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Developing artists will build upon foundational actor’s tools and explore storytelling through different genres: ensemble acting, musical theatre, and more! With a rich variety of course offerings students can deepen their skills while stretching themselves to try new artistic approaches, developing their own unique voice and style.

If you have questions about whether a program is the right match for your child or if your child needs accommodations to access any of our programming, please reach out to Jeri Hammond, Director of Education, at jerih@bu.edu

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Summer Vacation Programs

Under the Big Top

Come one, Come all to the Greatest Show on Earth! We will kick-off our summer program with a rousing week-long exploration of the theatrical world of the circus. Professional Boston area circus artists will lead classes each day in circus skills such as clowning, juggling, tumbling, spinning plates, hula hoops, acrobatics, Chinese yo-yo, and more! In partnership with Cirque Us, students will learn the skill and storytelling involved in contemporary circus performance. All together, making for a three-ring circus of an experience!
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Circus Arts, Clowning, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28 9:00am - 3:30pm

72 Hour Play Festival

Let’s make a play! In this program, students will work in teams of actors, directors, and playwrights, all working towards producing original 10-minute plays--in just three days! On the first day students will be divided into teams and a list of required elements (a theme, lines of dialogue, props, etc) to create their original works. With limited time & resources, but unlimited imagination, students will put their creativity to the max as they develop and rehearse their plays, with a world premiere performance for families and friends on the final day!
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Directing, Performance, Playwriting |
Tuition: $300
Monday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 3 9:00am to 3:30pm

Theatre Design Intensive I

Bring a show to life from concept to execution. This program is a dynamic immersion in the theatre crafts that are vital to professional stage productions. This course balances theory with practical experience through the study of scenic, prop, costume, lighting, and sound design. Students will work with WFT’s professional technical staff during this three-week intensive, designing and building technical elements for the Musical Theatre Production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Work will be shared at the final performances of each production.

Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Summer, Theatre Design |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 26 (Three Week Program) 12:00pm to 6:30pm

Theatre On Tour: Go, Dog, Go! (Audition Required)

Let’s take this show on the road! This program gives experienced teen performers the opportunity to rehearse, tour, and perform a show for the most discerning of audiences, children! For the first two weeks, actors rehearse the play Go, Dog. Go!, a fun and physical production then take the show on tour, performing for children and their families at The Boston Children’s Museum. This program will challenge experienced actors to create performances that not only entertain but educate the next generation of theatergoers. Students will learn firsthand what it takes to create a traveling theatre piece. Performances daily at the Boston Children’s Museum July 22 - 26 with final performance at WFT on July 26 at time TBD

*Audition Required* Click here to learn more how to submit a video audition. Acceptance to this program is based on the order in which we receive video auditions. Auditions will be accepted until the program is full. Note: This program will take place on Boston University's Charles River Campus, with a location to be announced.

About the show:
P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book comes to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color, and space. The dogs delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle for the audience to feast upon. They snorkel. They howl at the moon. They ride a Ferris wheel. They sing and dance and climb trees. This is a rollicking free-for-all of chicanine-ery. A big and little musical world of doggy fun. Like a pop-up book that comes to life – and never stops.



Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Audition, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 26 (3-week program) 12:00pm to 6:30pm (weeks 1 & 2) 9:00am to 3:30pm (week3)
Taught by: Stephanie Charlton, Katherine Gustafson

Shakespeare on Stage: Macbeth (Audition Required)

Something wicked this way comes. This program invites serious acting students to sink their teeth into one of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedies as they bring an abridged one-act version of Macbeth to life. Students will decode the sometimes perplexing language of Shakespeare to find meaning, humor, and more behind the words. Students will delve into some of the Bard’s most famous scenes and characters, making connections with their own experiences as the “Scottish Play “ comes to WFT this summer!

*Audition Required* Click here to learn more about how to submit for a video audition. Acceptance to this program is based on the order in which we receive video auditions. Auditions will be accepted until the program is full. Note: This program will take place on Boston University's Charles River Campus, with a location to be announced.

About the show:
William Shakespeare's classic tragedy unfolds fast and furiously in this abridged one-act version, trimmed to the story's very essence. When Scottish war hero Macbeth is told by three witches that he will become king, he and his wife descend down a path of murder and betrayal. Though their plotting initially brings success and power, the guilt and even the ghost of a murdered ally lead to their madness, downfall, and destruction.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Performance, Shakespeare, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 26 (Three Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Jen Lewis

Broadway Bootcamp

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist. Creating the Triple Threat! In this program students will develop musical theatre technique through an exploration of scenes, songs, and dance numbers from musicals, exposing students to the many different genres and styles of musicals. Utilizing the musical theatre skills of acting, singing, and dancing, this jam-packed week is perfect for beginner and advanced musical theatre students alike.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12 9:00am - 3:30pm

Making a Scene

Limited space available! The playwright's work is only the beginning, it’s an actor's job to bring their words to life! In this program, students will use scene work to create characters with depth and reveal motivations, obstacles, relationships, and more. Students will deepen their skills as actors, taking their skills to new levels as they work in an ensemble to convey complex stories to an audience.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12 9:00am - 3:30pm

Musical Theatre Production: Disney's Beauty & the Beast Jr.

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist. Take to the stage! This program focuses on coordinating the instruments of voice and body to create dynamic musical characters. In this 3-week program, students will advance their acting, singing, and dancing skills while also learning the importance of community and the role of the ensemble in a production. Students will apply these skills to the rehearsal of the musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. This program is open to anyone interested in deepening their musical theatre experience. Auditions for roles within the production will take place during the first week of the program.

About the show:
Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. (from MTIshows.com)
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 26 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm

Night at the Improv

Limited space available! Make it up as you go! In this program, students will learn to trust their instincts, make dynamic choices on the fly, and spontaneously create original characters and storylines. Students will explore the rules & techniques of short-form and long-form improv as they prepare to engage an audience in a laugh-filled “Night at the Improv.”
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Improv, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19 9:00am to 3:30pm

Broadway Bootcamp

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist.Creating the Triple Threat! In this program students will develop musical theatre technique through an exploration of scenes, songs, and dance numbers from musicals, exposing students to the many different genres and styles of musicals. Utilizing the musical theatre skills of acting, singing, and dancing, this jam-packed week is perfect for beginner and advanced musical theatre students alike.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19 9:00am - 3:30pm

Making a Scene

The playwright's work is only the beginning, it’s an actor's job to bring their words to life! In this program, students will use scene work to create characters with depth and reveal motivations, obstacles, relationships, and more. Students will deepen their skills as actors, taking their skills to new levels as they work in an ensemble to convey complex stories to an audience.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Directing, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26 9:00am - 3:30pm

Night at the Improv

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist.Make it up as you go! In this program, students will learn to trust their instincts, make dynamic choices on the fly, and spontaneously create original characters and storylines. Students will explore the rules & techniques of short-form and long-form improv as they prepare to engage an audience in a laugh-filled “Night at the Improv.”
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Improv, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26 9:00am to 3:30pm

Making a Scene

The playwright's work is only the beginning, it’s an actor's job to bring their words to life! In this program, students will use scene work to create characters with depth and reveal motivations, obstacles, relationships, and more. Students will deepen their skills as actors, taking their skills to new levels as they work in an ensemble to convey complex stories to an audience.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2 9:00am - 3:30pm

Broadway Bootcamp

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist.Creating the Triple Threat! In this program students will develop musical theatre technique through an exploration of scenes, songs, and dance numbers from musicals, exposing students to the many different genres and styles of musicals. Utilizing the musical theatre skills of acting, singing, and dancing, this jam-packed week is perfect for beginner and advanced musical theatre students alike.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2 9:00am - 3:30pm

Theatre Design Intensive II

Bring a show to life from concept to execution. This program is a dynamic immersion in the theatre crafts that are vital to professional stage productions. This course balances theory with practical experience through the study of scenic, prop, costume, lighting, and sound design. Students will work with WFT’s professional technical staff during this three-week intensive, designing and building technical elements for the Musical Theatre Production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. Work will be shared at the final performances of each production.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Summer, Theatre Design |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 16 (3-week program) 12:00pm to 6:30pm

Musical Theatre Production: Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist. Take to the stage! This program focuses on coordinating the instruments of voice and body to create dynamic musical characters. In this 3-week program, students will advance their acting, singing, and dancing skills while also learning the importance of community and the role of the ensemble in a production. Students will apply these skills to the rehearsal of the musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. This program is open to anyone interested in deepening their musical theatre experience. Auditions for roles within the production will take place during the first week of the program.

About the show:
Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 16 (3-week program) 9:00am - 3:30pm

Musical Theatre Intensive: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Audition Required)

This program is sold out. Our newest advanced theatre experience bridges the worlds of acting, singing, & dance. This program is designed for teens in high school with prior musical theatre training and performance experience who are committed to deepening their skills as actors, singers, and dancers. Through voice, dance, and character work, students will bring the award-winning production to life while also deepening their knowledge and understanding of their craft.

*Audition required.* Click here to learn more about rolling auditions and remaining roles to be cast. Note: This program will take place on Boston University's Charles River Campus, with a location to be announced.

About the Show:
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion!
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Audition, In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 16 (Three Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Jon Goldberg, David Jiles Jr.

Broadway Bootcamp

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist. Creating the Triple Threat! In this program students will develop musical theatre technique through an exploration of scenes, songs, and dance numbers from musicals, exposing students to the many different genres and styles of musicals. Utilizing the musical theatre skills of acting, singing, and dancing, this jam-packed week is perfect for beginner and advanced musical theatre students alike.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9 9:00am - 3:30pm

Night at the Improv

Make it up as you go! In this program, students will learn to trust their instincts, make dynamic choices on the fly, and spontaneously create original characters and storylines. Students will explore the rules & techniques of short-form and long-form improv as they prepare to engage an audience in a laugh-filled “Night at the Improv.”
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Improv, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9 9:00am to 3:30pm

Making a Scene

The playwright's work is only the beginning, it’s an actor's job to bring their words to life! In this program, students will use scene work to create characters with depth and reveal motivations, obstacles, relationships, and more. Students will deepen their skills as actors, taking their skills to new levels as they work in an ensemble to convey complex stories to an audience.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16 9:00am - 3:30pm

Night at the Improv

Limited space available! Make it up as you go! In this program, students will learn to trust their instincts, make dynamic choices on the fly, and spontaneously create original characters and storylines. Students will explore the rules & techniques of short-form and long-form improv as they prepare to engage an audience in a laugh-filled “Night at the Improv.”
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Improv, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16 9:00am to 3:30pm

April Vacation Programs

Playwriting to Performance: Science Fiction Fantasies (Grades 4 to 8)

This program is currently sold out. Anyone already registered on our waitlist will be contacted regarding availability, either way. There is no additional space on the waitlist at this time.

Science Fiction and Fantasy stories take us out of the real world and into the world of our imaginations– places where the impossible is possible. Over the course of the week, students will work as playwrights, actors, and designers to create engaging scenes of distant galaxies and other worlds inspired by favorite science fiction/ fantasy stories. Students will learn first-hand what it takes to bring a story from page to stage. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class. Students will attend a 1pm matinee performance of our main stage production of A Wrinkle in Time.
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We encourage you to join our waitlist for sold out programs. We do our best to accommodate wait list sign ups on a first come, first serve basis if or when additional spots or classes become available.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Playwriting, Vacation Week |
Tuition: $492
Monday, April 15 - Friday, April 19 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Dev Luthra, Max Moline

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