Summer Opportunities 2015!

A Handy Guide to Local Summer Programs


​It's that time again: you gotta decide what you're gonna do as soon as school is over. Will you dance in a ballet? Take an improv class? Be in a rock band? It's up to you! We've created this handy guide to all the things we know about happening in Seattle this summer just for teens!



Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute: Breakdancing 101

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

Students learn breakdancing steps in a fun and energetic class. Students will learn simple routines and receive individual instruction to gain confidence and master skills. Get the details here!

PNB: Summer Courses
Monday–Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday technique class

Summer Course curriculum offers serious ballet students the highest caliber of intensive classical training, augmented by a rich diversity of dance forms necessary to meet the eclectic demands of dance companies today. Summer Course also offers students seminars on a wide variety of topics relevant to the young dancer including nutrition, dance history, music, foot health, production and pointe shoe care. Ch-ch-check it.

Spectrum Dance Theatre: Summer Programs

You can take classes at SDT? Heck yeah you can. Check out their brochure for a complete listing of Dance/Theatre Camps & Intensives. DO EET.


NW Film Forum: Film Academy Intensive
July 6 - 17, 10am - 4pm
For ages 15 - 18

This two-week camp is designed to help both experienced and newbie teen filmmakers tell stories on the screen, and work effectively in teams to create short films from start to finish. Teens will explore and refine their skills in techniques including storyboarding, screenwriting, cinematography, working with actors, editing, lighting and sound. The course will conclude with a big-screen premiere of all finished film projects, in the Film Forum's theater. Fun and challenging, the camp will require campers to work hard, often under time pressure, to better understand the risks and rewards of filmmaking as an art form. There's more information on this class when you visit this link!

SIFF: Filmmaking Summer Camp
July 6 - August 21, 2015

Make a movie in a week, meet some new friends, have a lot of fun! SIFF's Filmmaking Summer Camp for 10 - 13 year-old filmmakers is a great primer for students who are interested in experiencing the process of making a short film. It will be fast paced, but in small groups, students will learn the basics of working together as a movie crew, writing scripts, directing actors, using accessible filmmaking technology, and digital editing. At the end of the week, your short film will be "in the can" and we will celebrate with a family screening in the SIFF Film Center Theater. Wanna know more? Yeah you do!

Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Reel Queer Youth
Dates: July 20-24, 2015
Time: 9am-4pm

Use professional camera and editing equipment to express yourself in a safe, open, and fun environment with a team of professional filmmakers and mentors. Working in small groups, you will complete a short film. This class is pay what you can, for anyone on a tight budget this summer. Learn more about it here!


EMP: Scribes Speculative Creative Writing Workshop
Grades 8–12
July 6–17, 2015

Scribes is an intensive two-week creative writing program for teens. You’ll acquire a tool kit of literary forms, pick up exercises and techniques to develop your writer’s voice, get serious feedback from your instructors and peers, and tour the city with a writer’s eye. This camp is specifically designed for young writers who are interested in speculative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (writing that utilizes supernatural, fantastical, horror, or futuristic elements. YES.) Instructors will use the exhibits at EMP as the camp’s field trip destinations! Apply NOW!


EMP: Advanced Rock Band

Ages 8–18
August 3–14, 2015

Take your playing to the next level. Learn to write songs, promote your band, and get gigs—everything you’ll need to know about the music biz! This two-week intensive camp will take place at EMP Museum and you'd better get your application in now.

EMP: Advanced Music Program (AMP)
Grades 8–12
August 17–21, 2015

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls AMP is an advanced music program for female-identified teens ages 14-19 with prior music experience. Teens come for a weeklong intensive study of playing in a band, songwriting, music business, and empowerment workshops, along with off-site trips to studios, venues, and more! At the end of the week, participants get to record an original song with their band for a compilation CD. The workshops and classes in this program are geared towards a deeper musical understanding of writing within a band and being successful as a long-term band. Participants need to have prior music experience on guitar, bass, drums, or vocals. Instruments will be provided. Wanna rock out? Check out all the info here.

Wing Luke Museum: Hear Something

Electronic music artist Kaori Suzuki will be showing teens how to design and laser cut a theremin (a simple electronic instrument that responds to motion), make field recordings, and mix music this July! No previous experience with design or music required. Youth will also explore Seattle and Ebey’s Landing at Whidbey’s Island during an overnight camping trip to record sounds. At the end of the session, they will create an exhibit for the Wing to showcase their musical creations. Read an interview with the artist and learn how to sign up!


Seattle Opera: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Grades 7–12
July 6–17; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Explore hill, dale, and wander through the magical world of Britten’s setting of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and other settings of Shakespeare’s poetry. Spend 2 weeks acting, dancing, singing, and enjoying a great deal of merriment. This workshop culminates with a performance on the last day for friends and family. Register now for your chance to romp along with the Opera this summer!


ArtsWest: High School Musical Theater Academy
August 17-28
10am – 4pm
Grade 9-12, no audition

This two week session will welcome our high school students into the world of musical theater providing a medium that encourages students to engage with and think critically about the world in which they live. With an emphasis on scene study, text analysis, vocal technique, song interpretation, and dance, this session will empower burgeoning student performers to think of themselves as creative artists in their own right. Students will be mentored by some of Seattle’s best working professionals, many of whom grace the stages of Seattle’s biggest theatres. In addition to the daily class work, the students will learn performance skills which will culminate in a showcase for family and friends. You know you wanna check this out.

ArtsWest: Ensemble Generated Theater Project
July 6-31
Grade 9-12, audition based
**Auditions – Saturday, May 9 – slots available beginning at 1pm**
For creative artists of all type – actors, tech & production minded students

The Ensemble Generated Theater Project (ages 14-18) focuses on advanced conservatory training in voice, movement, text, and performance through group process. This classwork then finds its practical application in the creation of an original, collaboratively devised piece of theater, performed for the public at ArtsWest. Students will develop and utilize processes designed to generate images, ideas, and staging from the group through improvisation and exercises. Through this practice students will find innovative ways to explore and question the world around them and express their perceptions through the media of performance and theater. Wanna know more? Get that audition scheduled and see what's up!

Edmonds Center for the Arts: Shakespeare As You Like It: Combat, Improv, & Acting with Seattle Shakespeare Company
Dates: July 6 - July 10
Ages: 11-15
M - F from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Students will hone their improvisation & acting skills as they explore William Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It". In its 3rd year at ECA, this week-long camp with Seattle Shakespeare Company will see participants study the play's comedic scenes and develop their stage fighting skills in a curriculum that includes training in unarmed combat & swordplay! Shakespeare "As You Like It" concludes with a student performance for family & friends. Scholarship application available here!

SCT: Summer Classes & Camps

From stage makeup to comedy troupe, Summer at SCT has never been better! Look here for their full listings, you're not going to want to miss these courses.

SCT: Summer Season

Check out SCT’s Summer Season and be in a show this summer! You can literally be anything. See what they've got going on!

Seattle Musical Theatre: Musical Theatre Camp
Grades 7-12

Join us in the magical land of Oz! Be a part of the whole production, from audition techniques to the final performance. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, there is a role for you in the fun and beloved classic, The Wizard of Oz. Daily activities include physical and vocal warm-ups, acting techniques, singing, dancing/movement, staging and scenework, as well as working on the creation of sets, costumes, and props. It all leads up to four public performances. Let your imagination and creativity run wild in the land of Oz–where anything can happen! BE A STAR.

Seattle Musical Theatre: Artistic Production Camp
Grades 9-12

Are you an artist or musician? Interested in theatre but prefer to stay behind-the-scenes? Join us this summer and be part of the design and music team behind The Wizard of Oz. This class will give you the tools to take drawings and your imagination and make it come to life on the stage. All students will also work backstage during the actual production, learning stagecraft techniques from our professional technical crew. By the end of the summer, all students will come away with photos and renderings for your Theatre Arts portfolio. You know there's more to it than this!

Seattle Public Theatre: Summerstock!

Visit this page and find out what plays lie in store for you this summer! There are too many to list, so you’ll have your pick of the litter. From Macbeth to SPT! The Musical! and even Improv: Ripped from the Headlines, there’s an amazing summer waiting for you at SPT.

Seattle Shakespeare Company: CAMP BILL

A theater summer camp all about Shakespeare! Camp Bill is guided by professional actors and teaching artists. Participants will get a hands-on experience with voice and text work, scene study, Elizabethan dance, and stage combat. See what they’re up to this summer!

Taproot Theatre: Summer Camps 2015

Taproot’s got everything from Technical Theatre to the Art of Comedy, Audition to Musical Theatre Supercamp! Join in the fun this summer and see what’s out there.

Unexpected Productions: Teen Improv Summer Camp
July 20th-24th
Each session runs Monday-Thursday from 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Friday from 2:30pm-5:30pm

Spend a week working with Seattle’ premiere improv company. Our professionally-trained instructors represent some of Seattle’s best and most experienced improv teachers and performers. We create a fun and supportive environment within which you will explore, develop, and succeed (and have a blast). You're gonna CRY this class will be so fun.

UW School of Drama: Summer Courses

Are you in high school and a hardworking student? You can take classes this summer at UW Drama! You're so cool, we know you'll get in. See what they’re offering and how to apply here.


SAM: Teen Art Lab: Stop Motion Animation
June 4 2015
4 PM – 6:30 PM

Want more access to studio art making and design? Join us on this First Thursday for a free Art Lab! We'll bring the supplies and snacks; you bring the energy. Use clay and paper to create a short film with iStopmotion. Learn basic stop-motion animation techniques and software skills. Make a movie! Space is limited for this free event and reservations are required. Get on it!


Summer at Cornish

This covers all disciplines. Seriously. It's like, the gold mine of artsy activities. Take your pick and find out more!

EMP: Video Game Programming
Grades 8-12
June 22–July 3, 2015

This two-week long introductory workshop puts you in the driver’s seat of game development. See how programmers construct the software framework that goes into creating an interactive 2D environment, complete with characters, obstacles, and player objectives. Using a powerful and intuitive software program called the DigiPen Zero Engine, class instructors will guide you through the basics of computer programming as you create your own PC games. Along the way, you will explore the math and science concepts at the core of modern video games. Register!

Pacific Science Center: High School Summer Enviro Science Research Project

In this week-long intensive program, teens become citizen scientists and take on an environmental research project helping scientists from MeadoWatch at the University of Washington study the effects of climate change on our local environment. Teens work out of Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue for the first three days, then embark on an overnight trip to Mt. Rainier to conduct citizen science. Learn more about this unique opportunity!

Pacific Science Center: Summer Camp Volunteer Program - Science Educators in Training

Responsible teen volunteers provide valuable assistance and mentor campers in our award-winning Camps for Curious Minds program for two or more weeks over the summer. Volunteers receive training, build their professional resumé, meet high school service requirements and have the rewarding experience of working with children and contributing to their community. Opportunities are available at several locations around the Puget Sound. There's always more to know!

Wing Luke Museum: YouthCAN

Do you need space for creative expression, civic engagement, and professional development in the arts? We thought you might. Don't wait another minute, sign up to be a part of YouthCAN at the Wing Luke (it's FREE) and get creating!

WAHOO! If you know of something that's happening this summer, please let us know! Contact Leah at and tell her what's up--you'll see it posted here shortly thereafter.

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