Summer On Stage | Summer Backstage

Five Incredible Weeks in Tucson, AZ

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 2018 Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2018

Video courtesy of Second Nature Productions, LLC.

The shows for Summer on Stage / Summer Backstage 2018 have been announced! This summer’s theme is…


By Naomi Iizuka

A visceral blend of mythological stories told through the eyes of American street youth, whose lives are continually threatened, devalued, and effaced. Will they transform their lives or fall victim to their realities?

Book by Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer
Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong

The rock opera based on Green Day’s concept album explores the struggles of American teens finding their way in a post-9/11 world.

Choose Your Program | Pricing & Registration | Schedule | Prepare For Your Session | SOS Internships | Testimonials

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.

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.

Pricing & Registration

Pricing Information

Tuition prices for Summer on Stage 2018 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 June 17, 2018.

  • 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, 2018: $760
  • Tuition if Registration Form and Fee are received / postmarked between April 2 and May 27, 2018: $860
  • Tuition if Registration Form and Fee are received / postmarked between May 28 and June 17, 2017: $960

Tuition includes Summer on Stage Program T-shirt. Tuition discount information will be posted soon.

Tuition assistance may be available. Please contact Jasmine Roth at

Registration Forms

Registration is now open. Download the registration form 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 17, 2018, you will receive a refund for any paid tuition fees. No refunds will be given for any cancelations made after June 17, 2018. 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


The schedule for Summer on Stage and Summer Backstage 2018 is coming soon!

Summer on Stage and Summer Backstage run Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., June 25 – July 29, 2018.

  • 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.

Performances will be July 26 – July 28, 2018.
Strike will be July 29, 2018.

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 Internships

Applications for ATC’s Summer on Stage / Summer Backstage 2018 Internships are now available!

Arizona Theatre Company supports the ongoing learning for future professionals through our Summer on Stage / Summer Backstage programs. Each internship (whether production or education) is structured to provide a solid and inclusive professional experience within our company, serving as a springboard to your future career.

How to Apply:

Complete our application form and return it to us, along with a current resume, cover letter, and two professional references.

Specific skill demands vary based on department, but basic requirements for any SOS internship include computer literacy, a sense of humor, passion, and curiosity.

Internship Dates: June 18, 2018 – July 29, 2018. Specific start and end dates are negotiable.

Internships vary depending on the individual applicant and their area of interest. However, all SOS internships at Arizona Theatre Company include:

  • Shadowing of theatre professionals, creating contacts that could lead to opportunitites following the internship;
  • Creative development with ongoing evaluation and skills-based learning;
  • Production experience: Interns are involved in both SOS productions (musical and play);
  • Cross-departmental work within Education and Production to aid understanding of how a nonprofit arts organization works as a whole;
  • Space to tailor the internship to individual needs and interests;
  • Complimentary tickets to both SOS productions;
  • A supportive and welcoming environment in which to grow.

Internships are based on a 40-hour work week, with the exception of technical rehearsals, and production interns receive a stipend of $1000 for the program. Housing is not provided. Non-paid school credit internships are also available through the program.

Types of Internships:

Production Internships: Stage Management and Technical Theatre

The production interns act as integral parts of the production team for Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer on Stage program. Internships are offered in Stage Management, Technical Direction / Scenic Construction, Paints and Props, Costume Design and Construction, Lighting, Sound, and Production Management. Interns will gain skills and expertise in their area through hands-on experience and mentorship from their on-site supervisor. Interns with experience in their area of concentration may be offered the opportunity to take on a bigger leadership role possibly acting as a Stage Manager, Assistant Technical Director, or similar positions for one of the productions.

These internships are offered as full-time positions.

Education Internships: Teaching Artists and Administrative Assistance

The Learning & Education Department seeks interns for the following roles: teaching artists for movement, voice, or acting class assistants/instruction; administrative duties as assigned from the SOS Program Manager, Artistic Director, or Production Manager (as needed). Teaching artists with technical theatre experience are encouraged to apply. Intern placement and training is based on each candidate’s current knowledge and their desire to learn. Interns will gain skills in their desired area through hands-on experience and mentorship from their on-site supervisor. Applicants for these positions should have some prior experience in their field.

These internships are offered as both full- and part-time positions.

For More Information:

Contact Holly Garner, Education Associate, at

Click here to download the application form!


“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