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Summer on Stage 2019 Summer of Rising officially came to a close after the successful run of both She Kills Monsters and Matilda the Musical! After five weeks of classes and rehearsal we wished a warm farewell to summer of 2019. Production photos will be coming soon! We are already excited for all the artistic possibilities in store for summer of 2020!

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

Check back  here for registration information once SOS 2020 registration is open!

The Shows

Check back here once shows have been announced to learn more!



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.

The mission of Arizona Theatre Company is to inspire, engage, and entertain –one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. ATC shares the passion of the theatre through a wide array of outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives, and community events. With more than 700 Education & Engagement activities through the schools and summer programs, ATC focuses on teaching Arizona’s youth about the creative power of dramatic literature and how it can enrich their own lives in multiple ways. Your gifts at every level support Arizona Theatre Company’s mission to inspire, engage, and entertain – one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. Donors play a starring role at ATC, providing the funds vital to our productions and education programs. Ticket sales and subscriptions cover about 60% of the budget; the remainder comes from contributions from people like you.