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Summer Acting Academy

Acting Masks 20% Discount on Registration Fees through June 1st!

The 2017 Academy will run June 19-23rd, with a culminating performance on June 23rd.

The Summer Academy is a one-week professional theatre training program for young actors, who wish to explore and develop the actor in themselves. 

Youth Theatre Camp

Open to students of all levels of theatre experience, the Summer Acting Academy provides quality training for the beginning actor, as well as advanced level study for the young actor with previous experience. All classes take place on the West Virginia University Evansdale Campus in the Creative Arts Center.

Led by WVU Faculty and Guest Artists who are dedicated and skilled in working with young actors, the courses will include Acting, Stage Combat, Voice and Speech, Movement, Dance for the Musical Theatre, Monologues, Character Masks, Improvisation, and Rehearsal/Production. The program culminates in a student presentation in the Vivian Davis Michaels Theatre.


The Young Academy (ages 7-10)

$130 + $25 Registration Fee

(Mon-Fri 8:15am to 1pm)

Warm up: 8:15 - 8:30am

Snack: 10:30 -10:45am

Afternoon pick up: 1 - 1:15pm

Performance: Fri, June 23rd at 12:30pm


The Youth Academy (ages 11-14)

$400 + $25 Registration Fee

(Mon-Fri 8:15am - 4:30pm)

Warm up: 8:15-8:30am

Lunch:  12-12:30pm

Afternoon pick up: 4:30 - 4:45pm

Performance: Fri, June 23rd at 3:30pm

mask Kick Acting Academy Classes


This class will investigate techniques to deepen observation and listening skills, and will incorporate the use of objectives, obstacles, and given circumstances.


This course will introduce students to the Laban method, a formal system for observing, understanding and analyzing movement. Through the use of structured movement improvisations, increase movement awareness of self and others, and then use that awareness to create a group movement piece for the showcase performance.


Apply the skills learned in other classes to a short monologue, and be able to present yourself well in a monologue audition situation.

Voice and Speech

This class will cover breath control, projection and resonance, as well as warming up and cooling off skills, as they apply to the acting of text.

Character Masks

Explore bringing different characters to life through the use of masks, and the awareness from the mask of how each unique character moves and sounds.


S pontaneity, Awareness, Concentration and Trust.  In this class, you will get in touch with your natural instincts and impulses, learn to take risks, building a sense of trust and support with your fellow students and yourself.

Stage Combat 
This class explores the physical preparation for and safe use of hand-to-hand combat techniques for the stage. Suzuki movement will be incorporated into this class. 


Time will be spent working on the final demonstration providing students the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired in the other courses. The week will culminate with the students’ demonstration presentation in the Vivian Davis Michael’s Theatre.