The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop (July 10 - August 7, M-F, 9-4pm with select evening and weekend rehearsals) is the flagship of our youth programming. The Workshop provides a high quality, intensive arts experience for aspiring actors, musicians, dancers and set designers ages 10 - 18. Part of our mission to help performers exchange voices with guest artists and master teachers including: Ashfield’s internationally renounced Double Edge Theatre , Smith College Professor of Theatre and Afro-American studies Andrea Hairston's Chrysalis Theatre, Ty and Amy Lemerande of Knighthorse Theatre—"our mission is to make Shakespeare cool again”—International Theatre Award (ITA) winning director, performer and mask designer Joe Osheroff of Homunculus Mask Theatre and myriad other luminaries in the performing arts and social justice community. We incorporate movement, puppets, mask making, voice work, circus arts and work on large apparatus (e.g., stilts, aerial fabrics, spools, flying trapeze, etc.).
No previous experience necessary.
Participates bring there own lunch, refrigeration is available. The HYT provides a group snack.
The weather is warming!
Join us for our 2023 Outdoor, Traveling Summer Spectacle
"Being the only”
“It’s astounding what happens here”
Making the Mind-Body Connection
One of my favorite aspects of the workshop is the great range in age of the kids; the younger kids get to learn from (and with) the older more experienced participants. The older kids get to be mentors and role models to the newer folks. We live in a society that tends to be very age segregated, I love that this camp is not. In addition, you do an excellent job of modeling and teaching kids what it means to be creative, compassionate, expressive community members! My children took away an understanding of how fun, hard work and dedication can be combined to produce a high quality performance art piece —CHARLIE FLYNN (parent)
I think you do an amazing job of harnessing the creative energy in any person and turning it into something beautiful. I will take away that being bold and putting yourself and your energy out into the world is a good thing.- LILLY(age 16, performer)
The thing the workshop does best is bringing campers together. Last year was my fifth year, and I saw my old friends and met new ones. Everyone from the workshop comes from a different background– despite this, everyone is tight-knit. Any divisions at the beginning of the workshop disappear very quickly. Which has led to some of my best friendships and hopefully will lead to more...I think the most important thing I’ve taken away from the camp has been a part of my personality. I’m not an actor, but I’ve had big roles in two of the productions. I’m not going to become a musician but I’ve led a lot of the music instruction. I’m not an acrobat but I’ve gone on the trapeze and stilts and silks. There’s never any pressure to try new things, but the option is always there and is always free of judgment. This is made possible by the staff and faculty who (both in and out of camp) are open to anything. This has encouraged me, someone who had typically stayed in their comfort zone, to branch out and be open to more not just in the workshop, but in my general life.—FRANKLIN SPECK (former workshop participant, assistant music director, age 18)
I think that my children will never be quite the same, and I thank you and your wonderful students for that!—JESSICA BIGGIE MD (parent)
You and the other gifted staff have made this a safe place for my grandchildren to take great risks with life-affirming results.—LINDA SARAGE, (grandparent)
Your work changes lives and gives the gift of theatre to so many young people in your rural community.—AMRITA RAMANAN (Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy, Oregon Shakespeare Festival)
The faculty was amazing. I improved my acting skills and found a sense of community. Not only is it a great acting experience but it’s wonderful to be so connected with the outdoors, which is an opportunity not many people of my generation have or use.—ALEGRA S. (age 14)