Ignite the Spark for Performing Arts! 

Meet the Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI), one of the most comprehensive summer theater programs in New England!  Led by experienced, enthusiastic local artists and educators, YASI helps students from kindergarten through recent high school graduates develop confidence, make new friends, and have plenty of summer fun. 

Each YASI camp is one week long and covers a different theatrical topic. We welcome students of all levels of experience and backgrounds. Join us for just one, or mix and match multiple camps for the ultimate theater kid summer. 

Financial Aid  

Please fill out the Financial Aid Application before registering for a summer camp. Once your application is processed (allow 10 business days), you will receive a discount code to use at registration. Financial aid is need-based only, and applicants must fill out the form and complete a personal statement to be considered. Payment plans are also available. Email education@trinityrep.com with all inquiries. 

Please Note: All students must submit a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold a spot in the program. Email education@trinityrep.com if this is cost-prohibitive for your family. 

Some camps (YASI Players, YASI Popsical, and YASI One Acts) may require a pre-meeting for script reading and casting.

YASI 2024 Camps

YASI Jr  

Session One
July 8 12, 2024
9:00 am 2:00 pm
For students entering grades 1 2 (Join Waitlist)
For students entering grades 3 – 4 (Join Waitlist)
$300
Up to 20 students
Extended day care available (until 4:00 pm) for an additional fee

Session Two
July 15 19, 2024
9:00 am 2:00 pm
For students entering grades 1 2 (Join Waitlist)
For students entering grades 3 4 (Join Waitlist)
$300
Up to 20 students
Extended day care available (until 4:00 pm) for an additional fee

In our summer offering for children entering grades 1 – 4, young actors learn how to tell stories using their voice, movement, and imagination. Throughout the week, we develop characters, create props, and build an ensemble, cumulating in a short performance at the end of the week!  

Please note:

  • Please enroll in only one week of YASI Jr to make room for other students.  
  • Students should wear comfortable, movement-ready clothes and secure, closed-toe shoes 

YASI Musical Theater

Session One
July 8 12, 2024
9:00 am 4:00 pm
For students entering grades 5 7
$450
Up to 20 students
This course is full. Click here to join the waitlist.

Session Two
July 15 19, 2024
9:00 am 4:00 pm
For students entering grades 8 12 and graduated high school seniors
$450
Up to 20 students
Register Here

Acting, singing, and dancing? It’s the classic triple threat, and this immersive experience helps students develop all three skills. In YASI Musical Theater, students explore characters and stories through words, song, and movement.  

Please note: Students should wear comfortable, movement-ready clothes and secure, closed-toe shoes 

YASI Casting Call

July 8 12, 2024
9:00 am 4:00 pm
For students entering grades 8 12 and graduated high school seniors
$400
Up to 20 students
Register Here

Learn how to ace the big audition with YASI Casting Call! This class explores different types of acting auditions, with a special emphasis on the two-monologue theatrical audition. Students learn to perform monologues and short scenes, helpful audition techniques, and common audition pitfalls to avoid. They also learn about creating self-tapes for film, television, and commercial auditions; and how to put together a resume and headshots. The class culminates in a mock audition in which each student presents two monologues and receives feedback. Young actors receive files of their on-camera auditions after the class. 

NEW! YASI Improv

July 15 19, 2024
9:00 am 4:00 pm
For students entering grades 5 7
$400
Up to 20 students
This course is full. Click here to join the waitlist.

Learn how to build characters and a scene with only the power of collaboration and imagination! YASI Improv teaches students the basics of improvisation, including building off others’ ideas, establishing a point of view, and creating a world to play in. Through creating characters and committing to the physical life of a scene, students will truly create something from nothing!  

NEW! YASI Improv & Comedy

July 22 26, 2024
9:00 am 4:00 pm
For students entering grades 8 12 and graduated high school seniors
$400
Up to 20 students
Register Here

If you’ve ever loved an SNL skit, an iconic one-liner from your favorite movie, or a hilarious sitcom, Improv & Comedy is for you. YASI Improv and Comedy teaches students the basics of improvisation, comedy writing, comedic timing, and physical comedy.  By writing scripts and crafting characters, students will have audiences rolling in the aisles laughing!  

YASI Popsical: Mac, Mac, Mac Again!

July 22 26, 2024
9:00 am 4:00 pm
For students entering grades 5 9
$450
Up to 25 students
Register Here

From Mamma Mia! to Moulin Rouge, jukebox musicals are having a moment. But what if we created our own pop musical using iconic songs, both vintage and new? You’d have a pop-musical – a “Popsical!” During this camp, students mount an original jukebox musical, Mac, Mac, Mac Again, based on Macbeth by William Shakespeare, in just one week. The spooky, campy, fireside extravaganza is an ensemble-based show and includes solo opportunities for students. At the end of the week, friends and family get to see the premiere performance of the Popsical! 

Everyone who registers for YASI Popsical will be cast in the play. The class will perform the play on Friday, July 26 in the afternoon. 

Please note: Students should wear comfortable, movement-ready clothes and secure, closed-toe shoes 

YASI One Act

July 29 August 2, 2024
9:00 am 4:00 pm
For students entering grades 10 12 and graduated high school seniors
$400
Up to 20 students
Register Here

In this exciting week-long camp, students prepare a contemporary one-act play! From the first read-through of the script and character analysis to dress rehearsal and curtain call, YASI One Act gives young performers a taste of all the steps that come with working on a live stage production.  

Everyone who registers for YASI One Act will be cast in the play. The class will perform the play on Friday, August 2 in the afternoon. 

NEW! YASI Fight & Make Up

July 29 August 2, 2024
9:00 am 4:00 pm
For students entering grades 5 7 (Register Here)
For students entering grades 8 12 and graduated high school seniors (Register Here)
$400
Up to 30 students

Master onstage illusions through two of theater’s most magical tools: stage combat and stage makeup! If you’ve ever wanted to play a zombie or a Jedi Master on stage, this is your chance. While emphasizing safety and realism, students learn techniques for movement, including punches, kicks, falls, and reaction. The moves will then be incorporated into scenes that involve confrontations.  Learn to create different kinds of stage blood, wounds, bruises, old age makeup and more. Students enrolled in this program can bring their own makeup, but we can also provide products in a variety of skin tones. The final fight sequence will be presented at the end of the week for students’ families and friends. 

Please note: Students should wear comfortable, movement-ready clothes and secure, closed-toe shoes 

YASI Playwriting

August 5 9, 2024
9:00 am 4:00 pm
For students entering grades 8 12 and graduated high school seniors
$400
Up to 20 students
Register Here

In this class for aspiring young writers, students learn the basics of playwriting by writing their own short play. They decide on a story and a theme, create their own characters, and write scenes and monologues to build on their ideas. As they explore each other’s work, students may also serve as either actors, directors, or members of the creative and production team for each script. In doing so, they will learn about narrative storytelling, dramaturgy, and visual composition. 

YASI Players

August 5 9, 2024
9:00 am 4:00 pm
For students entering grades 5 9
$400
Up to 20 students
This course is full. Click here to join the waitlist.

In YASI Players, young actors rehearse, stage, and perform a brand-new family-friendly play in one week!  Written by a local artist, students will be the first to ever perform in a brand-new production, and in doing so, get a behind-the-scenes look at the opening of a show. Previous plays include The Kids Go Down Below by Rodney Witherspoon II, The Many Lives of Fancy Devereaux and Rose & Iris by David Rabinow, Little Big State and The Whale in the Hudson by Bradley Wilson, and Roger That!  and Jane the Witch by Emma Platt.  

Everyone who registers for YASI Players will be cast in the play. Priority casting is given to elder students. The performance will be held on Friday, August 9, in the afternoon.