School’s out, and it’s time for students to take the stage.

Aspiring young actors who are ages 11 to 17 are invited to attend the West Virginia University Summer Acting Academy, a week-long intensive, to be held June 10-15, that will give students a chance to explore the world of theater performance.

Young actors of all levels may participate in the Summer Acting Academy, which offers a wide array of training classes.

The full-day conservatory includes theater games, improvisation, scene study, stage combat, stage makeup, and voice and speech.

“The focus of the intensive is on ensemble-building, which will not only boost the confidence of young performers, but will give them the tools they need to continue with performance training during the school year,” said director Jessica Bishop, a faculty member in the School of Theatre & Dance.

All faculty instructors are professional actors, directors, and designers from the School of Theatre & Dance.

Faculty instructors include professors Jessica Bishop, Jerry McGonigle, Cathy O’Dell, Mary McClung. Master of Fine Arts student instructors are Stephanie Freeman, Beau Harris, Mya Brown and Nick Ryan.

All classes will be held in the Creative Arts Center, located on the WVU Evansdale Campus.

For more information on class schedules, tuition, and registration, please visit, call 304-293-2020, or email


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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