Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Summer Theater Program


The Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Theater Intensive program is a unique combination of studio classes and  professionally mounted stage productions that allow students to both develop their craft and apply their skills in performance. During the four-week boarding program, each student takes daily classes in acting, musical theater, and dance and is cast in a play and a musical. Class sizes are intentionally small, affording students individualized attention and a supportive environment in which to develop and strengthen their work. In the latter weeks of the program, students take the stage for public performances of the shows that they have been rehearsing; past productions have included Nice Work If You Can Get It, Xanadu, As You Like It, and Love and Information.


June 20 - July 19

4 Week Residential Program for Students Ages 13-17

About the Program

The four-week Theater Intensive offers classes in acting, musical theater, and movement Monday through Friday each week of the program. In addition to the weekday class schedule students alternate rehearsal times for their play and musical up to 6 hours each day plus 2.5 hours on Sunday evenings. Over the course of the program, students have the opportunity to work with Walnut Hill School for the Arts faculty, as well as guest faculty from some of the country’s leading colleges and universities, such as The Juilliard School, Carnegie Mellon University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and The Boston Conservatory. During the week, and permitted by program schedule, students participate in evening RA-sponsored on-campus activities. On Saturdays students go on chaperoned field trips around the greater Boston area. Past trips have included travel to a nearby coastal city, mall, and/or amusement park. After completing the program, students leave Walnut Hill Summer Theater with a heightened sense of accomplishment and a confidence that applies to all facets of their lives.

Audition information

The audition process for admission to the Summer Theater Intensive is completed through Slideroom. Candidates must submit a video recording of one song and one monologue for their audition. Songs should be from the Musical Theater repertoire and may be accompanied or sung a cappella. Monologues should be from a published play or musical. Candidates are welcome to include footage of previous productions as a supplement to the requirements above. In addition to the video submission candidates must submit one letter of recommendation from a current or recent teacher, coach, or instructor, preferably a theater, dance, or voice professional. Letters and videos can be uploaded to your Slideroom account once your application is complete and the $35 non-refundable application fee is paid. There is no deadline for submission of audition materials but because of the popularity of the program applications should be completed no later than April 1, 2020 to ensure full consideration. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and families are notified as soon as possible after the full application and required audition materials are submitted.

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Tuition & Dates

Dates: Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, July 19, 2020
Tuition: $6,500*

*There is an additional student activity fee of $100 to support a variety of services and activities for residential students, including but not limited to social events and field trips.


A limited amount of need-based financial assistance is available for the 2020 Summer Theater Intensive. Please contact Chris Ridolfi, Director of Auxiliary Programs, at cridolfi@walnuthillarts.org for more information.

Sample Schedule

8:00am – 8:45am Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am Warm-up
9:20am – 10:10am Acting Class
10:15am – 10:30am Company Meeting
10:35am – 11:25am Musical Theater Class
11:35am – 12:25pm Movement Class
12:30 pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:30pm – 4:15pm Rehearsal
4:15pm – 5:15pm Free Time
5:15pm – 6:15pm Dinner
6:30pm – 9:00pm Rehearsal/Performance
9:00pm – 9:45pm Free Time
9:45pm Dorm Check-In


Mike Bucco, Director of Events & Productions and Co-Director of The Summer Theater Intensive
(508) 650.5018