Challenging and Comprehensive College Preparation

About Cranbrook Theatre School

Cranbrook Theatre School (coed, grades 2-12)
EST 1941

Our curriculum is designed to meet campers at their individual skill levels, working to cultivate confidence and nurture an understanding of the theatre arts through hands-on experience and exploration. Our staff is composed of working theatrical and educational professionals, many with multiple years with Cranbrook Theatre School. These dedicated and devoted artists work to develop the same passion in the campers they teach.

The Greek Theatre has served as the centerpiece of Cranbrook Theatre School for over 100 years; a beautiful full-sized replica of a classic outdoor Greek theater setting nestled in a mature pine forest.

The Greek Theatre provides the location for classes, rehearsals and performances with St. Dunstan’s Playhouse offering a second stage, rehearsal space and administrative headquarters for the school. Swimming* is included in this division.

Campers have the opportunity of taking the first week of Cranbrook Theatre School as a stand alone introductory course in theatre arts. This week will offer the camper exposure to a variety of theatre arts with hands on workshops in basic improvisation, storytelling, mask work, audition technique, character movement, dance, acting the song, costume design, and more. Attention will be paid to camper skill and experience level and workshops assigned to meet and challenge both newcomers and returning campers.

From Page To Stage
Cranbrook Theatre School offers training in classic theater skills as well as immersing campers in all aspects of developing a theatrical performance. Campers are divided by age into class groups that study on a weekly basis each of the three classic theatre disciplines of acting, dance, and voice. This class work is developed into “works in progress” which are then performed Monday evenings of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th weeks of camp. These Monday Night Performances become highlights of the summer for our campers and their families.

The second half of the day is focused on rehearsals for the final capstone production - a full length piece from the American Musical Theatre canon to be performed two evenings the last week of camp. Final show selections are made based on staff determination of pieces best suited to showcase students and are not announced until the first week of Page to Stage (2nd week of camp). All campers perform in final shows, and a separate show is chosen for both elementary and middle school age range. Campers also participate in backstage jobs and scenic design for both Monday Night Performances and the final shows.

*UPDATE - Swimming will be available all weeks of camp. During the last week (July 31-August 4), the pool will close beginning Wednesday, August 3rd; alternate activities will be provided.

The Senior Division will also perform Monday Nights and a final capstone production at the Greek Theatre, but will work and rehearse at Kingswood Auditorium. All Senior Division campers will be expected to attend all six weeks of this intensive program. Senior do have the following options:

Full Day
Campers who study with us full day will have options for more intensive one on one work available to them. After enjoying a provided lunch they will work on skills as well as one on one with staff on solo audition pieces. At the completion of the program each full day campers will have a Shakespeare monologue, one or two contrasting contemporary pieces, an audition song, and short dance if requested. Scene work, voice, and dance work will seek to polish existing skills. Full day seniors will also participate hands on in the design and building of sets for all of the shows, and be given stage managerial duties for the Junior productions. Any specific requests for study will be given priority whenever possible.

Half Day Intensive
In recognition of the busy schedules of today's young adults, we offer a half day attendance as an option. The campers' morning would be focused on both rehearsal of the capstone production as well as workshops in more advanced theatre work such as Alexander Technique, acting theory from Uta Hagen to David Mamet, Improvisation Technique, approaches to Shakespeare, dialect work, Dance, Stage Combat, Breath and the Voice, and more.
Technical Theatre
Campers will be taught the basics of scenic, sound, lighting, and costume design and given hands on an application of their own design efforts at the Kingswood Auditorium. Further hands on experience is gained through the building and running of both Junior and Senior final shows as designed by our technical advisor as well as providing basic set and costuming for Monday Night shows. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $395 Jr. Workshops; $1,735 Jr. Page to Stage; $2,080 Sr. Full/Tech; $1,215 Sr. Half Day
Fees: $35 Rush Enrollment 21 days prior to start of each week
Discounts: $50 for Jr. Workshops and Page to Stage
Includes: Camp t-shirt (one per camp); lunch (Not Half Days); AM/PM snacks
Options: Bus Service and Extended Care for additional fees; No-fee Payment Plan available
For more information on the Schools’ camps, request information or contact Special and Summer Programs at or (248) 645-3674.

Dates, Times & Locations

Cranbrook Theatre School

Junior Division (Grades 2-8)
Workshops: June 26 - June 30, 2017
Page to Stage: July 3 - August 4, 2017*
at St. Dunstan's Theatre
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Senior Division (Grades 9-12)
June 26 - August 4, 2017*
at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School – Kingswood Auditorium
Full Day: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Half Day: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Technical Theatre: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

*No camp July 4, 2017

Meet our Team

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  • Brian Leduc, Interim Director

    Brian Leduc is a Detroit native who attended Wayne State University for undergraduate voice performance studies where he received acclaim in operatic and musical theatre productions. He has also received recognition for his work with early music and oratorio. He appears as a tenor soloist regularly in the Detroit area and internationally for works such as Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, and others, including a long list of relatively new works. Opera News describes Mr. Leduc as having a “ringing tenor” and being “especially impressive…with firm tonal impact.” Brian has been a member of the music staff at Christ Church Cranbrook since 2008 where he currently serves in the capacity of Assistant Director of Music. As an associate member of MSVMA (Michigan School Vocal Music Association), he has cultivated professional success as a choral conductor, clinician, adjudicator and accompanist. Brian is Music Director for the nation-wide touring musical “The Cross and The Light,” and has a long list of musical theatre experience, including technical directing and design. He also maintains a private studio for voice and piano.
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  • Luna Alexander, Instructor

    Luna Alexander is thrilled to be joining the Cranbrook Theatre Camp Staff this year.  In addition to teaching, she is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Slipstream Theater Initiative - a theater dedicated to creating original new works and re-imagining classics for a current minded audience.  A graduate of EMU with a BA in Theatre, she writes, directs and performs throughout the vibrant performance culture of SE Michigan.
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  • Martha Jane Brooks, Instructor

    Martha has over 20 years of dance experience, including more than 8 years of choreographing and teaching as well as 6 years of professional performance. She is experienced in teaching all levels of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Contemporary. Martha attended Oakland University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. As well as studied with the Kirov Ballet in their Master program. She was a member of Oakland Dance Theater, and has worked with renowned choreographers such as Frank Hatchett, Debbie Reynolds, Laurie Eisenhower, Jon Lehrer, Gregory Patterson, Lori Belilove, and Sergey Vikulov to name a few. Martha is now the lead choreographer and teacher at Shanon’s Dance Academy.
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  • Sarah McCormick, Instructor

    Sarah McCormick is returning for her second year with Cranbrook School's Theatre School. With over 18 years experience in the performing arts Sarah began training and teaching at the Metropolitan Dance Center and Metropolitan Russian Ballet Company. Sarah expanded her training at Noretta Dunworth School of Dance, competing on the national level for several years. Through Wayne State Sarah is a member of Company One directed by Biba Bell, choreographing a duet which toured Detroit in spring of 2017. Throughout her artistic exploration, Sarah has worked with many world-renowned artists including: Chris Jacobsen, Dana Wilson, Jasan Janas, Jacki Ford, Nicholas Leichter, and various others.
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  • Ryan Ernst, Instructor

    Ryan started working at Cranbrook Theatre Camp in 2015 and enjoys it more each year. He earned his Bachelor of Theatre Arts from University of Michigan in 2013 and since then has been working professionally both on stage and technically with such companies as Slipstream Theatre Initiative, Shakespeare in Detroit, Open Book, The Murder Mystery Company and more.
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  • Katherine Nelson, Instructor

    Now starting her 3rd season with CTS, Katherine is a Resident Artist and Designer with Purple Rose Theatre Company. Other recent design credits include Flint Youth Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, Detroit Public Theatre, Water Works Theatre Company, Wild Swan Theatre, Mosaic Youth Theatre, and the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. She has worked with the Michigan Opera Theatre as Wardrobe Mistress, stitcher, and craftsperson. Katherine also works as a professional stage manager, most frequently with the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, MSU Federal Credit Union, Institute for Arts and Creativity, and Detroit Public Theatre.
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  • Amy Scheidler, Instructor

    Amy is excited to join the summer staff of CTS! She has twelve years of Costume Design experience and working with kids ages 7-18. She is currently the Costume Designer at Walled Lake Western High School where she has worked since 2008. She has also worked professionally for Livonia Franklin High School, Novi Civic Theatre & Two Muses Theatre. She enjoys collaborating with staff and students designing and sewing to make their roles come to life on the stage. Staying active in the community is also important to her, so she has volunteered costuming for Sarah Banks Middle School since 2006 and contributed to many productions at other area high schools. She received the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Golden Apple Award in 2016 for her volunteer and professional contributions to their theatre programs. Amy has a BA from Michigan State University in Art History and Historic Preservation.
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  • Lynch Travis, Instructor

    Lynch R. Travis is an Associate Artist at the Purple Rose Theatre, Acting Workshop Director of the Detroit Repertory Theater, a board member of the Jewish Ensemble Theatre and was a Resident Director of the Blackbird Theatre Co. for 10 seasons. He has instructed youth students at the Michigan Actors Studio, Mosaic Youth Theatre, Ann Arbor Public Schools and at Vista Maria’s Residential Program for Girls. He is a graduate of Carleton College and in another life, as a Cranbrook parent, coached forensics at Cranbrook-Kingswood.
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  • Frances Kromminga, Instructor

    Franny Kromminga graduated from Adrian College '16 with a BA in Musical Theatre. While there, she took on roles such as Desdemona (Othello), Mimi (Rent), and Martha (The Children's Hour), as well as several technical design positions and the presidency of her collegiate chapter of Theta Alpha Phi, national theatre honorary fraternity. Since then, she has been understudying mainstage productions at Meadow Brook Theatre, also being featured in roles in A Christmas Carol and Mom's Gift. She is thrilled to bring her art to Cranbrook all summer, and can't wait to help others find a creative outlet in theatre!
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  • Emilio Rodriguez, Instructor

    Emilio Rodriguez is a theatre artist. He is an equity membership candidate (EMC) actor who has performed with various companies including Long Beach Shakespeare Company, Breath of Fire Theatre, Performance Network, JET Theatre, Planet Ant, and Waterworks Theatre. He has taught theatre with several companies including Matrix, Living Arts, Sunset Theatre, and Disney Musicals in Schools. Emilio is also a noted playwright whose plays have been done in several cities including Portland, Minneapolis, and Houston.
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  • Jackson Abohasira, Counselor

    Jackson Abohasira is a BFA Acting student at Wayne State University. He has been working professionally as an actor for the last four years, and did competitive theatre in High School. He is a graduate of West Bloomfield High School, where he did theatre and film. Jackson has won national awards and recognition for two short films he wrote and produced, and continues to hone his film production and acting skills. He has also won awards for outstanding performance in the MIFA competition and been recognized by critics in the metro Detroit area as a standout performer in shows such as B.F.'s! and The Taming of the Shrew with professional companies.
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  • Kori Mocnik, Counselor

    Kori is a Music Business major at Wayne State University with a minor in Theatre Management. She is also a part of The Fillmore Detroit's guest services team. She spent most of her childhood performing in the arts and taking voice lessons. She was an active member of her hometown theatre The Croswell Opera House throughout high school. Kori has been volunteering to work with children for many years, and is very happy to be joining Cranbrook this summer.
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  • Sean MacKillop, Counselor

    I’m a Music Technology major at Wayne State University in Detroit. I play the piano and guitar and have been loving music for as long as I can remember. My favorite movie is Apocalypse Now and my favorite TV show is Twin Peaks.
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  • Alexander Gilkey, Counselor

    Alex Gilkey is thrilled to be a counselor for the first time at the Cranbrook Theater Camp. A recent Seaholm High School graduate, Alex was heavily involved with the Seaholm theater and music departments. He was the Vice President of the Seaholm choir and a member of the Seaholm pop ensemble “SEA”. He was also a member of the renowned Langsford Men’s Chorus, a professional male singing group. Alex intends to study at Kenyon College in the fall.
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Cranbrook Educational Community admits students and makes its services, activities, and education programs available to students without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status as required by state or federal law.

Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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