Summer Youth Workshops

IRT is proud to announce a slate of summer opportunities designed to bring theatre to life for your child! With Step On Stage, aspiring performers will get a chance to explore the skills every actor needs. Additionally, our Summer Conservatory For Youth returns to provide an intensive training opportunity for young actors to immerse themselves in work alongside IRT artists. Read on for more details about all of these exciting programs!


2-WEEK PROGRAMS (Registration closed)

STEP ON STAGE  |  Ages 8-18  |  Mon-Fri  |  June 19-30
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  • WHEN: June 19 thru 30 | Mon-Fri | 9AM to 4PM | Pre-camp orientation on June 14
  • WHO: students ages 8-18 | open enrollment, all skill and experience levels welcome
  • COST: $500 
  • WHAT IT IS: Step On Stage is our two-week acting skills camp. Students will get instruction from IRT artists in acting, musical theatre, dance, movement, voice, and Shakespeare. Students of all experience levels are welcome. Beginners will be able to learn the basics in a safe and comfortable environment, while experienced young actors will get a chance to flex their muscles alongside a new group of friends and an experienced staff of teachers. All classes are taught by IRT staff and artists. Parents are invited to join students on the final day of camp to see your students' skill-building work in action.
  • HOW TO ENROLL: Registration for STEP ON STAGE is closed. 
STAGE & SCENE
  • Unfortunately, due to unforseen scheduling conflicts in our building, STAGE & SCENE has been cancelled for the 2017 Summer Workshops series. We encourage you to check out our other options, including STEP ON STAGE and our SUMMER CONSERVATORY FOR YOUTH. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Workshops
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  • What if I have dates already planned this summer that conflict with these camps?
    • That's OK! Step On Stage is designed to accommodate busy summer schedules. Just ensure we know about your conflicts in advance, and we can work around them.
  • What is the schedule of payment? Do I have to put down a deposit?
    • At the time of reservation a $100 non-refundable deposit is required. Payment may be made in full or by installment, but the full amount due must be paid by May 19th.
  • Are students ages 8-18 in the same class?
    • No. We divide students into two groups for the instructional day - ages 8-12 and 13-18. Students may be combined in whole group activities such as warm-ups, performances, or at lunch time. 
  • What does a typical day look like at Summer Workshops?
    • Students begin the day with warmups, and transition into a Morning Meeting to go over the day's agenda. From there students begin a rotation around the building, much like a typical school day. In Step On Stage the bulk of each day is spent in acting instruction, with the "elective" classes like dance, musical theatre, Shakespeare, movement and voice rounding out the instructional day. 
  • Where do your instructors come from?
    • Our instructors are working artists and teachers from around central Indiana. Our faculty has been seen working and performing at IRT, the Phoenix Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, Civic Theatre and Jr. Civic, Actors Theatre of Indiana, IndyFringe and many more. The combined teaching years among our faculty exceeds 100 years of experience. Your students are in great hands!
  • Do you have camp counselors?
    • Yes! Our Summer Workshops couldn't run without our team of college interns. This team is made up of college students from around Indiana, and sometimes the country, who come to us through contacts in theatre and education departments. Our interns work closely with faculty to monitor students in class and throughout the day. 

 

4-WEEK PROGRAM (registration closed)

SUMMER CONSERVATORY FOR YOUTH  |  Ages 8-18  |  Mon-Fri  |  June 19 thru July 14
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  • WHEN: June 19 thru July 14 | Mon-Fri | 9AM to 4PM | Pre-camp orientation on June 14
  • WHO: students ages 8-18 | audition only, all skill levels welcome, prior acting experience recommended
  • COST: $1000
  • WHAT IT IS: The IRT Summer Conservatory For Youth is an immersion into the creative process of theatre. Young people with a passion for the performing arts learn about theatre-making from professional actors working in the field, as well as from their peers. The mission of Summer Conservatory is to develop and train young talent in a supportive community setting; to explore theatre as a collaborative art form requiring discipline and commitment; and to provide youth with access to theatre professionals on a daily basis. Students receive intensive instruction in acting, musical theatre, dance, movement, voice, and Shakespeare from highly trained IRT professionals. Parents are invited to a Summer Showcase on the OneAmerica Mainstage at the end of conservatory to see your students' work live!
  • HOW TO ENROLL: Registration for SUMMER CONSERVATORY FOR YOUTH is closed.
Audition Information for Summer Conservatory
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Because Summer Conservatory For Youth provides a more intensive experience and requires a whole summer of collaborative work, students are required to audition for this program. This allows parents and students to ask questions about the experience, and determine if a full four-week commitment is right for them.

AUDITION DATES: March 21, 22, 28 and April 5, 11, 12 *NEW* Auditions added on April 19th and April 26th at 5:30PM.

Students should prepare a monologue from the approved list below. All students should bring a headshot or recent photo to the audition.

To schedule an audition, please call our administrative office at 317.635.5277. Be prepared to give your preferred date, your name, email and phone, and your child's name and age. There are a limited number of spots available on each audition day, so please schedule your audition early.

Click here to download the approved Summer Conservatory audition monologues.

Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Conservatory Auditions
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  • How do I schedule an audition?
    • Contact IRT directly at 317.635.5277 to schedule your audition. Be prepared to give your preferred date, your name, email and phone, and your child’s name and age. There are a limited number of spots available on each audition day so please schedule your audition early.
  • What kind of audition piece should I prepare?
    • See the section above to download the pre-selected audition pieces. Each student should prepare a single monologue from these selections. Choose one specifically from your age group, or use the all-ages monologue. Your audition piece should take 60-90 seconds. 
  • Should I bring a headshot and resume? 
    • Yes. Your headshot does not need to be professional; a snapshot will suffice. Bringing a resume is encouraged, but optional. Parents will fill out an audition form for all participating students.
  • What will happen at the audition?
    • IRT staff will ask all auditioning students to enter the audition room at the same time. Parents will remain in the waiting area. After a group warmup (vocal and physical) students will perform their prepared monologue. Staff may ask students to perform it again, offering some direction for the performance. After all monologues, staff will lead students in a Q&A session about the goals of conservatory and some details. Then, IRT staff will return to the waiting area to hold a short Q&A with parents. The whole process should take roughly 45 minutes to one hour, depending on the number of students.
  • How intense is the audition?
    • IRT’s Summer Conservatory For Youth is about the process of creating theatre – not the finished product. We accept students of all experience levels. The goal of the audition is to ensure that students come prepared and are fully aware of the expectations of Conservatory. Our acceptance rate for auditions is over 95%. 
  • Where can I park?
    • Metered parking is available on the streets surrounding IRT. Circle Center Mall parking is also available. If event rates apply, ask the IRT staff member on duty for a discount parking pass. 
  • Are there scholarships available?
    • Yes. A limited number of need-based scholarships and payment plans are available. Applications for financial aid will be available at the audition, and can be downloaded from IRTLIVE.COM/SUMMER.
  • What if my student is interested in the Step On Stage camp?
    • The Step On Stage camp does not require an audition. This two-week camp welcomes students of all experience levels and is enrolled on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
Frequently Asked Questions about the Summer Conservatory Program
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  • What if I have dates already planned this summer that conflict with Conservatory?
    • Conservatory is an intensive learning experience that requires consistent attendance to build an ensemble. Being absent from the program can be detrimental to this progress. If you have a vacation conflict, or are participating in other camps this summer, we suggest participating our Step On Stage program, which has more leeway for missed dates. Students with more than three days of known conflicts at auditions may not be accepted into the program. 
  • What is the schedule of payment? Do I have to put down a deposit?
    • Students accepted into Summer Conservatory will need to have a $200 non-refundable deposit placed by May 5th. Payment may be made in full or by installment, but the full amount due must be paid prior to the start of Conservatory on June 19th.
  • Are students ages 8-18 in the same class?
    • No. We divide students into two groups for the instructional day - ages 8-12 and 13-18. Students may be combined in whole group activities such as warm-ups, performances, or at lunch time. 
  • What does a typical day look like at Summer Conservatory?
    • Students begin the day with acting warmups, and transition into a Morning Meeting to go over the day's agenda. From there students begin a rotation around the building, much like a typical school day. The bulk of each day is spent in acting instruction, with the "elective" classes like dance, musical theatre, Shakespeare, movement and voice rounding out the instructional day.
  • Where do your instructors come from?
    • Our instructors are working artists and teachers from around central Indiana. Our faculty has been seen working and performing at IRT, the Phoenix Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, Civic Theatre and Jr. Civic, Actors Theatre of Indiana, IndyFringe and many more. The combined teaching years among our faculty exceeds 100 years of experience. Your students are in great hands!
  • Do you have camp counselors?
    • Yes! Our Summer Workshops couldn't run without our team of college interns. This team is made up of college students from around Indiana, and sometimes the country, who come to us through contacts in theatre and education departments. Our interns work closely with faculty to monitor students in class and throughout the day. 

 

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SCHOLARSHIPS AND PAYMENT PLANS

A limited number of need-based scholarships and payment plans are available. For more information contact Randy D. Pease at 317.916.4842 or view our application here.


further questions

If you have further questions about IRT's Summer Youth Workshops, contact Randy D. Pease, Director of Education, at 317.916.4842 or rpease@irtlive.com.


What students are saying about IRT's Summer Youth Workshops!

"[These] were two of the best acting instructors I’ve ever had. They were truly able to help me reach the deeper aspects of my character and myself, not just what's on the surface. I really admire them."

”I loved how the activities ... really pushed me out of my comfort zone."

”[The teachers] were awesome and supportive and disciplined and amazing. Definitely changed me as an actress.”

”I would definitely attend again! The environment is so positive and I always learn to do something new each day and my skills become better.”


what parents are saying about irt's summer youth workshops!

"The level of instruction my kids receive and the quality of the staff makes Conservatory an exceptional value. This can't compare to other camps that may be less expensive but are not as professional or immersive for young performers."

"My son talked about camp every day and would randomly act out something he learned. IRT camp has become part of him. Theater, I believe, is his niche and IRT has made him more confident, he has made friends, it has helped his vocabulary and dictation. I truly believe that camp has helped with school as well."

"My daughter clearly enjoyed each day and grew as an actress. She was stretched and challenged to improve her skill set and develop new skills. The learning environment seemed safe, supportive and encouraging and she left very happy and inspired. Heartfelt thanks to your team!"

"My kids couldn't wait to come back to camp every day and even said they looked forward to bedtime because that meant they could come back to the IRT again in the morning!"