The American Theatre Wing (ATW), best known for founding the prestigious Antoinette Perry ("Tony") Awards, has announced two new programs for 2005.

Springboard NYC is a two-week boot camp for college students following junior year or upon their graduation. Initiated and operated for three years as a program of Musical Theatre Works, it is designed to equip young people for their transition from an academic environment to the professional world. Past mentors and speakers have included Harold Prince, Raúl Esparza, Graciela Daniele, Randy Graff, Jefferson Mays, Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx, and Jason Robert Brown. Randy Lutterman, former executive director of Musical Theatre Works, will lead Springboard NYC for the American Theatre Wing. For information, fees, and application materials, phone 212-765-0606 x307 or visit www.springboardnyc.org.

The Theatre Intern Group is a social/professional networking and development group for the many interns who are integral to the operation of theatrical offices across the city. It is intended to create social and professional development opportunities for the young people who work in these offices, enabling them to begin building contacts with their peers immediately upon starting work in the theatrical community. The Theatre Intern Group was founded by Lesley-Anne Stone (as the "Broadway Intern Group") during her summers interning in 2000 and 2001; in the summer of 2004, it was revived by Stone in partnership with Liz Jurist, a past group member. The pair will continue to lead the group for the ATW.

On Tuesday, January 25 at 6:45pm, the Theatre Intern Group will hold a social gathering for new and returning members in Studio 4 of the Manhattan Theatre Club Studios, 311 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor. For more information, phone 212-765-0606 x302, visit www.theatreinterngroup.org, or email theatreinterngroup@americantheatrewing.org.