Our Location

Most classes and workshops are held in Preservation Hall "A" (aka the Studio Stage), on the Mainstage (theatre/amphitheatre) or in Gallery Hall. Please click here to see the Resort map for location details.

Fox Valley Repertory
Pheasant Run Resort
4051 E. Main Street (Route 64)
St. Charles, IL
(40 miles West of Chicago)

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From Chicago
From downtown Chicago or the Oak Park area: take I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) west all the way to I-355. Take I-355 southbound to the North Avenue (Route 64) exit. Take Route 64 west several miles, Pheasant Run Resort is on the left just past the DuPage Airport.

From Northern Suburbs and Chicago Northside
Take I-90 (Northwest Tollway) west to Route 59. Take Route 59 south to Route 64. Take Route 64 west about a half-mile, Pheasant Run Resort is on the left just past the DuPage Airport.

From Southern Suburbs
take I-355 (North-South Tollway) north to Route 64 (North Avenue). Take Route 64 west several miles, Pheasant Run Resort is on the left just past the DuPage Airport.

From O’Hare International Airport
Take I-90 West to Route 59 South. Exit south on Route 59 and continue to North Avenue (Route 64). Turn right (west) on North Avenue. The Resort is located 3 miles west of Route 59 on North Avenue (Route 64) on the south side of the street.

From Chicago Midway
Take Cicero Avenue North to I-55 South. Get on I-55 South and continue to I-355 North. Exit onto I-355 North and continue to I-88 West. Exit onto I-88 West and continue to Farnsworth (Kirk) North. Exit north on Farnsworth (Kirk) and continue to North Avenue (Route 64). Turn right (east) on North Avenue and continue approximately 1 mile. The Resort is located on the south side of the street.

From DuPage Airport
Take a right onto Kautz Road. Go North 1 mile. The Resort entrance is located on the East side of the street (right side), just south of North Ave (Route 64).

stage of Preservation hall A Studio Theater

Preservation Hall A Studio Theater

Gallery hall

Gallery Hall

Main Stage

Main Stage

Frequently Asked Questions & Policies

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How many students are in a workshop?
There are a maximum of 15 students in most sessions; summer classes have a maximum of 20.  Everyone participates in every class.

Who takes the workshops?
Students in the workshops come from a wide range of experience including those who are just starting out as well as actors looking to improve their skills. Many students take the workshops just for fun!

Do I need experience to participate?
No experience necessary! Our open enrollment policy allows anyone to enter our programs regardless of previous experience. Our instructors specialize in challenging and developing students no matter what level they are at when they enter. Participants “learn by doing” not only from the instructor but also from each other.

How do I register?
Fox Valley Rep offers you a fast, easy way to register online through Active Network. Through this system, we are able to offer you:

  • New Early Bird Discounts! Sign up 30 days prior to the class start date and receive $10 off tuition.
  • Multiple Registration Discounts! Register multiple people at the same time within one session and receive 5% off.
  • With Active Network, you will only have to fill out your customer information ONCE. You will then have an ongoing account with us!

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  • Please call our office at 630-443-0438 for additional questions, help, or to register by phone using a credit card.

Where are the classes, rehearsals and performances?
All classes and rehearsals are located at Pheasant Run Resort unless otherwise specified.  Classes, rehearsals and performances take place at various locations throughout the resort, and occasionally change location during the session.  Once registered, you will receive an email a few days before the start of the class session with location information including a resort map.  If the class changes location, you will also receive an email notification.  The Youth Ensemble seasonal musical always performs on the Mainstage.

What is the class environment?
The class environment is positive and professional. No one is harshly critiqued. It is assumed that anyone who takes the class is serious about improving their skills and will be working hard. Practical feedback is given about progress and ways to improve. Positive reinforcement is used.

How much preparation do I need to do outside of class?
It is essential that you have time to rehearse on your own outside of class. Class and rehearsal time should be used for working with other actors, blocking, choreography and developing your character; not to learn lines. Memorization should take place at home.

What is expected of me as a student?
Each class covers a set amount of material. It is important to come to every class and to keep up with the work. Participants are expected to prepare fully, to be reliable rehearsal partners and to be attentive to and respectful of each others' work in class.

What is the deadline for enrollments?
Although we do not have a specific deadline, we strongly encourage you to enroll as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Class sizes are limited and fill up quickly.

Are scholarships available?
Scholarships are available for families in need. Applications are available online or, if a hard copy is preferred, an application can be picked up at the administrative office. Scholarship awards are given based on need and availability of funds.

If you live in St. Charles you may be eligible for our Kiwanis scholarship. In order to be eligible for this scholarship proof of St. Charles residency is required and must be submitted with the other scholarship materials. If a Kiwanis scholarship is awarded, the student will be asked to write a thank you letter to Kiwanis telling them of their experiences in our program.

Check out the Scholarship page for more detailed information.

What is the difference between Technique and Performance classes?

  • TECHNIQUE classes are meant to teach and strengthen specific performing skills.  For instance, in an Acting Technique class, participants work on character development and scene study to help each student become a better actor.  A technique class is about learning particular skills rather than preparing for a performance.  Popular TV shows and films are often used. The resulting showcase is an opportunity to demonstrate to family and friends what was learned during the week.
  • PERFORMANCE classes are more about the experience of preparing for a show.  Focus is not solely on specific skills, but on the overall understanding of what it takes to put on a performance.   Due to time restraints in classes, participants perform certain scenes and songs rather than a full-length show. Students often share roles.  There are usually a few roles that are very popular. By sharing, more students are able to experience the role they are interested in performing. Additionally, class members learn from each other when observing another student portraying the same role.
  • YOUTH ENSEMBLE is an audition-only group of the best and the brightest talent in the area.  Although Youth Ensemble is also educational in nature, roles are not shared, and are not equal in size (although we do have all participants on the stage as much as possible).  Our TECHNIQUE and PERFORMANCE classes prepare individuals to audition and perform in our Youth Ensemble.

What do I need to do for an audition?
In PERFORMANCE classes, everyone gets a part! Roles are assigned during the first rehearsal. For these classes, auditions consist of reading in character from the script. Musicals require singing a short song, preferably a show tune. Casting is based on ability and audition technique. Everyone gets a part, and most roles are equal in size. We challenge each student to fulfill their potential, but do not want to put a participant in a situation they are not ready to handle. If a students does not get the part they wanted, we encourage them to take our advantage of our TECHNIQUE classes to improve skills. We insure each individual has an equal opportunity. What is done with that opportunity is up to each student.

The YOUTH ENSEMBLE has different requirements. Youth Ensemble is an exclusive, audition-only program for the best and the brightest young talent. This is quality theatre by and for young people.

Participants are responsible for memorizing lines, music and choreography, and learn the craft of theater through the process of preparing for live performances.

Youth Ensemble musicals are produced, directed and performed on the Mainstage in the same manner as our professional theatre productions.

Auditions for Youth Ensemble productions will be posted on our website at the Audition Page

  • Bring a headshot and a resume
  • Dance training is helpful, but not necessary; all will be taught a dance routine
  • Prepare a 1-minute monologue
  • Prepare 16 bars of a song that best displays your talent
  • Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided
  • You may be asked to do a cold reading from the script

Dancing and singing are not required for plays.

How are Youth Ensemble roles cast?
Not everyone that auditions for Youth Ensemble will be cast. Casting will be determined based on ability, training, experience and audition technique. If you have never performed in one of our Youth Ensemble shows, or did not get the part you wanted, we encourage you to take advantage of one of our Performing Arts Academy classes such as Singing Technique, Auditions, or Improv. These classes will prepare you for future auditions and improve your chances of landing the part of your dreams!

Can I audit the class?
Everyone is welcome to audit one class. Contact us to arrange an audit. Better yet, come to see our FREE showcases.

What do I wear to class?
Dress comfortably in casual clothes. Ladies: please avoid skirts and dresses and heels as these can inhibit movement. Sneakers or casual shoes are fine. We ask that you do not wear flip flops, clogs or open toes shoes for safety reasons, plus they are very difficult to dance in! Dance, Movement and Fight classes require clothing that stretches. Jazz shoes or ballet shoes should be worn. Always bring a sweater or sweatshirt.

What should I bring to class?
Always bring a personal bottle of water labeled with the student's name in a plastic container. Students typically take a short break halfway through the class. Kids are encouraged to bring a snack (grapes, carrots, fruit snacks, Goldfish, popcorn--please, nothing crumbly, messy or sticky). DO NOT BRING SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS. Bottled water and snacks are available at Thieves' Market on Bourbon Street. We also ask that students old enough to write bring paper and an pen or pencil for notes.

For students in a camp or all-day workshop, please also bring a bag lunch, several drinks and snacks. Lunch may also be purchased at the Terrace Cafe in the resort. There is always adult supervision during lunch hours.

Can I stay with my child during class?
We ask that parents do not stay in the classroom. The students find this distracting.  Each session ends with a performance or showcase that parents, families and friends are encouraged to attend.

What if my child doesn't like the class?
We know how kids react sometimes when they are first exposed to something new. We suggest that you talk to the teacher to get feedback and/or to help your child to feel more at ease. If your child is still feeling uncomfortable, we will do our best to find a new fit. Please note: Once registration is processed, no refunds will be issued for any reason unless the class is cancelled by FVR.  There are costs associated with processing enrollments and payments.  As a not-for-profit organization, we are unable to absorb these losses.

Can I take pictures and video tape the performances?
Parents are welcome to take photos and videotape showcases and performance classes. Photos and videotaping of Youth Ensemble shows are strictly prohibited due to copyright laws. Fox Valley Repertory may use any photograph and video taken of students and families for promotional purposes.

Do I need to buy tickets for showcases and performances?
There is no charge for showcases and performances for classes. We do suggest a $5 donation per person to fund FVR scholarships for underprivileged children in the area. Youth Ensemble performances are treated as any other professional show at Fox Valley Repertory. Tickets can be purchases at the Pheasant Run Box Office, or by calling 630-584-6342.  Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.

Policies

  • Tuition payment in full is required prior to the first class.
  • Payment may be made by cash, check or online via PayPal. Do not mail cash.
  • Registration forms may be mailed with a check only (no cash or credit cards) made payable to Fox Valley Repertory.
  • Forms will be processed at the end of the business day on which they are received.
  • Registration is not confirmed until payment in full is received.
  • The administrative staff will contact you if the class is full. You may choose to be put on a waiting list. If a space becomes available the administrative staff will contact you. You may also select another class.
  • No refunds are given unless a class session is canceled by FVRPAA, or the class of your choice is full.
  • There is a $25 fee for all returned checks.

There are many popular classes and they do fill up quickly. It is always a good idea to have a 2nd choice if your 1st class of choice is full.

Attendance Policy
Students are encouraged and expected to attend class regularly. Due to the structure of the classes there are no make-up lessons. Students are expected to practice their lesson material outside of class. This is imperative for progress to occur.  No refunds will be issued for missed classes.

Substitutes
We are proud to have professional faculty who are still appearing and performing with some of the most respected ensembles in their respective fields. Occasionally their professional duties take them away from our classrooms. When teachers are performing, qualified substitutes are hired.  We appreciate your understanding.

Cancellations/Withdrawals/Refunds
We regret that no refunds can be given unless the class is canceled by Fox Valley Repertory. In the event you are unable to attend a class session, fees paid will be transferred to a future class session of your choice. 

No refunds or credits will be given for individual missed classes.  Please be sure to mark your calendar with class dates.  We are unable to issue refunds due to forgotten classes or changes in personal schedules.

Please note that refunds take up to two weeks to process.  If refund is via company check please allow several days additional for mailing.  To follow up on a refund please contact the Administrative Office at 630-443-0438 and ask for Accounts Payable.

Low Enrollments
Most classes have a minimum of 6 enrollments.  You will be notified approximately one week in advance by email if the class in which you enrolled does not meet the minimum. We usually have many last minute enrollments, therefore we will make the decision on whether to cancel the class the day before the start date.  You will be notified either way by email.  If your class is cancelled, you have the option of switching to another class or we will issue a refund.

Attire

Dance and Movement

  • Wear t-shirts and pants that allow for movement.
  • All students must wear appropriate closed-toed shoes: jazz shoes or ballet slippers.
  • Hair should be securely fastened away from face.
  • No jewelry in class.
  • No gum chewing in class.
  • Always bring a sweater or sweatshirt.

Theatre and Music

  • All students should wear clothes that allow for movement.
  • Students should have their hair pulled back off their face.
  • Closed toe shoes only.
  • Dance shoes (ballet, jazz) are preferred.  No clogs or flip flops.
  • Please, no skirts or dresses.
  • No gum chewing in class.
  • Always bring a sweater or sweatshirt.

Behind the Scenes

  • Students should wear comfortable clothing that can be easily washed.
  • Closed toed shoes only.  Sneakers preferred.
  • Always bring a sweater or sweatshirt.

Materials

  • All students are expected to arrive on time and come prepared for all classes.
  • Students must come with the appropriate equipment (music, script, paper, pencil) and be ready to work.
  • Due to the nature of some classes, you may be asked to supply props, costumes, etc. You will get sufficient notice from the instructor if this is necessary. 

Instructors

Robyn BergRobyn Berg
Teaching Artist

Robyn is thrilled to be working with the Performing Arts Academy at Fox Valley Rep! Robyn has roamed the country acting, directing and teaching for the last 20 years. Favorites teaching artist experiences include Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Kids on Stage, Franklin School of Performing Arts, Nashville Shakespeare Festival in TN; IDEAS Drama, Marquis Studios and Stages on the Sound in NY; the Eileen Boevers Performing Arts Workshop at Appletree Theatre, Greenlight Performing Company, Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop and Aurora Arts Alliance in IL; Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in MI and Ballibay Performing Arts Camp in PA.

Additionally, Robyn is also a college theatre professor, currently teaching at Elgin Community College and Moraine Valley Community College. Prior to coming back to her Chicagoland home at the end of 2014, she also taught at Lipscomb University, Belmont University and Volunteer State Community College in TN.

Robyn also loves directing theatre with children. Recent credits include The Aristocrats and The Jungle Book for TPAC; Willy Wonka for The Aracoma Story in WV, Once Upon a Mattress and The Curious Savage for Lipscomb Academy in TN, Dracula for Sullivan High School/Pegasus Players in Chicago and an ensemble created, original production entitled Hamlite: Half the Length, Half the Verse, Double the Laughs for Windsor Mountain in NH. She and 13 international teens toured this show as The New England Traveling Minstrels, playing venues such as Boston's Faneuil Hall and at The Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont.

Favorite acting credits include Julius Caesar with Nashville Shakespeare Festival (with former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George in the title role), Amadeus (opposite Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli) and Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, A Christmas Carol, Night of the Living Dead and Alice in Wonderland at The Hippodrome Theatre of FL, 100 Saints You Should Know and Sailor's Song with Actor's Bridge Ensemble, The Merchant of Venice with Tinfish Theatre and the title role in Cinderella with Chicago Kids Company.

Robyn holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida and a BA in Theatre Performance and Radio/Television Communications from Bradley University. More information on Robyn's acting, directing and teaching can be found at robynberg.com.

Colin Bokowy

Colin Bokowy
Teaching Artist

Colin Bokowy is a performer recognized throughout the state of Illinois. Being deemed one of the top twelve males in the state to participate in the annual "Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards" is definitely one of Colin's most prized accomplishments. He has been seen in multiple theatrical productions throughout the Northwest suburbs and has been playing piano and studying classical, theatrical and contemporary voice for over 10 years. He has also studied acting, dance and trained in New York City under the instruction of many Broadway actors/actresses. Colin's most recent credits include: Roger in RENT (EST) , Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical (FVTC), Bobby Strong in Urinetown (HDJ), The Beast in Beauty and The Beast (HDJ) & Billy Bigelow in Carousel (HDJ) Colin feels privileged to have worked under the direction of Tracy Whiteside and would like to thank her for everything she has taught him, and now he cannot wait to deliver all of these useful tools through his very own teaching.

Ryan Colton Ryan Colton
Teaching Artist, Director

After receiving a double BA in Performing Arts and Secondary English Education, Ryan has taught Drama and English at St. Charles North High School during the last 11 years.  At St. Charles North, he has directed over 20 productions including My Fair Lady, Death of a Salesman, Noises Off,  and A Midsummer Night's Dream, while also sponsoring many student activities including Drama Club, Speech Team, Student Directed One-Acts, and Peer Leadership. Currently, Ryan is a member of the Fox Valley Repertory's Education Committee and is very excited to play a role in their Performing Arts Academy.

Kyle DonahueKyle Donahue
Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Teaching Artist for Voice

Kyle Donahue has performed around the world on regional theatre, theme park and cruise ship stages, and was most recently seen performing at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook. Previous Music Directing credits include Dames at Sea, Grease, and The Secret Garden, where he also served as the Director and Choreographer. Previous Choreography credits include 42nd Street, The Sound of Music, and Oklahoma! Performance credits include Stage Left Theatre, New American Theater, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Broadway Dinner Theatre, The Barn Theatre, Cedar Point Theme Park, The Shawnee Playhouse, The Round Barn Theatre, and a lead vocalist aboard a Regent Seven Seas world cruise.

Kyle has danced professionally with the Without Shoes Modern Dance Company, studied in NYC at Alvin Ailey and the Broadway Dance Center, and teaches voice and dance locally at State Street Dance, DancEncounter, Rockford College, Rising Star, and M & M Dance. He is an accomplished vocal teacher and coach, and he is the Performing Arts Supervisor at the Fox Valley Park District in Aurora. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Rockford College.  KyleAndJulie.com

Carol Rose

Carol Rose Durkin
Teaching Artist, Actor

You may remember her from Sisters of Swing where she played the eldest of the Andrews Sisters, Laverne. Or the previous summer when she played Millie in Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Other Chicago credits include the non-equity premier of Tomorrow Morning at the Towle Theatre, Marty in the Jeff Award Winning production of The Original Grease at American Theatre Company. Professional regional companies include Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Circle Theatre, American Theatre Company, St. Louis Shakespeare, The St. Louis Muny, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Carol is a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a BFA in Music Theatre.

John GwalikJohn Gawlik
Artistic Director, Director, Actor, Teaching Artist
Fox Valley Repertory

John Gawlik grew up in the western suburbs and is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep and Marquette University. An AEA actor and director, John has appeared with or helmed productions for many Chicago companies. In 2010 he complete a 14 week run of Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West with The Gift Theatre, where is an ensemble member. Recently John directed Around the World in 80 Days and Red Herring for Fox Valley Repertory in St. Charles where he is in his sixth year as Artistic Director. Additional directing credits include The Ruby Sunrise for The Gift Theatre Company which was named one of the Top Ten shows of 2009 by TimeOut Chicago Magazine and was remounted in July, 2010 at Theater on the Lake, Dated: A Cautionary Tale for Facebook Users for Collaboraction's Sketchbook Festival (Festival Best Director) and the Jeff Award winning production of The Good Thief. As an actor, some of John favorite shows include Beauty Queen of Lennane with the Gift Theatre, A Skull in Connemara at Northlight (After Dark Award, Ensemble), The Great Society with Famous Door and The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild with Collaboraction (Jeff Award for Ensemble).

Laurie Hamilton
Teaching Artist, Shirley Hamilton Talent Director of Print

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Laurie Hamilton has been representing talent at Shirley Hamilton Inc. since 1990. Shirley Hamilton's Agency has been representing talent in Print, TV, Film, Commercials, Industrials, Theatre, Voice-overs, and Live Events since 1962. Laurie works with her Print clients to cast the perfect talent. Since joining the agency, Laurie has shepherded the Children's Division in both print and on camera. Before switching to a career in Talent representation, Laurie was an editorial artist at two Chicago newspapers, a freelance illustrator in New York and Washington D.C., and an Art Director in an advertising agency in New Orleans. Laurie studied fine art at the University of Vienna, Austria; fashion illustration at The Art Institute of Chicago and Paris. She received her degree in advertising and editorial art at the University of Kansas. She continues teaching in the industry and illustrating children's books.

Becca Kights-McCrackenBecca Knights-McCracken
Casting Director, Teaching Artist

Becca McCraken became a permanent member of the Simon Casting Family in 2005 when hired on to assist with "Prison Break." She has worked hard to develop her career in casting and is recognized for her unique eye for talent. Becca has worked to cast shows for many theatres including Apollo, Broadway In Chicago, Fox Valley Rep, Indiana Rep, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Rep, Provision, Royal George, Silk Road, and Writers. She also works as associate for TV and Film - most recently with Warner Brother's "Contagion," ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7" and Fox's "The Chicago Code." Becca has also been a part of many television pilots and film searches as well as countless commercial casting. She is a member of the Joseph Jefferson Committee and is committed to knowing the Chicago talent pool. She takes pride in presenting opportunities for the remarkable theatre community that thrives in this city. She is thankful to have found her home with the most fabulous ladies in the city and grateful to her fearless leader Claire. simoncasting.com   

Melody KuphalMelody Kuphal
Music Director, Teaching Artist

After music directing “Into the Woods” with FVR, Melody is thrilled be a part of this summer’s staff. She has been a part of directing teams as music director, choreographer and show director with Christian Youth Theater, Westfield Community School, D300 Foundation, Cornerstone, and Light of Christ Lutheran Church in addition to FVR. Some of her favorite directing team experiences have included “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Seussical”, “Scrooge,” “Cinderella,” and “Mulan.”

Additionally, Melody has been directing church music programs for over a decade. This summer she can be found performing with her band LIFT www.LIFT3.net as well as in the recording studio working on her solo albums melodysmusic.com. Melody graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education with a minor in vocal music and her Master’s in Educational Administration from NIU. She spent time teaching in elementary, middle school and high school programs in the Fox Valley. Her varied experiences maker her uniquely qualified to work with a variety of children and students in musical theater.

Jim McCaffrey
Teaching Artist, Stewart Talent Agent

http://www.stewarttalent.com
Jim McCaffrey has been an agent for the past three years at Stewart Talent, the premier agency in the Midwest, representing actors for film, TV, theatre, and commercials. His clients can be seen on TV in NBC's Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Fox's Empire, Showtime's Fargo, USA's Sirens, and much more, in addition to countless national commercials, Broadway plays and musicals, feature films, and major regional stages across the country. Prior to working as an agent, he worked in the casting department of the Goodman Theatre, and as a professional stage manager and actor in New York and internationally. Jim is a graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, and holds a BA in Theatre with a minor in Business Administration.

Matt Miller Matt Miller
Director, Casting Director, Teaching Artist

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Kim G MorrisKimberly G. Morris      
Teaching Artist for Costume, Wigs, Makeup, Props, Puppets and Special Effects Designer

Kimberly has designed for numerous venues around the country such as the Fox Valley Repertory, Shedd Aquarium, Stage Left Theatre, The Gift, Adler Planetarium, Lifeline Theatre, The Griffin Theater, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, American Shakespeare Center (VA), Heritage Repertory Theatre (VA), Theatre West Virginia (WV), Denison University (OH), Virginia Commonwealth University (VA), and Tecumseh! (OH). Prior teaching includes costume and makeup classes at the University of Virginia, Ball State University, and several high schools in Chicagoland and Charlottesville, VA. She also runs the prop and costumes shop for Niles West High School theatre department, where she teaches students the basics of costume and prop design, and construction. cymeburleah.com

John Wesley Norton
Teaching Artist, Producer/Writer/Director

Norton joined the U.S. Army when he was 18. He wanted to make movies but the Army said he had to drive trucks and fuel tanks instead. So after his enlistment was up he attended Southern Illinois University where he wanted to make movies but the program was full and quite expensive. So he studied Acting & Directing for the stage, which was available and much cheaper. After college he moved to Chicago to make movies. He put it on hold when he met his wife Karen and raised his family. Now his kids are mostly grown. Now he makes movies. http://www.boomstickfilms.com/latestnews.html

Richard Oberbruner

Richard Oberbruner
Teaching Artist, Improv

Richard is a graduate of The Second City Theater Training Center and is currently performing at the brand new Westside Improv in downtown Wheaton. As an improv instructor, Richard loves to bring out the natural talents in each of his students. Recently, he co-coached a Destination Imagination team from Yorkville to the Illinois state finals. Richard is equally proud of his 10 year affiliation with Operation Snowball and the Illinois Teen Institute for whom he leads improv workshops that promote healthy life choices. He is also the improv instructor for MWAH! (Messages Which Are Hopeful!) a teen performance troupe that performs at junior high and high schools throughout Illinois. Richard has also facilitated anti-drug and alcohol improv workshops at the annual Quad Cities Youth Conference where 900 students from Illinois and Iowa attend. Richard has an equally impressive improv history with adults via ROI: Richard Oberbruner Improv. ROI brings teambuilding workshops to for-profit companies and non-profit organizations. Find him on Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/richardimprov Richard also has a BA in English & Writing from the University of Wisconsin.

Jeffrey Poindexter
Teaching Artist, Music Director and Pianist

Jeff has served as music director/keyboardist for Forever Plaid, Nunsense, Sisters of Swing (Fox Valley Repertory), Legally Blonde (Big Noise Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Nebula), Scrooge: the Musical (Steel Beam Theatre). As a keyboardist, he has played for Altar Boyz, Christmas on Broadway (Fox Valley Repertory), Hang Your Hat at Mr. Kelly's (Three Cat Productions), Pajama Game (Music on Stage). Jeffrey earned a master's degree in jazz piano from DePaul University.

Bill Russell
Teaching Artist, Improviser/Voice-Overs/On-Camera Talent

Bill Russell is an actor, teacher and director with over 30 years of experience in Chicago theater. He is currently on staff at The Comedy Shrine theater in Aurora, teaches for the do-over.me organization and coaches area students participating in the "Destination Imagination" scholastic competition. He began his career appearing in Second City's Children's Show before joining the ImprovOlympics (now iO Theater) where he worked with legendary improv guru Del Close as a member of the Barons Barracudas house troupe and as an ensemble member of Close's hit show "Honor Finnegan vs. the Brain of the Galaxy." He has acted with many theater companies including Interplay Theater and Victory Gardens Theater, and has appeared in numerous TV commercials and shows, including two appearances on the ABC-TV show "America's Funniest People." He has also served as a member of the theater ministry at Community Christian Church in Naperville as an actor, teacher, writer and director, and co-founded CCC's improv troupe "CSI Yellow Box," with which he still performs.

Debra StombresDebra Stombres
Music Director, Teaching Artist for Voice and Piano

Debra is a bronze tablet scholar graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Music in Applied Flute, with minors in piano and voice, after having been chosen for a full scholarship entitled, “Outstanding Young Women in Music.” She was Miss Illinois in 1978 and received a talent award in the Miss America pageant. She has been teaching private piano and flute instruction for almost 30 years. Her varied experience includes conducting several church choirs, leading worship times at conferences, playing flute and/or synth in area pit orchestras, traveling nationally as a keyboard player in a band for almost seven years, and directing vocals for numerous musicals. She has directed youth show choirs and adult flute choirs. She is a six-time winner of a seat in the National Flute Association’s annual flute choir, and currently plays principal flute for the Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra in Aurora. She also holds two Master’s Degrees and currently manages the Eola Road Branch of the Aurora Public Library.  

John TovarJohn Tovar, SAFD
Fight Choreographer, Teaching Artist

John has choreographed violence for numerous productions at Fox Valley Repertory, along with choreographing for theater companies such as The Gift Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Route 66 Theatre Co., Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, and Wheaton Drama among many others. John has taught stage combat at universities around the Midwest and at the National Stage Combat Workshop in North Carolina. Currently, he is on faculty at College of DuPage where he teaches stage combat and theatrical movement.

John is a Jeff-nominated Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, where he is currently serving as their Vice-President. He is also the Executive Director of MACE (Movement and Combat Education), a not-for-profit organization that runs the largest stage combat workshop in the world, the Winter Wonderland Workshop.
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Tracy WhitesideTracy Whiteside
Education Manager, Teaching Artist
Performing Arts Academy at Fox Valley Repertory

Tracy has been in the entertainment industry and fashion business for over 20 years. Tracy opened Glow Talent, a Modeling and Acting School and Agency in New Jersey. During this time, Tracy was a licensed talent agent and taught workshops for ages 4 to 64 in modeling, acting, singing, make-up, fashion, image and self-improvement. Her actors and singers have been on Broadway, in films, on TV and in commercials. Her students have appeared on MTV, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street and The O.C., among others. The countless TV commercial credits include Tide, Coke and Chucky Cheese. Her students have been seen in the films "The Stepford Wives", "The Interpreter", "Loverboy", and "Hitch." In addition to actors, Tracy has trained Elite, Wilhelmina and Ford models. Print model students have been seen in Seventeen, Fitness, Teen Vogue, People, TV Guide and Cosmopolitan. Her models have walked on the runways in New York, Paris, and Milan. In the Chicago area, Tracy served on the Board of Directors for First Street Playhouse and teaches performing arts classes at Elgin Community College. At Fox Valley Repertory, Tracy teaches theatre classes to all ages as well as manages the Education Department. She has directed "Oliver!" and "Godspell" for the FVR Youth Ensemble, and is a proud member of the St. Charles Arts Council.

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Testimonials and Success Stories

Congratulations to Spring 2015 Master Class Student Kevin Bodee! His participation in this advanced Master Class Workshop introduced him to top Chicago talent agents - and because of this, we're lucky to report that he has been exclusively signed with Shirley Hamilton Inc:
"Kevin Bodee came in this morning to read fo rour on-camera/theatrical agents. He was AWESOME! They LOVED him."

-Laurie Hamilton of Shirley Hamilton Talent

The students at Fox Valley Rep Academy are a joy to watch onstage. They are taught to embrace and foster their unique talents. Fox Valley Rep is a great place to grow and learn.
-Laura Durham of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

The students at Fox Valley Rep Academy have a lot of talent, a lot of smarts, but most of all - lots of heart.
-Jim McCaffrey of Stewart Talent

The instructors of the Spring 2015 Master Class were wonderful -- so good with the kids, very open to sharing experiences and answering all questions, and very impressive as professional with experience. You did an excellent job finding the instructors, organizing the class, following up with all the parents! I will be recommending this class to everyone!! It was so worth the 1 hour drive from Plainfield to St. Charles!"

-Melanie Pusateri, Parent

I wanted to send a general "thank you" for offering the Teen Master Class Workshop and choosing these specific professionals! Haley has learned so much and feels ready to WORK. They have been a valuable connection for Haley's future in the industry, and we met all because of this class. Thank you!"

-Heather Hughes, Parent

Congratulations to former FVR Academy student and "Cheaper by the Dozen" actor Grace Etzkorn for being chosen as one of the finalists for the 2015 Illinois High School Musical Theater Award at Broadway in Chicago!


"Thank you for providing our kids with an opportunity to participate in a team activity that builds self-confidence and encourages creativity. You are teaching these kids how to speak in public, how to be persuasive in their communication and how to have a positive self-image. During the 4 years that Meghan has been taking classes at FVR, I have watched kids with speech impediments and learning disabilities get up in front of an audience and deliver their lines with incredible confidence that they couldn't get anywhere else. A sport team would not provide this type of skill or confidence. This year for Meghan's First Communion she had to do a reading. Imagine my surprise and pride when she stood in front of a congregation of over 300 people and from memory recited her reading loudly and clearly. This ability and confidence she learned in your class and are skills she will use her whole life. I also appreciate how hard you work at giving each kid an opportunity to shine. When people ask me why I chose FVR for Meghan, that is one of my top reasons. Thank you!"

-Kim Monroe, Parent

“I was very impressed with both the top notch facilities at Noble Fool Theatricals and the caliber of the students in their education program; I will be contacting many of these talented students for auditions in the near future after seeing their work here.”

-Matt Miller, Casting Director,
Tenner Paskal & Rudnicke Casting, Chicago

"The students at Fox Valley Rep all came very prepared for my monologue workshop. They were attentive and took direction well. I hope to teach there again soon."

-Michael McCracken, Talent Agent,
Shirley Hamilton Talent Representation

“I am impressed with the level of interest and ambition among the teens involved with Fox Valley Rep’s Master Class. Seeing such excitement and dedication in their young careers felt very encouraging to know that they will be the future stars of our Chicago Theatre scene!”

-Becca Knights, Casting Director Claire Simon Casting

"Fox Valley Rep prepares their youth performers for success by providing opportunities for them to grow. Everyone we saw was well-trained, confident, and comfortable on stage!"

-Laura Durham, Casting Coordinator
Two Birds Casting and Red Tape Theatre

"Fox Valley Repertory has become a second home to Nathan. FVR has provided an encouraging and educational place for him to develop his performance skills while cultivating a talented and confident individual."

-Brenna Castagna
Parent of Nathan Castagna, 'Cheaper By the Dozen' actor and FVR Arts Academy Regular

"[FVR Arts Academy is beneficial to my child because] it helps to build her self-esteem. She is developing friendships. And it is helping with her love of theatre. [Fox Valley Rep is] fantastic, everyone's friendly and all the kids are involved in the play."

-JoAnn Bennet
Parent of Aladdin Jr. Cast Member

"Going into the show, I wasn't sure how it was all going to go, I wasn't sure if anybody would like me, I wasn't sure if I was going to live up to the expectations. [But now] I feel as if I have grown in my knowledge of theatre. I have also gained quite a few new friends along the way and I'm so grateful for that. This has really been a great learning experience for me and I know I am going to continue with theatre."

-Lilliana Andujar
Jasmine in Fox Valley Rep Youth Ensemble's "Aladdin Jr 2014"

"I just wanted to let you know that Casey (NFT student) shot her first commercial last Thursday. The client was Big Lot and it is supposed to start airing on national TV over memorial day weekend. She was so excited."

- Kelly Watson

"Mady will be part of the ensemble (Elves) in Broadway in Chicago's 'RUDOLPH.' Mady's thrilled!! Thanks again to you and FVR for creating an event that provides local talent a chance to get some face time in front of casting agents."

- Marcy Simanonis

"Hello Tracy, As you know, Jessica took your audition class in October of 07'. She thoroughly enjoyed the class and learned a lot in the process. I am writing to you with good news. Jessica was recently cast as Josephina in the American Girl Revue at the American Girl Theatre downtown. This is a professional paid position. After being cast I couldn't help thinking of Noble Fool's audition class and how helpful it was. Just wanted to drop this note to say thank you."

- Heidi Blakely

"The PAA tots class gave my son a great start in learning to listen to a teacher, the importance of practicing and the courage to stand up in front of a crowd of people."

-Amy Calhoun

"Eva has really enjoyed the classes she has take at FVR. She really looks forward to her class on Sunday. I really like the set up of your classes, 6 weeks at a time. We have looked into other acting programs closer to our house, but really like the set up of FVR. Thank you for all you do to provide such wonderful programs for children."

-Tiffany Brackmann

"My granddaughter was part of the fantastic High School Musical 2 performance last night. I want to sincerely thank you for all of the hard work you do to help these budding stars “find themselves” and their true talents. The performance was “no frills”, but extremely sincere. I appreciate the fact that the children were not immersed in costumes and scenery, but instead left to be relaxed and have fun. They all seemed to get along and support each other, which, in itself, is remarkable. Please keep doing what you are doing to help children learn confidence and poise as they enter life with its many uncertainties."

-Berny Hebard

"Hi Tracy, I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all that you do. Thank you for putting together such wildly entertaining productions. But most of all, thank you for being such a wonderful mentor and friend to all of the children and teenagers who pass through Noble Fool. Words can't fully express what a hugely positive impact you have made on Kayleigh's life and theatre experience. She loves you dearly and trusts you implicitly. You are wonderful at what you do, and we very much appreciate everything."

-Karen Aleck

"I thought I'd let you know that Natalie has begun her freshman year at University of Miami as a BFA Performance major. She is thriving! Thank you your role in helping her successfully find her way into a highly regarded, competitive acting program. Her time with Fox Valley Rep was invaluable."

-Cheryl Hilvert

"Mady will be part of the ensemble (Elves) in Broadway in Chicago's 'RUDOLPH.' Mady's thrilled!! Thanks again to you and FVR for creating an event that provides local talent a chance to get some face time in front of casting agents."

- Marcy Simanonis

"Hello Tracy, As you know, Jessica took your audition class in October of 07'. She thoroughly enjoyed the class and learned a lot in the process. I am writing to you with good news. Jessica was recently cast as Josephina in the American Girl Revue at the American Girl Theatre downtown. This is a professional paid position. After being cast I couldn't help thinking of Noble Fool's audition class and how helpful it was. Just wanted to drop this note to say thank you."

- Heidi Blakely

"It was really a good experience for Maddie. She has gained so much confidence by doing this; it is just amazing. You are an excellent teacher. You have made learning fun for her. And our 4 year old, Drew, knew all the words and actions, and was smiling during the performance. He was so proud of himself at the end; it was just so much fun to see how well he did. You have a great program for all ages. It has been a great confidence builder for both children."

-Barbara Springer

"Hi Tracy: Jordan really enjoyed HSM2 this past summer. Thank you again for your kindness and reaching out to Jordan. I am sure he will be looking at Noble Fool again this summer as he was very grateful for the opportunity. I have grown to appreciate the arts and all that it offers our young people. And thanks to great directors like yourself that have a real gift for working with youth; it just keeps getting bigger and better! Noble Fool (and we as parents) are fortunate to have you in our midst and thank you for all that you do!"

-Jeff Graber

"Just wanted to thank you for all you did for the girls in Cinderella. Isabella really loved being part of the show and the group of girls were all so wonderful. Everyone we know is so impressed with your program and many of our friends and neighbors are interested in classes for their kids. Thanks again for helping Isabella."

-Shannon Ford

"It is a great experience and gives them confidence to stand up in front of people and to love music, stories and expression."

-Susan Keldani

"Lily TRULY just LOVES attending the classes at Noble Fool. She looks forward to each one she does and learns EVERY line and EVERY song the first day! We all sing the songs at the dinner table while the CD plays. We DEFINITELY will be signing her up for classes in the future (as well as her little sister who is dying to take classes too!). Thank you for being such a wonderful instructor to her and all the children!"

-Sara Karlson

"Thanks for all of your efforts. The little pep talk you gave the kids the week before the show really paid off and helped get the kids motivated. I too thought they did a great job and really came through. I know Nika had a very positive experience and that is key for her to continue to build some confidence - so thank you!"

-Dianne Akers

"My husband and I want to thank you for selecting Delaney for the part of Marion in the Music Man. She is very shy and somewhat soft spoken (except for around the house!). Her solo singing part w/a good size speaking part was a leap of faith. We went to a family party yesterday and she was telling everyone what she did...she was beaming! I asked if it's something she wants to do again and she said yes...I'm so glad. What you do is so great...building confidence and self assurance is so special...a gift for a lifetime..."

-Donna Roberton

"Thanks, again, for providing a great experience for Amanda at the "Aida" summer camp. She truly enjoyed the week, and grew in many ways including self-confidence and theatre skills. The extra support and encouragement you gave her were appreciated by her, my husband and me."

-Sue Beckman

"I once again want to say THANK YOU! Maddy had such a wonderful time in your class and being back on stage under your direction! The CAST did a wonderful job in such a short time, and the improvements I heard from just Saturday to Sunday were AWESOME! You did an amazing job preparing them for the show. Just wanted to share the "warm fuzzy" feeling we had at the conclusion of Music Man; the memory & experience will last Maddy's lifetime! Thanks SOOOO much!"

-Missy & Maddy Donatelli

"From the script to the direction, you do such a great job of putting the kids in position to succeed and have fun. I also love how all the staff treats them like actors, not children."

-Wade Joyner

"The show was fantastic! It's always amazing to me how you can take so many different kids and in such a short time pull everything together into a well crafted performance. Brava! Thanks once again for your time, patience and effort with the kids. You are not only teaching them a craft, but you are also giving them the gift of self confidence. It has been a wonderful experience for my daughter. I can't wait for the next show! Thanks."

-Laura Tubridy

"Thanks for making my daughter's 1st musical such a positive experience. She will be back."

-Traci Taylor

"Thank you for all of your patience and hard work. It's not easy organizing a cast that is entirely made up of children! Jenny has been very excited and happy to be a part of Oliver. Thank you for giving her this wonderful opportunity!"

-Kristi Fuentz

"I’m glad to see John all excited about the Oliver performances...it is a fun and exciting time for the children. Thank you for working so hard on this!"

-Steven Lemon

"Thank you for all you're doing to provide children with an exceptional opportunity to learn and grow through your programs. My daughter is looking forward to taking additional classes this spring and summer."

-Renee Heitman

“The student performers and their songs from Footloose were a great way to end our Charlemagne dinner! Thank you so much for working with us to put together the entertainment!”

-Lori Hewitt, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce

“Allison loves doing shows and she really enjoyed being a part of Footloose!!! Even though it was her first Noble Fool show, the directors and cast made her feel very comfortable and immediately she felt part of the group - it was a great experience. She is looking forward to going out for future Noble Fool shows and is already enjoying the Singing Hairspray class. Thanks.”

-Denise Slattery

"Thank you! Thank you! I have been AMAZED at how fabulous your camps and classes have been; my daughter Maddy seems to grow leaps and bounds after each one. Thank YOU, your staff and INSTRUCTORS for your time and talent!"

-Missy Donatelli

"Tracy: Thanks for the good work you do and your patience and dedication to all the kids. I believe the Oz and Joseph classes and performances have greatly strengthened Amanda's self-confidence and ability to communicate well for her age, but even more important to her is you made it fun and she really enjoyed it."

-Scott Spencer

"Just a quick thanks for giving Mike such a wonderful experience in the 'Joseph' show. It really was a treat watching him and all the kids 'grow' into their part and just love the performance."

-Deb Anderson

“I just cannot begin to tell you how much Maggie enjoyed your summer camp program! Everyday her excitement grew...now I know why! What you were able to accomplish with these kids in one short week simply astounds me! Thank you once again for everything! Your love for the theatre and children came shining through for all to see!”

- Patti Molloy

“I wanted to let you know that my daughter had her first experience with Noble Fool this summer and we could not have been more thrilled. The entire experience was wonderful. Her instructor, Tracy, was outstanding and the guest coaches were fantastic as well. Keep up the good work, we look forward to working with your organization again in the future. It's teachers like you who inspire children to greatness.”

- Laura Tubridy

“Thank you so much for giving Gianna and Gabriella a wonderful experience last week! They learned so much from you and best of all, had a lot of fun. What a good feeling I had dropping them off each day knowing that they were stimulated, having fun and learning about theatre- the one thing the girls can agree on! (I got no complaints about getting up earlier than usual.) Tracy- I admire what you were able to do with the entire group in such a short time. My girls left with information, confidence and new friendships. What more could a mother ask for?”

- Gina Marzetta

“I can not even tell you how excited McKenzie is- we are so glad we heard about you! Thanks for everything!"

- Jen Bell

"I just wanted to thank you again, Tracy, for all of your work with the kids. This was Ceci's first experience in a theater performance and she told me last night she wanted to do it again and again and again! She really enjoyed it. You will see us again in the spring. Thanks so much!"

-Claudette Yasell

"Thank you so much for such a fun experience once again! Your talent for directing amazes me! It was really fun playing the role of Igor!!!! Once Again, thanks so much! I'm looking forward to the auditions of Oliver!"

-Jordan Graber

"This was a terrific experience for my daughter. I can't tell you how excited Paige was to attend classes on Saturdays and be a part of the program. She really amazed her dad and I with her (ok, we're a bit biased...) talent on stage, because she's rather shy around adults. So I say thank you for all of your patience while sharing your time and talents with her. It was a wonderful performance!"

-Annie Romero

"Thanks so much for all your hard work- Kenzie had so much fun and has not stopped talking about how much she loved being part of the play- you'll probably inherit the other Bell as well :) Thanks again!"

-The Bells

"Isabelle had a great time at your class and we hope to be a part of the spring classes. She really learned a lot and I see how things she’s learned in class come through in everyday life. So thank you. She was the star of the week at school this week, so on Monday she brought in her program and sang the “If I Only” song for her class doing all of her lion moves. The kindergarten class was in awe. And now she gets Wizard of Oz song requests on the bus. So she has become the singer for all of the kids. And she loves it. Thanks again Tracy!"

-Jen Loomos

"Thank you so much for making Riley's introduction to acting so much fun!! She has never done anything like this. Thanks to your fun, supportive style, it was a wonderful experience. She really enjoyed it. We appreciate all of your patience and dedication to the kids. Hope to see you in a future production!"

-Lynn Christensen

FVR Performing Arts Academy Scholarships

Scholarships are available for families in need. Applications are available online or, if a hard copy is preferred, an application can be picked up at the administrative office. Applications must be filled out completely and include proof of financial need. Tax forms, bank statements or paycheck stubs are all acceptable forms of financial proof. All application materials must be turned in at least 10 days before the start of the chosen session. Scholarship awards are given based on need and availability of funds. Partial tuition payment may be required after a scholarship is awarded. If a scholarship is awarded, parents/participants may be asked to donate at least 1 hour per week during the given session as part of a work study program. The student will also be asked to write for the FVR blog during the class or rehearsal period. Students are able to apply for scholarships multiple times per year, but preference will go to new applicants.

If you live in St. Charles you may be eligible for our Kiwanis scholarship. In order to be eligible for this scholarship proof of St. Charles residency is required and must be submitted with the other scholarship materials. If a Kiwanis scholarship is awarded, the student will be asked to write a thank you letter to Kiwanis telling them of their experiences in our program.

Scholarship

FVR Performing Arts Academy Gift Certificates

Surprise someone special (between 3-18 years old) with an FVR Performing Arts Academy Gift Certificate.  Learning the art of theater lasts a lifetime, and the certificate never expires!

We offer Gift Certificates online in the following amounts: $25, $50, $75, $100, $150, $185 and $200. (An average 6-week academy class costs $185.)  The certificate can only be put towards a FVR Performing Arts Academy tuition for a class or youth ensemble. 

All Gift Certificates are mailed to you (or the recipient, if noted) via standard mail within 5 business days of receipt of payment by the Fox Valley Repertory Administrative Office.  The Certificate will include Fox Valley Repertory promotional materials.

Redeeming a gift card is easy!  Simply register for a class online (but please do NOT pay online) – then mail in your certificate directly to Fox Valley Repertory.
Note: Unfortunately, certificates cannot be redeemed via Ticketmaster or the Pheasant Run Box Office.

Would you like to purchase a Gift Certificate in person?
Please give us a call at 630-443-0438 to arrange pick-up.

FVR Apprenticeships & Internships

Apprenticeships: The Fox Valley Repertory Professional Apprenticeship Program combines ones arts education with an intensive work experience. Work alongside fellow working professionals while focusing on your specific area of interest! This program is designed for those pursuing a career in the performing arts. An applicant must be willing to commit to a 2-month time span or to a specific project. Specific, concentrated areas of interest include: Costumes, Lighting, Props, Sound, Production Management, Stage Management, Marketing, and Development. (As an apprentice, you will touch on a myriad of areas across the spectrum.)

Click here for the online Apprenticeship Application.

Internships:
STAGE MANAGEMENT
This intern assists the Stage Manager in all aspects of the production process to gain knowledge about stage management in a theatre setting. This intern will gain an understanding of the relation of technical elements to the production process; tracking textual changes; noting blocking; tracking props and aiding the Stage Manager with the creation of scene breakdowns, plots, and schedules. This intern will also be running the show back stage, assisting with scene shifts, tracking props and costumes and making mic changes. This internship requires a commitment for the length of the rehearsals and performances. Candidates with some knowledge of theatre production preferred.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Working closely with the Production Manager, this intern gains knowledge of and experience in production administration. Small projects, specific to each production, may be assigned to the Intern. Responsibilities include general office duties, research for props and scenery, providing rehearsal support, and a little bit of everything production-related. Production Management interns will often be called upon to assist in all areas of production, including stage management, props, video, projections, and scenery. This internship requires a commitment for the length of the rehearsals and performances. Candidates with some knowledge of theatre production preferred.

DIRECTING Directing interns serve as the assistant director for a Youth Ensemble production, participating in the creative process with some of the theater community's most respected directors. These interns assist at auditions, rehearsals and performances. In addition, directing interns oversee understudy rehearsals throughout the rehearsal process to prepare understudies to step into a role if necessary. This internship requires a commitment for the length of the rehearsals. Candidates must have some acting experience.

MUSICAL DIRECTION This internship provides the opportunity to work with a professional music director on a Youth Ensemble show. Interns assist at auditions and rehearsals, playing piano, running sound and performing various other related duties. This internship requires a commitment for the length of the rehearsal period. Must be able to read sheet music and play the piano proficiently. Experience accompanying is not necessary, but good site reading skills are a plus.

CHOREOGRAPHY This is an opportunity for students to gain meaningful work experience by applying the knowledge and skills learned in dance to assist in developing and teaching choreography to the Youth Ensemble. This internship requires a commitment for the length of the rehearsals. Candidates with a strong dance background and some knowledge of theatre production preferred.

TEACHING This internship is for individuals with theatre experience and/or professional training, and a desire to pursue education, theatre or directing. This internship takes place year round, when teaching interns are teamed up with the instructors. Interns will assist instructors with daily warm-ups, technique and rehearsals for the showcase. Interns may be asked to assist with direction, choreography, music coaching, stage management and administrative duties.

MARKETING/PUBLIC RELATIONS Interns with an interest in theatre and communications have the opportunity to work with the Marketing Manager and assist in all aspects of Public Relations and Marketing. Duties include communicating to the media, audiences, and the general public. Commitment time varies. Candidates with some knowledge of theatre preferred.

WARDROBE/HAIR/MAKEUP Learn the methods and skills necessary to produce costumes from project-specific time periods, and handle some piece projects from inception to completion. This intern will attend and assist in costume fittings and may oversee wardrobe for assigned characters. This is a great opportunity to be trained by a local professional in the styling and upkeep of wigs as well as the art of stage makeup. Candidates with sewing and some knowledge of theatre production preferred.

Click here for the online Internship Application.