Summer Theater Camps – YASI & SAS

Our Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) programs have historically been some of the most comprehensive summer arts enrichment programs in New England. Due to COVID-19, our typical structure of students moving through multiple classes per day seems out of reach for 2021. In an effort to grow our in-person offerings smartly and safely, we are holding several one-week camps with stable pods of students this summer. Additionally, we have two weeks of the Summer Actors Studio (SAS) held online via Zoom. SAS classes are standalone, subject-based classes which, in our experience, work very well in the online format. There is something for everyone. Join us for just one class or all six weeks of camp! We welcome students of all experience levels and abilities.  

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Financial Aid  

Please fill out the Financial Aid Application BEFORE registering for a summer camp. Once your application is processed (allow 3 – 5 business days) you will be given a discount code to register. Financial aid is need-based only and applicants must fill out the form and complete an essay 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. 

One-Week Camps (In-Person)  

For years, Trinity Rep has offered one-week extension programs for our month-long Young Actors Summer Institute. This summer, we will be offering these exclusively. Students can register for multiple weeks or just one that piques their interest. Some camps (YASI Players and YASI One Acts) may require a pre-meeting for script reading and casting. For more information about Trinity Rep’s COVID-19 Safety Precautions, click here.  

YASI Move 

July 5 – 9, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for students entering grades 5 – 7  – REGISTER HERE
July 12 – 16, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for students entering grades 8 – 12 – REGISTER HERE
Tuition: $400 

The body is an important tool for storytelling to any actor. In YASI Move, students will explore character creation through improvised movement and choreography. Each day will focus on a different style, including hip hop, African dance, Broadway dance, contact improvisation, clown and more. At the end, students will create a collaborative movement piece reflective of the variety of methods they learned. Limit: 20 students 

Location: Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire Street, Providence RI 02903 

YASI Art and Activism   

July 5 – 9, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for students entering grades 8 – 12 – This session is full Add your name to the waitlist
Tuition: $400 

Theater has long been used as a tool for social justice and young people are leading the way as we build a more equitable community. In YASI Art and Activism, students will engage in topics of social justice and equity through multiple art forms including theater, fine arts, music and poetry. On the last day, we will take the message to the public – possibly all the way to the steps of the Rhode Island State House. Participants will learn to harness the power of art and work with a variety of guest makers and activists. Limit: 20 students 

Location: Lederer Theater Center, 201 Washington Street, Providence RI 02903 

YASI Creative Play  

July 12 – 16, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for students entering grades 5 – 7 – REGISTER HERE
Tuition: $400 

Where does inspiration come from? During this one-week camp, young actors will greet a new type of muse each day. Exploring and expanding our own creativity, we will search for inspiration in different ways – in objects, locations, garbage, and the world around us. Throughout the week we will combine these different ideas to create a space to explore the art of play and how that can inform our artistic process. On the last day, students will share pieces based on their creations. Bring an open mind and a curious spirit as we jump into the world of playmaking through creative play! Limit: 20 students 

Location: Lederer Theater Center, 201 Washington Street, Providence RI 02903 

YASI Players 

August 2 – 6, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for students entering grades 5 – 9  – This program is full – add your name to the wait list
Tuition: $400 

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 casting is given to elder students. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, we will either perform for a limited audience outdoors on Friday afternoon (8/6) or film and share with families.  Limit: 20 students  

Location: Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire Street, Providence RI 02903 

YASI One Act 

August 9 – 13, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for students entering grades 10 – 12 & graduated seniors – REGISTER HERE
Tuition: $400 

In this reimagining of our YASI Shakes program, high school students will dive into a one act play. Based on the students enrolled, we will select a one-act play by a contemporary playwright which will feature all of our actors. From the read-through to character study to staging and performance, students will get a taste for working on a professional production. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, we will either perform for a limited audience outdoors on Friday afternoon (8/13) or film and share with families. Limit: 20 students 

Location: Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire Street, Providence RI 02903 

YASI Jr. 

August 9 – 13, 2021, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm for students entering grades 1 – 2 – This class is full Add your name to the wait list
August 9 – 13, 2021, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm for students entering grades 3 – 4 –This class is full Add your name to the wait list
Tuition: $350  

YASI Jr. is our summer offering for children entering grades 1 – 4. This year we have expanded our time to allow for more fun and a deeper dive into the many aspects of being a young actor. Together we will explore the actors’ tools of body, voice and imagination through movement, art and storytelling. Throughout the week, we will work on a short performance by creating our own props, developing characters and building ensemble.  Limit: 10 students per age group, 20 overall 

Location: Lederer Theater Center, 201 Washington Street, Providence RI 02903 

Summer Actors Studio (Online) 

SAS is a 2-week virtual performing arts program for students entering grades 5 – 12 and graduated seniors. Classes are one hour each, July 19 – 29, Monday – Thursday (8 hours total per class). You may take all available to your age group or just select the ones that are right for you. All courses are designed for you to be able to take in your home with minimal supplies. We will be using Zoom as a platform so video/audio capabilities are required. Classes will take place in Eastern Standard Time, but folks from anywhere in the world are welcome and encouraged to join.   

Tuition: $125 per class, financial aid is available. Please fill out the Financial Aid Application BEFORE registering for a summer camp. Once your application is processed (allow 3 – 5 business days) you will be given a discount code to register. 

For Students Entering Grades 5 – 12+  

Yoga & Mindfulness  

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 9:00 am – 10:00 am  REGISTER HERE

While everyone could benefit from some stretching, balancing and meditation, actors use these techniques often when preparing for a performance. In this class, students will use yoga practices, mindfulness exercises and dream journaling to achieve an inner calm. Modifications will be given so people at all experience levels can participate.  

For Students Entering Grades 5 – 7  

Improv  

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 10:15 am – 11:15 am REGISTER HERE

Improvisation is the craft of building theater spontaneously through collaboration.  While humor is not its goal, improvisational theater can be hilariously funny.  This class will focus on the basics of improvisation, including accepting and building, establishing point of view, and creating a world to play in. 

Playwriting  

Monday – Thursday, July 19 –29, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – REGISTER HERE

Students will learn the basics of playwriting by writing their own short play. They will decide on a story and a theme, create their own characters, and write scenes and monologues to build on their ideas. 

Songwriting 

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm REGISTER HERE

Calling all future Lin-Manuel Mirandas! Sometimes the only way to express yourself is through song. This class will address the basics of lyric writing, melody, harmony, and song form. Find your own unique voice and share your pieces in the comfort of your own home.  

Storytelling 

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm REGISTER HERE

As humans we tell stories every day. In this class we will explore storytelling as an art form. With special guests to help us learn different approaches, we will refine our storytelling skills. Using just words to build a world before your listeners’ eyes, join us as we explore the world of storytelling! 

Directing  

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm REGISTER HERE

Students in this class will practice bringing stories to life, starting with text analysis. Students will work as either actors, directors or members of the creative and production team and they will learn about narrative, storytelling, dramaturgy and visual composition. Starting with tableaux and eventually staging short scenes from contemporary plays, each student will have an opportunity to both direct and receive constructive feedback on their work. This class will develop students’ abilities to craft clear and dynamic stories and will encourage them to explore the role of director as both leader and collaborator. 

For Students Entering Grades 8 – 12 & Graduated Seniors  

Audition Techniques  

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 10:15 am – 11:15 am – REGISTER HERE

This class will explore different types of acting auditions, with a special emphasis on the monologue theatrical audition and cold readings. Students will work on auditioning with both monologues and short scenes. They will also learn helpful techniques on how best to present themselves, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. The class will culminate in a mock audition in which each student presents a monologue and receives feedback. 

Improv  

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm REGISTER HERE

Improvisation is the craft of building theater spontaneously through collaboration.  While humor is not its goal, improvisational theater can be hilariously funny.  This class will focus on the basics of improvisation, including accepting and building, establishing point of view, and creating a world to play in. 

Playwriting  

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm REGISTER HERE

Students will learn the basics of playwriting by writing their own short play. They will decide on a story and a theme, create their own characters, and write scenes and monologues to build on their ideas. 

Songwriting 

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm REGISTER HERE

Calling all future Lin-Manuel Mirandas! Sometimes the only way to express yourself is through song. This class will address the basics of lyric writing, melody, harmony, and song form. Find your own unique voice and share your pieces in the comfort of your own home. 

Comedy  

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm REGISTER HERE

This class will examine the mechanics of how comedy actually works. Learn why it’s “all in the timing” as we delve into this fun and fascinating genre.  By writing sketches, stand-up routines, playing the truth, investing in comedy’s high stakes, and committing to the physical life of a character, students will have the audience rolling in the aisles. The students will create sketches, scenes and monologues that could be performed virtually.  

Directing  

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – 29, 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm – REGISTER HERE

Students in this class will practice bringing stories to life, starting with text analysis. Students will work as either actors, directors or members of the creative and production team and they will learn about narrative, storytelling, dramaturgy and visual composition. Starting with tableaux and eventually staging short scenes from contemporary plays, each student will have an opportunity to both direct and receive constructive feedback on their work. This class will develop students’ abilities to craft clear and dynamic stories and will encourage them to explore the role of director as both leader and collaborator.