Theatre is vibrantly alive in Buffalo already, but Medaille Summer Theatre makes it so for teenagers specifically throughout the summer. For three weeks, teens work together in all aspects of creating their own theatrical production, including writing their own original short plays. Many students return year after year to further develop their skills and experience, while also leading new students each new season. This year seven experienced students will return, with four entering their fifth consecutive year. New this year is the transformation of the former Road Less Traveled Productions Summer Institute into Medaille Summer Theatre, with Medaille College the new home moving forward.
“As a teenager who is passionate about theatre, this camp means so much to me. It gives me a comfortable, supportive space for my friends and I to express and improve our various ideas and bring them to the stage. This opportunity for theatrical exploration has made me a more confident and skilled performer and writer.” -Daltin Danser
In addition to the joy young people feel in being able to create and act in their own performances, theatre experience also equips teenagers with confidence before an audience, while fostering a meaningful experience of teamwork, community, belonging, and critical problem solving experience.
Save the date for July 27th to see their 2018 end of season celebratory performance, open to friends and family.
Organizer Jon Elston, a career educator and award-winning local playwright, leads the program with Bella Poynton, playwright and theatre artist, who has also developed and produced her own plays in Buffalo and New York City.
This is my son’s 5th year attending summer theater with Jon and Bella. The camp teaches not only acting and writing skills but builds self-confidence by honing communication skills. The friendships made can last a lifetime. – Kathy Danser
Medaille Summer Theatre meets Monday through Friday 9 AM – 3:30 PM
*$400 for the full, three-week experience
*$350 for second and third week only (available for students new to the MST experience)
*$350 for children of Medaille students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni (three-week experience)
A catered lunch plan is available (including vegetarian option!)
“Our son Noah has been going to this camp (when it was previously associated with Road Less Travelled) for several years now, and it is always the highlight of his summer. This unique summer experience provides a nourishing and enriching environment where students write their own plays, and then perform in each others plays. As a result, a real community of theatrical artists is built during the three weeks of the camp. At the same time, each of their individual interests are encouraged and their unique talents are developed.
From my personal perspective as a parent, I have seen Noah grow as a writer and an actor over the past few years. And most importantly, he has fun in the process! I attribute this to the unique environment that Jon and Bella work so hard to create.” -Dr. Daniel P. Kotzin
For more information, visit: medaille.edu/medaille-summer-theatre-camp
Photo credits: Sherryl Elston