Andy's Summer Playhouse

Andy’s Summer Playhouse is an innovative summer youth theater located in southern New Hampshire. Every summer we produce original works that are performed by local artists aged eight to eighteen, with direction and mentoring by professional artists from New Hampshire and beyond.

innovative summer youth theater located in southern New Hampshire

Additional programming

ANDY'S ACADEMY - STUDIO WORKSHOP SERIES

NEW TO ANDY'S! Every Wednesday throughout the summer, Andy's is providing a new workshop series where various professional artists lead a 2 hour workshop from 10am-12pm. With an additional 2 workshops on our opening weekend, that gives Andy's kids the opportunity for 10 short-form workshops with acclaimed artists from around the country. These are $25 each, or see below for great package deals.

ADDITIONALLY, we will be providing 3 long-form workshops throughout the summer which will also be led by outside artists. These long-form workshops will take place Thursday-Saturday from 9am-12pm, with a 30-minute showcase performance to end the Saturday session. These are $125 each, or see below for great package deals.

Highlights from these workshops will be implemented into the Andy's Academy performances on TUESDAY AUGUST 15th and WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16th at 7:30pm, alongside the Playlabs, Directors Lab and Film Lab.

LONG FORM STUDIO WORKSHOP DATES

  1. Thursday, June 29th, Friday, June 30th & Saturday, July 1st
  2. Thursday, July 13th, Friday, July 14th & Saturday, July 15th
  3. Thursday, August 3th, Friday, August 4th & Saturday, August 5th

 

SHORT FORM STUDIO WORKSHOP DATES

  1. Saturday, June 17th: 2 - 4 pm
  2. Sunday, June 18th: 2 - 4 pm
  3. Wednesday, June 21st, 10 am - 12 pm
  4. Wednesday, June 28th,  10 am - 12 pm
  5. Wednesday, July 5th,  10 am - 12 pm
  6. Wednesday, July 12th,  10 am - 12 pm
  7. Wednesday, July 19th,  10 am - 12 pm
  8. Wednesday, July 26th,  10 am - 12 pm
  9. Wednesday, August 2nd, 10 am - 12 pm
  10. Wednesday, August 10th,  10 am - 12 pm

ANDY'S ACADEMY - john c. russell playwrighting lab

A chance for aspiring writers to be mentored by theater professionals and produce their own short scripts to be performed by Andy’s kids at the end of the season, during the Andy's Academy performances on TUESDAY AUGUST 15th and WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16th at 7:30pm.Over the series of several weekend intensives, these emerging writers learn about narrative structure, action and objective, and how to express ideas theatrically. 

Who is John C. Russell? John C. Russell first came to Andy’s when he was in residence at The MacDowell Colony. He was a member of the Andy's Family in the early 1990s, writing many beloved plays including Peter Pan, Godzilla, and Barbie and Ken: The Untold Story. In addition to his work with Andy's, John C. had many shows that appeared off-Broadway in New York. With his death in 1994, the artistic community lost a treasured member. The Playwriting Labs were one of John's favorite aspects of Andy's and so we honor his memory every year with something he loved most: watching children being taken seriously and supported as developing artists.

PLAYLAB SESSIONS (1pm-5pm)

  1. Saturday, June 24th
  2. Saturday, July 1st
  3. Saturday, July 8th
  4. Saturday, July 15th

ANDY'S ACADEMY - Director's Lab

NEW IN 2017! A chance for aspiring directors to be mentored by theater professionals and direct scripts created in the Playlabs, or short plays written by professionals. These are to be performed by Andy’s kids at the end of the season, during the Andy's Academy performances on TUESDAY AUGUST 15th and WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16th at 7:30pm. Over the series of several weekend intensives, these emerging directors learn about narrative structure, action and objective, and how to express ideas as a director. 

DIRECTING LAB SESSIONS (1pm-5pm)

  1. Saturday, July 22nd
  2. Saturday, July 29th
  3. Saturday, August 5th
  4. Saturday, August 12th

ANDY'S ACADEMY - film workshop

The Film Workshop (Offered this year) is an opportunity for young filmmakers to work for several weeks with professionals and learn how to create storyboards, act for the camera, film, edit, and collaborate as a team of filmmakers discovering what it takes to create a short film. From pre-production through post-production, join us in creating our next Oscar nominees.

INFORMATION AND ENROLLMENT FOR 2017 FILM LAB COMING SOON!

Click here to view our short films from 2015.


apprenticeship program

Work backstage in a range of capacities. Young people ages 12-18 can help with lights, sound, costumes, sets, projections, work in the box office, work backstage and be mentored by professional technical staff in a variety of jobs. This program is expanding to incorporate design workshops and technical demos throughout the summer season. This new mission is aiming to improve the children’s comprehension of how these skills can be utilized beyond the stage.

Apprenticeship Work Sessions take place on weekdays between 9am-12pm (predominantly design/building)  and 7pm-10pm (predominantly scenic painting). These will be assigned and scheduled in the first week of apprenticeship.