Summer Program

ArtsWest Performance Institute

Theater is life in its most concentrated and compelling form. Training as a theater artist shapes students into creative, empowered and passionate members of society. They learn skills they will use for the rest of their lives, including collaboration, respect, confidence and creativity. With Musical Theater Academy classes for all ages, and the launch of our brand new Ensemble Generated Theater Project, this summer at ArtsWest is going to be one life-changing experience you won’t soon forget.

Mathew Wright, Artistic Director


To register or ask questions!  Email us at education@artswest.org or call 206.938.0963 (Monday-Friday, 11am to 6pm)


DCF 1.0Elementary School Musical Theater Academy
July 6-17 Session #1 
August 3-14 Session #2
10am-4pm both sessions
Kindergarten – Grade 5, no audition
$400 per session

These two week sessions will welcome our youngest students into the world of incredible story-telling through the medium of musical theater. With an emphasis on acting skills, movement, singing and improvisation games, musical theater comes to life as our students take classes with some of Seattle’s best working professionals. In addition to the daily class work, the students will learn performance skills which will culminate in a showcase for family and friends.


Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.comMiddle School Musical Theater Academy
July 20-31 Session #1
August 3-14 Session #2 
August 17-28 Session #3
10am-4pm all sessions
Grade 6 – 8, no audition
$400 per session

These two week sessions will welcome our middle school students into the world of incredible story-telling through the medium of musical theater, and also provide them with a safe place to explore and build self-confidence. With an emphasis on developing their facility as actors, dancers, vocal technicians and improvisers, musical theater exploration leads to teamwork, respect, and a sense of belonging. Students will be mentored by some of Seattle’s best working professionals, many of whom grace the stages of Seattle’s biggest theatres. In addition to the daily class work, the students will learn performance skills which will culminate in a showcase for family and friends.


SWEENEY TODD cast 2008High School Musical Theater Academy
August 17-28
10am – 4pm
Grade 9-12, no audition
$400 per session

This two week session will welcome our high school students into the world of musical theater providing a medium that encourages students to engage with and think critically about the world in which they live. With an emphasis on scene study, text analysis, vocal technique, song interpretation, and dance, this session will empower burgeoning student performers to think of themselves as creative artists in their own right. Students will be mentored by some of Seattle’s best working professionals, many of whom grace the stages of Seattle’s biggest theatres. In addition to the daily class work, the students will learn performance skills which will culminate in a showcase for family and friends.


Kody Bringman and Becca Orts in rehearsal in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW 2010Ensemble Generated Theater Project
July 6-31
10am-4pm, $800
Grade 9-12, audition based – 20 students will be accepted into this program
For creative artists of all type – actors, tech & production minded students

Performances – Thursday, July 30 – Saturday, August 1 @ 7:30pm | Sunday, August 2 @3pm

Auditions – Saturday, May 9 & Saturday, May 30 – slots available beginning at 1pm.
Please prepare a one minute monologue from a classic or contemporary play.
Email education@artswest.org to sign up for an audition slot.

**worried about the audition?  check out our audition workshop!

The Ensemble Generated Theater Project (ages 14-18) focuses on advanced conservatory training in voice, movement, text, and performance through group process. This classwork then finds its practical application in the creation of an original, collaboratively devised piece of theater, performed for the public at ArtsWest. Students will develop and utilize processes designed to generate images, ideas, and staging from the group through improvisation and exercises. Through this practice students will find innovative ways to explore and question the world around them and express their perceptions through the media of performance and theater.

The Ensemble Generated Theater Project encourages students to engage with and think critically about the world in which they live, and empowers burgeoning student performers to think of themselves as creative artists in their own right.

ABout the program director

Photograph by Mark KitaokaMathew Wright is the Artistic Director of ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery, and is familiar to ArtsWest audiences as the director of 4000 Miles, Dogfight, Little Women, and the music director of HAIR. Prior to joining ArtsWest, he spent three years working as a freelance director, teaching artist, and Education Programs Coordinator at the 5th Avenue Theatre, where he has directed The Rising Star Project since its inception (The Oklahoma! Project, Rising Star Projects: Music Man, Spamalot, and Carousel); Adventure Musical Theatre (AMT) tours of Northwest Bookshelf, Klondike!, and It Happened At the World’s Fair; and assistant/associate directed the mainstage produtions of CinderellaTitanic: The ConcertThe Music Man, Pirates of Penzance, and Oliver! Other work in Seattle includes directing Rosenstock Productions’ Wisemen at ACT, and projects at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, Balagan, and Seattle Mainstreet Musical Festival.  Prior to moving to Seattle, Mathew worked as a director and musical director in Philadelphia, where he received a 2007 Barrymore Award for The Fantasticks (Musical Direction) and was nominated in 2012 for Marat/Sade (Original Score/Musical Direction.)  BA in Theater (Rutgers University), MFA in Directing (Temple University.)


QUESTIONS? reADY TO REGISTER?

Email us at education@artswest.org or call 206.938.0963, 11am-6pm.

Cancellation policy: 50% refund prior to 4 weeks of the first day of the program; no refund following that date.  Extenuating circumstances considered.

 

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