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Performing Arts Programs

Check out our list of performing arts summer camps and programs. There are programs for all teens in middle school and high school, as well as opportunities specifically for girls. Subjects covered include, painting, jazz, choral, story arts, and other interdisciplinary fields. Want to strengthen your presence on stage? Write your memoir? How about learn more about fashion or creative writing? These are all potential options for summer learning with locations both in the United States and beyond. Browse our list of summer camps for your perfect camp, and be sure to check out the many scholarship opportunities offered by the programs.


French Woods Festival(opens in a new window)

America’s leading performing arts summer camp where every child or teen chooses their own individual schedule, from more than 80 activities run by certified teachers and counselor specialists.

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Great Summers(opens in a new window)

Experience the summer of a lifetime! Free info. and expert guidance on 800+ outstanding summer programs for high schoolers, from pre-college, academic, teen tour, and language, to community service and travel.

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Abroad Programs by SPI(opens in a new window)

High school study abroad programs for college credit in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. Earn college credit and have the summer of your life with an SPI summer program!

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Between the Lines(opens in a new window)

An exciting two-week creative writing and cultural exchange summer program for teens. Improve your writing, make international friends, live in university dorms, and have fun in the UNESCO city of literature, Iowa City.

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Actor's Workshop(opens in a new window)

Held at Stanford, this studio acting summer camp program is designed for teens entering 9th-12th grades who immerse themselves in scene work under top-notch faculty while seeing productions in the Bay Area.

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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Dance summer camp and travel programs in Europe and the Caribbean. Open to teen students age 14-19. Prepare for college, see the world, and improve your art!

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American Leadership(opens in a new window)

NETC American Leadership summer programs are for high school students who want to travel abroad, experience new cultures, meet students from around the US, prepare for college and have fun!

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Young Actors Camp Hollywood(opens in a new window)

As a launching pad for teen actors who aspire to work in the Los Angeles film/TV industry, our training DURING and support AFTER summer camp is the most unique of its kind.

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Teton Science School(opens in a new window)

Join teens from around the country on an educational adventure exploring field research, natural history, and backpacking in the Greater Yellowstone/ Teton Ecosystem.

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University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute(opens in a new window)

The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute in Philadelphia offers intensive summer camps for high school teens in art, media + design, creative writing, dance, music, and theater.

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Barnard Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Experience college life and prep while exploring New York City with high school teens from across the country and around the world!

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Emerson College Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenagers, explore your passion at Emerson College. Choose from summer programs in filmmaking or film writing, acting, musical theatre, stage design, creative writing, journalism or political communication-social advocacy-leadership.

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Interlochen Center for the Arts(opens in a new window)

Study creative writing, music, theatre arts, visual arts and dance at a summer arts camp for students ages 8-18 or an arts academy for 435 high school teens.

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ACTeen Film/Theater Conservatory(opens in a new window)

Audition for summer programs and day camps at NYC’s first and most recommended teen film and theater acting conservatory. Professional working staff and graduates (currently starring in nine TV series) attest to quality training.

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World Horizons International(opens in a new window)

Summer travel for teens includes community service, language and cultural immersion. Project locations: Iceland, Fiji, Costa Rica, Canada, Dominica, Maine, Utah, Hawaii.

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Alfred University Theater Institute(opens in a new window)

The AU Theater Institute summer camp, created for talented high school students, offers a unique blend of in-depth performing arts training, dynamic, engaging faculty, terrific facilities and lovely surroundings.

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Travel for Teens(opens in a new window)

Travel for Teens offers community service, language immersion, photography, and cultural immersion trips to Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, and Australia for students 13 to 18 years old.

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University of Dallas Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenagers can experience a unique combination of informed European travel and rigorous study, and earn college credit, through University of Dallas High School Summer Abroad.

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Blue Tree creative programs for girls(opens in a new window)

A creative summer program for girls ages 11 to 17... Writing, Fashion, Dance, Acting, Story Arts, (maga)Zine and more! Two-week residential sessions at Bryn Mawr College (PA) and Smith College (MA). Join us!

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Sarah Lawrence College Programs For High School Students(opens in a new window)

Discover Sarah Lawrence’s unique programs. 2-week courses in 8 fields. Whatever your interests, SLC will help teens explore their passions in a supportive summer camp environment. High School courses offered in Fall and Spring too!

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Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute(opens in a new window)

Teens can directly observe and research whales, dolphins, porpoise, puffins, seals in their natural habitat. College credit for writing and art summer camps. Based on beautiful Grand Manan Island between Maine & Nova Scotia.

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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships(opens in a new window)

Welcome to Summer Discovery Pre-College Programs, the world's finest and most popular teen summer high school enrichment programs, internships, and middle-school summer camps.

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Global Works Travel(opens in a new window)

Global Works’ summer programs for teens encompass service projects, outdoor adventures, cultural exchanges and language immersion in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific.

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LITA(opens in a new window)

LITA is a unique language immersion summer program for teens that offers a personal and small group approach to exploring Spain. LITA programs focus around a homestay and explorations off the beaten path.

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Art on the Farm at Cow House Studios(opens in a new window)

Make art in Ireland during this three-week summer course, studying painting, drawing & photography. Live on our family farm, work in a beautiful studio, and travel the county from Dublin to the West.

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Global Leadership Adventures(opens in a new window)

GLA offers volunteer travel summer programs for teens in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore historic and natural sites, learn the local language and history, and serve the community through volunteer efforts.

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Actors Movement Studio: Summer Theater Institute(opens in a new window)

Our unique summer camp offers training in techniques to develop teenage actors’ Voice, Presence, and Imagination. Work with some of the world’s most respected teachers and Guest Artists. 5 weeks in NYC, begins June 1.

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American Academy of Dramatic Arts(opens in a new window)

Alumni of our summer theater program have been nominated for 95 Oscars, 236 Emmys and 83 Tonys. 6-Week Intensive Programs. New York. Los Angeles.

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Yale Summer(opens in a new window)

Our academic summer camp program seeks exceptionally promising teen students of all backgrounds and educates them to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.

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Portsmouth Abbey(opens in a new window)

Teens learn in a friendly and structured summer camp and strengthen their academic position while also taking enrichment courses.

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UVM/GIV Engineering Institute(opens in a new window)

Start solving the world’s sustainability issues at summer camp! Teens empower themselves with knowledge through fun hands-on engineering projects and tours.

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Julian Krinsky Pre-College Enrichment(opens in a new window)

JKCP offers an innovative lineup of summer camps that include instruction by professionals in tennis, business leadership, science, computers, fitness, cooking, the performing arts, engineering and more.

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US Performing Arts(opens in a new window)

Taught by leading industry professionals and partnered with universities across the country, our summer camps give teenagers the opportunity to pursue their passions while getting a taste of life on a college campus.

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Summer Institute for the Gifted(opens in a new window)

SIG is the ultimate 3-wk summer camp for gifted teenagers. Great campuses and 30+ academic, performing arts and sports classes. Then show off your talent at the SIG Final Program!

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Teen Ink's NYC Summer Writing Program(opens in a new window)

A two-week intensive creative writing summer camp in NYC for teen girls in grades 9-12. Students and staff stay at Juilliard. Program includes classes, daily writing time, museum visits, city sights and Broadway shows.

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YUGA Leadership Camp(opens in a new window)

Attend YUGA Leadership Camp and meet teens from across the country and around the world who are interested in global issues such as poverty, HIV and AIDS, climate change and child exploitation.

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Putney School Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenage students at our summer camp work closely and cooperatively with professional artists, writers and performers in the visual arts, the performing arts, and creative writing on a spectacular hilltop campus in southern Vermont.

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Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer camp opportunities in theater, creative writing and visual art for teens ages 13-18. Come immerse yourself in poetry, fiction, playwriting, acting, dance, and musical theater right outside Boston!

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Cushing Academy(opens in a new window)

A unique boarding school summer program experience for teenagers from across the U.S. and the world, combining challenging academics with great athletics, performing and visual arts, and excursions across New England.

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East Coast College Tour(opens in a new window)

On this tour, entering 10th-12th grade students visit two prominent East Coast colleges each day. They meet with multiple admission representatives and receive materials to evaluate each school.

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Hawaii Wilderness Adventure School(opens in a new window)

Ready for travel and adventure? At a summer camp with a focus on education, culture, service and leadership, teens earn high school credit while enjoying the best of Hawaii’s outdoors.

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Syracuse Summer College(opens in a new window)

This 6-week academic summer camp allows high school teens to study, explore career interests and earn college credit.

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Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp(opens in a new window)

Campers (ages 9-16) freely explore the performing and creative arts in a supportive, non-competitive summer camp environment with professional artists and instructors.

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New York Film Academy Summer Camp(opens in a new window)

Hands-on summer camps available to teenagers 14-17 in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting, Photography, Musical Theatre, Music Video, Broadcast Journalism and Game Design spanning from one-week to six-weeks.

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Community Service Worldwide: VISIONS Service Adventures(opens in a new window)

Since 1989, VISIONS has set the standard for community service summer programs for teens. Build schools and homes, help children and elders. Live with other teens in a neighborhood of our host community; be more than a tourist.

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