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NHTF's Stage Setters Youth Program brings back its third annual Summer Youth Theatre Intensive. Taught by local & industry professionals from NYC, the intensive is designed as a training program for beginner and experienced students alike, ages 8 to 19. Each student will work with over half-a-dozen teachers with extensive professional resumes that include regional theaters from all over the country, national tours, and even Broadway. The curriculum-based program is designed to focus on the education of numerous disciplines within the performing arts including acting, music, movement, & technical theater. This year we will be offering electives and an aftercare program.

The program is available to any student age 8 to 19.

The two-week program runs August 1 - 12, 2016. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Aftercare will be available until 5:30 PM.

The program will run this year at the Derry Opera House, conveniently located right off of I-93 (Exit 4) at 29 West Broadway in Derry, NH. Fully air conditioned, the Opera House is a beautiful historic building that includes three usable spaces for our different classes and electives.  The main space is the theater itself which is where we will hold our showcase, rehearsals, dance classes, and learn about sound, lights, and backstage.

Tuition for the Program is $460 for 10 days of training. For families who would like to send more than one child, we offer a discounted rate of $425 per child. A deposit of $200 is due at the time of registration to hold your slot. We do offer payment plan options, as well as scholarship opportunities. Please send requests to:

NHTF's Summer Theatre Education Program is a curriculum based Theatre Intensive intended to introduce students to multiple disciplines within the dramatic arts. The program is available to ages 8 through 19, however, split into two separate classes. One class will be roughly ages 8 through 11, the other ages 12 through 19. Each group will have its own Head Teacher and Assistant Teacher. These teachers are selected based on not only theater experience and education, but also ability to teach and connect with the age bracket they are assigned. We strive to make this educational experience a fun one for all ages involved!

Classes are taught by both Head Teachers and special Guest Master Class Instructors. They will cover Music, Movement, and a multitude of other theater electives. Examples of these electives may include Shakespeare, Special Effect Makeup, Technical Theater, Puppetry, Audition Prep, etc. These classes will be taught separately to each age bracket so that the Teacher is able to adjust the teaching style accordingly and make the class both educational and fun!

NHTF's Summer Theatre Program is designed to accommodate beginner and experience students alike. Classes can be adjusted to fit all age groups and experience levels. Students will learn many different aspects of theater - taught by professionals - and have a blast doing it!

At the end of the two-week program, students will perform a "showcase" for invited parents and friends. We call it a "showcase" because the intent is to showcase what the students have learned. Theater education is first and foremost about learning a craft. The emphasis of our summer program is training, not performance. Our philosophy is that educational theatre is about growth and learning, not production elements. Craft comes first.

NHTF's Summer Theatre Intensive is taught by a multitude of instructors with professional theater training and education in order to expose our students to different styles, methods, and to share real-world experience first hand from industry professionals. While professional staff cannot be confirmed this early, here is a sampling of staff from past years to give you an idea of what we look for in our instructors. We certainly hope that several, if not all, will return for our 2016 Summer Program.
Andrew Chartier
Head Teacher & Director (Older Group)
Andrew Chartier is a professional choreographer, teacher, and Equity actor based in New York City. Some of his top performing credits include leading roles in 42nd Street at Westchester Broadway (NY), White Christmas at the Sierra Rep (CA), Singing in the Rain at the New Bedford Festival Theatre (Boston, MA), The Drowsy Chaperone at Surlight (NJ), and the National Tour of Oliver! Andrew holds a B.F.A. in Music Theater from the Hartt School of Music in CT and has taught at numerous youth education programs throughout the country.
Lauren Gemelli
Head Teacher & Director (Younger Group)
Lauren Gemelli is a professional teacher and Equity actor based in New York City. Some of her top performing credits include leading roles in Chicago at the Metro Stage Company (Boston, MA), Oliver! at the Trinity Rep (RI), the National Tour of The Drowsy Chaperone and the International Tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Lauren holds a B.A. in Dance & Theatre from Manhattanville College and has taught at numerous youth education programs throughout the country including MA's Children's Ballet Arts, Inc. where Lauren was adjunct faculty for 5 seasons.
Faye Dupras
Guest Master Class Teacher:  Puppetry
Faye Dupras is a master puppeteer who began her puppet journey by apprenticing under Canada's acclaimed puppeteer Noreen Young. Faye completed a BFA in "Theater and Development" from Concordia University (Montreal) followed by an MFA in "Puppetry Arts" from the University of Connecticut. Faye has been teaching art and theater for over twenty years, designing and facilitating puppetry programs for numerous institutions including: Tufts University (Medford), Humber College (Toronto), URT (Cambridge), J.F. Condon / Cool Schools (Boston), and Jumbles Theatre (Toronto).
Christine O'Grady
Guest Master Class Teacher:  Movement / Choreography
Christine O'Grady is a professional director & choreographer based in New York City. Broadway credits include work on the original production of Legally Blonde and Hair, on which Christine was Associate Choreographer. Christine holds an MFA in Theatre (Directing Concentration) from Arizona State University. She has taught master classes and directed youth programs at North Shore Music Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, and Rhode Island Youth Theater, as well as Arizona State University, The Stevens Institute of Technology, and Marist College.

Wallace J. Pineault
Guest Master Class Teacher:  Stage Craft & Tech
Wallace J. Pinult is a professional director, designer, and professor of theater. His local credits include lighting design for the Concord Players, New England College, St. Anselm's College, and Southern NH Ballet's annual Nutcracker at the Palace Theatre. As a Director & Playwright, Wallace has been all over the country and even across "The Pond" to England, Scotland, and Wales. Wallace holds a Ph D in Theatre (Directing & Staging) from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, and is full-time professor of theatre at New England College. Wallace is the Producing Director of NHTF.
Greg Stuart
Guest Master Class Teacher:  Special Effects Makeup
Greg Stuart has been designing special effects makeup and masks for over 30 years. Local to the NH area, Greg has taught numerous master classes, both for adults and children, and chairs the Makeup Department for the Concord Players in Concord, NH. His makeup and mask work has been seen on the stage as well as in films.
Alex Jacobs
Guest Master Class Teacher:  Stage Combat
Alex Jacobs originally hails from Aylesbury just NW of London, England. He received his BA in Theatre from the University of Leeds in 2001 and his MFA in Acting from Brandeis University in 2014. Alex has been involved in NH theatre since 2005 working for The Hampstead Stage Co. in Barnstead NH and The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, earning four NHTA nominations and one win in 2012 for best supporting Actor in "Animals out of Paper". Alex holds certifications from the Society of American Fight Directors in Rapier, Hand to Hand and Knife (distinction), and has choreographed staged violence for many productions including, "Treasure Island" and "The Adventures of Mr. Toad" (Hampstead stage Co.), "1984" Brandeis Undergraduate Theatre Collective, "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Fantastiks" Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Alex now lives in Boston with his beautiful wife Drew, where he is an Actor and adjunct theatre professor at Brandeis.