EKU Theatre Sponsors Summer Intensive for High School Students

High school students passionate about theatre have an opportunity to hone their craft at the weeklong Eastern Kentucky Theatre Summer Intensive.

The program, hosted by the EKU Department of English and Theatre, will run July 12-17. High school students entering grades 10-12 are eligible to participate. EKU academic credit is available to qualifying students through the University’s Dual Credit program, and students will have the option to live on campus for the duration of the program.

“Students will explore the creative impulses of the performer and develop fundamental acting skills through study with faculty and professional guest artists,” said Alana Ghent, EKU theatre program director. “They will attend live professional theatre and experience the vibrancy of a creative ensemble while rehearsing and performing in state-of-the-art Gifford Theatre.”

Scholarships are available to students in the University’s 22-county service region, including the Regional Service Scholarship, which helps make the camp an affordable, high-quality training opportunity. Students who attended the program last year received more than $5,000 of scholarship money, lowering the average cost of $525 to $700 per student to less than $250.  Students with strong academic achievements may also qualify for the Dual Credit Tuition Waiver, which is not tied to residency.

Counties in EKU’s service region are Madison, Estill, Powell, Garrard, Boyle, Casey, Lincoln, Rockcastle, Jackson, Lee, Owsley, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Laurel, Pulaski, Wayne, McCreary, Whitley, Knox, Bell and Harlan.

Three of the 10 students who attended last year were also accepted into Governor’s School for the Arts programs in drama or musical theatre. “We’re excited to be supporting the development of theatre talent in students in EKU’s service region,” Ghent said.

The original April 30 application deadline has been extended to June 15. Students will still receive the listed discount if they apply and are confirmed by that date.

Published on May 28, 2015

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