Youth Theater Speak 2017

Are you between the ages of 15 and 18? Would you like to spend part of your summer immersed in the study of theater? Are you interested in co-creating an original performance? Do you enjoy throwing yourself into the creative process with an invigorating group of your peers?

Youth Theater Speak, now in its third year, trains participants to use awareness of themselves and their surroundings to deepen their capacity as actors. Through the course of this six-week program, participants engage in intensive study of theater techniques and work together to create an original performance. Participants learn how to use theater to explore and highlight contemporary issues and communicate with their community.

Photo by Sunset Ridge Photography

Photo by Sunset Ridge Photography

Participants are expected to bring a high level of commitment to the program, showing up fully to each session and willing to engage 100 percent in the creative process involved.

Tuition for this summer seminar is $150 per participant. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. 

Photo by Sunset Ridge Photography

Photo by Sunset Ridge Photography

We are now accepting applications for Youth Theater Speak 2017 on a rolling basis. YTS 2017 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. beginning July 11 and ending with a performance on Saturday, August 19. In order to maintain an intimate, high-quality experience, the program is limited to twelve participants. Once we have accepted twelve applicants, the application period will close. To apply, please download and complete this application (link does not work in Safari) or email Johannah at johannah@newsurrytheatre.org and we will send you an application.

 

About the instructors: 

Johannah Blackman grew up in the theater and ran a small theater group for homeschoolers during her teen years. She experienced firsthand the incredible power that theater can have in the life of a teenager. Johannah holds a BA in Philosophy and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. After settling in Maine in her late twenties, Johannah stumbled upon New Surry Theatre and began acting in productions (Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Nancy in Oliver!, Marian in The Music Man, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Julie in Carousel, Sabrina in Sabrina Fair, Lizzie in The Rainmaker and Shirley in Shirley Valentine). Johannah has taken acting classes and studied directing with Bill Raiten and made her NST directorial debut this past winter with Dancing at Lughnasa. Johannah has her master’s degree in counseling psychology and twelve years of experience working with teens in camps, music programs, theater and outdoor education. Johannah currently serves as NST's Assistant Artistic Director and will become NST's new Producing Director in August 2017.

Nolan Ellsworth is a recent graduate of Middlebury College, with a degree in Theater and English.  He grew up in Brooklin, Maine, and has spent many summers working with the New Surry Theatre.  This is Nolan’s third year as a co-director of Youth Theatre Speak.  He has also interned with Opera House Arts, and this summer is working as an actor and production assistant for the Bagaduce Theatre.  At home and at school, the performing arts have helped him find his voice, and he believes programs like Youth Theatre Speak can change and empower our community.