Theatre Quest

PlayMakers Theatre Quest. Photo by HuthPhoto.

For middle school students, we offer Theatre Quest each summer. Theatre Quest is an exciting program that presents budding actors with the opportunity to study an array of disciplines and train with professional theatre artists in a professional setting—come and train with us for one week or all seven!

All classes meet at the Center for Dramatic Art on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill from 10:00am–5:00pm. Tuition is $325 per week, with early drop-off available at 9:00am for an additional $25 (free of charge to UNC employees).

PlayMakers Theatre Quest Teaching. Photo by HuthPhoto.

Classes offered include:

Principles of Acting
(June 12–June 16, 2017)
Instructor: David McClutchey
Learn how to play an action in a scene, identify your objective, overcome your obstacles and focus your energy.

PlayMakers Theatre Quest student 1. Photo by HuthPhoto.Devising: Creating Your Own Work!
(June 19–June 23, 2017)
Instructor: Chelsea James
Have you ever wanted to create your own play? Work on techniques and skills to devise your own performance piece!

Acting Out
(June 26–June 30, 2017)
Instructor: DeeDee Batteast
A deeper exploration of the acting techniques necessary for powerful scenes and monologues.
Theatre Quest John Dreher. Photo by HuthPhoto.
Improv! Improv! Improv!
(July 5 – July 7, 2017)
Instructor: DeeDee Batteast
Learn about the nuts and bolts of improv!

Musical Theatre I: Solo Showcase
(July 10–July 14, 2017)
Instructor: John Dreher
Learn about the world of solos and duets and explore tips and tricks to enhance your musical theatre performance skills.

Theatre Quest Student 2. Photo by Huth Photo.Musical Theatre II: ShowStoppers!
(July 17–July 21, 2017)
Instructor: John Dreher
Learn the ins and outs of group numbers and how to stop the show!

Musical Theatre III: PopStars!
(July 24–28, 2017)
Instructor: John Dreher
What’s your favorite song? Learn the greatest hits of NOW while working on proper vocal technique and stage presence! We’ll sing music from some of today’s hottest stars!

To register for classes or for more information, contact PlayMakers’ Education Assistant Chelsea James at




Looking to go deeper into the process of creating theatre? How about taking on five weeks of training that combines top-notch teaching and unparalleled practical experience on stage and behind-the-scenes? PlayMakers offers its Theatre Intensive and TheatreTech programs to high school students who are ready to take it to the next level. The Conservatory is a unique theatre experience for young people: an education and performance opportunity that includes working with professional directors, choreographers, and musical directors here at PlayMakers Repertory Company, the premier resident theatre of the Carolinas.

“The Conservatory is the biggest learning experience in acting and singing that I’ve ever encountered. I learned so much about scene work, text work, and character work.”Nora, Conservatory Student

PlayMakers is committed to ensuring that anyone accepted into the Theatre Intensive and TheatreTech programs will be able to participate regardless of financial need.


Student Matinees


Theatre Intensive is for high school students – rising 9th graders to recent graduates. Five weeks of intensive rehearsal and training culminating in a professionally-realized production in the Paul Green Theatre. Tuition is $1,500/actor, with scholarships available based on financial need.

The Theatre Intensive begins on June 19, 10:00am–5:00pm, Monday through Friday, culminating in eight public performances of a hit musical. This summer’s production will be Bye Bye Birdie with a book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams.

Auditions for Theatre Intensive actors will take place March 3–4 at PlayMakers. Callbacks are scheduled for March 5. To apply for Theatre Intensive auditions, students must complete and submit a Summer Youth Conservatory Registration Form before March 3.

To request a registration form, please contact Jenny Wales,, Education Manager.



Student Matinees


This unique program provides high school juniors and seniors, and recent high school graduates, with the chance to learn about all aspects of technical theatre. Students take classes with PlayMakers professional staff in Costumes, Scenic Design/Stage Craft, Lighting, and Stage Management. Students are also given the opportunity to apprentice in the field of their choice during the five weeks of the Conservatory. TheatreTech classes will begin on June 14. Apprenticeship appointments run through August 2. Tuition is $750, with scholarships available based on financial need. Admittance is based on interview.

To apply for a TheatreTech interview, students must complete and submit a Summer Youth Conservatory Registration Form before March 3.

To request a registration form, please contact Jenny Wales,, Education Manager.