Theatre Design & Production Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take Theatre Design & Production

Spend your summer getting hands-on experience in all aspects of theatre production—including costume, set, lighting, and sound design. You will be immersed in your art and help design a fully realized show for live performances at the end of the session.

What You'll Learn

During your time here, you will work under the supervision of professional faculty and staff, and alongside students from around the world who share your passion for theatre. You will have the opportunity to concentrate on your primary area of interest, while developing a variety of other design skills.

As a Theatre Design & Production student, you will:

  • Apply the elements and principles of design
  • Evaluate the varied and important technical roles that exist within a production environment
  • Fulfill at least one technical role on a publicly produced play or musical
  • Value your unique contribution to the storytelling process
  • Create two fully realized set designs and two lighting designs

Classes and activities may include:

  • Fundamentals of Design
  • Theatre lab work
  • An apprenticeship program which allows for collaborative work with our professional designers

Program Specialties

At Interlochen you'll get a well-rounded view of the behind-the-scenes theatre-making process. Focus areas and specialties include but are not limited to:

  • Lighting design
  • Set design
  • Costume design
  • Sound design and engineering
  • Stage management

Portfolio Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 24, 2023 to July 15, 2023
  • SESSION 2: July 16, 2023 to August 6, 2023
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • SESSION 1: January 15, 2023
  • SESSION 2: January 15, 2023

Meet the Faculty

Our summer faculty is here to help you grow as an artist, designer, or theatre technician. The theatre faculty have established careers in theatre and theatre education, and are equally passionate about both.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Stephen John

Stephen John

Director of Theatre Design & Production

Program Highlights

Venues & Facilities

Venues include Corson Auditorium, Harvey Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, and Penn Hall. The program is also supported by the 5,600-square-foot, fully equipped Harvey scene shop and the Mallory Costume Shop, which houses a 15,000-piece collection and a 4,500-square-foot workroom.

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen Arts Camp also offers a one-week Costume Design Intensive and Theatre Production or Musical Theatre programs. Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers theatre programs in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Design & Production for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

Elevating the moment: Design & Production at Interlochen Arts Camp

Listen in as students share their favorite aspects of the Theatre Design & Production program—from hands-on learning and portfolio-building opportunities to guest artist lectures.