2017 Summer Opportunities for Teens

From sword fighting to sound design, this list has it all—peruse our partners’ offerings for incredible classes, workshops, programs, and more!

Milwaukee-based teaching artist Tyrone Miller works with participants to teach the mechanics of of DJing at MoPOP's Hip-Hop Residency program.

Get your hands on some art this summer and keep yourself movin' and groovin' during the hottest months of the year! There's something for everyone on this list: 

DANCE

Summer at Spectrum @ Spectrum Dance Theatre
June - August 2017
Various ages, check listings
Take a summer intensive, study with Donald Byrd, or get your dance + drama on at SDT this summer! You'll gain a deeper understanding of technique and focus on form, rhythm, and more in these fun and educational classes that will get your body in motion

FILM

Reel Queer Youth @ Three Dollar Bill Cinema 
Tacoma: July 15 - 21, 2017
Seattle: July 22 - 28, 2017
Ages 13 - 20
Specifically designed for LGBTQA+ youth, you'll create a short film using professional camera and editing equipment with a group of peers in a fun, safe environment. Youth applications are due June 30! 

VR/360 Teen Filmmaking Camp @ SIFF & MoPOP
June 26 - July 7, 2017
Ages 13 - 18
Learn how to make your own Virtual Reality/360 films over two weeks under the guidance of an expert VR filmmaker and assisting mentors. You must complete a survey before registering. Click here for more info!

IMPROV

Improv Camp for Teens @ Unexpected Productions
July 31 - August 4, 2017
Ages 12+
Explore the unique process of improvisation in a fun, supportive environment! Each day, students dive into an exciting array of expertly crafted theater games, improvisational exercises, ensemble-building activities and more--and end the whole she-bang with a show! Sign up now.

FREE TeenTix Improv Class @ Unexpected Productions
June 21, 2017
Ages 13 - 19
Improvisation skills not only make you a better performer but provide life-long tools you can use every day. This class will be during the 21st Seattle International Festival of Improv, taught by Festival members! You must already be a member of TeenTix in order to take this class. Get your improv on

LEADERSHIP

Teen Arts Group @ Seattle Art Museum
October 2017 - May 2018
High school students only
Teen Arts Group (TAG) is an intensive program for high school-aged youth who are interested in leadership, are highly opinionated, want to learn about themselves and the world through art, and want to make SAM fun and engaging for teens. You'll meet every Thursday and receive community-service learning credit OR a stipend of $599 for your participation. Applications are due by May 29, so don't wait! 

Youth Advisors @ MOHAI
September 2017 - June 2018
Ages 14 - 18
MOHAI Youth Advisors (MYA) is a place for high school students to investigate, explore, and be empowered to create a more teen-friendly museum! MYA also interact with MOHAI staff to learn more about the behind-the-scenes work of a museum and dive deeper into local history. This team of fifteen high school students meet regularly from September-June and are paid a monthly stipend. You can get more info here, and make sure you apply by July 9! 

LITERATURE

Scribes Writing Camps @ Hugo House
July - August 2017
Middle & High School Students
Creative writing at the core, this ~super wide variety~ of camps offers instruction from accomplished writers and include lots of field trips, writing activities, craft exercises, and exposure to myriad genres and writers. Oh, and Scribes partners up with various organizations like Henry Art Gallery, MoPOP, and MOHAI. Check the list for details. If the pen is your instrument, these camps are your sheet music! 

MUSIC

The Residency @ MoPOP
July 31 - August 23, 2017
Ages 16 - 19
MoPOP teams up with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (!!!) to offer a three-week intensive that focuses on creative hip-hop songwriting, performance techniques, and beat production. Get paid to learn from—and work alongside—professional teaching artists from Seattle’s vast hip-hop and creative arts community. All participants will record an EP of original music at a professional studio, and put on a final performance inside of MoPOP’s Sky Church! You must apply by June 16 for this once in a lifetime opportunity.  

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls @ MoPOP
August 22 - 26, 2017
Ages 14 - 19
All people who identify as female (cis or trans*), trans*, or gender non-conforming are welcome to be campers! Teens come for a week-long intensive study at this advanced music program to experience playing in a band, group songwriting, music business and empowerment workshops, off-site trips to studios & venues, and more! GET ROCKIN'

OPERA

Teen Classes & Workshops @ Seattle Opera
June 2017 - May 2018
Various ages, check listings
If opera is your thing, there's a plethora of classes, workshops, and intensives to take this summer and into next year at Seattle Opera! Peruse the class list and find your faves. 

THEATRE

Camp Bill @ Seattle Shakespeare Company
July - August 2017
Grades 6 - 12
If the classics are your thing, sign up now to get a hands-on experience with voice and text work, scene study, Elizabethan dance, and stage combat! Do an entire show or just stick to scenes. Camp Bill awaits

Teen Troupe: HONK! @ Edmonds Driftwood Players
June - July
Ages 12 - 16
Be in a musical this summer! Experience the magic of being part of a cast and make new friends at Edmonds Driftwood Players. Space is limited, so don't wait to register.

Summer Drama Camps @ Edmonds Driftwood Players
August 7 - 18, 2017
Ages 13 - 19
Ever wanted to write your own play, or become a Shakespeare whiz? There are two teen classes this summer that you'll love! Dive into the world of the Bard through text analysis or spend a week writing your very own script with tips and tricks from professionals. 

Summer Musical Theatre Classes @ 5th Avenue Theatre
June - July 
Ages 11 - 18
Want to expand your musical theatre repertoire? You can! Take a dance class, do scene study, and even dip your toes into songwriting with these classes from 5th Ave. See all of them here!

Middle School Musical Theatre Skills @ ArtsWest
July 10 - 21, 2017
Grades 6 - 8
Build self-confidence & sing your heart out while you dance, improvise, and act under the guidance of some of Seattle's best working performers! You'll be a star with this two-week class

Improv, Combat, and Acting Camp @ Edmonds Center
July 10 - 14, 2017
Ages 11 - 15
In association with Seattle Shakespeare Company, ECA is hosting this summer enrichment camp where students can dive into Much Ado About Nothing by reading scenes, honing their acting skills, and learning improv games! Show off your learned skills in a showcase at the end of the week. Register here

MISCELLANEOUS

NEXT STAGE @ Abbey Arts
September 2017 - May 2018
Ages 18 - 24
Do you dream of being a professional artist? This months-long program aims to provide professional development designed to help young emerging Seattle area musicians, performance poets, and visual artists grow towards a sustainable career in the arts! You'll get business and marketing advice, performance and show opportunities, rehearsal space, and the chance to cross-collaborate with other artists in the program. Learn more about NEXT STAGE and apply by June 20th! 

Summer at Cornish @ Cornish College of the Arts
Various dates, check listings
Ages 13 - 19
Tune your voice, practice music, develop a portfolio, get your body moving and MORE with this insane list of classes from Cornish! There's so much to do, so be sure to check the Youth, Pre-College, and Adult class listings on their site using the left-hand navigation. DO ALL THE THINGS

Women Hold Up Half the Sky @ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
June 8 (Opening Celebration)
Ages 13+
Party with the BMGF Visitor Center on June 8th to celebrate the opening of their newest exhibit, featuring singer songwriter Naomi Wachira, KEXP DJ Morgan Chosnyk, and ways to take action to improve women and girls’ lives. This event is FREE, but you gotta RSVP

Summer Courses @ Seattle Skills Center
(funded by the Office of Arts & Culture)
July 5 - 28, 2017
Grades 9 - 12
This one's a blast, y'all! You can take a class on Aerospace Science, Culinary Arts, or Multimedia Broadcasting, and there's more! Take a look at the list and make sure you get your applications in no later than June 16.

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