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).

Click here to register for YASI 2018

Click here to register for YASI Jr.

Click here to register for YASI Players

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 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. Check back for the application in January 2018. Students must register for the program to be considered for financial aid.

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 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.

June 25 – 28, 2018

$100/class or $400 for 8 classes

Detailed schedule and course descriptions will be posted in January.

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