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Summer Youth

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. For middle school students, we offer Theatre Quest this summer - come and train with us for one week or all five!

“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/TheatreTech programs will be able to participate regardless of financial need.

For more information on the Summer Youth Conservatory, contact Jenny Wales, jwales@unc.edu

Learn more about our middle school program, Theatre Quest, by Clicking Here.

Theatre Intensive

The Musical

Theatre Intensive
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. This year's production will be the Tony award-winning Hairspray.  Join us in Baltimore in 1962 – the world is changing, the hair is big and the songs will have you dancing in the aisles! Welcome to the 60s!

Dates of the Conservatory: June 16 – July 20 (M-F, 10a-5p)
Performances: July 16-20
Cost: $1500 (financial aid is available)

Audition Dates are:

FRIDAY, March 21 (4p-8p)
SATURDAY, March 22 (10a-6p)

Callbacks will be held on:

SUNDAY, March 23 (10a-6p)

For the audition, please prepare:

16 bars of a song (in the style of HAIRSPRAY – look at 1960s music as a jumping-off place).  Please bring sheet music, we will have an accompanist for you.
Monologue – one minute or less (show your range – funny would be a good place to go for this show). 

Click Here to request information about the program.



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.

Admittance is based on interview. Tuition: $750 (Financial aid is available.)


Classes: June 11-13; Apprenticeships: thru July 23

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