Join Us From July 18-24, 2021

Eager to experience university-level, professional theatre training? 

Then join us this summer to immerse yourself in artistic collaboration and cutting edge performance.

Take the spotlight for bare-bones monologues and compelling small-cast scenes under the guidance of experienced professional actors and directors.

During this residential, intensive experience, you will explore characters that take you outside your comfort zone, and you'll learn about yourself in the process. You'll focus on the tools you need to improve your acting and your professional maturity.

Our acting training and arts leadership development workshops will help you prepare for the next step in your work as an emerging practitioner of the fine arts.

Students entering grades 10-12 are invited to register.

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Highlights of the week

  • Participate in improvisation and monologue workshops
  • Practice movement techniques for the actor
  • Collaborate with peers and faculty in the performing arts
  • Develop skills in scene performance
  • Develop skills in monologue work
  • Participate in a devised theatre project
  • Get helpful tips in our auditioning workshop
  • Present final public performance of rehearsed work

The $875 Comprehensive fee includes room, meals and all program materials.

  • Must be registered by July 2


Scholarships are available based on financial need and academic performance. No full-tuition scholarships are available.

A letter from your guidance counselor, indicating your eligibility for free/reduced lunch or other measure(s) of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration.


All registrations must be submitted no later than July 2.

All supporting documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

The Actor's Institute cultivates your artistry to improve your skills as a performer and builds on the personal characteristics that will advance your career, both on stage and off. The institute is operated by Susquehanna University faculty with stellar résumés in the theatre industry and in performing arts education.

Anna Andes, Institute Director

Dr. Andes is associate professor of theatre at Susquehanna University. She is a director and dramaturg who teaches acting, directing and theatre history. Andes specializes in connecting contemporary actors to historical works of drama. She has directed plays and musicals for the College of Charleston and Susquehanna University.

Jeanne Tiehen, Institute Instructor

Dr. Tiehen is assistant professor of theatre at Susquehanna University. She is a director of both musicals and plays and teaches theatre history, directing and acting. Tiehen has a special interest in staging plays about science while also specializing in the vocal and movement training of actors at both beginner and advanced levels.

With recent faster-spreading variants — especially those more severely affecting young adults and children — Susquehanna University instituted vaccination protocols for the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff and guests.

  • All students residing on campus over the summer, including high school students who participate in pre-college programs, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the time they arrive on campus. Fully vaccinated is defined as at least two weeks after the final dose.
    • The minimum age for getting vaccinated is determined by each COVID-19 vaccine. For the list of approved vaccinations and their age indications and schedule, visit this CDC page.
  • A copy of the student’s COVID-19 vaccination card must be submitted with the required medical form (accessible from each program page).

If you have questions regarding the summer vaccination requirement, email Michelle Harman at or call 570-372-4451.

*Participant safety is our highest priority. Susquehanna University reserves the right to cancel Summer Pre-College Programs if necessary in order to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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