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Summer Academy 2024

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

Partial scholarships may be available.


ACTING WORKSHOP: Improvisation and Movement

Session Dates:  July 15-19
Session Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Fee:  $195
Instructor: Amanda Lissette

Amanda Lissette is happy to be back to Charter Arts to host an improvisation and movement workshop this summer. Students will be using improvisation exercises to sharpen skills, increase creativity, emphasize the need to embrace the ideas of others, and handle uncertainty, with or without a partner on stage, in an inventive way. With movement exercises, they will work to use their body to create the world of characters and how they move through it, telling a story using only physical movement.  These skills will benefit the young actor’s ability to think on their feet creatively, master cold reads for auditions and/or callbacks, and bring bold choices to the projects they work on. The week will culminate with a short showcase for parents/guardians. Open to children entering 7th-9th grades (older students may also be considered).

To REGISTER: Fill out this FORM and a payment link will be sent to you.


Comic Book Storytelling 

Session Dates: July 15-19
Session Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fee: $195
About the Instructor: Scott Beatty

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.

“This was so much fun! I loved learning how to create characters and world build”

“Mr. Beatty was great. I learned so much about comics, but even more about becoming a good writer.”

To REGISTER: Fill out this FORM and a payment link will be sent to you.


Acting for Commercial, TV and Film Workshop 

Session Date:  July 22-26
Session Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM
FEE:  $195

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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 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 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.”

To REGISTER: Fill out this FORM and a payment link will be sent to you.


Production & Costume Design Workshop

Information about this workshop will be posted soon.  If you are interested in receiving a notice when this workshop is finalized, Please fill out this FORM.


Summer Cinema Experience

Session Date:  July 8-12
Session Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM
FEE:  $195

This fun summer workshop, taught by Literary Arts faculty member, Heath Mensher, is ideal for the young film buff or the young aspiring filmmaker as an entryway into the ‘reading’ and comprehension of film as a language. Exercises will include daily cinematography walks, movie script tricks and philosophies, how to compose shots to tell stories, photo prompt writing, and “short films of the day,” where we analyze films and build visual literacy. By the conclusion of the week, students will have made a “Ciné-Roman,” a series of still photographs that, when put together, tell a story. Open to children entering 7th-9th grades (Older or younger may be considered.)

To REGISTER: Fill out this FORM and a payment 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 2024 Summer Academy based on availability.  This credit must be used during the 2024 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 2024 Summer Academy, The Charter Arts Summer Academy reserves the right to replace a course instructor without notification.