Repertory Theatre Production Summer Program for High School Students

Our six-week Repertory Theatre Production program is an outstanding summer opportunity for serious young actors. During your time here, you will experience a complete immersion in acting and life in the theatre. You will participate in a company ensemble to produce a large-cast play from classical or contemporary repertoire, with full design and technical support.

Program length: 6 weeks
Program dates:
June 26, 2021 to August 8, 2021
Tuition: $9,750
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12
Priority deadline: 
January 14, 2021

This is a pre-professional theatre training program, designed for experienced actors in grades 9-12. The session culminates with a five performance run of the production, performed in Harvey Theatre (view virtual tour).

Recent productions include:

  • Henry V by William Shakespeare
  • 44 Plays for 44 Presidents by Chicago's Neo-Futurists
  • Midsummer/Jersey by Ken Ludwig
  • Jane Eyre by Robert Johanson, based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte.
  • Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  • The Heart of Robin Hood by David Farr
  • Alice by Laura Wade
To prepare for the production, students participate in the following:
  • Production rehearsal
  • Acting technique class
  • Theatre topics class (this may include stage combat, acting for the camera, viewpoints, or other important areas within the acting discipline)

Guest Artists

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)
  • Heather Headley (The Lion King, Aida)
  • Mary Beth Hurt (Crimes of the Heart, The World According to Garp)
  • Erin Dilly (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Into the Woods)
  • Stephen Buntrock (Les Miserables)

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.


Audition Requirements

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.

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen offers a one-week Acting Audition Intensive.

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a Theatre major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.


J.W. Morrissette

Director, High School Repertory Theatre Production, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Head of the Department of Theatre, University of Illinois


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