Young Artists Program
High School, Ages 14-18

In addition to a fully-staged production in the summer, Civic Theatre’s YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM (YAP) is a year-round series of workshops and seminars designed just for high school students interested in improving their skills in a professional setting and looking to prepare for college auditions and beyond.  All workshops are taught by performers and instructors with extensive experience locally, regionally, and in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

YAP also includes a seven-week summer program with intensive rehearsals and specialized workshops culminating in a fully-supported and professionally-staffed production on the Tarkington stage.  Training will focus on developing the skills needed to succeed in the world of musical theatre including character development, vocal coaching and advanced dance technique.


The Singing Actor
Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM | Civic Theatre | $30 
Limit 12 Students


The purpose of this course is the integration of vocal techniques and lyrical analysis to assist the singer in fuller vocal production and richer storytelling. This class is a variation on the Introduction to Singing Actor course John taught at Ball State University. So, come with the intention of learning something new, enjoying singing more, and cheering on your colleagues as they do the same.

What to bring: 
  • 3 copies of a song you know pretty well and that you can sing memorized. It can be something you’ve sung a thousand times or it can be something you’re working on.  1 copy is for you.  1 copy is for the accompanist.  1 copy is for me.  Please make sure accompanist’s copy is double sided, and either in page protectors or 3-hole-punched.
  • A pencil—to mark your music
  • Your lovely voice
  • Your curious brain

IMPORTANT: For more information on the workshop, look at this Info Sheet



THE COMEDIC MONOLOGUE AND YOU: The art of being funny without just “being funny”
Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM | Civic Theatre| $30
Limit 12 Students


The purpose of this course is to investigate the rhythms, twists, and turns of comic monologues—while pursuing the truth and goals of one’s character.This class is an introduction to acting techniques through the often-overlooked category of comedy.  It is an opportunity to apply strategies to funny material that maintain the truth of the character’s given situation and the character’s intentions and very real needs.

What to bring: 

  • 2 copies of a monologue of your choosing. One copy is for you.  One copy is for me.  Your monologue should be memorized so we can start and stop.
  • A pencil—to mark your monologue
  • Your comedy game—or your willingness to get funny
  • Your curious brain

IMPORTANT: For more information on the workshop, look at this Info Sheet