated high school theatre artists. 

Throughout the program, students engage with Boston University and the professional artistic community throughout the greater Boston area. Students graduate from BUSTI having honed their technique, depth of intellectual and artistic questioning, playfulness in collaboration, and ability to tell a dynamic story through the theatrical medium.


Boston University Summer Theatre Institute
Boston University College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 470
Boston, MA 02215




Artistic/Academic Director

Ashleigh Reade

Ashleigh Reade is an interdisciplinary theater educator and performer, specializing in voice, speech, text, and accent work. Prior to joining the faculty at CFA School of Theatre, she was an Assistant Professor of Theater at the Boston Conservatory, where she taught Fitzmaurice Voicework and Knight-Thompson Speechwork. She also designed and taught the Vocal Production course for Harvard Summer School and Harvard Extension School, and served on the theater faculties of Dean College, Salem State University, and Bunker Hill Community College. She has taught masterclasses for Loyola Marymount, CCM, Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, Broadway Artist’s Alliance, Lyric Stage, and The Moscow Art Theater School. Coaching credits include Intimate Apparel (Brandeis), Witness: Uganda (ART, asst.), The Light Princess (ART), as well as multiple productions with the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. A presenter at VASTA and ATHE, Ashleigh’s research focuses on an anti-oppresive vocal pedagogy that centers application, acting to voice connection, and the actor’s lived experience as the fuel for dynamic vocal variety.

Prior to her teaching transition, Ashleigh was a professional actor, beginning her career on the National Tour of Roger’s and Hammerstein’s STATE FAIR. Other credits include Sacramento Music Circus, Papermill Playhouse, Surflight Theater, Seven Angels Theater, and West Virginia Public Theater. Ashleigh has also originated lead roles in four new musicals, performing at the Producer’s Club, Ars Nova, and The York. In 2020, Ashleigh and her partner started indie-rock band Your Local Dance Hall.

Ashleigh is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voiceworktma Certified Vocal Combat Techniquetm Trainer, and has completed multiple workshops in Knight-Thompson Speechworktm. She has received two Dean’s Commendation Awards from Harvard Extension School, and ten Certificates of Teaching Excellence from the Derek Bok Center at Harvard University. Member, VASTA, ATHE, AEA, Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200). BFA, Boston Conservatory, MFA, Harvard University/M.X.A.T., Certificate in Classical Acting, LAMDA.

Director of Admissions

Matt Lupulio

Matt Lupulio joins us most recently from the Perkins School for the Blind, where he oversaw all activities at the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology. He brings extensive event planning, supervision of student workers & teaching assistants, crisis support and communication expertise. He is well equipped in supporting young people in identity formation and helping them achieve their goals in art, music and theatre. His event planning has ranged from recreational events and educational opportunities to diversity celebrations. Previous to this most recent position, he was a supervisor in the student residences, where he managed the daily operations, support and resources required for a high school program. He holds a BA in Counseling and a BA in Communications from Emmanuel College.


Contact the Registrar’s Office for information about obtaining your transcript at registrar@bu.edu.

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