Each year more than 40,000 Indiana students visit the Indiana Repertory Theatre to see a live theatre performance. This unique relationship with students makes the Theatre an anomaly in the performing arts world, engaging more students annually than many of its national peers.
“As an arts leader in the state of Indiana, we have a distinct responsibility to use theatre as a tool to bring meaning into the lives of youth – but our work doesn’t stop once the curtain closes,” said Janet Allen, IRT Executive Artistic Director, who shares that the IRT is dedicated to engaging youth long after their live theatre experience has ended.
Part of the IRT’s commitment can be seen through its Summer Youth Workshops, which have impacted more than 920 students since 2004.
“Our educational programs inform young people what a career in theatre can be as an actor, dancer, producer, playwright, carpenter, electrician –you name it,” said Allen. “Our programs provide real-life experiences and skills to students who are either exploring theatre for the first time, or who have decided a career in theatre is right for them.”
In the two-week Step On Stage workshop, students of all levels receive instruction in acting, musical theatre, dance, movement, voice and Shakespeare. The four-week Summer Conservatory for Youth is an audition-based immersion into the creative process of theatre for those who have an advanced passion and understanding of the performing arts.
Both programs are led by professional actors, artists and educators.
“Summer Workshops are a unique opportunity to spend time learning with working professionals in the performing arts,” said Randy D. Pease, IRT Director of Education. “Through a process-based approach, students learn about the techniques an actor uses to prepare while building confidence in themselves and their voice.”
Do you know someone ages 8-18 interested in theatre? Visit irtlive.com/summer to learn more. Auditions for Summer Conservatory for Youth now through April 26.
STEP ON STAGE
WHEN: June 19-30 | Mon-Fri | 9AM to 4PM | Pre-camp orientation on June 14
WHO: Students ages 8-18 | Open enrollment, all skill and experience levels welcome
WHAT IT IS: Step On Stage is our two-week acting skills camp. Students will get instruction from IRT artists in acting, musical theatre, dance, movement, voice, and Shakespeare. Students of all experience levels are welcome. Beginners will be able to learn the basics in a safe and comfortable environment, while experienced young actors will get a chance to flex their muscles alongside a new group of friends and an experienced staff of teachers. All classes are taught by IRT staff and artists. Parents are invited to join students on the final day of camp to see their students' skill-building work in action.
HOW TO ENROLL: To enroll, contact Randy D. Pease at 317.916.4842 or complete and return this enrollment form. Please note that a minimum of $100 non-refundable deposit is due per student at the time of your enrollment. The balance of your payment is due by Friday, May 19th.
SUMMER CONSERVATORY FOR YOUTH
WHEN: June 19-July 14 | Mon-Fri | 9AM to 4PM | Pre-camp orientation on June 14
WHO: Students ages 8-18 | Audition only, all skill levels welcome, prior acting experience recommended
WHAT IT IS: The IRT Summer Conservatory For Youth is an immersion into the creative process of theatre. Young people with a passion for the performing arts learn about theatre-making from professional actors working in the field, as well as from their peers. The mission of Summer Conservatory is to develop and train young talent in a supportive community setting; to explore theatre as a collaborative art form requiring discipline and commitment; and to provide youth with access to theatre professionals on a daily basis. Students receive intensive instruction in acting, musical theatre, dance, movement, voice, and Shakespeare from highly trained IRT professionals. Parents are invited to a Summer Showcase on the OneAmerica Mainstage at the end of conservatory to see their students' work live!
HOW TO ENROLL: Enrollment in Summer Conservatory For Youth is by audition only. See the audition information section online to learn how to schedule your audition.
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