2017 Summer Academy Program

For the 28th consecutive year, the New Bedford Festival Theatre is planning its 2017 Summer Academy for local high school apprentices and college aged interns who will work side-by-side with theatre professionals in all areas of theatrical production for this summer’s production of MY FAIR LADY.

Students from New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Westport, Somerset, Swansea, Mattapoisett, Marion and many other communities have taken part in the program. The Summer Academy will run from July 3 through July 30 and participants receive a stipend or salary for their involvement and level of involvement.

Many high school apprentices have gone to further education in Theatre on the College/University level and attribute their desire for work in theatre with their experiences with the Festival Theatre Summer Academy. Areas such as stage crew, lighting, sound, costuming, properties, stage management, and production office are part of the many interests students can be involved in. College interns have performed in many productions and have gained experience working with professional directors, choreographers, music directors and fellow performers.

Application (PDF) ~ Teacher Recommendation (PDF)

Participants in the Summer Academy will work with Artistic Director, George Charbonneau; nationally known director/choreographer, Michael Susko; music director, Juan Rodriguez; Equity stage manager, Maura Neff; master theatre technician, Megan Parrish; and the Summer Academy Coordinator, Sara Cadieux.

(All high school students should complete the application form, teacher recommendation form and required essay and mail to: New Bedford Festival Theatre 684 Purchase St. New Bedford, MA 02740 by May 12, 2017. Personal interviews will be scheduled after application consideration.)


Eligibility: Minimum age 14 years of age by July 1, 2017; must be entering garde 9 or higher in 2017-2018 academic year; must be able to take directions and not be distracted.

Commitments: Hours vary daily – generally 7 – 12 hours/day; Transportation & Meals are not provided By Festival Theatre; participants are expected to attend workshops and other learning opportunities.

There is no cost for the participation in the Festival Theatre Summer Academy.

For further information: Call 508.991.5212 or email newbedfordft@aol.com