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Theatre Summer Programs for High School Students

Introductory Information about Summer Theatre Programs

Theatre Curtain for a Summer Theatre Program for High School StudentsTheatre summer programs and camps provide high school students with the opportunity to learn about a variety of aspects involved with theatre performance and production. Some theatre programs are designed for students who already have experience being involved with theater and others are designed for students with any level of experience. Theatre programs for high school students can provide a chance to engage in an area of interest, expand upon school drama experiences, meet other students with a similar interest, and learn about theatre in college, community, or professional settings.
Students participating in a summer theatre programTheatre summer opportunities can focus on different areas within the field such as acting, musical theater, set design, and production. While some programs emphasize a particular areas, others enable high school students to explore a variety of facets involved with theater. Theatre programs tend to emphasize experiential and hands-on learning. This gives students a chance to exhibit their creativity, work collaboratively with peers, learn new skills, develop a comfort level with performing, and engage in rehearsals and shows.
Theatre summer pre-college programs for high school students - outdoor peformanceTheatre summer programs can be beneficial for students with an interest and background in drama. However, these programs can also be helpful for students who are interested in enhancing skills in public speaking, presentation, collaboration, and improvisation.
In addition, some theatre program opportunities have a stage design and production component or pathway. This enables students who are interested in these aspects of theatre to learn and enhance their skills.

Pre-College Theatre Summer Programs

A number of theatre programs take place on college campuses around the country. These pre-college theatre summer programs for high school students can provide the chance to learn about theater in a college setting, gain insight about opportunities to become involved with theater after high school, and get a sense of the college experience.

Students dancing in a simmer threatre programPre-college theatre programs are often run by the Theatre Department at a college. As a result, some of the programs enable students to interact and work with faculty members and/or currently students from the department. Some theatre programs that take place on a college campus are residential, which enables students to gain experience with staying on a college campus.

Theatre Summer Program Opportunities

Theatre sign for a summer theatre programThere are some summer theatre programs that are run by organizations, such as theater companies. These programs often allow students to learn from professionals in the field and develop an understanding of the way in which a theater company functions.
Overall, theatre summer programs enable students to enhance their skills, work cooperatively with peers, learn new techniques, and pursue an area of interest. These programs can also cultivate an interest in becoming involved with theatre in college and/or in a community.


Featured Summer Theatre Program

Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, offers a summer drama program that is designed for high school students who are in the 10th or 11th grade during this school year. The program is run by the University’s School of Drama, which is well-known for the education that it provides for performing arts students. This summer drama program is held over a six week period during the summer and it takes place on the university’s campus.

Carnegie Mellon summer theatre program for high school studentsThe structure of this summer theatre program enables students specialize in either musical theatre, production and design, or acting. Students have a chance to participate in a wide range of learning activities, such as discussions, simulations, workshops, improvisations and much more. The program also provides students with the opportunity to enhance their performance or production skills, learn from professors as well as other experts in the field, work cooperatively with peers, and embrace the performing arts. In addition, participants can learn more about potential college majors and career options in the performing arts

Summer drama program for high school studentsThe summer theatre program is a part of the pre-college programs that are held at the university each summer. These programs serve to help students get a sense of college life and prepare to make the transition from high school to college. Through the drama program, students learn about and prepare for the college application process. In particular, students, who are focusing on performance, gain insight in preparing for college auditions.  While those students, who are focusing on the production side, develop skills that can be used for developing portfolio pieces. The program has a residential and a commuter option. (As a note, students need to meet an age requirement in order to stay on the campus  during the program).

This theatre summer program has an application. Students are encouraged to read more about the program and to contact an official program representative if there are questions.

Examples of theatre summer programs include: