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 a “work in progress” which is then performed the following Monday night. 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. 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
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

List of 5 news stories.

  • Dominique Lowell, Director

    Dominique Lowell has been with Cranbrook since 2008. She was most recently seen performing in Painted Window at the Williamston and as Portia in Shakespeare in Detroit's Julius Caesar. She has also appeared as Prospera in The Tempest for SID, as Dr. Ruth in the Jewish Ensemble Theatre production of Becoming Dr. Ruth, and worked with Detroit Public Theatre's Shakespeare In Prison project, helping facilitate inmate productions of Romeo & Juliet and Taming of the Shrew. Other performance venues include Meadowbrook, Detroit Music Hall, Planet Ant, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, and various places both hither and yon.
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  • Brian Leduc, Assistant 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 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 Jane Brooks 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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  • 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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Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
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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