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).

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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.
June 27 – July 29, 2017.

YASI Masters
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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.
August 7 – 10, 2017
$100 per class or a full week for $400

YASI Masters Classes
Monday, 8/7 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Playwriting for Social Change with Maurice Decaul
Monday, 8/7 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm LOL Classic Comedy with Fred Sullivan, Jr.
Monday, 8/7 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm Don’t be a Drag, Just be a Queen with Haley Star

Tuesday, 8/8 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Creature Creation with Big Nazo Lab
Tuesday, 8/8 from 2:00 pm -5:00 pm Tell Your Story with Valerie Tutson

Wednesday, 8/9 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Acting for the Camera with CP Casting
Wednesday, 8/9 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm Traditions of Tap Dance with Orlando Hernández

Thursday, 8/10 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm The 11 O’Clock Number with Rachael Warren
Thursday, 8/10 from 2:00 -5:00 pm Audition Techniques with Tyler Dobrowsky

Led by Maurice Decaul
From the Greek for description, an ekphrastic piece of writing is a lively description of a visual image or piece of art. Decaul will select images, a mix of photo and art, for the students to observe. Through imagination, narration and reflection, we will craft scenes which amplify and expand on the meaning and action of the works of art.

Led by Fred Sullivan, Jr.
From Ancient Greece to the French Renaissance to Victorian England, comedies have stood the test of time. Laughter is a universal language and the bungling miscommunication of characters never gets old. In this class with comedy master, Fred Sullivan Jr., students will work on timing, physicality and raising the stakes to extreme heights. Students should prepare a comedic monologue or scene by a classic playwright such as Moliere, Feydeau, Aristophanes, Wilde or Shakespeare.

Led by Erminio Pinque of BIG NAZO LAB
In this workshop led by the internationally-known creature creators and puppeteers of BIG NAZO LAB, students will design, craft and animate their own creature masks. Mask work and puppetry are excellent tools for storytelling and often require no words to create a compelling character. At the end of the class, participants will be able to take their creations on the road.

Led by Valerie Tutson
Storytelling is perhaps the oldest and most longstanding performing art form. Cultural traditions have passed orally from generation to generation, transcending evolving languages and technologies. Award-winning storyteller Valerie Tutson will work with students to carve out their own pieces, drawing on their cultures and identities.

Led by Orlando Hernández
From vaudeville to jazz music to Broadway, tap dance has had a unique place in American performance. Come learn some steps, some history, and some fundamentals of musicality and improvisation. Tap shoes recommended but not required.

Led by Staff of CP Casting
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 give cold readings in pairs to the camera and dissect what it takes to land an on-screen role. Students must provide a headshot and resume.

Led by Rachael Warren
The 11 o’clock number, often the second-to-last song of the show, is usually the emotional climax of a musical – full of dramatic heights and requiring the vocals to match. Famous examples are “Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie, “Being Alive” from Company, and “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy. Join Rachael Warren in this three-hour intensive to learn not only how to vocally handle and deliver these climatic numbers, but how to master the acting needed to move audiences to their feet by the end of the song. Students must prepare the 11 O’Clock Number of their choosing to workshop in the class. Pieces should be memorized and students should bring sheet music (piano/vocals) in the key they will be singing.

Led by Tyler Dobrowsky
Whether you’re looking to get back into acting, planning to audition for graduate school or a
theater, we can help you hone the techniques necessary to audition successfully. Students should prepare two contrasting monologues, a headshot and resume. This class will explore different types of acting auditions, with a special emphasis on the two-monologue theatrical audition. Students will do mock auditions for Dobrowsky, Trinity Rep’s associate artistic director, and will learn helpful techniques on how best to present themselves, as well as common pitfalls to avoid.

Registration is now open! Click here to register for YASI Masters.

Please note: Deposits are non-refundable.

YASI Daily Class Schedule

Classes run Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Students provide their own lunches and snacks. Limited half-day morning options are available.

7:30 – 8:45 am Extended-Day, morning
9:00 – 9:30 am Announcements
9:35–10:35 am First Elective
10:35–10:50 am Snack Break
10:55–11:55 am Second Elective
12:00 –12:40 pm Lunch
12:45–2:00 pm Scene Study/Special Elective
2:00–2:10 pm Snack Break
2:15–3:15 pm Third Elective
3:20–4:35 pm Fourth Elective
4:40–5:00 pm Announcements
5:00–6:00 pm Extended-Day, afternoon

For students who require, 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.

Elective Course Descriptions can be found here.


Full tuition: $1600
Half-day mornings: $950 (9:00 am-2:00 pm includes electives 1, 2, scene study/special elective)
Extended day: $300 additional
Financial aid is available. Fill out a financial aid application.

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.

1-Week Summer Programs

YASI Shakes

ENROLLMENT FULL (please email to be placed on the waiting list)

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.
July 31 – August 5, 2017
9:00 am – 4:30 pm


ENROLLMENT FULL (please email to be placed on the waiting list)

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.
9:00 am-12:00 pm: Grades 1-2, $200
1:00 pm-4:00 pm: Grades 3-4, $200
August 7 – 11, 2017

YASI Players

ENROLLMENT FULL (please email to be placed on the waiting list)

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.
July 31 – August 6, 2017
Benefits for current YASI students: $25 off tuition, priority with casting.