Summer Program

ArtsWest Performance Institute 2015

Theater is life in its most concentrated and compelling form. Training as a theater artist shapes students into creative, empowered, passionate people who think critically about the world in which we all live, and teaches skills they’ll use beyond the stage for the rest of their lives – collaboration, respect, confidence, and empathy.
With Musical Theater Academy classes for kids and teens and the launch of our Ensemble Generated Theater Project, this summer at ArtsWest is going to be a life-changing experience you won’t forget!

Mathew Wright, Artistic Director

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

You can also register online here.

Download the Performance Institute 2015 brochure!

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

These two-week sessions introduce our youngest actors to musical theater. Students will learn the basics of acting, singing, and movement through lessons and exercises that build confidence, encourage teamwork, and develop performance skills. Each session concludes with a showcase for family and friends on the last day.


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

The High School Musical Theater Academy is a fun, yet fast-paced session geared toward students of a variety of levels. The session will focus on the essential elements of musical theatre: scene study, text analysis, vocal technique, song interpretation, and dance. Students will learn core performance skills through training and exercises that encourage them to see themselves as theater artists, too. The session concludes with a showcase for family and friends on the last day.

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.)


Email us at 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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