Summer Intensives

Summer Intensives

Discover a passion for performance.

Fun, fast-paced summer intensives cover a large range of performance specialties. Develop your instincts as a performer, learn invaluable practical techniques from professionals, and craft stories with other young creatives.

Summer 2023 intensives take place on Granville Island in July and August.


Acting: Theatre Intensive
Ages 9-12, 13-19

Take to the stage and trust your instincts! In this one-week program, you’ll hone your acting chops, and improve your rehearsal and performance skills. Through theatre exercises, character study, and voice work, you’ll learn to make strong, consistent choices about your roles on stage. It’s the best way to feel confident in front of an audience.

Acting: Film Intensive
Ages 9-12, 13-19

Join a group of like-minded teens and get hands on experience working on camera to take your acting to the next level. Craft your performance in a scene using text and character work to exploring filming on set. Learn how to be in the moment, how to surprise yourself in your work, and hone your audition techniques for film and television.

Musical Theatre Intensive
Ages 6-10, 8-12, 11-16

Join us for a full week in singing, dancing and acting, and experience the thrill of staging and performing a musical. Working with our director/choreographer, and musical director, students will be rehearse a number of ensemble songs as well as solo performances.

Summerstage Musical Theatre Intensive
Ages 12-19
July 3-29 | Four Week Program!

Summerstage Musical Theatre Intensive is designed for emerging teen actors who are looking for a boost to their skills. Whether you’re seriously considering a career in theatre or you simply love musicals, our small class size gives students one-on-one training and personalized education opportunities. The only Metro Vancouver musical theatre intensive to offer its students the opportunity to perform a full-length Broadway musical, Summerstage focuses on both process and performance. Professional instruction will give teens valuable ensemble and solo experience, with a focus on voice training, dance, and acting.

Generous in-kind support by Herschel Supply Co.

Stagecraft Intensive: Prop Building
Ages 13-19

Discover the creative force that goes on behind the scenes in this exploration of the elements of Stagecraft through Prop Building. Whether working in film or theatre, props are an essential part of creating the mood, time, and reality of a scene. In this intensive, students will explore the process of prop design and prop building. Using easy to find materials, students will develop their understanding of the relationship between design principles of stagecraft, materials, and story all while having a little fun along the way.

Shakespeare Intensive
Ages 13-19

Widely regarded as one of the English language’s greatest writers, William Shakespeare’s plays have been captivating audiences for centuries. But how relevant are his works today? The Shakespeare Intensive looks at the language, imagery and poetry of his work while exploring how the themes can be adapted, shaped and performed for a modern audience.

Sketch Comedy & Improv Intensive
Ages 9-12, 13-19

Be bold and take your comedic and improv skills to the next level with the Sketch Comedy and Improv Intensive. Through a mixture of improvisation and writing, young actors will gain creative thinking, team building, and communication skills that will benefit them on the stage and in everyday life. Industry professionals will help you develop your technique, discipline and artistry. Work with other creative minds to explore, devise, and create sketches that will have them rolling in the aisles.

Stagecraft Intensive: Scenic Painting
Ages 13-19

Discover the creative force that goes on behind the scenes in this exploration of the elements of Stagecraft through Scenic Painting. A vital element of the theatrical world, Scenic Painting works with lighting to effect the mood of the play in subtle, yet powerful ways. Students will explore various techniques used in set building and scenic painting, such as wet blends, dry brushing, and spatters, to create faux finishes and learn how the set helps to bring the story of the play to life on stage.

Stagecraft Intensive: Theatrical Design
Ages 13-19

Discover the creative force that goes on behind the scenes in this exploration of the elements of Stagecraft through Theatrical Design. Learn to think like a theatre designer and develop your understanding of the relationship between theatrical design and story. Students will collaborate and investigate design principles of scenery, props, costumes, lighting, and sound. Using state of the art equipment, students will explore and experiment with various materials and stagecraft techniques that would bring any production to life on the stage.

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