Summer Teen Theater Academy 2021
Our Summer Teen Theater Academy builds skills and confidence, while deepening the connection to the inspiring world of theater. Bring the power of theater to the teens in your life!
Grades 9-12 ⋅ All skill levels welcome ⋅ Register Now – Space is Limited ⋅ Scholarships Available
To prioritize safety, we will follow all guidelines set by the Oregon Health Authority, including small class sizes that allow for social distancing.
"This program helped me learn how to have more confidence in myself and how creative I can be. I really enjoyed this workshop and it will definitely be an experience I will never forget!" –A former Teen Academy student
“My now 15-year-old twins had SUCH a positive experience with the Teen Academy!! It was a pure joy to see and hear them after pickup, talking with such passion about what they'd learned and been challenged to do that day. They’ve been to several performing arts camps and they've never been so energized or educated before.” –A parent of Teen Academy students
Explore the Classes
You can combine some classes below as indicated to create two weeks of full days and get a discount.
Performing Musical Theater Numbers*
Experience the excitement and fun of creating musical theater. Explore dance styles, vocal performance, and acting techniques to build the skills of a fully rounded musical theater performer. Instructors: Clara-Liis Hillier, Chip Miller, David Saffert, Ithica Tell
2 Weeks: June 21 through July 2, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. = $360*
2 Weeks: August 2 through August 13, Monday–Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. = $360**
Through fun games and exercises, students will make connections, sharpen their skills, and discover what's possible
when people create together, in the moment. Instructor: Andy Perkins
Week 1: June 21 through June 25, Monday–Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. = $180
Week 2: June 28 through July 2, Monday–Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. = $180
*Combine both weeks of Improvisation with Performing Musical Theater Numbers in the mornings for two weeks of full days in June and receive 10% off your total tuition.
Auditioning with Solo Song & Dance
Gain solid audition skills for both singing and dance calls. Polish a song with individual vocal coaching sessions and prepare to tackle the challenges of any dance call. Students will sharpen their skills, gain confidence, and learn how to showcase their strengths. Instructors: Ashley Song Mellinger, Noelle Simone
Week 1: August 2 through August 6, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. = $200
Week 2: August 9 through August 13, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. = $200
**Combine both weeks of Solo Song & Dance with Performing Musical Theater Numbers in the afternoon for two weeks of full days in August and receive 10% off your total tuition.
Acting in Scenes & Monologues
Dig deep into scene work, scene study, monologues, and character motivation. Learn the questions to ask in every rehearsal situation. Develop full characters and their tactics in both solo and scene work. Instructor: Nicole Marie Green
2 Weeks: August 2 through August 13, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. = $300
**Combine with Performing Musical Theater Numbers in the afternoon for two weeks of full days in August and receive 10% off your total tuition.
The Teen Council is composed of high school students who want a deeper involvement with professional theater and opportunities to take part in advanced theater experiences. No application necessary, but please email for more information. Enrollment is ongoing and always free.
The council usually meets one Sunday of every month from September to June to take part in a masterclass from a local theater professional. Past classes have covered everything from acting for film, stage combat, and improvisation. After the class, Teen Council members are usually invited to attend a matinee performance, free of charge. We will continue that tradition once health and safety allows us to gather and offer productions.
Meetings Are Currently Digital
We will resume in-person gatherings when it is safe to do so, in the meantime we are holding zoom gatherings and still enrolling Teen Council members! Please email to sign up and receive updates about future meetings.
Teen Council members may also want to take advantage of The Armory Card to hook up their friends. The Armory Card offers maximum savings and flexibility for purchasing tickets for those 35 and younger. The cards do not expire and can be reloaded until the holder turns 36.
For more information email or call 503-445-3795.
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