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Summer Academy 2022

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!


If you have questions:

Contact the Summer Academy Team:

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

Early drop-off available starting at 8 AM.

Partial scholarships and payment plans may be available for some workshops.  


WEEK OF JULY 11-15

Singing Like a Star: Pop & Jazz Vocal Workshop

Session Date: July 11-15
Session Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM daily
Fee:  $195  (Limited Enrollment)

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 they work with the jazz ensemble from the Summer Jazz Workshop to create a professional showcase performance that will take place for families on the last day.  The workshop will also include tips on music production and the music business.   BOOKED!

RSVP for this workshop and a registration link will be sent to you!


Summer Jazz Band Workshop 

Session Date: July 11-15
Session Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM daily
Fee:  $195  (Limited Enrollment)

This fun and intensive summer workshop is designed for modern band instrumentalists interested in jazz & contemporary music. At this workshop, participants will learn and perform pop, jazz, & contemporary songs in a creative, collaborative, and comfortable environment. Participants will also learn how to collaborate with vocalists from the Singing Like a Star workshop to produce a professional performance showcase that will take place for families on the last day.  BOOKED!

RSVP for this workshop and a registration link will be sent to you!


WEEK OF JULY 18-22

Intro to Production Arts: Designing Wonderland 

Session Dates: July 18-22
Session Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fee: $225
About the Instructor: Rae Labadie

($15 off if registered by July 16, 2022)

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.   BOOKED

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 for this workshop and a registration link will be sent to you!


Acting for Commercial, TV and Film Workshop 

Session Date: July 18-22
Session Time:  9:30 AM-12:00 PM daily
Fee:  $225  (Limited Enrollment)  BOOKED

($30 Off if registered by July 16, 2022)

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!

“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 for this workshop and a registration link will be sent to you!


Week of July 25-29


Acting for Musical Theater

Session Dates: July 25-29
Session Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fee: $225

($30 off if registered by July 23, 2022)  2 Spots Still Available. Call 610-868-2971 Ext. 3185 over the weekend if you would like to register.

In this unique exploration of musical theater performance, instructor, Kim Carson will be focusing on the actor to help them shine at auditions and in performance. Lyric interpretation, scene study, and acting fundamentals are in practice as participants delve into their songs, culminating in a showcase work at the end of the week for parents and friends.

About the Instructor: Kim Carson is an accomplished actor and director and is thrilled to be at Charter Arts as a guest artist. Some of her favorite credits include: Arden Theatre (where she earned a Barrymore Award for her role in FUN HOME), Delaware Theater, People’s Light and Theatre, John W Engeman, Virginia Stage Co, Philadelphia Theatre Co, 59 E 59, Fulton Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Bristol Riverside, and Azuka Theatre (where she earned a Barrymore Award for her role in HEDWIG and the Angry Inch.)

RSVP for this workshop and a registration link will be sent to you!


Comic Book Storytelling 

Session Dates: July 25-29
Session Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fee: $195
About the Instructor: Scott Beatty

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

Calling all Super-Fans! Comic book character creation and strange new world-building are at the heart of this Summer Academy workshop with Literary Arts teacher and graphic novelist Scott Beatty, who has authored hundreds of adventures for many of comics’ most iconic characters including Batman and Robin tales for DC Comics, as well as The Phantom, Buck Rogers, and Sherlock Holmes for Dynamite Entertainment. Beatty has also contributed comic book stories to IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, and Crossgen Comics.  You’ll learn about the history of comic books, how graphic novels are produced, and then you’ll create the secret origin of your own character and chronicle their first adventure in script and art! Students will get to showcase their creations during a short ‘talk-back’ session, pitching their work just like comics pros, with parents and families on the final day of class!  Open to children entering 6th-9th grades.

RSVP for this workshop and a registration link will be sent to you!


The Charter Arts Summer Academy operates as a fundraiser for the school.  All proceeds benefit the school.  Thank you for your support!


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

A participant who has registered and paid in full for a workshop, who chooses to terminate their participation after the class start date, will not be eligible for a refund but can transfer unused hours toward another workshop in the 2022 Summer Academy based on availability.  This credit must be used during the 2022 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, participants will be notified in writing, and all registered participants 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 2022 Summer Academy, The Charter Arts Summer Academy reserves the right to replace a course instructor without notification.