Theater High School Institute


July 19-31, 2020 - Two Week Camp

Alfred University welcomes high school students to our beautiful campus each year to take part in this exciting overnight summer camp. This two-week program, for students interested in learning more about theater performance and production, provides each participant with opportunities for progress in theater. Our unique blend of broad choices and training in specific areas leads to many energetic classes and much individual growth. With a dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty; terrific facilities; and lovely surroundings, the Alfred University Theater Institute could make this your best summer ever! Check out some comments from past campers.

We will be using CampDoc for our online registration system. We are again partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic health record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper health information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

The Program:
Summer Theater at Alfred University provides a great opportunity for students to create, experience, and develop perspectives and skills in theater through full group sessions and with a good deal of individual attention, training and experience in theater from our distinguished faculty. Students work on improving skills and developing new levels of expertise in two or three areas of performance and/or technical theater. There is range, choice and growth for everyone. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning!

  • Actor Training - including improvisation, text analysis, character development, staging, voice production and movement
  • Technical Theater - including stage managing, scenery, costume and lighting
  • Voice and Voice Development

Campers are to arrive on campus between 2:00 and 4:00 PM for registration and check-in on Sunday, July 19 and check-out Friday afternoon, July 31. Sunday registration is followed by orientation, dinner and welcome activities. Institute sessions begin Monday morning. During a typical day, students attend classes in the morning and afternoon and participate in recreational activities and rehearsals in the evening.

Morning sessions focus on actor training, including improvisation, text analysis, character development, staging, voice production and movement for actors. All students will learn more about theater through text and performance.

Afternoons are devoted to design and technical theater, with sessions in stage managing, scenery, costume and lighting. Students will receive experience and training in all areas, with opportunities to focus on one or two areas during the course of the two weeks. Other afternoon sessions provide students with experience in voice and voice development. Two voice training sessions early in the Institute lead to options for more sessions in voice for the stage, including some preparation for musical theater. In the late afternoons students will choose particular areas to work on: voice for the stage, acting, design, technical theater and/or stage managing.

At least one field trip to a professional theater will be included in the schedule. Students will tour the facility and view a professional theater performance.

The program will conclude with a public performance of scenes and at least one rehearsed short play.

College Credit Option:
Rising juniors and seniors who attend this program can earn two hours of college credit, if desired, by completing extra assignments and paying an additional $330 per credit hour. (Acceptance confirmation packets will include a course registration form that must be returned by students who wish to earn the 2 credits.)

Who Can Attend? 
This dynamic program is for students who will enter grades 10, 11 or 12 next fall who are interested in learning more about theater performance and production. The number of participants is kept small to allow for individualized attention.

The Faculty:
Dr. Becky Prophet, AU Professor of Theater, teaches acting, directing and playwriting, and serves as the Director of the Summer Theater Institute. Questions about class content should be directed to her. Professor Prophet can be reached by calling the AU Performing Arts Division at 607-871-2562.

Zachary Hamm is the Technical Director for the AU Performing Arts Division. During the academic year he teaches technical theater and is responsible for the organization and set of every theater production and dance concert on campus. Prior to working at Alfred University, he worked for PlayMakers Repertory Company in North Carolina, Heritage Repertory Theater in Virginia, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Tuition, Room and Board:

Cost of Camp: $2,000.00
($200 DEPOSIT DUE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION) This covers tuition, supervision, program materials, field trip, recreational activities, housing and meals. Students stay in the University’s residence halls dedicated to summer campers. Campers are required to provide their own pillows, blankets and bed linens (to fit an extra-long twin mattress). Should the camper need, linens can be provided for an additional cost and you MUST let us know by June 1, 2020, for arrangements. Cafeteria-style meals are served in the University dining hall.

How to Apply:

Students who wish to apply must submit these items with their application by the application deadline:

  • A completed online application form
  • $200 deposit (paid with online application form) due by May 1
  • A one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend this program (in your own words, with your signature at the bottom)

Please send materials to: 
Office of Summer Programs, Alfred University, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802, fax to 607-871-2045 or scan and send to us via email.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds, less the $200 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 1. A 50% refund will be made for cancellations received from June 2-10. No refunds are given for any cancellations received after June 10.

For further general information contact the Office of Summer Programs at 607-871-2612. For specific information concerning institute content please contact Dr. Becky Prophet, Institute Director, at 607-871-2562.

Comments from Former Campers

  • "Theater class was amazing every minute! I learned techniques, warm-ups, energy exercises, stretches, vocal warm-ups and strategies." - Carol F. from Lititz, PA 
  • "I loved every aspect of the theater class. It was great that we started out with games and activities and continued on to memorize and put together an entire show! There was just the right amount of structure and fun. I learned how to really have motivation for every single one of my lines. Another thing I learned was the real importance of the ensemble." - Najah M. from Beacon, NY 
  • "I learned so much that will make me a better actor, and I learned so much about tech theater too! " - Emily M. from Towson, MD 
  • "I learned to be a better actor and express myself. " - Eric W. from Hornell, NY
  • "I learned how to work as a better crew member and to just have fun with everything!" - Rachel H. from Pickerington, OH
  • "I learned so much and improved different acting techniques." - Sean S. from Dansville, NY 
  • "I loved the theater and improv games and I loved the voice lessons. I also loved the games and movies during recreation time!" - Emily C. from Buffalo, NY
  • "The RAs were amazing and awesome! I'll never forget them. I learned a lot from this camp. Very nice campus! Thanks Becky, Zach and Rebecca!" - Alyssa S. from Ridgeway, PA
  • "All my theater classes were amazing and the technical sessions especially helped. We covered lighting, sounds, stage management, design, construction of a set, prop management, voice for actors, movement, text analysis and on and on. I learned so much!" - Olivia E. from Japan

After the application deadline, the Institute Directors will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notification will be provided by email and letter by the middle of May. If you require an earlier decision, please indicate this by including a note with your application form. (Students who apply after May 1 will receive notification within 1 week after we receive their application materials.)

Once final decisions have been made, accepted campers will receive notification of acceptance along with information and dates on what is required for attendance. Questions can be directed to the Office of Summer Programs, 607-871-2612 or via email.


When not in workshop sessions or rehearsals, campers are supervised by specially-trained Camp Counselors who serve as mentors, positive role models and friends. To ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer participants are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.

When not in classes or rehearsals, campers have lots of fun participating in a variety of enjoyable recreational activities. Living, dining, and learning together, they have ample opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships. Activities typically include:

  • Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted
  • Movies in Nevins Theater 
  • Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee" 
  • Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," "Project Runway," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.
  • Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the Knight Club 
  • Relaxing and socializing at local coffee house
  • Farewell party on the last night

Housing & Meals

Campers stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer camps (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the 2 weeks (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Males and females are housed in separate halls. Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Camp Counselors will be on-site in the residence halls at all times.

Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements


Commuter Rate for Local Students - $1,845.00
This covers tuition, daytime classes, program materials, field trip, lunch and dinner when after-dinner sessions are scheduled. Commuting students must check-in at registration on Sunday and must arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes each day of camp. They must be picked up by 5 PM each day according to the schedule with the understanding that there may be some evening sessions to which they will need to be picked up by 9 PM.

The $200 deposit must be submitted with the application. Full payment of the balance is due by June 1, 2020.

Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo, and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 mi. north). Transportation to/from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by the due date indicated in your acceptance notification. After that date campers must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.

The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of the insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.
Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.