Youth Theater

A pre-professional Shakespeare and Audition Intensive

Students ages 12–17 are welcome to experience a two-week intensive focused on pre-career training in theater, from audition to performance. Industry mentors lead workshops in audition training, career paths, and acting techniques. During the intensive, students will mount a bilingual production, Midsummer Sueño, prepare an audition monologue, have a headshot session, and be enveloped by the enriching art of theater. Each student will leave with a digital headshot, personalized resume, and having encountered a condensed application of theater from concept to performance.

Location: Santa Fe Playhouse (142 East DeVargas Street) and the Southside Library

Dates: July 18-28 

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with two snack times and lunch)

Price: $1200

Scholarships are available!

Please email & to learn more. Please do not let the price deter you from participating. We want to make it work.

Core Values

Active Listening, Inclusion, Empathy, Creating Space, and Community


Program director David Stallings will guide students through the play, selection of material, and what to expect in auditions, rehearsal, and performance. They will study text, scansion, voice, and diction, and discover awareness techniques such as “ViewPoints,” which will serve them in all aspects of life. With a core value of active listening, skills will be honed to understand the art of storytelling as a collaborative ensemble. Students will work with a production designer to help build the creative concept of the play that they will develop. Understanding that classic text needs to resonate with their contemporary expression, the students will set the period and purpose of the play, and why we tell this story.

Students will meet creatives who work in the field, from designers to directors, dancers, actors, agents, and more. They will be presented with the many opportunities for expression that can be found in a career in the theater.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Midsummer Sueño

Shakespeare’s magical comedy is transformed in a new adaptation, by Antonio Miniño, that translates the fairies into Spanish-speaking sprites. This version of Shakespeare’s classic celebrates the magic and beauty of the Spanish language while exploring themes that include different types of love, abuse of power, ritual, and community. They will experience Shakespeare as approachable and accessible for everyone. The students will craft the world of the play and express how these themes relate to their worldview.

Everyone is Welcome
Experience in theater is not necessary. Young artists interested in the performing arts are encouraged to apply. We are committed to diversity and invite artists of all ethnicities and gender identities, as well as artists with different abilities, to submit. Spanish-speaking students are especially welcomed to apply.

COVID-19 Precautions: At the heart of The Playhouse’s return to live performances and classes, is the commitment to health and safety protocols that ensure live events are a safe and celebratory experience for the patrons, the artists, and the staff. Everyone, regardless of vaccine status, must wear a face mask at performances.

* Please note: Playhouse Studio students are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative test, within 24-48 hours of attending a class. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to serving you.