Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI)

Our Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) is the best place for a summer full of theater for all ages! In addition to the full YASI program (grades 5-graduated seniors), additional program include YASI Jr. (grades 1 – 4), YASI Players (grades 5 – 9), YASI Shakes (grades 10 – 12), and YASI Masters (high school and college students).

About YASI

The Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) is one of the most comprehensive summer arts enrichment programs in New England. For 4 1/2 weeks, students ages 10 to 18 choose from a variety of electives, including playwriting, musical theater, improvisation, Shakespeare, stage combat and more. Taught by Trinity Rep’s acting company, education staff, Brown/Trinity Rep MFA students and alums, and local working artists, YASI culminates in two public performances on the Trinity Rep stage. There is an optional extension week for high school students called YASI Shakes.

YASI 2019

The program runs July 1 – August 2, 2019 with showcases on August 2 and 3 at 7:00 pm.

Classes run Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Students provide their own lunches and snacks. Limited half-day morning (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) options are available.

Read the descriptions for summer 2019’s courses here

7:30 am – 8:45 am  Extended-Day, morning
9:00 am – 9:30 am  Announcements
9:35 am – 10:35 am  First Elective
10:35 am – 10:50 am  Snack Break
10:55 am – 11:55 am  Second Elective
12:00 pm – 12:40 pm  Lunch
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm  Scene Study/Special Elective
2:00 pm – 2:10 pm  Snack Break
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm  Third Elective
3:20 pm – 4:35 pm  Fourth Elective
4:40 pm – 5:00 pm  Announcements
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Extended-Day, afternoon

For students who need to be dropped off early or picked up late, we offer an extended-day option from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm. We also offer a limited number of half-day spaces from 9:00 am  – 2:00 pm.

Full tuition: $1600

Half-day mornings: $1000 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm includes electives 1, 2, scene study/special elective)

Extended day: $300 additional

Financial Aid is available. Students must register for the program to be considered for financial aid. For more information, please contact

Note: a $300 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration ($50 for financial aid students). No refunds are made for dismissal, absence, withdrawal, or delayed attendance.

To register for YASI 2019, please click here. 

One Week Summer Programs

YASI Shakes

Students entering grades 10 – 12 (and graduating seniors) can attend an extra week of YASI to mount a full Shakespearean production. Students are led in a Shakespeare crash course from casting to blocking, teaching, and performing on the Trinity Rep stage. Students must be a part of the full YASI program in July to participate.

August 5 – 9, 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, with shows on August 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm

YASI Junior

YASI Jr. is our summer offering for children entering grades 1-4 who wish to explore the world of performance, with classes in movement, acting, props crafting, and more.

June 24 – 28, 2019

1st-2nd Graders – Mornings (9:00 am-12:00 pm),  FULL
3rd – 4th Graders – Afternoons (1:00 – 4:00 pm) FULL

To register for YASI Junior, please click here.

YASI Masters

YASI Masters is a week-long program for high school and college students looking to deepen their practice in a variety of concentrations, taught by our resident acting company and artistic staff in intensive three-hour sessions.

Monday, June 24 10 am – 1 pm
FINDING THE BALANCE: Contrasting Monologues

Led by Daniel Duque-Estrada

Whether you’re looking to get back into acting, planning to audition for graduate school or a

theater, we can help you hone the techniques necessary to audition successfully. Students should prepare two contrasting monologues that show their range. This class will explore different types of acting auditions, with a special emphasis on the two-monologue theatrical audition. Students will do mock auditions for Duque-Estrada will learn helpful techniques on how best to present themselves, as well as common pitfalls to avoid.

Danny Duque-Estrada is a resident acting company member at Trinity Rep. He has appeared as Pablo, Native Gardens; Alonso/King Ferdinand of Aragon,  Like Sheep to Water, or Fuente Ovejuna; Lysander, A Midsummer Nights’s Dream; A Christmas Carol. Other Theaters: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center (former Brierly Resident Acting Co. member), Shakespeare Dallas, Brown/Trinity Playwright’s Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Shotgun Players, Intersection for the Arts/Campo Santo, The Cutting Ball Theater. TV: Second Chance. Other:Daniel has been a counselor and teaching artist with Trinity Rep’s Young Actor’s Summer Institute. Graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Acting program; BA from UC Berkeley.

Monday, June 24 2 pm – 5 pm
FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT: Nailing the Dance Audition

Led by Taavon Gamble

Many musical theater actors feel confident in their singing abilities but often they trip up at the dance audition. This workshop is steered toward the actor who “moves well” but doesn’t consider themselves a dancer. Preparing for a movement piece requires knowledge of basic fundamentals, and this course will provide some helpful hints for keeping up and standing out at a dance audition.

At Trinity Rep, Taavon Gamble appeared in Ragtime, A Christmas Carol (2017), and Oklahoma! Tour: Seussical. Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Reagle Music Theatre, New Bedford Festival Theatre, Theatre By The Sea, Ocean State Theatre Company, Ivoryton Playhouse, The Hanover Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. Choreography: Brown University, Pittsburgh Playhouse, White Plains Performing Arts Center, Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Jean’s Playhouse, Arundel Barn Playhouse, and Bryant University. Training: Point Park University alumni. Other: IRNE Award Nomination: Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Dames at Sea).

Tuesday, June 25 2 pm – 5 pm

Led by Rachael Warren

One of the actors’ tools is voice, but often performers struggle to utilize their instrument to its fullest potential. Producing clear, supported and sustainable sound can be difficult. This class will focus on speech, including methods for breathing, projection, diction and clarity.

Ms. Warren started at Trinity Rep in the 1999-2000 season playing Eliza in My Fair Lady. She has been a company member since 2002. Other highlights include: Nancy (Oliver!), Sally (Cabaret), Betsy/Lindsey (Clybourne Park), Antigone (The Dreams of Antigone), Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Ophelia (Hamlet),  Wendy (Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up), Isobel (The Secret Rapture), Rebecca (The Long Christmas Ride Home), Sabina (The Skin of Our Teeth), Mary Warren (The Crucible), Mary (Dublin Carol), The Syringa Tree, Lady Percy (Henry IV), Duchess of York (Richard II), Princess Katherine (Henry V), Anybodys/Somewhere Girl (West Side Story), Mrs. Webb (Our Town), The Other Woman (Dead Man’s Cell Phone), Truvy (Steel Magnolias), Drood (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Nerissa (Merchant of Venice), Boots on the Ground, Some Things Are Private, Luisa (The Fantasticks), Anne (Merry Wives of Windsor), Shapeshifter, Marie (Paris by Night), It’s a Wonderful Life and, of course, A Christmas Carol.  Ms. Warren has spent two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival playing The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Muriel Humphrey/Pat Nixon and others in the world premiere of The Great Society, Eliza in My Fair Lady and Cymbeline. Rachael has also played at Seattle Rep (All the Way/Great Society in rep), American Repertory Company (The Doctor’s Dilemma, Antigone, Man and Superman, The Bacchae), Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Cleveland Play House (Man of La Mancha), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Tonight at 8:30, Princess Turandot), Hartford Stage Company, Virginia Stage, and Goodspeed Opera House (Great Expectations). She was in the national touring companies of Tommy, Chess, and Company. She is a graduate of the A.R.T Institute at Harvard and Illinois-Wesleyan University.

Tuesday, June 25 10 am – 1 pm

Led by Teddy Lytle

A fight can be the peak of a play, and creating compelling combat for the stage is challenging. This class addresses the basics of stage combat that every actor should have in their toolbelt. While emphasizing safety and realism, students will learn techniques for movement, including punches, kicks, falls, and reactions.

Teddy Lytle is an actor, musician, fight choreographer and writer. He is a daring, versatile, and notably energetic performer, with a very strong background in comedy, improvisation, and stage combat.  He received his B.A. in Theater and Music from Muhlenberg College and will graduate with his M.F.A from Brown/Trinity Rep in 2019.

Wednesday, June 26 10 am – 1 pm

Led by Michael Getz

While watching a play, we often take for granted the smallest details: period correct newsprint, curtain patterns, and table settings. These objects create a vibrant world and help with storytelling. In this workshop, you will learn how a properties master approaches the concept, design, and strategy for production. Through a hands-on project, you will learn how to research and analyze a script to come up with a concept that supports the image and story of the production.

Michael Getz has been the Properties Master for Trinity Rep for the past 22 seasons.  His day to day responsibilities include shopping and building the props, furniture and set dressing for all Trinity Rep mainstage productions in the Dowling and Chace Theatres, as well as maintaining all current productions.  He also lends support to the Education, Marketing, and Development Departments when things are needed for outside projects or special events.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Michael first moved to New England to work at the Ogunquit Playhouse (America’s Foremost Summer Theatre), and StageWest (Springfield, MA).  He is a graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, with a B.A. in general and Technical Theatre.

Michael also has an Associate’s Degree in Interior Design.

Wednesday, June 26 2 pm – 5 pm
16 BARS, HEADSHOT & RESUME: Audition Prep

Led by Carla Martinez

Another aspect of a musical theater audition is the classic “16 bars” of a song – a very short amount of time to display your range. This class will focus on packing a full performance into a small package. Students should also bring their headshot and acting resume. They will receive feedback on format and style so they can make the best first impression.

Carla Martinez is a performer, teacher, and choreographer residing in Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Professional Music (Vocal Performance) and a minor in Drama. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Southwest Florida, Carla has paved quite a path for herself and has performed all over the United States and the Caribbean.

Carla started her professional theatrical career at TheatreZone in Naples, Florida and upon graduating from Berklee, has appeared in over a dozen shows in New England.

She is currently on the teaching staff at the ArtBarn Community Theater, Linx (Dance Studio and Theater), Wheelock Family Theatre, and the Stoneham Theatre. Carla is also involved with the Young Artists Awards, which is a non-profit, performing arts scholarship program for students throughout Southwest Florida.

Thursday, June 27 10 am – 1 pm

Led by Carolyn Pickman of CP Casting

For a well-rounded career, actors need to feel confident on the stage and in front of a camera, but even experienced stage actors have trouble making the transition. In this class, students give cold readings in pairs to the camera and dissect what it takes to land an on-screen role. The class will also include advice on the best self-tape strategies. Students must provide a headshot and resume.

Carolyn Pickman is the director of The Studio and the co-founder & current president of CP Casting Inc. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild & The Casting Society of America. Carolyn has won numerous casting awards for feature films, including Spotlight, The Departed, Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island, Mystic River, Good Will Hunting, The Crucible, and Mystic Pizza.

She has performed professionally in plays, soap operas, TV, and films; and since the late ’70s has taught professional and nonprofessional adults and teens, acting and auditioning skills. Along with the work she does at The Studio, she is currently an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University working with Media and Theater Department students. This class, Acting for the Camera Workshop, has been a successful addition to the TA curriculum at Suffolk for 5 years.

Thursday, June 27 2 pm-5 pm
CLASSICS REIMAGINED: Directing Oldies but Goodies

Led by Tyler Dobrowsky

Classic plays are those that have been performed for hundreds of years, translated into countless languages and performed across the world. They have universal themes that transcend time and space. The freedom of producing a play in the public domain allows the director to reimagine the piece, making it relevant to a new audience with their own aesthetic. In this workshop, students will approach a classic play from the director’s perspective, thinking outside the box and stretching the bounds of the text. We will look at works by Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, Moliere and more.

Tyler Dobrowsky has been a member of the education, literary, and artistic teams since 2003. He founded YASI, Trinity Rep’s summer program for children, as well as Shakespeare en el Verano (Shakespeare in the Summer), Trinity Rep’s touring bilingual summer Shakespeare project. Directing credits at Trinity Rep include: Little Shop of Horrors; Into the Breeches; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Julius Caesar; A Flea in Her Ear; It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; Love Alone (a world premiere with the playwright Deb Salem Smith) and A Christmas Carol. Directing credits at the Gamm: The Big Meal, Morality Play, The Rant, and American Buffalo. Tyler has also taught at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts, and his work has been seen at Asolo Rep and UNC/Playmakers Rep. Tyler teaches in the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program, serves on the board of Rhode Island Latino Arts and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers union. He received his MA in Education Policy from Brown University, and studied history, theater, and Russian at Holy Cross.

$400 for eight classes or $100 a la carte

Email with questions.

YASI Players  *** FULL ***

YASI Players is for students grade 5-9, this course rehearses, stages and performs a new, family-friendly play with music.

August 5 – 9, 2019, 9 am – 4 pm, with shows on August 9 at 5 pm and August 10 at 2 pm

To register for YASI Players, please click here.

Email with questions.

Teachers and Counselors

Calling all teachers, teaching artists, and counselors! Trinity Rep is now accepting applications for faculty and staff for our 2019 Young Actors Summer Institute. To apply, please fill out the form here.