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Summer Acting Academy

Acting Masks Save the date for 2018!

The 2018 Academy will run June 17-23rd for the Teen Academy and 18-22nd for the Young Academy.

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 7-11)

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

Performance: Fri, June 22nd


The Teen Academy (ages 12-18)

(Sun. 17th - Sat. 23rd)

Performance: Sat, June 23rd

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.