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Summer High School Training Program

Experience Conservatory. Experience Chicago.

The Theatre School's Summer High School Training Program is for high school students who want a taste of intensive, conservatory theatre training in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant theatre communities.

For three weeks, rising high school juniors and seniors can live on campus and study acting, design, directing, or playwriting with The Theatre School faculty and some of the most exciting theatre professionals in Chicago. It's a deep dive that will not only provide you with an understanding of the rigor of a theatre conservatory but also prepare you for the college audition and interview process. Along the way you will experience the exciting theatre and other cultural events Chicago has to offer and meet some of the artists involved. 

The primary coursework will stretch and challenge you to grow in your area of focus, and master classes and workshops will allow you to explore other interests. At the end of the three weeks you will have a showcase of your work for the other students, families, and guests.

Important Information


Program dates for 2019 are Sunday, July 7 to Saturday, July 27, 2019.
The showcase day for families and guests will be Friday, July 26, 2019.


Admission is open to rising high school juniors and seniors. The application for summer 2019 will open in early fall 2018.


The total cost of the summer program for 2019 is $7,600. This includes tuition, housing, meals, and programming fees.


Financial aid is available to students who demonstrate financial need. Financial aid can be applied for during the application process.


"Our Chicago location uniquely positions The Theatre School as the cornerstone of the most vibrant professional theatre community in the country."