Theatre Arts Program

The NHSI Theatre Arts Division – Summer 2022!

Northwestern and NHSI will continue to monitor health information from the CDC and will adhere to all guidelines and directives put out by the State of Illinois.  At this time, we are intending to host our programming on Northwestern’s campus this summer.  If for any reason this is not possible, we will notify families as soon as possible via email and refund any deposits as necessary.  We look forward to assessing your application soon.  Please be sure to check our website frequently for additional updates. 


Dates for the Summer 2022 Theatre Arts Institute

Theatre Arts Program (5 Weeks) – June 26, 2022 – July 30, 2022

Stage Management/Design-Tech Program (5 Weeks) – June 26, 2022 – July 30, 2022

Musical Theatre Extension (5 Weeks + 2 Weeks) – July 31, 2022 – August 13, 2022

**Students must conclude the 5-week Theatre Arts training before beginning their specialized training in Musical Theatre. Students may NOT just attend the 2-week extension.



 What the Faculty Have Said:

The demands placed on cherubs are not unlike the demands placed upon college students (and professional actors). It is assumed that any student entering this program has reached the level of maturity, understanding, and dedication necessary to handle everything that will be expected of him/her.”

I believe that there is no other program in the world like the NHSI Theatre Arts Division. This may seem like an awfully tall statement, but given what we offer to the students and demand of them in return I don’t believe there is anything comparable.”

The NHSI Theatre Arts Institute has featured: Acting/Voice and Movement classes to develop students’ skills; electives including Design in various areas, Audition Technique, Playwriting and more; weekly workshops with Northwestern faculty; and ensemble productions.

What Our Students Have Said:

I also learned a lot about audition technique and etiquette which will serve me well as I audition for college and enter the professional world.”

The staff truly made it feel like you were working with professionals, which is what one looks to get out of a program as rigorous as this. At the same time, however, each and every one of them was approachable, willing to exchange advice, and personable in their own right…and that is something not every summer program can offer.”

My favorite part of the program was the freedom to explore my art without any limits or hindrances.” 

A noncompetitive, safe and encouraging atmosphere to learn.”


What Parents Have Said:

I want to thank everyone at National High School Institute – Theatre Arts Division summer program for my daughter’s wonderful experience. From the moment we arrived, your top-notch staff couldn’t have been nicer and more helpful.”

The directors and the cast and crew of all the shows were amazing. My daughter’s director made a strong impression on her. She learned so much from him and felt he extracted her full potential. She feels she can take these skills and techniques she learned and apply them to her future performances.”

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