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Theatre Department


"Professional training for emerging theatre artists."


WHEN:  June 23-27, 2014


WHO:  Students entering grades 6 through 12 in fall of 2014.


DATES and TIMES: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Thursday (with lunch included)

1 pm  - 9 pm on Friday (with dinner included, no lunch)

COST:  $100


DESCRIPTION:  Seasoned theater and dance professionals as well as undergraduate students lead the morning sessions in a studio environment where participants experience the fundamentals of acting.  Morning workshops cover characterization, improvisation, voice, and movement techniques with middle school students and high school students working in separate studios.  After lunch students come together as a team to rehearse for The Light Princess, an exciting new play adapted and directed by Valerie Rae Smith with choreography created by Gregg Hurley.  The play will be presented in our state of the art Poorman Black Box Theater on June 27 at 7:00 pm.  


DOWNLOAD: Registration Packet (.docx)

                    Registration Packet (.pdf)



Summer 2013 was a hit!


"He's in heaven!"

 - Grandparent of eleven-year-old boy


"[My daughter] had a wonderful time last week, and said she learned a lot from all of you!"

- Mother of sixteen-year-old girl


"The week was a real summer highlight for my son. He loved what he learned and was so proud to present to us parents... I feel blessed to be a in a community with opportunities that Dr. Smith is offering. We will be back next year."

- Mother of eleven-year-old boy



The Messiah College Theatre Arts Academy (MCTAA) specializes in professional training for emerging theatre artists entering grades 5-12. Those with no theatre experience are introduced to the excitement of theatre making. More experienced young artists are immersed in advanced workshops and more challenging roles and responsibilities in the production process. Seasoned theatre professionals and undergraduate theatre majors mentor students as they discover and hone their creative potential.


Students learn from experienced and credentialed artist/educators who are assisted by Messiah College undergraduate theatre majors in all academy activities. Talented guest artists from Central Pennsylvania round out a stellar theatre arts experience.


Improvisation for the Theatre
Acting in Scenes and Short Plays
Monologues and Audition Skills

For more information, contact:

Dr. Valerie Rae Smith, Professor of Theatre and Program Director