Teen Summer Institute 2017

The American Stage Teen Summer Institute will 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!

Hear what our teaching artists are saying about camp!

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

“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

“I’ve been attending summer programs at American Stage for 9 years. Within these years, American Stage has taught me so many things. I’ve learned what being in the acting profession truly means, how to go about doing that, and how acting changes lives.” -Teen Summer Institute student

Basics

Teen Summer Institute students are in upcoming grades 9-12.

  • The Teen Summer Institute meets Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm.
  • Each session culminates in a final showcase performance at 6:15pm on the last day of the session*
  • The Teen Summer Institute will be held at First Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Petersburg – 701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
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Pricing

  • 1 week sessions are $215.
  • 2 week sessions are $385.
  • The 3-week Musical Theatre session is $570.
  • A $25 discount is available for the 2nd child enrolled in the family. Call the Education Department to register 727-823-1600 x204.
  • A 10% discount is available for Military family members and Teachers (with ID). Call the Education Department to register 727-823-1600 x204.
  • Financial Aid applications are due by APRIL 18th, 2017.

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Session 1 – June 5-9

(1 week program)

Sketch Comedy

Institute: 9am – 3pm
Price: $215

Some of the best actors of our time are comedic storytellers and writers. Students will work with a playwright/improv coach to mimic the process of their favorite professional writing teams, like that of Saturday Night Live, Second City, and their favorite funny TV shows. The group will explore collaborative scene work and writing techniques as they craft, edit, and rehearse original sketches to present in the final sharing.

This session will be taught by Ricky Wayne and culminates with a sketch comedy performance for family and friends on Friday, June 9 at 6:15pm.

RICKY WAYNE (Teaching Artist) was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has trained and taught at Children’s Theatre Workshop and American Conservatory Theatre in theatre and acting, and at The Groundlings in Los Angeles in improvisation and sketch comedy writing. American Stage audiences might remember him as Carl from OPUS in 2010, Marc in ART in 2013 and as Tartuffe in TARTUFFE in 2016. Currently he is in his 8th year in residence here at American Stage performing the first Sunday of the month as one half of Hawk and Wayne, a long form improv comedy duo with local actor and director Gavin Hawk (THE DUMB SHOW, 321, THE MEMORY, NEWS OF THE WEIRD: LIVE!, IT’S A LIVING!, THIS IS A COMEDY SHOW, THE MOCKUMENTARY and ANYWHERE, USA) and is a founding member of American Stage Improv. Other Local theatre credits include A Simple Theatre’s CONGRATULATIONS, JOE! and The Heather’s SPEED-THE-PLOW, ON TIDY ENDINGS and GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. He currently works in television and film most recently in Recurring roles on RECTIFY on the Sundance Channel and OUTSIDERS on WGN. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association. 

To enroll for this session, please call American Stage Education at (727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

ENROLL TODAY!

Session 2– June 12-16

(1 week program)

Actor’s Studio: Auditioning & Beyond

Institute: 9am – 3pm
Price: $215

What does it take to be a successful actor? Learn the do’s and don’t’s of the performance industry from industry professionals. In this one week workshop, students will develop the tools to create a successful audition package, learn tips and tricks of the trade, and explore what it’s like to be a part of a professional production.

This session will be taught by Brian Shea and culminates with a final sharing on the final day of the session, Friday June 16th at 6:15pm.

BRIAN SHEA (Teaching Artist) is an award winning actor and filmmaker, Brian has performed professionally throughout the Tampa Bay area. His resume includes, THE SANTALAND DIARIES, ART, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (American Stage); HARVEY, THE BUFFALO KINGS (freeFall Theatre), A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, VANYA AND SONYA AND MASHA AND SPIKE (Jobsite Theater); WAITING FOR GODOT (Stageworks); DEATHTRAP, LEND ME A TENOR (Hat Trick Theater). He is a multiple recipient of Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay” Best Actor award. He co-produced and is the lead actor of the independent feature film, WAITING ON MARY, which received the Audience Award for “Best Florida Production” at the 2016 Gasparilla International Film Festival. Brian received his B.A. in Theater Performance from the University of South Florida.

To enroll for this session, please call American Stage Education at (727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

ENROLL TODAY!

Session 3– June 19-23

(1 week program)

Directing for the Stage

Institute: 9am – 3pm
Price: $215

In this brand new session, students will participate in a directing workshop and learn the skills needed to successfully analyze, outline, and direct a scene. With guidance from a professional director/teaching artist, students will direct their fellow students in scenes for the Final Sharing.

This session culminates with a final sharing for family and friends performed on Friday, June 23 at 6:15pm.

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

ENROLL TODAY!

Session 4 – June 26-30

(1 week program)

Musical Theatre Intensive: Hairspray

Institute: 9am – 3pm
Price: $215

Under the guidance of working professionals, students will rotate through voice, dance, and acting classes each day, building their skills outside the pressure of a full production. This session will also feature master classes with performers from American Stage’s production of Hairspray.

This session culminates with a showcase of songs from Hairspray on June 30th at 6:15pm.

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

ENROLL TODAY!

Session 5 – July 3-21

(3 week program, no July 4)

Musical Production: Into the Woods, Jr. Edition

Institute: 9am – 3pm
Price: $570

Apply the skills developed in Musical Theatre Intensive into a full production! From the audition to the final performance, students will get a true taste of a professional production. This ensemble of young artists will work with area music, theatre, and dance professionals to refine acting, singing, and movement skills!

Once upon a time… Into the Woods interwinds some of our favorite fairytales tories and characters on an exciting journey with music by Stephen Sondheim.

The program finale is a full production of Into the Woods, Jr. Edition on Thursday, July 20 at 7pm.

 

Into the Woods, Jr. Edition will be directed by David O’Hara, with music direction by William Bryant and choreography by Jermaine Thornton.

 

DAVID O’HARA (Teaching Artist) has been considered a vanguard for theatre in the Tampa Bay area as a director, actor, writer, and theatre administrator.  He received a BA in Theatre Arts and a BFA in Stage Direction from the University of South Florida. The son of two educators, David has devoted most of his professional life in the area of theatre education.  As the Artistic Director of both The Playmakers and The Loft theatre companies, he was responsible for their educational programs.  He had been the acting teacher for both teen and adult programs at The Patel Conservatory for five years.  David was the Director of Acting at Blake Magnet School for the Arts and is currently the Drama teacher at J.W. Mitchell High School.  His work at both schools generated plays that have been showcased at The Florida State Thespian Festival, the largest festival for high school theatre in the world (Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind for Blake HS and The Awesome 80s Prom for Mitchell HS).

 

WILLIAM BRYANT (Teaching Artist) is an accomplished musician, award winning actor and director, as well as professional ballroom and latin dancer. He studied at Berklee College of Music and has performed for presidents, and, with numerous celebrities on stages around the world. As half of the duo act, Zazu’s Revue, he frequently entertains at elder care and memory care facilities, bringing happy memories and smiles to the residents.

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

ENROLL TODAY!

Session 6 – July 24-August 4

(2 week program)

One Act Production:
Twelfth Night

Institute: 9am – 3pm
Price: $380

For the first time, our Teen Summer Institute students tackle a full Shakespearean adaptation! This session introduces teens to sophisticated concepts of language and acting for the stage, such as character development, comedic timing, and text analysis. Students will learn to make strong, bold choices on stage.
Shakespeare’s classic, Twelfth Night, features mistaken identities, love, lies, and twins in disguise!

This session culminates with a performance of Twelfth Night for family and friends on Friday, August 4 at 6:15pm.

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

ENROLL TODAY!

With the Support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

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