2018 Summer Opportunities for Teens

​Stay active & keep your creativity going this summer with these exciting classes, workshops, and camps!


It's the most wonderful time of the year: SUMMER. Below is a comprehensive list of ALL OUR PARTNERS' opportunities for youth this year, conveniently separated by genre. Dive in and make this summer the best one yet!


Samba w/ Live Music @ Abbey Arts
Mondays, 7 - 8:30 PM (drop-ins ok)
All ages
With a live Brazilian band, you will learn dances marked by the driving, rapturous beat of Samba. Remember to wear comfortable, flexible clothing! More info here.

Summer at Spectrum @ Spectrum Dance Theater
June - August 2018
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.


NFFTY 2018 Submissions @ National Film Festival for Talented Youth
Final Submission Deadline: July 20
Ages 24 and under
Spend your summer making a film! If you're a young filmmaker, this is the perfect opportunity to create something you can share with the world. Just make sure that you submit your creation by July 20--and the earlier you do it, the cheaper the submission fee. Get more info on film guidelines and how to apply here!

Filmmaking Workshops @ NW Film Forum
July - August 2018
Ages 11 - 17
Choose from Citizen Minutes: Video Activism Camp or the Film Academy Intensive and have yourself a film-tastic summer! Scholarships are available for both courses. Learn more about these programs here!

Call the Shots Summer Day-Camp @ Reel Grrls
August 13 - 17, 2018
Grades 8 - 12
Learn the ropes of filmmaking and video production through this hands-on day-camp where you will build skills and focus through creative storytelling and one-on-one mentoring sessions with professional filmmakers and teaching artists. Hit up RG's Summer Programs page for more info and registration.

Tacoma Film Camps @ The Grand Cinema
June 25 - August 25, 2018
Ages 13 - 19
Get hands-on training for various aspects of filmmaking: pre-and post-production, storyboards, screenwriting, lighting, sound, and MORE with this day camp! Participants develop skills such as leadership, collaboration, and technological and technical skills. Plus, it all culminates with a screening for your friends and family! Learn more and register.


Scribes Summer Camps @ Hugo House
July - August, 2018
Grades 6 - 12
No writing experience necessary--just a passion for putting pen to paper! Programming includes instruction from accomplished writers, field trips, writing activities, craft exercises, and exposure to a diverse range of genres, forms, and writers. If you've ever dreamed of writing your own novel, short story, poem, or play, this is for you. See all camps and register today!

Youth Poet Laureate Program @ Seattle Arts & Lectures
Applications now open for 2018/2019
Ages 14 - 19
Are you comitted to poetry & performance, civic & community engagement, and education & equity? You could be Seattle's next Youth Poet Laureate! You'll get to publish a collection of poems in addition to getting numerous opportunities to share your powerful voice. Apply right now!


Rhythm Generation: Intergenerational Marimba Camp @ Edmonds Center for the Arts
July 23 - 27, 2018
Ages 13 - 19 (and Seniors)
Learn to play the Marimba, then learn to teach the Marimba: you're the instructor for a group of Seniors in the afternoon session! This camp provides leadership and mentor opportunities to every generation. Learn more about this unique experience here.

The Residency @ MoPOP
Jully 23 - August 17, 2018
Ages 16 - 19
If hip-hop is your thing, The Residency was made for you. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis team up with MoPOP and Arts Corps to bring you this four-week program that focuses on creative songwriting, performance techniques, and beat production. Participants will get a stipend AND a professional studio recording of their original music. Certain restrictions apply. See if you qualify! Deadline to apply is May 21.

Summer Camps @ Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
July - August, 2018
Ages 8 - 19
Take your pick from several programs that RCRC has to offer! Campers come for a weeklong crash course in playing an instrument, songwriting, social justice and empowerment workshops and more! At the end of the week, campers get to perform their original song with their band at a local live music venue. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, just the will to ROCK. Get more info here and choose your fave! Please note: some camps are full, but you can still get on the waitlist!

SYSO Summer Music @ SYSO
July 9 - 27, 2018
Ages 7 - 14
Choose from two sessions, and enjoy small group ensemble and full orchestral work taught by talented and committed music teachers. The two-week programs conclude with a student concert for the entire family! You must already play an instrument (and have at least two years' experience under your belt). Learn more!


Teen Music Theatre Workshop @ Seattle Opera
July 9 - 13, 2018
Even if you're new to singing or an old pro, this skill-building experience will cater to your level of experience! Learn basic vocal technique or hone your craft with teaching artists who will help you communicate character motive and improve the depth of your storytelling through singing and acting. Sessions will also include movement activities with a professional choreographer. Discover new ways to express yourself with the art of opera!


Company @ ArtsWest
July 9 - August 19
Grade 9 - Age 20
Be a part of a groundbreaking Sondheim musical! You'll spend four weeks engaging practical rehearsal and performance skills, cullminating in two weekends of public performances. Schedule an audition now by emailing EmilyRose Frasca at emilyrosef@artswest.org! More info here.

Summer Camps @ Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
July - August, 2018
Ages 8 - 18
Sing and dance your way through Fame Jr. or a Mysteries-themed Acting Camp at BCPA! Both camps culminate with performances. Find your voice, make friends, and expand your creativity this summer. Learn more!

The Merry Wives of Windsor: Acting, Improv & Combat Camp @ Edmonds Center for the Arts, in partnership with Seattle Shakespeare Company
July 9 - 13, 2018
Ages 11 - 15
Dive into a zany Shakespearean comedy full of disguises, tricks, and lovable clowns! You'll read scenes, practice acting techniques, and learn to create and successfully execute comedic stage combat. The week culminates in a showcase for family and friends! Register now.

Teen Troupes @ Edmonds Driftwood Players
June 25 - July 22, 2018
Ages 15 - 20
Be in a musical this summer! Auditions for Shrek the Musical are in May, and you can get all the info you need here. Please note: Teen Troupe Mermaid (ages 12 - 16) is currently full, but accepting waitlist registrants.

Crew Camp @ Edmonds Driftwood Players
July 2, 3, 12, 13
Ages 10 - 14
Learn all the inner workings behind the scenes of a theatre. First, you'll focus on lighting and sound boards, then you'll use your new skills to serve as the crew for the Summer Musical Workshop. Sign up today!

Emerging Artist Program @ INTIMAN
July - August, 2018
Join the program for up-and-coming diverse local artists that gathers during the summer for professional training and development, preparing them to work professionally in the region. BONUS: as a participant, you'll receive leadership and guidance from Seattle's favorite triple-threat, Sara Porkalob! Please note: The application deadline is fast approaching! Get your info to INTIMAN by April 30 at midnight. Here's all the deets!

Summer 2018 @ Penguin Productions
July - August, 2018
Perform in a show this summer! Choose a classic like Peter Pan or Macbeth, or join the cast of a new play written by Seattle actor & playwright, Keiko Green! Here's all the info you'll need!

Summer Session 2018 @ Seattle Public Theater
Check individual listings for dates & age range
From full-on productions to skill-building classes, SPT is offering a HUGE variety of summer opportunities for teens and kids! Try your hand at stage combat, learn the art of dialects from around the world, or take a week-long Hamilton Camp. Yupp, they have it all! Here's the full list.

Camp Bill @ Seattle Shakespeare Company
July - August, 2018
Grades 5 - 12 (and students who have just finished high school)
Get hands-on knowledge and training in all things Shakespeare in these exciting programs! You've got the choice between performance intensives (full productions), an Audition Prep Camp, or Camp Bill Comedy and Combat. See what awaits you in the land of the Bard! More info here.

Summer Camps @ Taproot Theatre Company
June - August, 2018
Two age groups: Grades 7 - 12 & Grades 4 - 12
Dive into musical theatre, Shakespeare, and more this summer with Taproot's programming! Just make sure to hurry--some classes are already sold out. Register for your faves today!


Summer @ Bellevue Arts Museum
Ages 13 - 19
Attend Teen Takeover on April 27 or drop in for one of their Gage Teen Art Studios! BAM also offers one free student Wednesday every month. Check out the rest of their teen opportunities here!

Summer Youth Programs @ Gage Academy of Art
July - August, 2018
Ages 12 - 18
Explore new types of media with this diverse list of classes! You can choose from drawing, painting, illustration & animation, comics-making, mixed media, and MORE! Seriously, give these a try.

Studio Practices in Drawing @ Gage Academy of Art
May 19 - June 16
Grades 9 - 12
Already have some experience drawing? This class delves deeper into anatomy and composition through the study of figures. Expand your portfolio and develop your artistic voice! Register now.

Free Fridays at Teen Art Studios @ Gage Academy of Art
Ages 13 - 18
Each month a different professional working artist teaches a specific art form, engaging teens in learning new skills, making art and developing new friendships! Come get some quality arts training at the perfect price. See what's being offered this summer!

Maker Days @ MOHAI
Last Saturdays of the month
All ages
These drop-in workshops are free with museum admission ($5 with your TeenTix Pass!) and offer activities like kite-making, fiber work, and soldering. Here are the next few!

Creating History @ SAM
May 3, 2018
All ages
This free art-making session is drop-in only--you'll be creating work inspired by Figuring History, with the guidance of local artist Eve Sanford. More info here!

Little Artists of Tacoma @ TAM
Deadline to submit: May 1
Ages 14 - 19
Little Artists of Tacoma gives high school students the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting at the Tacoma Art Museum from May 10th - May 31st! All mediums welcome. Learn more and submit your art here.

YouthCan Screen Printing Class @ Wing Luke Museum
Fridays through May 18
Ages 14 - 19
Learn techniques to print on various materials and explore new ways to express yourself! This program is free and open to anyone. Just show up and make some magic! Participants will exhibit their work in the Wing at the end of May. Learn more!

Summer Camps @ Youth in Focus
July - August, 2018
Ages 10 - 17
Take your pick from over 10 unique photography-centric classes! Skills learned range from darkroom knowledge to lighting, anywhere from the street to nature's greatest landscapes. See what's being offered!


Take Action Summer Workshops @ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
Middle School Session: July 9 - 13, for grades 6 - 8
High School Session: July 23 - 27, for grades 9 - 11
Students will explore local and global issues via games, field trips, and exposure to organizations and people working to achieve positive social change. Envision your role in how you can contribute to making a difference in your local communities and across the world! More info and registration here.

Summer at Cornish @ Cornish College of the Arts
Age ranges vary by class, check listings
Every summer, hundreds of students gather at Cornish's downtown campus for a wide array of arts classes! Dance, design, comics, music, theatre, and more await you. Soak up the summer!

Summer Camps @ Pacific Science Center
July - August, 2018
Grades 6 - 8 (and younger)
Explore, experiment, and discover! These exciting and enriching summer camps are at eight locations, and offer hands-on science experiments, fun and challenging projects, and unique and innovative learning experiences. Learn more and register now!

Street Team @ Pacific Science Center
Ages 13 - 19
Volunteer with PacSci at fairs, parades, and other events this summer! Earn volunteer hours as you distribute marketing materials, staff interactive booths, walk in parades, and more. Volunteers are asked to attend at least four events over the summer. Be a part of it all!

Power of Hope Camp @ Power of Hope
Multiple dates and locations, check listings
Ages 14 - 18
Harness your power through creativity! Power of Hope creates a safe, fun environment for teens with creative drive and a passion for nature. You’ll learn from youth and adult activists who are dedicated to making a difference in the world and study with an amazing team of artists who will help nurture your artistic side! Hurry, these camps fill up fast.

Skateboard Summer Camps @ Skate Like a Girl
June - August, 2018
Ages 5 - 16
Come shred with diverse and dedicated counselors, make friends, push and cruise, and take your skills to new heights. All gear for these camps are included! Camps are welcome to all genders unless specifically noted (GRRLZ* WEEKs camps are specifically for girls (cisgender or trans), trans, and gender non-conforming youth). Register now!

Summer Camps @ Stroum Jewish Community Center
June 18 - August 24, 2018
Grades 6 - 8 & 9-10
For the younger crowd, you can choose from a TON of food classes, robotics, photography, dissection, or Minecraft. The older teens have the opportunity to go through the Counselor in Training (CIT) program, learning how to work with kids, be a role model, and prepare to be future camp counselors at the SJCC. Take your pick!

Classes @ The Vera Project
All ages
Screenprinting, recording workshops, live sound mixing, DJ-ing, concert lighting and MORE! Vera seriously has it all. If you're a music junkie and want to learn useful skills for the business, you gotta see what they're offering this summer.

Is this list missing something? Email Leah at leah@teentix.org and she'll get the opportunity that we're missing up lickety-split!

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