Summer On Stage | Summer Backstage


Choose Your Program | Pricing & Registration | The Shows | Schedule | Prepare For Your Session Fellowships Internships

Summer On Stage and Summer Backstage will be taking place from June 24 to July 28. Registration due by June 16, or register by May 26 to save $100!

Choose Your Program

Summer On Stage


Develop performance skills and experience a professional rehearsal process with Summer on Stage! ATC staff and teaching artists support an extraordinary summer learning experience, leading students through a variety of acting, voice, and movement classes in the morning, and afternoon rehearsals leading to fully produced performances – one play and one musical – on the stage at the Temple of Music and Art.

Summer Backstage


Participants explore the wonders of technical theatre – costumes, set building and painting, props, sound design, and lighting – while creating a technical theatre portfolio and learning from ATC’s team of professional designers and technicians about theatrical design and management. This is done in preparation for their production role in the fully produced performances – one play and one musical.

Pricing & Registration

Pricing Information

Tuition prices for Summer on Stage 2019 are as follows. We accept personal checks, money orders, and major credit cards. You are welcome to pay your student’s tuition fees up front, along with the non-refundable Registration Fee, or you can make arrangements with us to pay in installments. If you’re paying in installments, tuition must be paid in full by June 11, 2019.

  • Non-refundable Registration Fee (due with registration form; does not count toward tuition prices, listed below): $50
  • Tuition if Registration Form and Fee are received / postmarked on or before April 1, 2019: $760
  • Tuition if Registration Form and Fee are received / postmarked between April 2 and May 26, 2019: $860
  • Tuition if Registration Form and Fee are received / postmarked between May 27 and June 16, 2019: $960

Tuition includes Summer on Stage Program T-shirt.

Tuition assistance may be available. Please fill out application form below.

Registration Forms

Registration is now open. Download the registration form below:

Registration Checklist

We need the following, along with your completed form, to process your registration.

  1. A written statement (100 words or less) that tells us why you want to spend five weeks of your summer vacation studying and working hard to create theatre with us.
  2. A creative project that follows the prompt in the registration packet. 
  3. In a separate written statement, tell us what you already know about theatre and what you hope to learn from your experience this summer. For Backstage students tell us which area you’d like to concentrate in this year and why.
  4. A letter of recommendation from a teacher (doesn’t have to be a theatre teacher).
  5. Non-refundable $50 Registration Fee (please indicate method of payment in the cells below).
  6. Liability and Image Release form
  7. Personal & Medical Information form
  8. Attendance and Participation Policy
  9. Lunch and Transportation Form
  10. Either an On Stage Audition form/Headshot or Backstage Track Selection form
Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration before 5:00 p.m. on June 14, 2019, you will receive a refund for any paid tuition fees. No refunds will be given for any cancellations made after June 14, 2019. Written notification must be received for cancellations to be processed. Thank you for your understanding.

For questions about registration, please email Jasmine Roth, Tucson Education Associate, at jroth@arizonatheatre.org.

The Shows

This summer from June 24 to July 28, we are celebrating the power of the individual with our SUMMER OF RISING productions:

by  Qui Nguyen
Directed by Israel Jiménez

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. She Kills Monsters tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Book by Dennis Kelly and Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Jasmine Roth

The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.


The program runs June 24th to July 28th. Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Students will have July 4th off.

Prepare For Your Session

What should I bring each day?
You are welcome to bring backpacks / bags, paper, and writing utensils. You NEED to bring water every day!!

What should I wear each day?
Plan to dress for comfort and safety. Wear clothes you can move in and shoes that cover your toes.

Audition Information (for Summer on Stage students):

  • You will be required to perform a monologue and a song. Details about audition material will be mailed out with your welcome packets two weeks before the program starts.
  • Auditions will take place on the second day.
  • Everyone auditions for both shows.
  • Everyone will be cast in one show, either the play or the musical.

Audition Tips:

  • Wear something simple, comfortable, and professional. You should be able to move in it. No graphic tees or distracting writing.
  • Don’t forget to BREATHE.
  • Practice your slate (introduction).
  • Make bold choices with the cold reading of monologues. (Everyone is reading the same thing – STAND OUT.)
  • Don’t rush. This is your moment – own it.
  • Enunciate.
  • Use the space – but stay away from pointless wandering / fidgeting feet.
  • Be committed to your choices.
  • Project, but don’t strain your voice.
  • Sing from your diaphragm – support the sound.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Take care of your voice / throat: avoid coffee and dairy.
  • Remember, nerves are normal.
  • Harness that nervous energy and create adrenaline.
  • If you make a mistake, keep going!!
  • Everyone has to sing. Everyone has different voices. We want to hear everyone’s voice.
  • Warm up your body. Stretch beforehand, and keep your muscles loose.
  • We know not everyone is a trained dancer, and that’s okay! Show us your personality. It’s not about the execution, it’s about the energy. Try, try, try!!


We are excited to offer a Fellowship for 19 year old students who have graduated from Summer on Stage or Summer Backstage. Fellows participate in Summer on Stage or Summer Backstage alongside the students, while also acting as mentors and group leaders to the students, and assistants to the staff. Fellows will also be responsible for writing blog posts about their experience, posting to social media and leading some group activities. Summer on Stage Fellows will be cast in the shows, and Summer Backstage Fellows will be given a production role, so that they can be models of the creative process alongside the students. 

Successful fellowship applications will have a strong interest in pursuing theater as a profession, completed at least one year of Summer on Stage or Summer Backstage in good standing, and have excellent mentoring and leadership skills.

Download the application form to apply.


Arizona Theatre Company supports the ongoing learning of professional interns every season. Each internship is unique and created with the specific individual in mind. Our internships are built around our interns’ personal passions, abilities, and educational goals. We provide a solid and inclusive professional experience within our company that serves as a springboard to their future career.

Visit our Internships page for more information, including how to apply.