Academy FAQs


Online registration must be received no later than MAY 30, 2022 to guarantee participation in the Theatre or Dance Intensive.

The Theatre and Dance Intensives welcome students in 9-12th grade. You will need to submit an audition for the Theatre or Dance Intensive and registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Applicants must be entering grades 9 - 12 in the Fall of 2022 to be accepted. 

Here is the link where you will need to register and submit an audition for either Theatre or Dance.

Dance Intensive – Please submit a video link of a dance performance or studio recording that best demonstrates your skill level as a dancer.

Theatre Intensive – Please submit a video link of you performing a monologue (30-60) in length that best demonstrates your level as a performer.

During registration, you will be prompted to submit a video link or you may email your link to

Theatre Intensive: Daniel Inouye at
Dance Intensive: Gregg Hurley at

An automatic email will be generated at the time of registration indicating that the student has been registered in the Theatre or Dance camp. This email will include basic information about your registration and function as a receipt.

At the end of May you will receive further information about the intensive.

You may arrive any time between 2 and 4 PM on Sunday in order to register. This will be followed by dinner and group activities. Friday ends around 3 PM after the 2:00 performance.

Tuition and Amenities

Commuters -  $675

Residents - $575


Resident students will receive meals at Lottie Nelson Dining Hall from Sunday dinner to lunch on Friday.

Commuter students will receive lunch at Lottie Nelson Dining Hall on Monday through Friday.

Students are not permitted to bring bag lunches. Please note special dietary needs on your registration form.

Students will live in air-conditioned residence hall rooms shared with one to three roommates of the same sex. Males and females will be located on separate halls and will have a dorm counselor to supervise activities.

Students will have access to Messiah University’s facilities and scenic grounds including the tennis courts, outdoor fitness course, volleyball courts, library, computer facilities and outdoor athletic facilities. Due to athletic camps, students will not have access to the indoor gym and pool.

Cash is not required and students are encouraged to limit the amount of cash they bring to campus. However, there will be opportunities to spend money during the course of the intensive and students will likely feel they need some cash on hand. They will have access to Messiah University vending machines and to the bookstore, as well as to the coffee shop on campus.

Payment and Refund Policies

  • You may pay tuition, in full, online by credit or debit card.
  • At this time, we do not offer registration by mail. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact Daniel Inouye at

Full refunds are available through May 20, 2022. After May 20, full or partial refunds will be available only in cases of documented medical or family emergencies.

Health and Medical Concern

You will be notified in the event that your child falls ill or is injured. If your child falls ill and requires medical attention, the staff of the Arts Academy will follow the instructions that you provide on the health form you will submit before the workshop begins. Public safety staff members on campus are trained in basic emergency procedures and can transport students to nearby medical facilities in cases of emergency.

The camp director will collect for safekeeping medications that you specify on the health form. The counselor will distribute medications to students per the instructions given on the health form. High school students who self medicate will need to bring the meds to registration and fill out a permission form with parent signature and medication details.


Please be sure and inform us on the health form if your child has a disability that requires any kind of special accommodation. Messiah University is a disability-friendly campus. The buildings that we will be using as part of workshop are designed to be accessible. We will not have staff specifically trained in dealing with students with disability, but we are committed to making sure that all students experience a safe, fun, and productive learning environment, and will do all in our power to ensure that such an environment is created.


For Both Camps, Please Bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Notebook and pen. Tablets and notebooks are permitted, but it is the student’s responsibility to keep these items secured.
  • Bible
  • Comfortable shoes to walk around campus. Flip flops are not recommended.


  • Wear clothing suitable for full physical movement and floor work. Tennis shoes are ok, dance shoes are great. No flip flops, sandals, clogs, or heels.
  • Daily attire is casual, a sweater or sweatshirt is recommended as rooms can be cold. 
  • For the performance on Friday, we recommend that each student has black pants and a black shirt to serve as the base for their costume.


  • Solid Colored Leotard, Pink Tights for Ballet (worn under the leotard), Black Tights, leggings, or shorts for modern (worn over the leotard), Warm-Ups (i.e. sweatpants, shorts, t-shirts, jumpsuits) to use between classes.
  • Please pack a black leotard and black tights for the performance.
  • Hair should be worn in a bun or other classical style. If hair is short, please be sure to secure it away from the face.
  • Ballet shoes, Pointe shoes (if applicable)


No, you will need to bring your own linens and blankets. College beds are twin extra long.

The campus bookstore sells basic amenities for students' toiletry needs

The students will be in college dorm rooms, so they will be sharing a bathroom and will have individual showers, but it will be in a large area with several other individual showers.  It is recommended that they bring shower shoes or flip flops along with a robe to wear when they get out of the shower.

If they forget any toiletry needs or basic amenities, the campus bookstore does sell items.  

It is highly suggested that students pack an umbrella as they will need to walk between buildings on campus.  A backpack or slack pack is recommended. 

Commuter Student

The camp intensives are designed to accommodate both residential and commuter students.

Registration for both residential and commuter students is on Sunday from 2-4 pm followed by group activities.

Commuter students should plan to arrive on campus by 8:40 am Monday through Friday for the beginning of the first morning session. To receive the full benefit of the program, commuter students should plan to stay through the end of the evening activities, typically slated to end no later than 8:30 pm.

Commuter students will be assigned a day counselor and will need to check-in and out with that counselor for all check-in times.

Commuter students with cars and licenses may drive to campus, though we encourage students to leave their cars at home. Students who drive themselves should park in the visitor’s parking lot between the Eisenhower and Old Main buildings. Students who drive are prohibited from giving rides to residential students, and may not drive during the course of the day unless parents provide instructions to allow this for special purposes such as doctor appointments. Failure to abide by this condition may result in dismissal from the program at the discretion of the director.