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summer studiostage

Teen Conservatory - ages 14 to 17

Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm
3-Week Session 1 July 9 - July 27, 2018
3-Week Session 2 July 30 - August 17, 2018
Teen Conservatory

For students ages 14-17, Teen Conservatory provides a challenging, artistically demanding program within the nurturing, supportive environment that defines every PGT experience. Together with their peers, and guided by a dynamic creative staff, the three week Teens write their own original ensemble musical. Students in this program contribute to the concept, plot development, script, music and lyrics of their own show.

Since launching this program several years ago, our students have embraced the unique challenges and rewards that come from shaping their own ideas into a musical — using the process to explore issues of great depth and comedy and to create memorable characters, beautiful music and exciting plots. Throughout the writing and rehearsal process, each actor plays an integral role. They are guided through this hands-on project in a way that allows every voice to be heard and inspires confidence in their own ability to create. A process-oriented environment pervades rehearsals, allowing a collaborative spirit to flourish among students and staff. Performances of their original musical are held in our new Studio Theatre.

In addition to working on their show, students in the Teen Conservatory devote 3 hours each day to studying the craft of theatre in specially designed classes. Core classes, such as Acting Technique, Musical Theatre, Dance and Improv are taught at an advanced level. Yoga, Audition Skills, Directing, Viewpoints, Stage Craft, Shakespeare and other electives are included in the schedule to further challenge and inspire each student. The portion of the day that is dedicated to classes is fast-paced, varied and filled with opportunities to learn new skills, as well as to hone those which our students already possess.

Throughout this intense, yet non-competitive program, an atmosphere of respect, support and kindness is maintained in all classes, rehearsals and performances, allowing friendships to flourish and artistic abilities to be nurtured.

The Teen Conservatory is an advanced program. Students should be prepared to tackle difficult material and to move quickly through that material. They will be challenged to work at a professional level, taking advantage of this intensive program to grow and reach their individual and collective artistic potential. Students in the Teen Conservatory are expected to maintain a strong commitment to the learning process.

Students who enroll for 6 weeks have the option of participating in two 3-week Studio Stage programs or auditioning for our Summer MainStage show.

Additional Information

Audition Information

Audition Tips

Tuition cost information may be found on the summer registration form.

Audition Information

Students enrolling in Mainstage, Teen Conservatory or Young Actors Ensemble are required to audition to participate in PGT Summer Theatre. For the audition, young actors are expected to present a brief monologue and a song (each being 1-2 minutes in length). Students are expected to be fully prepared for their audition; audition material should be well rehearsed and committed to memory. Check our audition material page for possible monologues and ideas on where to find monologue collection books. You can also find a helpful list of audition “Do’s and Don’ts” on our audition tips page. If you have questions about preparing your audition, please email Rachael at

Actors should bring to their audition a current photo of themselves and sheet music for their song (in the right key), so the musical director can accompany them on the piano.

Mainstage auditions take place in June. Teen Conservatory and YAE auditions take place during the week before camp begins. To register for PGT Summer Theatre, please complete the summer registration form and fax or mail it in. Registered students will be contacted to schedule an audition appointment.

We are looking for students with enthusiasm and an interest in the collaborative artistic process.

There is no audition required for PGT Kids, Little Theatre and Improv Week.

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