Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI)
YASI is the best place for a summer full of theater for all ages! In addition to the full YASI program (ages 10-18), 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).
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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 2018 Info
The program runs July 2 – August 3, 2018 with showcases on August 3 and 4 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 options are available.
Read the course descriptions 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. Fill out the application here.
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.
One Week Summer Programs
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, teching, and performing on the Trinity Rep stage. This year, YASI Shakes is shaking it up (pun intended) by making it a musical. Not all roles will require singing, but be prepared to sing at your audition. Students must be a part of the full YASI program in July to participate.
August 6 – 10, 2018, 9 am – 5 pm, with shows on August 10 and 11 at 7:30pm
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 25 – 29, 2018
1st-2nd Graders – Mornings (9 am-12 pm), 3rd – 4th Graders – Afternoons (1 – 4 pm)
YASI Players is a week-long program for students in conjunction with the Gordon School. Students in grades 5-9 rehearse, stage ,and perform a new family-friendly play in one week. Everyone who registers gets a role. Priority is given to students who participate in the full YASI program in July.
August 6 – 10, 2018, 9 am – 4pm, with shows on August 11 and 12 at 2pm
Trinity Rep Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) Masters program offers a week-long series of intensive classes for high school and college students with theatrical experience who are looking to expand their repertoire, build skills and make connections.
Monday, June 25 – 10am-1pm ROOTwork with yon Tande
Monday, June 25 – 2-5pm Directing and Dissecting Shakespeare with Fred Sullivan, Jr.
Tuesday, June 26 – 10am -1pm Audition Techniques with Daniel Duque Estrada
Tuesday, June 26 – 2-5pm Musical Improv with Keith Munslow & Casey Seymour Kim
Wednesday, June 27 – 10am -1pm Design Process with Baron Pugh
Wednesday, June 27 – 2-5pm Musical Theater Scene Study with Rachael Warren
Thursday, June 28 – 10am – 1pm Acting for the Camera with CP Casting
Thursday, June 28 – 2-5pm Broadway Hip Hop Dance with Jackie Davis
Monday, August 13 – 2-5pm Voiceover with William John Austin
YASI Masters runs from June 25-28, 2018
$400 for eight classes or $100 a la carte
Bonus Voiceover class August 13, 2018
$50 for subscribers to the full week in June or $100 a la carte
Read the course descriptions below:
Led by yon Tande
ROOTwork is a dance/movement workshop which historically and physically explores a specific dance/movement tradition of Africa and its Diaspora. In addition to gaining first-hand knowledge of particular tradition and practices through experiential learning, ROOTwork ultimately aims to encourage individual and communal expressiveness and cooperation.
Led by Fred Sullivan, Jr.
Directing and Dissecting Shakespeare is your chance to learn how you take the classic and rich language of Shakespeare, and get it up on its feet! Students will have the opportunity to delve into text and begin the process of staging and blocking some of the most produced work in history. If you have ever thought about directing, this master class is a fantastic intro into the process, and for actors it can surely inform the way you analyze a piece. Taught by Trinity’s Fred Sullivan, this is your chance to blaze your own trail using Shakespeare’s words.
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, a headshot and resume. 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.
Do you love improv and music? Can you imagine combining the two? (Or is the very idea terrifying?!) Incorporating music into your improvised scenes is a rewarding and thrilling challenge–and all it requires is confidence, focus, and fun! In this workshop, we’ll explore the fundamentals of improvising songs, including rhyming (and not rhyming), common rhythms, and song structures. Learn to sing proudly in your own voice and to create a song or musical around any theme that arises!
Led by Baron Pugh
Do you love theater but also enjoy showing your creativity behind the scenes? Artists of all kinds are needed to create the magic that happens on stage. In this workshop you will learn how a scenic designer approaches the concept, design and strategy for a production. Through a hands-on project, you will learn how to research and analyze a script to come up with a simple yet powerful concept that supports the image and story of the production.
Led by Rachael Warren
It takes two! Students will be provided a duet where they will develop the skills for storytelling through song. This class will focus on strengthening acting techniques while keeping up with the demands of musical theatre. Students will establish collaboration skills with scene partners and analyze given circumstances, characterization, and personalization in regards to the interpretation of the composer(s) and lyricist(s).
Led by Staff 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. Students must provide a headshot and resume.
Led by Jackie Davis
The landscape of Broadway dance is changing thanks to In the Heights and Hamilton, which incorporate hip hop along with traditional modern choreography. Hip hop is incredibly high energy, physical and fun. Since this form of dance relies on strength and stamina, students will start with vigorous workouts focusing on upper and lower body. After, the class will learn a short routine which will prepare them for the modern audition room.
Led by William John Austin
Lend your voice over to our voiceover master class with William James Austin! This class will guide you through the ins and outs of using your voice to its fullest potential for film, television or broadcast. Read your own script and test out your chops while learning tips from someone in the industry.
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