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self-empowerment for our youngest Actors

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Join us for adventures in storytelling! Campers will work together to re-create a classic tale in their own words. All camps conclude in a short original performance for family and friends.

The Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan Street
Time: Monday-Friday, 9am-11am
Price: $200 per camp + $10 registration fee | 10% sibling discount available at checkout! | Financial assistance available to those who apply: click here to begin scholarship application

Pinocchio | July 22-26
It’s simple: if Pinocchio can prove himself worthy, he will be transformed from a puppet into a real kid. That means no stealing, no tricks, and no lying. But one little fib turns into another, and another, and another. Can Pinocchio learn what it takes to change his attitude for the better?


classes for the aspiring actor & actress

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Join us for a masterclass this summer and dive into different aspects of theatre! These evening camps for middle- and high-school students are all taught by theatre professionals, and teach valuable skills so students can shine on the stage and beyond the stage. No auditions or previous acting experience required: we meet each student at their experience level and push them to be more confident, more creative, and more disciplined.

10% sibling discount available at checkout for all classes! | Financial assistance available to those who apply: click here to begin scholarship application


Georgeanna Smith Wade

Georgeanna Smith Wade is the Artistic Director of Young Actors Theatre. She has been the Artistic Director since 2017, where she manages the day to day operations and artistic programming at YAT. A cum laude with high honors graduate of the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University and the Phoenix Theatre’s Meisner Training Program. She is the former Executive Artistic Director of the award winning organization, NoExit Performance, which NUVO Newsweekly has called “Indianapolis’ most adventurous theatre group.” She continues as a company member of NoExit and continues to work as a free lance actress throughout the city. She was named one of IndyStar's Top 15 to watch in 2015, as well as being named as one of 2013’s “Most Compelling Performance Artists” by The Examiner. She received numerous collegiate awards and studied in St. Petersburg, Russia with internationally renowned director Alexander Anisimov. She was formerly a lead actor/interpreter at the Children's Museum. She has studied with Brian Bedford, Dan Kamin, Anne Bogart, Kristin Linklater, Joe Goode, and more.

A former dancer, she has trained at the Academy of Dance Arts, the Jordan Academy of Dance, Gary Geis Dance Company, and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. She has been seen onstage at the Children's Museum, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, NoExit, Q Artistry, Eclectic Pond, Defiance Comedy, SiteLines, Susurrus Dance, among others. She is a published author on the topic of creating museum programming for actors (IMTAL journal), as well as a featured presenter at the International Museum Theatre Alliance conference. An experienced director, Georgeanna’s work has been praised by critics city wide. She has previously worked with students at Pike High School, Fishers High School, Heritage Christian School, the Project School, Christel House Academy, and Herron High School. Georgeanna is also a certified Pilates instructor and a Black Belt in Taekwondo.

ben asaykwee

Ben Asaykwee is an actor, director, composer and published playwright living in Indianapolis. He is also the Artistic Director of original works organization Q Artistry. His work has been heard and/or seen throughout the midwest at many various venues, including The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Lilly Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory (Chicago), the University of Indianapolis, Light Opera Works Chicago, and Indy Fringe. He has appeared onstage with IUPUI, Hoosier Bard, the Lilly Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre, Beef and Board Dinner Theatre, and IndyFringe.

Monologue Prep | Taught by Georgeanna Smith Wade
July 15th, 6-8pm at The Athenaeum in Downtown Indianapolis
This 2-hour workshop is for 4th-12th grade students looking to take their next audition by storm. Learn how to rock a cold reading, perfect your memorization, and adapt to direction quickly and on-the-spot.

Vocal Music | Taught by Ben Asaykwee
July 22nd, 4-6pm at The Athenaeum in Downtown Indianapolis
This 2-hour workshop is for 4th-12th grade students eager to find their voice. This vocal music workshop is taught by a professional actor and composer. Great for experienced vocalists or new students!

Advanced Acting | Taught by Georgeanna Smith Wade
July 29th, 6-8pm at The Athenaeum in Downtown Indianapolis
This 2-hour workshop is for 4th-12th grade students who want to learn more about acting. Learn to connect with an acting partner onstage, deeply understand your lines, and become a stronger storyteller through listening and responding.

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indiana’s only theatre immersion summer camp

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The Experiment is our week-long overnight immersive theatre camp.
Campers will join us at Camp Pyoca in Brownstown, IN, for the best week all summer. Each day has rehearsals, original theatre creation, classic summer camp activities, and more!

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