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

Andy's Lab Intensives


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 performance on MONDAY AUGUST 13th 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 23th
  2. Sunday, July 1st
  3. Saturday, July 7th
  4. Saturday, July 14th


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 performance on MONDAY AUGUST 13th 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 21st
  2. Saturday, July 28th
  3. Saturday, August 4th
  4. Saturday, August 11th
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    film LAB

    The Film Lab 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. This will be screened at the end of the season, during the Andy's Academy performance on MONDAY AUGUST 13th at 7:30pm.

    Monday, July 30th - Friday, August 3rd

    9 am - 12 pm



    apprentice 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.