In 2012, Ken Ludwig, two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright, spent two weeks with students as they worked on a production of his play Midsummer/Jersey.
The six-week repertory production is a pre-professional training experience that gives students a concentrated immersion into acting and life in the theatre. Students participate in a company ensemble that produces at least one large-cast, non-musical play from classical or contemporary theatrical repertoire, with full design and technical support.
During this six-week program, students participate in the following:
- Repertory theatre production rehearsal
- Acting technique classes
- Theatre topics classes
The session culminates in a five show run of the production, performed in Harvey Theatre.
Interlochen offers students the opportunity to study with some of the top artists and educators in the field. The theatre department regularly welcomes visiting artists. Recent guests of the department include Anthony Rapp (Rent, Little Shop of Horrors), Barrett Foa (NCIS:LA, Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mamma Mia!), Kevin Chamberlin (Seussical, The Addams Family), and Heather Headley (The Lion King, Aida).
In 2012, we were fortunate to spend two weeks with playwright and director Ken Ludwig (Midsummer/Jersey, Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Leading Ladies, An American in Paris, Crazy for You and many more). Watch the video.
How to Apply
- Prepare the audition materials listed below.
- Complete the online application.
- Submit your audition materials online.
- Video file #1: Contemporary monologue, less than two minutes in length, from a published play.
- Video file #2: One monologue from Shakespeare that is less than two minutes in length.
Students with interests in scenery, costumes, lighting, stage management, etc. are invited to apply for the six-week theatre design and production summer program.
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a performance-based acting major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.