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What is the impact of a quality arts education?

Experiencing theatre, and creating theatre together empowers young people to be bolder, wiser, and more compassionate on stage and in life. At American Stage Summer Camp & Teen Summer Institute, students work toward a common goal of creating and mounting a theatrical story through language, movement, voice, and sometimes technical elements. The act of crafting and sharing a story asks each participant to bring their unique perspectives and strengths to the classroom.

3rd-5th graders perform on the MainStage, June 2017

Our summer programs are for youth in rising grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and our Teen Summer Institute is for rising grades 9-12. Students explore teamwork and collaboration, develop self-confidence, and improve communication skills and acting technique. Our sessions allow students the opportunity to have a truly in-depth experience under the guidance of professional theatre artists, experienced instructors, and inspiring mentors. Each session culminates in a Final Sharing, which is an informal performance for family and friends.

One-week Summer Camp session includes themes like:

Acting Explorers: Unicorns vs Dragons
Playmakers: Where the Wild Things Are
Musical Medley: Songs from MOANA
At the Improv

Three-week Summer Camp Musical Productions include:

Mini Motown (grades K-2)
Willy Wonka, Kids (grades 3-5)
Cyrano De Burgershack (grades 6-8)

One & Two-Week Teen Summer Institute session includes themes like:

Musical Theatre Intensive: Sing HAMILTON
Karaoke-Prov (Karaoke meets improv comedy)
One-Act Production: Game of Tiaras (a play inspired by Game of Throwns, fairytale characters, and Shakepearean tragedies)

Three-week Teen Institute Musical Production:
Bring It On! The Musical

Each of our summer sessions is a new opportunity for young people to discover more about themselves and others. Not only does this experience bring joy into a child’s life; it is also how they learn to apply their strengths, stretch their potential, and build confidence. Imagine the pride a young person feels when their creation comes to life on stage. Imagine the confidence igniting within them. Imagine how capable they feel to pursue their dreams. Imagine the connection they have to their ensemble, and the lessons they absorb about personal and collaborative potential.

6th-8th grades perform Songs from Grease, June 2017

Whether a student is writing a script, designing a set, performing in a musical, or analyzing and discussing a play, their intellectual, creative, and socio-emotional growth is skyrockets. We teach young people to be curious, how to have a vision, and how to work independently and with a team to create something real. The American Stage Education & Outreach teaching artists and staff go to work every day to empower our young people and the world they will create.



Feature Image: Sponsor A Student recipient, Kory Outlaw, Jr, sketching costumes with his class, July 2017

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