Theatre Intensives

About the Program

Highwood's two-week acting and musical theatre intensive gives a small group of students, grades 7-12, the opportunity to mimic a professional theatre structure and prepare a full-length play or musical in a condensed, intense rehearsal process. Students will work with a professional Director, Musical Director and Choreographer (for the musical) to create, stage, and rehearse the piece.   

Students in this program should expect to be challenged during these two weeks, but will grow tremendously as artists, critical thinkers, actors, and collaborators.  This is a program for serious theatre students.  Session One is the Musical Theatre Intensive, in which students produce a musical performed July 20 - 22.  Session Two is the Acting Intensive, in which students produce a play performed August 3 - 4.

All students who sign up are guaranteed a role in the show.  We do hold a meeting for students in advance of the program to have auditions (simply for role placement) and to hand out scripts.  That meeting is on Thursday, June 27 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  If you cannot make this meeting, please contract us to schedule an alternate time.  However, we do reiterate that this is a program for students looking to be challenged.

Note: Both programs have caps for the number of students and generally fill.  We recommend registering early.

The Two Weeks:

  • Week 1 will consist of master classes by prominent theatre professionals from DC and NYC, as well as acting, music, and choreography rehearsals. The week includes discussion of the technical elements of the show, as well as advertising and publicity.  The week ends with initial work with costumes and props, in addition to the staging of publicity photos and videos. 
  • Week 2 continues the rehearsal process.  Mid-week, we transition to tech rehearsals, where students work onstage with lights, sound, and set pieces.  By the end of the week, we have a full show!  

Dates and Performances

Open to rising 7th - 12th graders

Session 1 - Musical Theatre Intensive - THE WEDDING SINGER: July 8 - July 19

Directed by Helen Hayes Award Winner Erin Driscoll; Choreographed by Gabbie Ballesteros


Friday, July 19 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 and 8:00 PM

Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM

Session 2 - Acting Intensive - AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: July 22 - August 2

Directed by Resident Teaching Artist Liz Daingerfield


Friday, August 2 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 3 at 1:00 and 4:00 

Cost: Acting Intensive: $825; Musical Theatre Intensive: $825; Sign up for both for $1,500 + $25 Registration Fee

Times: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

If needed, students may study lines during xAM or xPM times free of charge

Registration closes June 23