WHAT IS THE SUMMER THEATRE ACADEMY?

…After COVID-19

The Summer Theatre Academy at The White Plains Performing Arts Center, now in its 16th year, is the region’s premier performing arts training program. In response to Covid-19, WPPAC has been closely following the guidance of state and local health officials. We are developing plans and protocols to ensure that we can provide quality theatre education this summer in a safe, dynamic, and fun environment for all. We have made changes to our summer camp programming, implemented comprehensive health and safety protocols, developed an online camp option, and adjusted our refund policy to meet the demands of this unprecedented moment.

Please Note:

Camps will not run if minimum number of participants is not met.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The wellbeing of our campers, staff, and their families is our number one priority. We are taking the following steps this summer to ensure a safe environment:

  • Twice daily deep cleaning of all facilities with hospital-grade cleaning supplies, with regular disinfecting throughout the day
  • Daily contact-free temperature checks for campers and staff
  • Limited enrollment and maximal use of facilities to create space for learning, including the use of outdoor space in White Plains
  • Regular breaks for hand washing and sanitizing

We will continue to monitor the latest developments and will comply with all state and local summer camp guidance.

REFUND POLICY

Normally, WPPAC does not offer refunds for our camps and classes after purchase. Due to the profound impact of Covid 19 on our community, we are offering an adjusted refund policy this summer:

If a parent wishes to withdraw from a camp, a refund (minus a 20% administrative fee) will be processed as follows: 

  • Like all arts organizations, Covid-19 has severely impacted WPPAC. In the event of withdrawal or cancellation, parents have the opportunity to make a tax-deductible contribution of the refund, supporting this essential part of the White Plains community
  • OR, 25% of refund balance sent immediately, the remainder of refund processed within 90 days
  • OR, a full refund can be issued immediately as a gift certificate for any WPPAC program

If WPPAC cancels any summer camp programming, a refund will be issued as follows: 

  • Parents have the opportunity to make a tax-deductible contribution of the refund, supporting this essential part of the White Plains community
  • OR, 25% of refund balance sent immediately, the remainder of refund processed within 90 days
  • OR, the full amount can be issued immediately as a WPPAC gift certificate

We hope this information is helpful to you as you make plans for the summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our education staff at education@wppac.com or Office: (914) 328-1600.

Check out what BROADWAY WORLD says about the Summer Theatre Academy!

Session 1

June 29 – July 9

Days: Monday – Thursday (90 minute Classes)
Ages: 7 – 17
Times: 10 am – 3:30 pm | WPPAC’s Digital Classroom

ONLINE FINAL PERFORMANCE

$350 – Regular Registration

Session 2

July 13 – August 1

Days: Monday – Friday
Ages: Rising 4th-10th Graders (current 3rd-9th Graders)
Times: 10 am – 4 pm | Before & After-Care Available
Performances: Fri., July 31 at 7 pm & Sat., August 1 at 7 pm

$1100 – Regular Registration

Session 3

August 3 – 22

Days: Monday – Friday
Ages: Rising 2nd – 10th Graders (current 1st – 9th Graders)
Times: 10 am – 4 pm | Before & After-Care Available
Performances: Fri., August 21 at 7 pm & Sat., August 22 at 7 pm

$1100 – Regular Registration

Session 4

August 24 – 28

Days: Monday – Friday
Ages: Rising 1st – 8th Graders (current K – 7th Graders)
Times: 10 am – 4 pm | Before & After-Care Available
Performance: Fri., August 28 at 5 pm

$400 – Regular Registration

Session 5

August 31 – September 3

Days: Monday – Thursday
Ages: Rising 1st – 7th Graders (current K – 6th Graders)
Times: 10 am – 4 pm | Before & After-Care Available
Share-formance: Thurs., September 3 at end of day

$350 – Regular Registration

Before and After Care

Early Drop Off and Late Pick-Up

Early drop off for Before-Care begins at 8:30 am. Students MUST be pre-registered from at least the day before. An adult MUST walk in students to the lobby of WPPAC to check in for Before-Care.

Late Pick-Up for After-Care will extend until 5:30 pm. Students can pre-register or drop-in for After-Care. An adult MUST collect students from the WPPAC lobby in person. Prices for before and after-care are as follows:

Before-Care

8:30 am – 9:30 am (Must pre-register by the evening before)

Price: $10/day | $50/week

After-Care

Can pre-register or drop-in 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Pre-register Price: $10/day | $50/week

Drop-in Price: $15/day

Drop in After Care: Pro-Rated

If you do not need the entire time of After-Care, we have pro-rated drop-in rates until 4:50 pm: $5 until 4:40 pm | $10 until 4:50 pm | After 4:50 pm, the drop-in rate switches to $15

There are no pro-rated rates for pre-registered sessions.

Ticket Information

COMING SOON

Introducing SAM LEICHTER

NEW DIRECTOR OF SUMMER THEATRE ACADEMY

Mr. Leichter’s Bio

Sam Leichter is delighted to join the Summer Theatre Academy team at WPPAC! Sam is a teaching artist, arts administrator, actor, director, playwright and producer. Currently, Sam leads theatre education programs with Theatre for a New Audience, George Street Playhouse, New York City Children’s Theatre and LEAP. Sam is a company member and Education Director with the New Collectives, and recently joined the Leadership Council for New York Shakespeare Exchange. He previously served as the Education Manager at Marin Shakespeare Company in San Rafael, California. Sam is a working actor, a member of of Actor’s Equity Association, and performs regularly in classics and new works. Sam recently appeared in Much Ado About Nothing with New York Shakespeare Exchangewhich ran in NYC and College Station, Texas. Other recent acting credits include M4M and Trojan Women with New Collectives, Measure for Measure and Henry IV pt 1 with Hip to Hip, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg with The Night Shift, among many others. His new TYA piece, Bug Play, which he wrote and stars in, is currently running at the PIT in Manhattan.

Sam holds a BA from Bates College, and received his MFA in Acting from Rutgers.

Registration

There are 3 ways to register for Summer Theatre Academy:

  • BY PHONE: (914) 328-1600 (M-F / 11am-6pm)
  • IN PERSON: 11 City Place, 3rd Floor (City Center) | White Plains, NY, 10601

“Thank you for enhancing our daughter’s life in this special way. It truly does take a village.” – Conservatory Parent

“Our daughter is so looking forward to working with you again. She says the Summer Theatre Academy was the BEST weeks of her life!” – Conservatory Parent

My son learned impressive amounts and made friends, too!” – Conservatory Parent