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 invigorated group of your peers?

The seminar trains participants to use theater as way to develop a greater sense of awareness of one’s surroundings and one’s self and each other. As the great teacher of theater, Stella Adler said, theater is “the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.” Through the course of the program, participants will engage in intensive study of theater techniques and will work together with improvisations and discussions to develop a one-act performance.

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

We will begin accepting applications for Youth Theater Speak 2017 in April 2017. For more information, please contact Johannah at Upon acceptance, participants will receive an information packet, including a complete schedule for the seminar.



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, and Lizzie in The Rainmaker). 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. She is excited to dive into the second summer of this program!

Nolan Ellsworth is a Theater/English major at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he has acted in several shows and studies playwriting.  He lives in Brooklin, Maine, graduated from George Stevens Academy, and grew up acting with the New Surry Theatre.  He now works for NST during the summers in Youth Theatre Speak and the kids’ theater camp.  When at Middlebury, he draws cartoons for the campus newspaper, acts with a radio theater group, and helps run a publication devoted to doodling.  He spent this past semester abroad in Scotland.