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Teen Programs

Summer Intensives

Acting & Audition Intensive:

Under the guidance of working theater professionals, participants will explore a wide variety of contemporary theater studies including monologues, scene study and play analysis. While this session is suitable for students new to theater, it is also an excellent building block for the ambitious teen wishing to dig deeper into personal expression and character study. This program emphasizes your development as a young actor and your connection to both text and scene partners. The session will culminate with a presentation for friends and family.

Monday-Friday, June 19-30

9 am - 4 pm

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Musical Theater Intensive:

Experience the excitement and fun involved in creating musical theater. This two-week intensive is for teens interested in becoming "triple threats." Working with professional musical theater performers, participants can explore dance styles, vocal performance, and acting for the musical stage. The session will culminate with a presentation for friends and family.

Monday-Friday, August 7-18

9 am - 4 pm

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*Full and partial scholarships to both Acting & Audition and Musical Theater Intensives are available. Email Clara Hillier at for more information.

Teen Council

The Teen Council at The Armory is composed of high school students who desire a deeper involvement with professional theater and opportunities to take part in advanced theater experiences. In exchange for serving as ambassadors, teens can earn free tickets to all of the productions, enrollment in workshops taught by working actors, backstage interviews with cast, and perhaps a party here and there. Activities are as wide and varied as the teen council can dream up.

Typically the teen council meets on the first Sunday of every month from October to June.

For more information, please email or call 503-445-3795.

Visions & Voices

The Visions & Voices student playwriting and performance residencies each bring professional teaching artists into public high school classrooms for intensive, month-long residencies during which students learn about the basic elements of theater.

Designed to meet Oregon benchmarks for Arts and English/Language Arts, the Visions & Voices playwriting curriculum addresses theatrical conventions and dramatic structure, as well as acting, writing, and constructive critical response. The program culminates at the end of the school year with free, public readings of plays selected from all residency sites, performed by professional actors.

Every summer, up to six Visions & Voices graduates are chosen to participate in JAW: A Playwrights Festival, which is recognized nationally for its role in developing new works for the stage. Promising Playwrights write original short plays from start to finish in the span of two weeks, under the mentorship of nationally recognized artists and our resident teaching artist. Their plays are then performed by professional actors at the festival’s kick-off event in the Ellyn Bye Studio.

The Visions & Voices Performance Residency is designed to engage the creativity and imagination of students through acting and improvisation exercises. Students discover the confidence and empathy-building power of performance as they find physical ways to embody different characters. The residency culminates in a performance of piece of theater written and performed by the students.

For more information, or to bring a Visions & Voices residency to your school, email or call 503-445-3785.

Wild and Reckless: A New Concert Event with Blitzen Trapper
Mar 16 – Apr 30
Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Mar 17 – Apr 30
Mary’s Wedding
Apr 15 – May 28

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