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STAR 2020: Perseverance Theatre’s Summer Perfoming Arts Program

Monday, July 20 - Friday, August 7

With a virtual showcase Friday, August 7

STAR is a three-week program designed for 4th to 12th graders looking to stretch their skills as actors, writers, and theatre artists. Young artists will learn from incredible teaching artists and connect with other students in new and innovative ways.

We welcome artists from Alaska and beyond.

This year, students don't need to be based in Juneau to participate! We are so excited to spend this summer with you, building skills toward a new kind of digital theatre and expanding the ways in which we think and relate to one another and to the world around us. 

How It Works:

You’ll be divided into two groups based on age: 4th - 7th graders and 8th - 12 graders. Each of the two groups will be sorted into one of the three following programs (You’ll have a chance to weigh in on your top choice!): 

Program #1: Act in a scripted play. As part of an ensemble, you will work with teaching artists to act in and produce a play selected with your ensemble in mind. 

Program #2: Write, act in, and/or direct your own radio play. We will be collaborating with KTOO, and folks will hear your work over the radio as well as over our social media and website. 

Program #3: Sharing Your Story. If you are interested in community-based storytelling, in devising performance or artistic pieces that are multimedia and engage with the land around us, this program is for you. 

Students will also have the ability to participate in up to 4 separate masterclasses with incredible arts practitioners. Available masterclasses include but aren’t limited to dance, voice, scene work, free verse/song writing, etc. 

Weekly Schedule: 

Monday - Thursday, you’ll collaborate with your teaching artist and fellow collaborators for 1-2 hours during the day. Most classes will occur over Zoom, though depending on the weather and the collective consent of the class, some classes could happen outside. (If you are uncomfortable or unable to meet outside, that is absolutely okay.) You’ll also get to engage in independent work for the projects outside of class. Zoom fatigue is real, as is access to reliable wifi and technology, and we want to ensure everybody can feel engaged. Teachers will be available by email when not in class. 

On the first two Fridays of the program, you’ll get to learn new skills through our 2-hour-long masterclasses. In preparation for these masterclasses, we will send you Art Kits the Monday before. On the final Friday, students will participate in a final virtual showcase of their work from their main program and their masterclasses. 

What it costs: 

Regular Tuition is $300 per student. We are committed to making sure this cost is not prohibitive for any student interested in joining. Scholarships are available through Zach Gordon Youth Center and through Sealaska Heritage Institute for Alaska Native students. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out our short application form to hold your spot, and we’ll be in touch with you to continue that process. 

In Covid-19-related news: 

First and foremost, we care about the health and safety of our students and our community. Most programming will occur over Zoom or independently. With the consent of the entire classroom, optional class time may happen outside, but students who do not feel comfortable participating will not be missing out. 

Can students outside of Juneau participate? 

Absolutely! Classes will be taught online. We encourage and hope students across Alaska and beyond will join us. 

We can’t wait to work with you this summer. More information on teaching artists and the class selection process will come soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please email lilyo@ptalaska.org

Thank you to our sponsors:

CBJ Youth Activities Board
Sealaska Heritage Institute
Zach Gordon Youth Center

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