NBFT Summer Academy 2022!


New Bedford Festival Theatre is planning its 2022 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 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Students from New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Westport, Somerset, Swansea,

Mattapoisett, Marion and many other communities have taken part in this exciting program.  The Summer Academy will run from July 1 through August 7 (dates may vary slightly) and participants receive a stipend or salary according to their level of involvement.

Many of our high school apprentices have gone on to further education in theatre at the College/University level and attribute their desire for work in theatre to their experiences with the Festival Theatre Summer Academy.  Areas such as acting, 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.

Participants in the Summer Academy will work with Artistic Director, George Charbonneau; Assistant Artistic Director, Dr. Elizabeth Bettencourt; nationally known director and choreographer, Diane DiCroce and Andrew Winans; music director, Steve Bergman; master theatre technician, Shawn Elliott; Executive Producer, Wendy Hall; along with several other theatre professionals.

(All  interested high school students should complete the application form, and email a teacher recommendation to jen@nbfestivaltheatre.com

by May 27, 2022. Personal interviews will be scheduled on June 2 after application consideration.)

Eligibility: Minimum age 14 years of age by July 1, 2022; must be entering grade 9 or higher in 2022-2023 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 participation in the Festival Theatre Summer Academy.

For further information: Call 508.991.5212 or email ebettencourt@nbfestivaltheatre.com.