2018 Summer Programs

With Musical Theatre development for all ages, intensive experiences for advanced students, including the creation of a musical theater cabaret, this summer at ArtsWest is going to be full of exploration and full of fun! Students and their parents can apply – and direct any questions you may have – to education@artswest.org.


Taking Space 

Directed by Hattie Claire Andres

Music Direction by Chris DiStefano

July 16th – August 10th, Monday – Friday, 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Performances: Saturday, August 11 at 3pm & 7:30pm and Sunday, August 12 at 3pm.

Grade 9 – Age 20 | $520

In the new summer cabaret “Taking Space” at ArtsWest, teenagers are given the opportunity to take space, to speak up – to sing songs and tell stories that matter to them. Under the mentorship of theater professionals, “Taking Space” is a platform for young artists to express themselves, their experiences, and their unique artistic vision through musical theater.


Please email EmilyRose Frasca at emilyrosef@artswest.org for more information.

We are also looking for technical interns & musicians to work on this production— email if you are interested! Send inquiries here: emilyrosef@artswest.org

About Hattie Claire Andres
Hattie Claire Andres is a  Seattle-based director, choreographer,  producer, actor, and educator. As a teenager, Hattie spent two formative summers training at ArtsWest, performing in productions of bare: a pop opera and Side Show. She is thrilled to come full circle with ArtsWest this summer as the director of “Taking Space”Hattie has served as the supervising director for The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rising Star Project for the past two years, is gearing up for her first year as Program Director for Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Young Actor Institute, serves as the Associate Producer for One Coast Collaboration, and is the Executive Assistant at Seattle Rep. Recent credits include: 2016-17 Directing & Arts Leadership Fellow, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, The Secret Garden, The Pajama Game, Little Mermaid, Man of La Mancha (5th Ave); Public Works Seattle’s The Odyssey, Lizard Boy, Brownsville Song, Dear Elizabeth (Seattle Rep); Madagascar, Shrek, Brooklyn Bridge (Seattle Children’s Theatre). Additionally, Hattie has worked with Seattle Theatre Group/Disney Musicals in Schools, Youth Theatre Northwest, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Live Girls! Theatre, 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Project, and Playing in Progress, as well as Minneapolis-based companies The Playwrights’ Center, The Jungle Theatre, and Stages Theatre Company.  Hattie holds a B.A. in Theatre and Management Studies from St. Olaf College and is a proud co-founder of Seattle’s Young Americans’ Theatre Company.  Upcoming: Kiss Me, Kate, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (5th Ave), and Wonderland (SCT).


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. Featuring Musical Theatre development for all ages, this summer at ArtsWest is going to be full of exploration and fun!

Elementary Musical Theater Skills

Session #1: July 16th – 27th | Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Session #2: August 6th – August 17th | Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Grades K-5 | $425/session

With an emphasis on acting skills, movement, singing and improvisation games, musical theater comes joyfully to life as our youngest students take classes with some of Seattle’s best working professionals. Each two-week session will culminate in a showcase for family and friends.


Middle School Musical Theater Skills

Session #1: July 16th – 27th | Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Grades 6-8 | $425/session

Our middle school students are brought fully into the world of musical theater with a safe place to explore and build self-confidence, mentored by some of Seattle’s best working professionals.  They will develop their abilities as actors, dancers, vocal technicians, and improvisers, culminating in a showcase for family and friends.