STAR 2020: Perseverance Theatre’s Summer Perfoming Arts Program

Monday, July 20 - Friday, August 7

With a virtual showcase Friday, August 7

Welcome to STAR 2020! Registration is now LIVE, and scholarship applications are available. This three-week program is geared toward actors, writers, theatre makers, and artists between 4th - 12th grade, looking to stretch their skills, learn from incredible teaching artists/practitioners, and connect with other students in new and innovative ways. This year, students don't need to be based in Juneau to participate! We welcome artists from all over Alaska and the Lower 48. Creativity has never been more important as we dream into a needed and different future of equity and inclusion in service of justice. We are so excited to spend this summer with you, building skills toward a new kind of digital theatre making 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: 

Tuition is $300/student, but we are committed to making sure this cost is not prohibitive for any student interested in joining. If you want to participate, we want to make sure you’re able to participate. Scholarships are available through Zach Gordon Youth Center (need-based) and through Sealaska Heritage Institute. The scholarships available through SHI are for Alaska Native students only. If you’re applying with a scholarship, please fill out our short scholarship 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! Because most classes will be taught online, we encourage and hope students across Alaska and the lower 48 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