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One Week Summer Programs

YASI Shakes

Students entering grades 10 – 12 (and graduating seniors) 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. 


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.

YASI Masters

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.  The 2020 schedule provides a sample of what future programs will look like.

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Led by Shura Baryshnikov

Contact Improvisation is an open research frame where contact with a partner is the starting point to investigate movement in relation to the physical laws that govern our motion.  Explorations into offering and giving structural support, tracking our partner through space, deep observation and tuning of the senses will be explored.  Come willing to experiment! 

Shura Baryshnikov is the Head of Physical Theatre for the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs in Acting and Directing at Brown University.  An actor as well as a dancer, Shura works broadly across disciplines as a performer and also a choreographer and movement designer for dance, theater, and opera.  She is a co-director of the Contact Improvisation ensemble, Set Go, and teaches Contact Improvisation nationally and internationally at premier training programs and festivals.  More at 

Led by Taavon Gamble 

Many musical theater actors feel confident in their singing abilities but often they trip up when it comes to dancing. This workshop is steered toward the actor who “moves well” but doesn’t consider themselves a dancer, but experienced dancers will benefit as well. 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 & 2019), 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)


Led by Rebecca Gibel

There are literally hundreds of dialects across the UK. In England alone, people speak differently in South West, South East, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, North West, North East, Geordie, and Borders. Throw Scotland, Wales and Ireland into the mix and you begin to see how complicated it is when someone asks you to “do an English accent.” In this class, Caitlin Duffy will focus on the posh RP accent, explore some other UK variations and provide practical tools to approximate the rhythm, melody, and nuts and bolts mechanics of how people speak across the pond.  

Led by Jay Are Adams

This three hour workshop will focus on the basics of storytelling, writing, and comedy to give the students the tools to write their own jokes. They will go through a variety of exercises to teach them all about timing, repetition, and connecting with your audience. 

Jay Are Adams is an actor, comedian, and theater educator. Acting credits include C.O.A.A.S.T. Theatre Company, Epic Theatre Company, and Stadium Theatre. Jay Are has performed at all the top clubs in New England. He also has appeared on Comedy Central for Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City: Season 2.”


Led by Ava Gaudet

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 will learn the specific considerations for working in film & TV and techniques for giving an effective on-camera performance. Students will give cold readings 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.   

Ava Gaudet is a professional singer, film, television, and theater actress who played “Maureen” in the hit Broadway Production of RENT, and had a memorable recurring role on ABC’s Ugly Betty. Other TV guest appearances include N.C.I.S, Private Practice, Franklin & Bash, Mike & Molly, The Exes, and, most recently, the Netflix series The Society. Notable films include Evil Angel (opposite Pulp Fiction/Mission Impossible star Ving Rhames), Bachelors (with Fred Willard, Anna Hutchinson) and the upcoming films I Care a Lot and Love, Weddings, & Other Disasters
Ava teaches Acting for the Camera at Dean College and has taught numerous on-camera and auditioning workshops at Boston Casting. She has also taught acting and entertainment industry master classes for high school and college level students including CCRI, Regis College, St. Andrew’s School, and the Brown-Trinity Conservatory. She hosts a YouTube channel focused on tips and advice for the entertainment industry called #TipsofTheTrade 

 Led by Michael Liebhauser
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.   

Michael Liebhauser is an actor, fight director, and combat instructor based out of Manhattan. He’s been the fight director for the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival for the last five years and has worked at regional theaters across the east coast as both a fight director and fight captain. More info can be found at 


Led by Amanda Downing Carney

In this workshop, students will learn the ins and outs of costume design, starting with how to analyze a script for costume and character information, develop costume plots and breakdowns and create costume renderings with swatches of fabric or magazine clippings. Students may also have the opportunity to explore Trinity Rep’s own costume shop and on-site stock.  

Amanda Downing Carney is Trinity Rep’s costume shop director and the costume designer for last season’s production of An Iliad. Her responsibilities include overseeing practical costume logistics and enabling the designer’s artistic visions for each production. She started as a stitcher/wardrobe in 2006 after returning home to Rhode Island from a life on the road as a wardrobe supervisor and costume coordinator for multiple national tours. In addition to her full-time gig at Trinity Rep, she designs costumes for local universities and theaters including: Brown/Trinity Rep, URI, PC, The Gamm Theatre, Wilbury Theatre Group, Contemporary Theatre Co., and The White Heron Theatre on Nantucket. She has also designed for Trinity Rep’s Teatro en El Verano tours of Romeo and Juliet, La Tempestad, and Much Ado/Tanta Bulla. Amanda has a BFA in Costume Technology from URI and lives in South County with her husband Joe and two young sons. 

Led by Rachael Warren  

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. Many auditions require two contrasting selections,  spanning genre or tone. This class will focus on packing a full performance into a small package, and selecting two pieces that highlight your abilities and personality.  

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. 

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).


YASI Players is a week-long program for students in grades 5-9. These young actors rehearse, stage, and perform a new family-friendly play in one week. Previous plays include The Kids Go Down Below by Rodney Witherspoon II, The Many Lives of Fancy Devereaux and Rose & Iris by David Rabinow and Little Big State and The Whale in the Hudson by Bradley Wilson. Everyone who registers gets a role. Priority is given to students who participate in the full YASI program in July.

See the cast, watch the show, see the poster from the 2020 program.

About YASI

The Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) is one of the most comprehensive summer arts enrichment programs in New England. For one month, 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.

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. 

7:30 am – 8:30 am  Extended-Day (optional – additional fee)
8:30 am – 9:00 am Morning Drop Off
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 – 12:30 pm  Lunch
12:35 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 (optional – additional fee)

For students who need to be dropped off early or picked up late, we offer an extended-day from 7:30 – 8:30 am or 5:00 – 6:00 pm for $150, or $300 for both.

Full tuition: $1600 

Half-day mornings: $1100 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm includes electives 1, 2, scene study/special elective)

Extended day: $300 additional. Please see below for extended day registration options.

Financial Aid is available. Students must register for the program to be considered for financial aid.

Note: A $50 non-refundable deposit is due to hold a space in the program. There is a $300 cancellation fee (negotiable for financial aid students). No refunds are made for dismissal, absence, withdrawal, or delayed attendance. 

Note: A $50 non-refundable deposit is due to hold a space in the program. There is a $300 cancellation fee (negotiable for financial aid students). No refunds are made for dismissal, absence, withdrawal, or delayed attendance.