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. 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.

Nolan Ellsworth is a senior at Middlebury College in Vermont where he is majoring in Theater and English. Nolan grew up in Brooklin, Maine acting in New Surry Theater and graduated from GSA. At Middlebury, Nolan draws cartoons for the campus newspaper, acts with a radio theater group and helps run a publication devoted to doodling. He is currently writing an play for his thesis.