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Self-Empowerment Theatre
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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.

ALL CLASSES:
Location:
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


Peter Pan | June 3-7
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Peter Pan and the Lost Boys must take on Captain Hook and his vicious crew! These awful pirates have taken something important to Peter Pan and hidden it away below the deck of the Jolly Roger. How can Peter and the Lost Boys work together to outsmart the pirates and save the day?


Wizard of Oz
| June 10-14
Dorothy stumbles into Oz (very magical) from Kansas (not so magical). When she is swept up into a grand adventure with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, what will it take for her to get home again?
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Jack & the Beanstalk
| June 17-21
Jack has made the best deal ever: he traded his cow for three magic beans! His mom is less than thrilled, but these magic beans really know how to grow on you. Join us for Jack, the Giant, and treasures beyond all imagining.
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Gingerbread Man
| June 24-28
“Run run run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!” This gingerbread kid is fresh from the oven and ready to outrun anything. Can he learn to face his problems head-on?
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The Sword in the Stone
| July 15-19
Camelot has one rule: the toughest knight rules them all. But nobody is tough enough to pull the sword from the stone. That is, until Arthur comes along. Can Arthur teach the knights of Camelot a better way to be tough and strong?
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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?
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going back to our roots

 
 
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Inspired by our past as a traditional theatre, YAT brings two scripted, non-musical shows to the stage each summer. No previous acting experience necessary, and no formal auditions. These classes are open-enrollment, so all actors receive a role! Try something new, take part in a classic story, or take your theatre experience to the next level. All Classic YAT classes are for 4th-12th grade students.

ALL CLASSES:
Location:
The Athenaeum, 401 E Michigan Street
Price: $350 | 10% sibling discount available at checkout! | Financial assistance available to those who apply: click here to begin scholarship application

Stage managers and assistant director positions needed. Please email georgeanna@yatkids.org for more information.


Beauty & the Beast | Directed by Mikael Burke
May 22nd-June 23rd
Rehearsals: Mondays 6-8pm, Wednesdays 6-8pm, and Saturdays 12:30pm-3:30pm at The Athenaeum in Downtown Indianapolis
Join us for this tale as old as time!
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Snow White | Directed by Justin Wade
May 21st-June 23rd
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 6-8pm, Thursdays 6-8pm, and Saturdays 9am-12pm at The Athenaeum in Downtown Indianapolis
Who's the fairest of them all?
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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


LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS:

Mikael Burke

Mikael Burke is a Chicago-based director, deviser, and educator. A Princess Grace Award winner in Theatre and graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA Directing), Mikael’s most recently worked with Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Northlight Theatre, American Theatre Company, and Strawdog Theatre Company in Chicago, and regionally with Asolo Repertory Theatre, GEVA Theatre Center, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. He currently serves as the inaugural Artistic Fellow at Northlight Theatre and is a Directors Inclusion Initiative fellow at Victory Gardens Theatre. He also serves as Head of the Directing Concentration of the High School Training Program of the Theatre school at Depaul University, is a faculty member of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and is a core faculty member in the Theatre division of the National High School Institute (Cherubs) at Northwestern University. Recent directing credits include This Bitter Earth by Harrison David Rivers; Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm; A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare; Native Son by Richard Wright, adapted by Nambi E. Kelley.

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.

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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.


Scene Study for 4th-8th Grade | Taught by Mikael Burke
June 3rd, 5-8pm at The Athenaeum in Downtown Indianapolis
This 3-hour workshop is for middle-school students looking to boost their acting skills. Dive into a script and learn how an actor works to interpret a scene, a character, and their place in the story.
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Scene Study for 9th-12th Grade | Taught by Mikael Burke
June 10th, 1-5pm at The Athenaeum in Downtown Indianapolis
This 4-hour workshop is for high-school students looking for a fresh theatre perspective. Students will work together to interpret scenes in a play, explain acting choices, and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a storyteller.
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Directing for 9th-12th Grade | Taught by Mikael Burke
June 17th, 1-5pm at The Athenaeum in Downtown Indianapolis
This 4-hour workshop is for high-school students looking to become creative leaders. Students will work together to stage and block scenes, give critique to actors, and pursue an artistic vision onstage.
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Directing for 4th-8th Grade | Taught by Georgeanna Wade
June 24th, 5-8pm at The Athenaeum in Downtown Indianapolis
This 3-hour workshop is for middle-school students looking to take initiative onstage. Bring your vision to life! Directors will practice scene-building, instructing groups of actors, and pitching creative ideas to their peers.
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Movement | Taught by Georgeanna Smith Wade
July 1st, 6-8pm at The Athenaeum in Downtown Indianapolis
This 2-hour workshop is for 4th-12th grade students looking to take their stage presence to the next level. This movement workshop, led by a professional actor and choreographer, teaches body awareness, choreography, and ways to make group movements shine.
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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.
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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!
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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! Learn more on our Experiment webpage:

View our experiment page