Summer Theatre Classes & Summer Conservatory

The Stage West summer programs welcome younger students into a warm, professional environment to spark creativity, build confidence, practice co-operation and develop curiosity. Through the craft of theatre, we also deepen self-esteem, creative problem solving and communication skills. Come play with us in one of Ft. Worth’s most beloved and respected professional theatres.

Due to the many factors regarding health, safety, re-openings and social distancing, Stage West Theatre has decided to transfer all of our June Classes to online formats. July's Conservatory however will be in person.

June's classes will be held on Zoom. Students must have access to a computer or a cell phone with a camera.


Class #1 | ONLINE | Ages 8-13 | June 9–12

Behind the Curtain: Theatre Design Class

Costume Design (9:00am – 10:15am)

Designers make the characters and atmosphere of a play come to life! Using well known fairy tales, we will create costumes for three different characters that capture the world of the play and the uniqueness of each character. Designs will be made into a portfolio to share with family and friends.

Set Design (12:00 – 1:15pm)

Whether for the backyard or Broadway, every play needs a proper set! Students will create an interior location of the same fairy tale story used in the costume design segment. They will learn the basics of set design by creating a design rendering, ground plans and models of their set designs.

Flower Avila and Allen Dean will guide the students on a journey of design discovery.

Materials needed: Paper, crayons or markers, a cardboard box, scissors and glue.

4 days. Each design segment is a little over an hour and can be taken separately or combined. 
One session: $45, plus $5.95 registration fee. 
Both sessions: $80 plus $5.95 registration fee.

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Class #2 | ONLINE | Ages 9-14 | June 16–18

Musical Theatre: Broadway Bound

Acting & Auditioning (9:00 – 10:15am)

Under Kate McGehee’s direction, students will learn the art of cold readings and creating dynamic scenes for auditioning.

Songs:  How to Choose Them, How to Act Them (12:00 – 1:15pm)

Students will learn how to choose age appropriate songs which highlight their vocal range. We will then cover ‘how to act the song’ to create powerful auditions and performance. Taught by David Haskins and Beth Bando Bontley

3 Days. Each segment is a little over an hour and can be taken separately or combined. 
One session: $35 plus $5.95 registration fee.
Both sessions: $60 plus $5.95 registration fee.

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Class #3 | ONLINE | Ages 11-14 | June 23-25

TikTok: The Camp (1:00pm – 2:15pm)

The app is all the rage and this camp explores TikTok for beginners and seasoned users! 

Day 1 is an overview of the world of TikTok.  On days 2 and 3, students learn to use camera, lighting, and in-depth features and tricks to create the best TikToks out there! 

Every day the students will create and share the TikToks they make, using cell phone or tablet. 

Grow your followers with the best quality videos out there. Who knows? Your video may go viral! (Students do not need to have a TikTok account to participate but it’s helpful.)

3 days, just over 1 hour each day.
$30 plus $5.95 registration fee.

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July 2020 Programs

 Social distancing guidelines for potential in-person conservatory will be posted soon. The Conservatory will be held in person.

Ages 14 – 19 | Summer Theatre Conservatory

July 6 – 25 (3 weeks), (MON-FRI 9am – 4pm) 

Stage West Theatre’s Summer Conservatory is an innovative program offering teens and young adults a chance to study all aspects of theatre through the mentorship of professional artists.

Visiting teaching artists, designers, staff members and a variety of industry professionals offer seminars and classes focusing on the art as well as the business of theatre. Topics covered include acting techniques, auditioning, voice and diction, improvisation, and technical theatre. In addition, students take part in a professional photo shoot, providing each with a digital download.

Students also participate in a full conservatory production, acting as well as creating the set, culminating in a video recorded performance.

This fun and well-rounded program enhances artistic growth in a supportive environment within one of Fort Worth’s most respected, professional theatres.

$550, plus $50 admin/materials fee

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Registration Information

Please use the link after the desired course to register. We offer a payment plan for your convenience. Once you are registered, your spot in the class is reserved.

Questions? Contact us at education [at] or call 817-554-3613 for additional information.
Financial assistance for our programs is available on a case by case basis, as funds remain. Please contact us for more information.