Dance and Theatre Summer Institute

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The School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University is offering a wide variety of summer workshops in both Dance and Theatre for summer 2021. The four-day dance intensives are offered in a wide variety of movement practices including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, postmodern contemporary, flamenco and more! The four-day theatre intensives include a broad range of opportunities including puppetry, screen acting, auditioning, production and much more!

The summer intensives are designed to give students an immersive experience, where students will work with faculty and professional artists on creative projects that represent the variety of courses offered in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre. The summer institute is open to students who will be moving into grades 7-12 in the fall of 2021, and welcomes everyone from beginners to students with advanced levels of experience. All students receive a certificate of completion at the end of each workshop.

Early Bird registration fee is $275 for the full-day (9-4p.m.), 4-day intensives. Early Bird registration ends 4 weeks before the start date of each workshop. Need-based scholarships are available. All scholarship applications due May 14. Scholarship form

Please note: We encourage students to take classes in both dance and theatre!  We are offering a range of dates for multiple opportunities to learn in both art forms. 

Animated Puppetry with Olivia Hernandez, Half-Day, Online

June 21-24 | Mon-Thu | 1-4 p.m.

Animation takes many forms, but its oldest form is the art of puppetry and puppeteering. What happens when we combine old and new methods of animated storytelling? In this DIY puppetry workshop, students will craft their own puppets using a variety of objects, devise a short narrative around their puppet, then employ stop motion techniques to create a story using hybrid animation that is both low and high tech, and a lot of fun!

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: June 21 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Designing Projections for Theatre Production with Olivia Hernandez, Half-Day, Online

June 21-24 | Mon-Thu | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Transform anywhere into a whole new world using virtual backgrounds and visual projections. You can use projection design skills to enhance ordinary and theatrical spaces. Learn how to create imaginative and exciting digital backdrops for Zoom, TikTok, Instagram, and live performance. Play with video framing, angles, and basic projection mapping software to create your own visuals and innovate familiar places. Create your own handheld projector for your camera phone and take your projections with you anywhere you want to go!

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: June 21 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy with A.R. Corwin, Half-Day, Online

July 6-9 | Tue-Fri | 1-4 p.m.

Do you love fantastical and adventurous stories? Are you into creating new worlds and imagining what it might be like in the future? In this exciting and interactive writing workshop, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres so you can write your own thrilling and thought-provoking stories! Everyone will leave the class with a portfolio of pieces, which they can expand and submit to Science Fiction and Fantasy writing competitions.

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: July 12 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482

Let’s Get Writing with A.R. Corwin, Half-Day, Online

July 12-15 | Mon-Thu | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Do you like creative writing? Do you want to figure out how to be the best writer you can be? In this class we will focus on figuring out what inspires you as a budding creative writer. We'll explore multiple mediums, like playwriting, short story writing, and non-fiction creative writing, to find what genre and exercises motivate you. Everyone will leave the class with a portfolio of pieces, which they can expand and submit to writing competitions.

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: July 15 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-848

Mueve Juntos. Move Together. With Holly Smith, Half Day, Online

July 26-29 | Mon-Thu| 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Our bodies are powerful on their own, and when we move together with one another we create a new force. Mueve juntos is an experimental workshop to explore personal movement and practice dancing together in ways that harmonize collective connection and express individuality. Dancers will collaborate on artistic projects that combine free movement, choreography, and digital media (such as video) to work with topics involving social and environmental justice. This workshop encourages dancers of all levels and movement backgrounds to join. 

Grades 7-12
Location: online campus
Cost: $175
Registration deadline: July 26 
For program inquiries, contact: john.mitchell@asu.edu 480-229-8482