The Summer Theatre School, our oldest summer program, presents classic theater skills like character acting, lighting, dance, voice, costuming, set design and other stage crafts. The Theatre School operates from Cranbrook's beautiful Greek Theater grove, an outstanding full sized stone replica of a classic outdoor Greek theater setting nestled in a mature pine forest. Evening outdoor theater productions attract ample crowds from neighboring communities.
Cranbrook Theatre School
For Boys and Girls Grades 2-5
For Boys and Girls Grades 6-8
In active use since its opening performance of A Cranbrook Masque in 1916, Cranbrook’s authentic outdoor Greek Theatre provides the location for classes, rehearsals and performances for the Junior Division of the Theatre School. The Greek Theatre has served as the focal point of Cranbrook Theatre School since the school’s beginning 72 years ago. St. Dunstan’s Playhouse offers a second stage, rehearsal space and administrative headquarters for the school. Other Cranbrook campus areas and alternative classrooms accommodate programs in inclement weather.
Cranbrook Theatre School seeks to help students develop:
- A sound foundation of skill and experience for further theatre study and participation.
- Useful personal skills of effective communication, perception, creativity, responsibility and teamwork.
- Awareness of the varied forms of theatre including dramatic literature.
- An understanding of the complete process of “putting on a play” to become more discerning and appreciative theatre audience members.
Cranbrook Theatre School
For Boys and Girls Grades 9 - Age 19
Now celebrating its 72nd consecutive season, Cranbrook Theatre School welcomes all eligible applicants. Our mission is to cultivate student confidence and understanding in the theatre arts through hands-on experience and exploration.
Students participate in core classes in theatre fundamentals including improvisation, character development, storytelling, dance, music, movement and projection. In addition to core theatre skills, senior division students study theatre history, script analysis, acting theory, voice and make-up.
Workshops in lighting, set design and other aspects of technical theatre are included throughout the summer. Cranbrook’s Performing Arts Center provides the location for classes, rehearsals and performances for the Senior Division of the Theatre School.
Cranbrook Theatre School is structured around staged theatrical productions. Campers in both Junior and Senior Divisions are required to attend all rehearsals and productions.
- Junior Division: $1180 Full Session
- Senior Division: $1355 Full Session