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Summer Academy 2021

The Summer Academy at Charter Arts is a program of enrichment workshops for kids & teens that is open to the community. Enjoy learning  something new or strengthen your skills while meeting other young artists from the Lehigh Valley and beyond!


Please note that due to Covid-19 we are currently scheduling a variety of workshops- some virtual and some in-person options.  We will also continue to add workshops and seminars so be sure to check back regularly. Some workshops are taught by Charter Arts faculty and some are taught by visiting artists.


If you have questions:

Contact the Summer Academy Team:

communications@charterarts.org/ 610-868-2971 Ext. 3185

Some partial scholarship opportunities are available. To find out more about these scholarship opportunities, contact Dina Kovats at dkovats@charterarts.org.


WEEK OF JULY 12-16

Intro to Production Arts: Designing Wonderland (In-Person)

Session Dates: July 12-16
Session Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fee: $195
About the Instructor: Rae Labadie

($15 off if registered by July 9)

Unleash the designer within you! In this class, taught by Rae Labadie, Artistic Director of the Production Arts Department, you will learn the basics of design for theatre with exercises in costume, set, sound, props and lighting design for Alice in Wonderland. Students will gain skills in script analysis and conceptual thinking, drawing and rendering, foley and recorded audio, and more! Independent projects will be assigned daily, so come ready to work! By the end of this week-long class, students will be able to display a complete design portfolio for an imagined original production of Alice in Wonderland in a showcase for family and friends. Open to children entering 7th-9th grades (6th or 10th grade may be considered).  This workshop was so popular last year and it has a limited enrollment capacity, so don’t delay.

A few testimonials from last year’s participants and parents:

“My son loved the workshop and learned a lot. Ms. Labadie was very sweet and encouraging.”

“This was amazing. It was fun to create props and set design and to meet some cool people.”

“My daughter participated while we were on vacation. I was shocked how much they accomplished in one week.  She worked diligently on her projects each day with things we found on the beach, etc. and she was fully engaged. The little portfolio review on the last day was great too.  I highly recommend this workshop.!

RSVP HERE and a Registration Link will be sent to you.


An Introduction to Character Development and Fiction Writing (VIRTUAL)

Session Dates: July 12-16
Session Time: 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM daily
Fee: $135
About the Instructor: Paul Walsh

Join us for an introductory exploration of character development and fiction writing taught by Paul Walsh, the Artistic Director of the Literary Arts at Charter Arts. Students will engage with a variety of character exercises that will aid them in creating fleshed-out and well-rounded characters. Students will also focus on other aspects of fictional writing including but not limited to setting, point of view, metaphor, and symbolism. Students will utilize this new knowledge to create pieces of original fiction throughout the course of the week.  Open to children entering 7th-9th grades (6th or 10th grade may be considered).  This workshop was extremely popular in a virtual setting last year and allowed for inclusion of young writers from around the country to participate, therefore, we are offering it again in this format to continue the value that working with young writers from our region and beyond brings to each participant’s experience.

A few testimonials from last year’s participants and parents:

“It was a great experience and I learned a lot about vignettes, metaphor, and dialogue. Mr. Walsh was a great teacher, and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

“It was really fun and informative!”

“Enjoyable! Mr. Walsh is great!

“We learned a new subject each day, and I was so excited to come back each morning. We had a lot of great discussions about writing and books.”

“My son really enjoyed Mr. Walsh’s instruction. He felt the time went quickly as they were kept creatively busy.”

RSVP HERE and a Registration Link will be sent to you.


WEEK OF JULY 19-23


Summer Screenwriting Experience  (In-Person)

Session Dates: July 19-23
Session Time: 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
Fee: $145
About the Instructor: Heath Mensher

This workshop is no longer available.

This fun summer workshop, taught by Literary Arts faculty member, Heath Mensher, is ideal for the young film buff or the young aspiring screenwriter as an entryway into the ‘reading’ and comprehension of film as a language. Exercises will include character creation and motivation, movie script tricks and philosophies, photo prompt writing, “short films of the day,” and live google-document discussion on sound and camera movement as storytelling devices. Please note that this is not a filmmaking workshop – this is about the beauty of writing and understanding movies! Open to children entering 7th-9th grades (6th grade may be considered).  This workshop will take place in-person under very strict Covid-19 precautions.  

A few testimonials from last year’s participants/ parents:

“Really educational and fun!  Instructor was great.”

“This was so cool.”

“So pleased with the experience for my son! Thank you! He was inspired and engaged by the program’s instructor.”

“My daughter was happy with the experience and enjoyed the workshop.”

RSVP HERE and a Registration Link will be sent to you.


WEEK OF JULY 26-30


Acting for Commercial, TV and Film Workshop (In-Person)

Session Date: July 26-30
Session Time:  9:30 AM-12:00 PM daily
Fee:  $195  (Limited Enrollment)

($10 off if registered by July 2)

Update 7/20:  SOLD OUT! 

This workshop is taught by an industry professional with more than twenty years of experience working in casting and as a producer on over 600 commercial, tv and film projects.  Participants will learn how the on-camera acting industry ‘really’ works, both regionally and in the larger markets of New York and Los Angeles.  Participants will learn critical ‘cold read’ techniques required when auditioning for commercial, tv and film projects.  Participants will work in front of the camera each session and will receive individual coaching and critique.  In addition, lessons will focus on the skills needed to work effectively with agents, managers, casting directors and directors.  Participants will also learn tips of top bookers and how to avoid the biggest mistakes that actors make both in front of the camera and in navigating the business itself.  Open to teens entering 8th-12th grades. Limited Enrollment!  This workshop will take place in-person under the school’s current Health & Safety Plan guidelines. 

A few testimonials from last year’s participants:

“I really enjoyed this and feel like I learned a lot.”

“I learned a lot, had a great time, and the camp was extremely interesting.”

“I loved this program. The instructor is very knowledgeable of the area and expressed the reality extremely well.”

“When I started this camp I wasn’t sure what we were going to do, but immediately we were introduced to the arts of film and tv and I was immediately amazed.”

“I had a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it.”

RSVP HERE and a Registration Link will be sent to you.


Singing From The Heart: Pop & Jazz Vocal Workshop (In-Person)

Session Date: July 26-30
Session Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM daily
Fee:  $195  (Limited Enrollment)

($10 off if registered by July 16)- This discount has now been extended for all.

Update 7/20:  Two Spots Left

Call 610-868-2971 Ext. 3185 over the weekend if you would like to register! 

Partial Scholarships are still available for this workshop.

Do you love to sing contemporary music and perform? In this fun workshop, taught by Charter Arts’ Director of Vocal Music, Erica Dickson, participants will learn about the fundamentals of music, modern performance practices, and they will perform both solo repertoire as well as ensemble works.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn new pieces of music as well as refine and workshop their favorite songs. Open to children entering 7th – 12th grades, this camp will help participants hone their skills in performing pop and contemporary music for an audience as well as introduce them to basic music production and music business skills.  The week’s work will culminate with a fun showcase, produced by the participants, that will be presented to parents on the last day of the workshop. This workshop will take place in person under the school’s current Health & Safety Plan guidelines.

RSVP HERE and a Registration Link will be sent to you.


WEEK OF AUGUST 2-6


Teen Acting Workshop:  Monologue and Scene Work Intensive (In-person)

Session Date: August 2-6, 2021
Session Time:  9:30 AM-12:00 PM
Fee:  $195
About the Instructor: Kate Pistone

($10 off if registered by July 2) This discount has now been extended for all.

Update 7/20: 2 Spots Left

Taught by Kate Pistone, a seasoned musical theatre and cabaret performer, this virtual intensive is designed for teens (ages 12 – 17) looking to sharpen their monologue repertoire and theatre audition skills.  It is ideal for the young actor who wants to audition for school or community theater productions.  It is also a great training intensive to start preparing for a college audition and beyond.  Participants will learn how to select appropriate material, discuss audition techniques, and participate in mock auditions. The goal is for participants to leave the class with prepared material and the confidence to do well in their auditions! This class introduces the young actor to the same tools used by professional actors. This workshop will take place in-person under the school’s current Health & Safety Plan guidelines.  Partial scholarships are available for this workshop.

What did participants say about working with Ms. Pistone last year:

“I truly enjoyed the overall experience.  I received lots of useful information and built many strong friendships.”

“It is fun to learn about theatre!”

“My overall experience was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about theatre and Miss Kate was very helpful and supportive.”

” My experience was amazing! I learned a lot.”

“It was really fun and helpful to  me.”

RSVP HERE and a Registration Link will be sent to you.


Registration, Cancellation, and Refund Policy:

Full payment is required at the time of registration.  Partial payments or payment plans are not available for this program.  Students who have registered and who have paid in full for a Summer Academy workshop, who choose to cancel their registration, must notify the Summer Academy Coordinator in writing at communications@charterarts.org.

A student who cancels his/her registration more than 14 business days prior to the class start date, is eligible for a 100% refund.  A student who cancels his/her registration 7-13 business days prior to the class start date will be eligible for a 50% refund.  A student who cancels his/her registration less than 7 business days prior to the class start date, will not be eligible for a refund.…

A student who has registered and paid in full for a workshop, who chooses to terminate his/her participation after the class start date, will not be eligible for a refund but can transfer unused hours toward another workshop in the 2021 Summer Academy based on availability.  This credit must be used during the 2021 Summer Academy Program and cannot be transferred to another program at a later date.

Course Cancellation:

The Charter Arts Summer Academy reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment.  If a camp or workshop is canceled, students will be notified in writing, and all registered students who have paid in full will be eligible for a full refund OR students may choose to transfer their registration fee to another course or workshop in the 2021 Summer Academy, The Charter Arts Summer Academy reserves the right to replace a course instructor without notification.