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For Teens (Grades 9-12)

S.T.E.P. Our Subscription Teen Engagement Program


Artists in this age group crave greater independence, and our teen classes give them the opportunity to take on more challenging material. Building on the skills developed on our Youth core classes, teens connect with members of the resident acting company to refine their acting skills. We also offer a teen subscription to our productions though our Subscription Teen Engagement Program. If you’re a teen artist looking for your tribe, check out our S.T.E.P. program.

Teen Summerstage and Aspiring Designers 2012. Photos courtesy Wendy Bable, Hannah Daniel, and Mike Hahn.Teen Summerstage and Aspiring Designers 2012. Photos courtesy Wendy Bable, Hannah Daniel, and Mike Hahn.

SUMMERSTAGE 2015 (July – August)

Full Scholarship Deadline:
Partial Scholarship Deadline:
Regular registration closes June 12. Late registrations will be accepted until one week before the start day of the program, but may be charged a $50 admin fee.

Most summer theatre programs focus on producing work that’s already written, and all too often there are a few big roles and a lot of small ones. Our distinctive feature is that we build our plays from the ground-up so EVERYONE has a chance to shine! It’s definitely more challenging, but we believe it’s the most valuable and exciting way to make theatre. People’s Light wants to make sure EVERY child has a meaningful and memorable experience with us.

Content areas for all programs include: improvisation, vocal strengthening, expressive movement, sound/music, playwriting, design, and professional theatre practice.
We hope you’ll join is for an amazing experience!

July 6-July 31, 2015
Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Cost: $950

Aspiring Designers will explore A Single Shard in collaboration with Youth and will experience the exciting journey of seeing their ideas materialize on a professional stage. Participants will work alongside our expert design and technical staff to learn the foundations of scenic, costume, lighting, sound, and properties design and will put those new skills to work creating the world where our Youth program will create their final performance. (Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.)

If you would like to be added to a wait list for this class, please email the Arts Discovery Programs Manager at

TEEN for Grades 9-12
Each week is designed as a stand-alone experience, but all four weeks will connect thematically with our upcoming production of Richard III. Cost: $300 for 1 week, $550 for 2 weeks, $750 for 3 weeks, $900 for 4 weeks.

July 13-July 17, 2015
Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Artistic Director Abigail Adams will lead this one-week intensive on the fundamentals of improvisation for the actor. This session is designed to build strong listening skills, and help young actors create compelling dialogue, truthful characters, and high-stakes, dynamic situations on stage. Designed for both novice and experienced actors. (Enrollment is limited to 20 students.)

July 20-July 24, 2015
Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Devising is an approach to creating a play in which the spoken text is only one of several ways the audience experiences the story. Led by director and playwright Wendy Bable, this week will help young artists discover a new way of playwriting and performing that celebrates the theatrical and the imaginative. Work created in this week will be used as material for Week 4. (Enrollment is limited to 20 students.)

July 27-July 31, 2015
Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Summary forthcoming

August 3-August 7, 2015
Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Imagine a rehearsal and production process compressed into a single week. Teen artists in this program will be divided into 4-5 smaller ensembles to rehearse perform 10 minute plays created during week 2. Abbey Adams, Wendy Bable, and Sam Bellomo, and Pete Pryor will provide one-on-one mentorship to each ensemble and guide them through a professional rehearsal process. (Enrollment is limited to 20 students.)

For a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions about Summerstage, click HERE.

Please direct further questions to