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).

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 2019

The program runs July 1 – August 2, 2019 with showcases on August 2 and 3 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 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) options are available.

Read the sample course descriptions from summer 2018 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. For more information, please contact

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.

To register for YASI 2019, please click here. 

One Week Summer Programs

YASI Shakes

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, teaching, 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 5 – 9, 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, with shows on August 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm


YASI Junior

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 24 – 28, 2019

1st-2nd Graders – Mornings (9:00 am-12:00 pm), 3rd – 4th Graders – Afternoons (1:00 – 4:00 pm)


To register for YASI Junior, please click here.

YASI Masters

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 24 – 27, 2019

Detailed schedule and course descriptions will be posted in January

$100/class or $400 for 8 classes

YASI Players

YASI Players is for students grade 5-9, this course rehearses, stages and performs a new, family-friendly play with music.

August 5 – 9, 2019, 9 am – 4 pm, with shows on August 9 at 5 pm and August 10 at 2 pm


To register for YASI Players, please click here.

Email with questions.

Teachers and Counselors

Calling all teachers, teaching artists, and counselors! Trinity Rep is now accepting applications for faculty and staff for our 2019 Young Actors Summer Institute. To apply, please fill out the form here.