Summer On Stage | Summer Backstage

Five Incredible Weeks

Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program in performance and technical theatre that culminates in two fully realized productions performed on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Arizona Theatre Company staff and ATC-selected professional teaching artists lead students through immersive training that contributes to an experience that prepares young people for a creative and engaged life in the arts – or in any field!

Summer 2017 Dates: June 26 – July 28, 2017


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Choose Your Program

Summer On Stage

Develop performance skills and experience a professional rehearsal process with Summer on Stage! ATC staff and teaching artists support an extraordinary summer learning experience, leading students through a variety of acting, voice, and movement classes in the morning, and afternoon rehearsals leading to fully produced performances – one play and one musical – on the stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Click here for information about what’s new in 2017!

Summer Backstage

Summer Backstage is all about the magic that takes place behind the scenes. Participants take classes with our Summer on Stage students and learn from ATC’s team of professional designers and technicians about theatrical design and management in preparation for a role as a backstage crew member for the two performances. Click here for information about what’s new in 2017!

Pricing & Registration

Pricing Information

Tuition prices for Summer on Stage 2017 are as follows. We accept cash, personal checks, money orders, and major credit cards. You are welcome to pay your student’s tuition fees up front, along with the non-refundable Registration Fee, or you can make arrangements with us to pay in installments. If you’re paying in installments, tuition must be paid in full by July 13, 2017.

  • Non-refundable Registration Fee (due with registration form; does not count toward tuition prices, listed below): $50
  • Tuition if Registration Form and Fee are received / postmarked on or before April 1, 2017: $750
  • Tuition if Registration Form and Fee are received / postmarked between April 2 and May 27, 2017: $850
  • Tuition if Registration Form and Fee are received / postmarked between May 28 and June 17, 2017: $950
Registration Forms

Registration is now open. Download the registration forms below:

Registration Checklist

We need the following, along with your completed form, to process your registration.

  1. A written statement (100 words or less) that tells us why you want to spend five weeks of your summer vacation studying and working hard to create theatre with us.
  2. Something that articulates why the arts are important to you. Use words if you like, or draw, paint, photograph, make a short film or a piece of music. The format is not important and should not be considered an audition or a showcase of talent; we just want to see how brilliant and creative you are.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a teacher (doesn’t have to be a theatre teacher).
  4. Non-refundable $50 Registration Fee (please indicate method of payment on the form).
Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration before 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2017, you will receive a refund for any paid tuition fees. No refunds will be given for any cancelations made after June 16, 2017. Written notification must be received for cancelations to be processed. Thank you for understanding.

For questions about registration, please email Jasmine Roth, Tucson Education Associate, at


Summer on Stage and Summer Backstage run Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., June 26 – July 28, 2017.

  • Weeks 1 – 3: Regular classes run Monday – Thursday and culminate in a showcase. Friday mornings are devoted to masterclasses and special challenges!
  • Weeks 4 – 5: The last two weeks are devoted exclusively to working on the shows.
  • All students take classes from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch is 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. every day. Students work on one of two productoins from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Play: July 27, 2017 (7:00 p.m.)
Musical: Juy 28, 2017 (7:00 p.m.)
Strike: July 29, 2017

New Features For 2017

New for Summer Backstage

Summer Backstage has a new intensive track for our students!

When you first attend Summer Backstage, you will receive training on all the technical design disciplines of production from theatre professionals.

Learn about the lighting, set, hair, makeup, costumes, sound, and props that go into building the world of the play. From research and conception to completion, you will be building these worlds and adding skills to your resume.

Summer Backstage classes will focus on designing a show, building a show, and mounting/running a show. Hands-on learning in class will translate into each student’s very own personal portfolio they can take home and use for future growth in the professional world of theatre.

When you return to Summer Backstage, you can focus on a specific discipline of your choice. Our teaching professionals will work with you to develop individual projects to continue building your portfolio and resume. These kinds of portfolios look great on college applications and will only aid in providing you with more experience for your future.

A returning student to Summer Backstage will also have the opportunity to take on leadership roles. Depending on experience you could assist in designing a production and/or aid in teaching the production classes to your peers!

So if you’ve attended Summer Backstage before, consider coming back to grow those skills and reach bigger and brighter opportunities!

Masterclasses & Challenges

This year, we will be adding Masterclasses & Challenges to the weekly schedule.

Friday mornings won’t be your typical class schedule. Students will attend a masterclass and participate in a challenge before lunch, the first three Friday mornings before tech weeks begin.

Masterclasses provide us with more focused concentration on subjects that we can’t fully cover in regular classes. Masterclasses will be taught by a variety of professionals. Topics may include arts advocacy, the business of theatre, think tanks, and much more!

Challenges allow students to work together (Summer on Stage & Summer Backstage), collaborating on thoughtful pieces of art. Challenges take place after the masterclass and will typically relate to the topic being discussed that day. You will have no indication beforehand as to who will be in your group and what sort of challenge you will be given, but you will have lots of fun!

How should you prepare for these cool new additions? Show up with an open mind, ready to learn and collaborate!

Prepare For Your Session

What should I bring each day?
You are welcome to bring backpacks / bags, paper, and writing utensils. You NEED to bring water every day!!

What should I wear each day?
Plan to dress for comfort and safety. Wear clothes you can move in and shoes that cover your toes.

Audition Information (for Summer on Stage students):

  • All audition materials will be provided.
  • Auditions will take place on the second day.
  • Everyone auditions for both shows.
  • Everyone will be cast in one show, either the play or the musical.

Audition Tips:

  • Wear something simple, comfortable, and professional. You should be able to move in it. No graphic tees or distracting writing.
  • Don’t forget to BREATHE.
  • Practice your slate (introduction).
  • Make bold choices with the cold reading of monologues. (Everyone is reading the same thing – STAND OUT.)
  • Don’t rush. This is your moment – own it.
  • Enunciate.
  • Use the space – but stay away from pointless wandering / fidgeting feet.
  • Be committed to your choices.
  • Project, but don’t strain your voice.
  • Sing from your diaphragm – support the sound.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Take care of your voice / throat: avoid coffee and dairy.
  • Remember, nerves are normal.
  • Harness that nervous energy and create adrenaline.
  • If you make a mistake, keep going!!
  • Everyone has to sing. Everyone has different voices. We want to hear everyone’s voice.
  • Warm up your body. Stretch beforehand, and keep your muscles loose.
  • We know not everyone is a trained dancer, and that’s okay! Show us your personality. It’s not about the execution, it’s about the energy. Try, try, try!!


“SOS helps understandings of a professional work environment, as well as the experience for a future job. Everyone is kind and helpful. You won’t regret it!”
– Mical Warren, Student

“Everything I learned from this program makes me better in real life … I’m learning how to be a better person and a better adult.”
– Adrianna Cota, Student

“I feel like I may have learned more and become more confident because I didn’t feel as though I was being walked through the process; I was fielding questions, making decisions and being overall responsible for my department.”
– Kat Polak, Intern

“I returned because I’ve learned so much, and I’ve made some of my best friends here. It’s a positive, loving, understanding environment.”
– Laura Leader, Student