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Summer theater programs for young people scheduled for June, July

Dr. Becky Prophet, professor of theater at Alfred University, will host two sessions of theater day camps/workshops for young people and a three-week theater institute for high school students at the Miller Performing Arts Center on campus this summer.

The summer day camps are designed for students who have completed grades three through nine. Sessions run from 1-4 p.m. The first camp session will be held from Monday, June 29-Friday, July 3. The second session will be held from Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10. Participants are welcome to attend Workshop I only, or Workshops I and II.

The emphasis of the workshops will be on learning and having fun! Children will be divided into two groups. The younger group (grades three-six) will focus on theater games, improvisation, and preparation for a performance on the last day of the program. The older group (grades seven-nine) will focus on acting, development of costumes and props, and preparation for the final production. All performances will be open to the public.

Each weekly workshop costs $150 per student. Deadline for registration is Friday, June 12. For a registration form, go to: www.alfred.ed...

Alfred University invites high school students to campus to take part in the Theater Institute, which will be held from Sunday July 5-Saturday, July 18. The institute is for students who will enter grades 10, 11, or 12 this coming fall.

The institute will give students a chance to work with and create costumes, scenery, lighting, props, stage managing, acting, movement for actors, voice for actors, improvisation and text analysis.

Students will participate in a variety of workshops, seminars, creative exercises and projects, as well as activities outside of the classroom, such as indoor and outdoor games, movies, at least one trip to a professional theater, a visit to nearby Foster Lake for a picnic or campfire and swimming and social gatherings at the Terra Cotta Coffee House.

The fee to attend is $1,995 and covers tuition, supervision, program materials, field trip recreational activities, and room and board through the entire three-week session. Students who wish to apply must return a completed application form a copy of an up-to-date transcript or report card, two letters of recommendation from teachers, a one-page essay which states why the student would like to attend and what he/she thinks they’ll gain from the experience, a recent headshot photo, and a $200 deposit (which is non-refundable). Check are payable to Alfred University and should be mailed to the Division of Performing Arts, Miller Performing Arts Center, Alfred University, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802.

For more information on the summer theater programs, call 607.871.2255 or 2562, or send an e-mail to or

Prophet holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Alfred University and a master of art and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has nearly three decades of experience teaching and working in theaters throughout the country, including Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Atlanta. She is an active member of the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival and the Association for Theater in Higher Education.