Theatre

Zeal for the Debut

Take part in the exciting process of theatre production while developing crucial skills and knowledge necessary to excel in theatre performance.

Courses (Ages 14-18)

New Play Development Intensive (NEW)

New Play Development Intensive

Ages 14-18

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performances
Friday, July 7, 8 p.m.

Flex all your creative muscles in a brand new intensive that combines two of the Idyllwild Arts Academy’s exciting Theatre and Creative Writing departments. You will create a completely original evening of theatre to be performed for the public, under the stars. This intensive is ideal for emerging artists from around the country who want to lend their talents to this 100% student-created work. Instructors, boasting professional theatre and writing credits, will work with student writers and actors to create, develop, and perform a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event.

You will be encouraged to write and act, or focus on the discipline you choose. Stage managers, stage technicians and aspiring directors are also encouraged to attend. Sign on for this unique artistic journey!

Performance classes will include acting, voice and speech, and movement for stage.

Writing sessions will include improvisation games, playwriting exercises, editing and individual sessions for drafting and mentoring.

Directors and Stage Managers will participate in all aspects of the process.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 30 students.

Faculty: Rendon Ramsey, Abbie Bosworth

Shakespeare Theatre Intensive (NEW)

Shakespeare Theatre Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 9–23
Two-week session

Student Performances
Friday, July 21, 8 p.m.

For serious actors and theatre techs! Bring one of Shakespeare’s most enduringly controversial comedies to life. Perform The Taming of the Shrew under the stars with professional lighting, sets, costumes, and music!

In this intensive training program (comparable to conservatory theatre training programs found at the college level), you will be immersed in classes to strengthen your skills in voice and speech, stage movement, text analysis, dramaturgy, improvisation, and stagecraft. Other activities may include Elizabethan mask-making, sonnet writing, and acting games and exercises.

Want to be a part of theatre but don’t want to act? Then come train in the technical aspects of theatre. Do you play an instrument? Bring it! Do you know how to juggle? We can use you! Walk on stilts? You’re in!

Production may include singing, dancing, mask work, tumbling, stage combat and musical performances, depending on the talents you bring. Intensive includes a field trip to see a live production of the play, take a theatre tour, and meet the actors.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 30 students.

Faculty: Johanna McKay

The Summer Show: Musical Theatre Intensive (NEW)

The Summer Show: Musical Theatre Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 23–August 5
Two-week session

Student Performances
Friday, August 4, 8 p.m.

Looking to enhance your experience or even take your first dance step into musical theatre? This fast-paced intensive, designed for talented or aspiring musical theatre performers, is ideal for you! You will get to perform the premiere production of an original or adapted musical!

Your intensive will begin with group and individual workshops with the director, vocal coach, musical director, and choreographer, focusing on audition technique and preparation. Then you will move quickly into rehearsal mode for an original musical: an ensemble piece in which every actor will have a speaking part and will sing and dance. Some roles will be more demanding than others, and not every actor will have a singing or dancing solo. But there will be great opportunities for everyone.

Prepare a song and a short monologue from a musical or comedy that best shows off your talents. Instructors, all working artists with professional credits, will coach you on your audition pieces and help you prepare for the formal auditions on the second or third day of the program. This is a great experience if you’re preparing for the college, conservatory or professional audition process.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 30 students.

Faculty: David Bauman, Tom Griep, Evelyn Halus

Triple Threat Boot Camp: Musical Theatre Intensive

Triple Threat Boot Camp: Musical Theatre Intensive

Ages 14-18

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performance
Friday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 7, 8 p.m.

Formerly known as Song and Dance, this intensive will further your training as a singer, dancer, and actor. Explore your interests with advanced training from seasoned theatre professionals. Instruction team will include singing, dancing, and acting coaches who are well-connected veterans, with experience from Broadway to LA (and at least one Tony). Develop performance skills in classic and contemporary musical theatre, for fun and in preparation for college or stage careers. Be prepared to work hard, make friends, be challenged, and have a great time!

Your typical day will include group dance class, with jazz and tap instruction, emphasizing foundational skills while learning choreography; individual vocal coaching, maximizing the healthy use of your instrument in song interpretation; and acting workshops, integrating movement, singing, and text into fully-realized performances

Expect to be in classes every morning, afternoon, and evening, dedicating your time to improving your performance skills and presenting a polished recital (first Friday) and final performance (second Friday).

Recorded audition is required. Audition materials will be posted here. Early auditions with possibility of early acceptance are encouraged. Auditions accepted until intensive fills.

Returning Song & Dance students need not audition, but should register by March 31 to ensure placement.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 35 students.

Chair, David O.

Courses (Ages 11-13)

Musical Theatre for Junior Artists

Musical Theatre for Junior Artists

Ages 11-13

July 9-22
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 22, 11:30 a.m.

This unique and exhilarating program is designed for talented actors, singers and dancers. You will work on an original or adapted musical from its early stages of development to its premiere performance. Rehearsals with the director, musical director, and choreographer take place from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with additional rehearsals as needed in the evenings or on the weekend. You also may have the chance to learn various technical aspects of production such as costuming, props, and set construction.

You will get to audition on the first day of class, and auditions will include a prepared, memorized song of your choice or one from the show, dancing, and a read-through of the play. The original musical is an ensemble piece. The summer 2017 show looks to be as innovative and high-spirited as past productions like Mean Girls: The Musical! Every actor will have a speaking part and every actor will sing, although some parts are more demanding than others, and not every actor will have a singing solo. Several dance solo opportunities will be available. You will receive a letter in June with more specifics about the production and audition.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Faculty: David Bauman

Shakespeare's World: What's Cool in the Classics

Shakespeare’s World: What’s Cool in the Classics

Ages 11-13

July 23-August 5
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, August 5, 11:30 a.m.

Dive into this fun, hands-on approach to the works of William Shakespeare. You will learn about the life and times of Shakespeare and rehearse an adapted version of one of his plays, which you will perform at the end of the session. You will study the play in depth and take a field trip to see a live, professional production of it.

You will audition for parts and learn amazing and direct acting techniques for bringing Shakespeare’s words to life. The production also may include basic stage combat, singing and dancing, depending on the talents of the individual cast members and the needs of the show. Rehearsals with the director and choreographer take place from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with additional rehearsals as needed in the evenings or on the weekend. Other activities may include Elizabethan mask-making, sonnet writing, and improvisational games and exercises.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Faculty: Johanna McKay

Theatre Adventures

Theatre Adventures

Ages 11–13

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 8, 11:30 a.m.

Theatre Adventures gives young actors an opportunity for bold character development. You will explore the art of storytelling through acting, improvisation, dance and vocal work.

The workshop culminates with a short play either based on adapted stories and poems, or original works created by the faculty and class. Everyone will be highlighted in a role that is quirky and larger than life. Past productions have been adapted from The Little Prince, Alice in Wonderland and Grimm’s Fairytales. This is a fun two-week program for enthusiastic and motivated actors. Rehearsals with the director and choreographer take place from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with additional rehearsals as needed in the evenings or on the weekend.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Faculty: David Bauman, Linda Miller

Courses (Ages 9-12)

From Page to Stage

From Page to Stage

Ages 9–12

July 9-22
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.

This fun-filled program combines writing with acting in an exciting and creative workshop that culminates in a performance of an original work you will get to perform with your fellow students.
Starting with characters you create as a group, you will explore scenes as actors and writers using improvisation, acting games, storytelling, and group brainstorming.

Write to your own strengths as an actor-if you can play an instrument or sing or dance, use it! Express yourself with yourself. The pieces may take many forms: poems, scenes, monologues, even songs. Learn how to refine and rewrite, direct and combine, until finally the pieces take the shape of your show.

Tuition, room and board: $3,020
Day student: $2,620
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Faculty: Judy Heneghan, Johanna McKay (consultant)

Mini Musical Theatre

Mini Musical Theatre

Ages 9–12

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 a.m.

This fun, two-week course will incorporate singing, acting and movement in a musical theatre piece complete with live accompaniment.

The show will focus on ensemble performance and group numbers but there will be auditions for individual roles and solos as well. You will learn acting techniques through fun theatre exercises and improvisational games.

Tuition, room and board: $3,020
Day student: $2,620
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Faculty: Johanna McKay

Theatre of Myth and Folklore

Theatre of Myth and Folklore

Ages 9–12

July 23-August 5
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, August 5, 10:45 a.m.

A fun theatre experience designed to help you explore the world of imagination. Through the processes of brainstorming, improvisation, and rehearsals, you will collaborate with your instructors to create and perform an original play based on themes in mythology and world folklore, like last summer’s spin on Pacific Island legends.

Within the fun of theatre games and improvisation, you will learn acting techniques, vocal production, movement for the stage, and the art of collaboration. Discover a true sense of confidence that will carry into other areas of your life.

Tuition, room and board: $3,020
Day student: $2,620
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Faculty: Donna Johnson, Judy Heneghan

Theatre Audition Requirements

Please follow the instructions below for your audition.

Admission to the Triple Threat Bootcamp: Musical Theatre Intensive is based on a recorded audition. Audition material will be entered into the Theatre Audition Form using CampInTouch account. After you have completed your online application, find and complete the Music Audition Form under Forms & Documents in your CampInTouch account.

The form will ask you to include:

  1. Link to your audition video/audio
  2. Audition Details (if applicable)
  3. Brief description of your music experience or your music résumé
  4. Teacher Recommendation – required for all audition programs listed below. (Print form from your CampInTouch account under Forms & Documents; you can also upload completed forms there.)

*For audition material details, please select the class link below. 

2017 Triple Threat Boot Camp: Musical Theatre Intensive

2017 Triple Threat Boot Camp: Musical Theatre Intensive

Audition Requirements 

  • Your audition video must include performances of two contrasting musical theatre songs. All songs selected must be from recognizable pieces of musical theatre. Selections from “jukebox” musicals are acceptable, but must be presented with an emphasis on telling a story by singing in character. Auditions featuring songs not from musicals will not be considered, and you will be asked to resubmit.
  • Applications require a letter of recommendation from a theatre, music or dance professional (drama teacher, singing coach, choir director, dance teacher, etc) familiar with your work.
  • If possible, include a video of your dance/movement ability – individual routine, clip from a performance (be sure to include information to identify you in any group numbers), or dance class.

All auditions must be received by April 17, 2017. Applications are approved as they are received, so submit your audition early to ensure your spot. Returning Song & Dance students do not need to audition but should still register by April 17, 2017. Applications received after the deadline may be considered on a case-by-case basis, if space is available.

Faculty Bios

David Bauman: (SAG, AFTRA, AEA) holds his MFA from U.C.L.A., and is an actor and director living in Los Angeles. He has worked with The Blank Theater’s Young Playwrights’ Festival, the Sacred Fools, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, Evidence Room, and Buzzworks theater companies in classic and contemporary productions. Bauman has taught acting at UCLA, StageCoach Schools, and directed at YADA, The Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts. Bauman and McLean have written and composed the original musicals premiered at Idyllwild Arts Summer Musical Theatre Program.
(The Summer Show: Musical Theatre Intensive, Musical Theatre for Junior Artists, Theatre Adventures)

Abbie Bosworth, Creative Writing, Theater: BA, Combined Honors in Theatre and Spanish, Birmingham University, UK; MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts, UC Riverside. Abbie has more than 25 years of teaching experience, and has worked with numerous and diverse groups devising, writing and directing performances. She is the current chair of the InterArts Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy and coordinator of the Creative Writing and Theater collaboration that stages students’ new plays at IAA each year.
(New Play Development Intensive)

Allison Calderwood has 23 years of teaching experience in the primary grades and 7 years of costuming experience with the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. She earned a BA in Liberal Studies with an Art Emphasis, as well as a Multiple Subjects Credential, from Cal State Northridge. Her performing arts experience spans 33 years and includes singing, dancing, acting, and costuming.
(Shakespeare’s World)

Brent Crayon, accompanist: has had the privilege to collaborate with notable directors such as Stephen Schwartz, Daisy Prince, Richard Maltby, Jr., Scott Schwartz, Chen Shi-Zheng, Jon Rivera, Kay Cole, and Ed Harris. An accomplished and multi-faceted musician, Brent has been a featured performer in ensembles throughout Southern California, including Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Ventura Chamber Orchestra.
(Triple Threat Bootcamp: Musical Theatre Intensive)

Lisa Edwards, Pianist; is the pianist/music assistant for the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the direction of Grant Gershon. Her concert credits include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. On disc, Lisa can be heard on two Nonesuch recordings of Steve Reich’s music, You Are Variations and Daniel Variations.
(Triple Threat Bootcamp)

Judy Heneghan (AEA, SAG, AFTRA) Actor, playwright, director, Judy has taught acting, writing, and improvisation for more than 20 years. She studied theater at the UW-LaCrosse and UMN, studied improvisation with Paul Sills, and acting at the Uta Hagen Studio in New York. In addition to numerous acting credits, Judy was lead singer of an R&B band based in Ireland. Her teaching credits include improvisation and Page-to-Stage Story Theatre in Ireland and Minneapolis. In Los Angeles, she’s taught for the Virginia Avenue Project and Otis School of Design, and in New York at the Aaron Copeland Music and Arts Camp. She co-created, co-wrote and performs as Olive in the long running comedy musical The Martini & Olive Show. Judy’s play The Big Woop was optioned for film in 2016.
(Page to Stage, Theatre of Myth and Folklore)

Donna Simone Johnson (SAG, AEA) is a Los Angeles based teaching artist who has appeared in a bevy of plays, films and television shows, including James Francos’ The Inheritors, the award winning film The Invisible Freedom Warriors, The Lion King at the Pantages, High School Musical 2 & 3, NBC’s Teachers and the acclaimed production of Xtigone, which world-premiered this year in San Francisco. Donna holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Vanguard University, a MA in Dance from NYU and a MFA in Acting from CalArts. www.donnasimonejohnson.com
(Theatre of Myth and Folklore)

Tim Labor is the recipient of several CAPAC awards, the 2007 LA Weekly Award for intimate theatre sound design, has been recorded by the Vine orchestra, and was the winner of the 2012 Reno Pops Composer’s Night Competition. Tim received his PhD in musical composition in 1996 from UC San Diego, and currently works at UC Riverside with a split appointment between Music and Media and Cultural Studies Departments.
(Mini Musical Theatre, Shakespeare’s World)

Johanna McKay: (AEA, SAG, AFTRA) has directed and written adaptations of musicals, myths, Shakespearean plays, and has taught acting for over twenty years. An award-winning actor herself, Johanna is on the theater faculty of PS Arts and LACC. BFA in acting: The Theatre School, DePaul University (Sarah Siddons Award). MFA: UCLA (Jack Nicholson Award). Johanna’s adaptation of “As You Like It” has been published by Playscripts, Inc.
(Page to Stage, Mini Musical Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Intensive, Shakespeare’s World)

Michael McLean (Composer) is a musician and music teacher. He received his BA in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University. Before beginning his teaching career, McLean recorded and toured with Los Angeles based country rock band, The Lonesome Strangers (1984-1991). McLean is in his 20th year with the Los Angeles Unified School District. During his tenure, he completed two levels of Kodaly Training, taught several music method survey courses for the LAUSD Teacher Intern Program, and was a peer coach for the elementary music teachers in the LA Unified School District.

Linda Miller currently teaches theater to the Middle and High School students at Pilgrim School in Los Angeles. Linda is also the Elementary musical director at Pilgrim. She also teaches Drama at John Marshall Elementary in Glendale. Linda also works with the Music Center of Los Angeles as a teaching artist, using a blend of improvisation, theatre games and storytelling techniques to bring classroom curriculum to life. She has been a member of We Tell Stories where she has been entertaining and educating children for over twenty-five years. She has spent the last seven summers directing young adults and chasing squirrels up at Idyllwild Arts.
(Theatre Adventures)

David O, chair and director, Triple Threat Boot Camp, is a long-standing, critically acclaimed music-theater artist based in Los Angeles. He has received many awards for his work as musical director and composer in the LA theater scene, including the 2013 LA Drama Critics Circle Joel Hirschhorn Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. David is a co-creator of Voices Within, an educational outreach of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. www.davidomusic.com.
(Triple Threat Bootcamp: Musical Theatre Intensive)

Wendy Knudsen Pylko, Vocal coach: teaches private singing lessons and has been a teaching artist for the LA Opera Education & Community Services Department. She was Choral Director and director of musicals at Flintridge Preparatory School. She has performed in opera and musical theater, and been soloist on various recordings for TV and film, including Warner Brothers’ Animaniacs & the Stephen Spielberg documentary The Last Days. She loves teaching Song and Dance, which she has done since the summer of 2000.

Lori J. Quinn, Actor, Director, Producer, Casting Director: She has directed children’s shows, taught youth acting/improvisation for stage, video, and film for over 20 years. Shows include School House Rock, The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland and many more. As an actor she has performed in Los Angeles at The Blank Theatre, The Lillian, The Lounge, Zombie Joe’s, & The Queen Mary. In Minnesota she was at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Minnesota Festival Theatre & Sommerset, plus dozens of Mystery Theatres. Her directing venues have been in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Los Angeles including shows for the Living Room Series at The Blank Theater, L.A. and kids shows at The Santa Monica Little Theatre. She continues to work with The Young Storytellers in L.A. elementary schools.

Rendon Ramsey, Theater: BA, Speech Communication, University of Washington; AA, Acting, The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts; MFA, Acting Cal Arts. Rendon has been a working actor for over 20 years and is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA; he has had the privilege of teaching and directing at Idyllwild Arts Academy (as well as at other institutions, universities, and colleges in the LA area) for the past 10 years. Rendon’s acting classes at IAA include Advanced Acting (Intro. To Classical Theatre), and Acting For The Camera. He has directed Medea, and Twelfth Night, among several others for IAA’s main stage and also works by Beckett and Albee for IAA’s Theatre Lab series.
(New Play Development Intensive)

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