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.

Please check back to this page as more workshops will be posted soon!


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 h 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.

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


Summer Jazz Band Workshop (This group will work with the Singing Like a Star 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.

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


WEEK OF JULY 18-22

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

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 June 1, 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.

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 (In-Person)

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

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
About the Instructor: Kim Carson

($15 off if registered by June 1, 2022)

In this unique exploration of musical theater performance, we’ll be focusing on the actor. Lyric interpretation, scene study, and acting fundamentals are in practice as we delve into our songs, culminating in a showcase of our work at the end of the week.

RSVP for this workshop 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 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, 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 2022 Summer Academy, The Charter Arts Summer Academy reserves the right to replace a course instructor without notification.