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Youth

For Youth (Grades K-8)

SUMMERSTAGE (June - August)

Theatre is a vibrant medium for channeling self-expression and creativity. Our core classes focus on developing essential skills in sustaining focus, physical awareness and expression, and imagination while our specialty classes offer opportunities for more intensive exploration in a specific aspect of theatre-making.

Summerstage in action: Learning lighting design with Master Electrician Greg Miller, painting a desert backdrop, writing and exploring characters with Nadira Beard, and ALONE WITH THEM by Youth Summerstage 2012. Photos: Wendy Bable/Hannah Daniel.Summerstage in action: Learning lighting design with Master Electrician Greg Miller, painting a desert backdrop, writing and exploring characters with Nadira Beard, and ALONE WITH THEM by Youth Summerstage 2012. Photos: Wendy Bable/Hannah Daniel.

SUMMERSTAGE: June - August

Registration opens: February 1
Full Scholarship Deadline: March 1
Partial Scholarship Deadline: May 1

Most summer theatre programs focus on producing plays that are already written. Our distinctive feature is that we encourage young people to be the authors of their own stories; to collaborate together and make something new. Young people are the driving force in the creative process from the first spark of an idea to the final performance. Our programs are both joyful and rigorous. They engage every aspect of our collective intelligence, imagination, and creativity. We believe that our best theatre happens when we play and work together to explore the wonderful possibilities of telling a good story that matters.

Youth Summerstage 2013, Aspiring Designers 2013. Photos courtesy: Wendy Bable and Hannah DanielYouth Summerstage 2013, Aspiring Designers 2013. Photos courtesy: Wendy Bable and Hannah Daniel

Littles Summerstage, Grades 2-3
June 23 - July 3, 2014
Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Cost: $500

Our youngest artists use improvisation and movement to develop an original story. Then the ensemble creates the costumes, scenery, props, and sound for a memorable performance. Ten days of creative fun for returning students and new Summerstagers.

Youth Summerstage, Grades 4-8
June 30 - July 25, 2014
Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Cost: $950

Imagination and creativity are at the heart of this program. Participants work with professional artists to develop acting, movement, music, writing, and design skills, and discover how each of these elements helps tell a story for the audience.

Aspiring Designers, Grades 7-12
July 7 - August 1, 2014
Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Cost: $850

Open to young people in grades 7-12 who have an interest in designing costumes, scenery, lightning, props, and sound. Participants work with our resident artists to create design elements in collaboration with our Teen Summerstage program.

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

Please direct further questions to Lauren Heffernan at registration@peopleslight.org.

We do have a small number of need-based scholarships available. For an application form, please click HERE. All full scholarship requests for Summerstage must be received by Saturday, March 1, 2014. All partial scholarship requests must be received by Thursday, May 1, 2014.