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2015 Teen Summer Institute

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The American Stage Teen Summer Institute can give you the confidence and skills needed to excel onstage and beyond!  We have a variety of summer programs led by working, professional artists that will bolster your breadth of performance experience and enhance your creativity. Training is customized to each student’s current abilities. Students new to acting will be given the tools needed to develop a solid foundation, while those with previous experience will be challenged to move to the next level. Sign up for the Teen Summer Institute and have an enriching summer filled with new discoveries and opportunities to enhance your performance skills!  

"It is a very fun, interactive experience. I learned so much about acting and was taught by wonderful teachers. I met great people that I hope to stay in touch with. Everything is professional and we were treated like the young adults we are." -Teen Summer Institute student

"It was an amazing and inspiring learning experience." -Teen Summer Institute student

"The entire experience was great. I can't wait to come back next year!" -Teen Summer Institute student


  • The Teen Summer Institute meets Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. 
  • The Teen Summer Institute will be held at First Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Petersburg – 701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.


  • 1 week sessions are $200.
  • The 2 week Advanced Scene Study session is $375
  • The 3 week Musical Theatre Performance Lab is $550.
  • A $25 discount is available for the 2nd child enrolled in the family.
  • Financial aid is available.

For more information or if you are having problems enrolling online, contact the Education Department at 727-823-1600 x 204 or

American Stage Teen Summer Institute 2015

for 13-17 Year Olds

Session I – June 8-12 (1 week program)

Improvisation and Sketch Comedy (13-17 year olds) NEW

Find your funny! Students will explore how to utilize improvisation techniques to generate written material, while also examining different types and styles of sketches. Students will learn comic timing, scene building, group mind, and many other techniques used on shows like Saturday Night Live.  This program will inspire and expand your creative thinking and communication skills.  The program finale is an improv and sketch comedy performance for family and friends on Friday, June 12 at 6pm.

Institute: 9am-3pm
Price: $200

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Session II – June 15-26 (2 week program)

Musical Theatre Intensive – In the Heights (13-17 year olds) NEW

Hone your music, dance and acting skills!  Under the guidance of working professionals, students will rotate through voice, dance and acting classes each day, building their skills outside of the pressure of a full production.  Students will learn how to combine character, song, and movement while further developing their singing voice and dance skills.  This session will also feature master classes with performers from American Stage’s production of In the Heights.  The program finale is a showcase of songs from In the Heights performed for family and friends on Friday, June 26 at 6pm.

Institute:  9am-3pm
Price: $375

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Session III – June 29-July 17 (3 week program) SOLD OUT!

Performance Lab: Musical Theatre – Fame Jr. (13-17 year olds)

Apply the skills developed in the Musical Theatre Intensive to a full production!  Beginning with the audition all the way to the final performance, students will get a true taste of a professional production.  Students work with area music, theatre and dance professionals to refine both acting, singing and movement skills.  The program finale is a full production of Fame Jr. for family and friends performed on Thursday, July 16 at 6pm.

Institute: 9am-3pm
Price: $550

To be added to the waitlist for this session, please call American Stage Education at (727) 823-1600 ext 204.

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Session IV – July 20-31 (2 week program)

Teen Actor’s Lab (13-17 year olds) NEW

Take your talents to the next level! This session introduces teens to sophisticated concepts of acting for the stage such as given circumstances, objectives and tactics, and text analysis. Under the guidance of working professional actors, students will explore guided improvisations, group exercises, and scene work, while building skills in character development, emotional connection, and voice and movement work. This session will teach you how to trust your instincts so that you feel comfortable making strong choices. The program finale is a showcase of scenes explored in class performed for family and friends on Friday, July 31 at 6pm. 

Institute:  9am-3pm
Price: $375

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Session V – August 3-7 (1 week program)

Shakespeare’s Comedies (13-17 year olds) NEW

Mistaken identities, love triangles, and hilarious misunderstandings are the mark of any great Shakespeare comedy.  In this session students will explore the structure and themes of some of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies and unlock the text by activating the scenes and investigating the characters. Studying Shakespeare builds vocal dexterity and stamina, expands theatrical movement choices, and tests the actor’s objective/tactic skills with high stakes circumstances. Familiarity with these classical works is a great college resume builder! The program finale is a showcase of scenes and monologues for family and friends on Friday, August 7 at 6pm. 

Institute: 9am-3pm
Price: $200

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Extreme Broadway Package – June 8-August 7 (9 week program)
Sign up for all 9 weeks and receive over $300 off tuition!

Price: $1400

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For more information or if you are having problems enrolling online, contact the Education Department at 727-823-1600 x 204 or

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  • SUMMER SAVINGS: A $25 discount will be applied towards tuition for the 2nd child enrolled in each family. In order to obtain the $25 sibling discount, please call the Education Department, at 727-823-1600 x 204 to enroll over the phone. Online enrollment is for full price only.

  • PAYMENT PLANS: For more information about scheduling payment plans, contact the education department at 727-823-1600 x 204 or email

  • FINANCIAL AID: Full and partial financial aid packages are available.  Please download the application below and return it postmarked to American Stage by April 30, 2015.

Please click on the Financial Aid Application icon below
to download the form.

2013 Summer Camp Financial Aid Application

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American Stage operates as a non-profit professional theatre and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, registration #CH-4175. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. U.S. Federal Tax ID number is 59-1777189.

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