Theater in the Open Summer Workshops

Theater in the Open Summer Workshops at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport

Theater in the Open hosts their Summer Arts Workshop is a fun-filled, out-door, adventurous way to learn and grow at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. It is a place where young people have the opportunity to be creative and build lasting relationships with their peers in a safe, non-competitive environment designed for personal and artistic growth. Our professional staff of artists and educators is dedicated to providing our students with a positive, creative, artistic experience.

Theater in the Open’s Summer Arts Workshop offers choices for a wide range of students:

Workshop 5

For your five-year-old artists we offer a thoughtful introduction to our Theater Arts Workshop. Workshop 5 has limited enrollment, a shorter day and a focus on art and collaborative group games. Our youngest students will have the campus to themselves for a week of engagement with nature, art and each other.

  • 5 Year Olds Only
  • June 24-28, 2019
  • 9am-12pm

Theater Arts Workshop

Hands-on and enriching, this outdoor summer program includes daily classes in acting, improvisation, dance and visual art. It’s two weeks of pure fun, where students are free to explore their imaginations, build communication skills and explore nature. Our professional staff of artists and educators creates a supportive and non-competitive environment that fosters both personal and artistic growth. On the final day of each session, at 1pm, family and friends are invited to Share Day to see what students have been learning.

  • Ages 6-12
  • Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Session Dates:
    • Session 1: July 1-12, 2019
    • Session 2: July 15 - 26, 2019
    • Session 3: July 29 - August 9, 2019
    • Session 4: August 12 - August 23, 2019
  • 9am-2pm

PERFORMANCE ONE | Teen Performance & Teen Intensive

For students interested in more of a performance challenge, we offer 4-week classes for distinct age ranges. Participants will be involved in the complete process of developing a full-scale production — from auditions, to set building, to show opening. They will also receive daily instruction in dance and visual arts.  Teen Intensive, taught by Artistic Director, Edward Speck, is an deeper process of exploration and development, tackling challenging content rooted in physical theater methods. Students will focus on process rather than product, with a performance that reflects the students’ personal growth and skill development. Family and friends of all performance students will be invited to a special "Festival of Student Work" on July 28 (rain date, July 29). 

  • Performance One

    • Ages 9-12
    • July 1-26, 2019 (Performance July 27)
    • 9am-2pm
  • Teen Performance

    • Ages 13-16
    • July 1-26, 2019 (Performance July 27)
    • 9am-2pm
  • Teen Intensive


Exploring Shakespeare is a unique opportunity to study the foundations that must be laid when adapting Shakespeare's work to the stage. Across these two weeks, students will approach and interpret text as performance artists, visual artists and collaborative artists.

This year's "Exploring Movement" curriculum has been developed in partnership with The Dance Place. This exciting program is part physical theater, part dance and part storytelling class. Students will learn to collaborate through expressive movement while exploring classical stories. 

  • Exploring Shakespeare

    • Ages 12-15
    • July 29 - August 9, 2019
    • 9am-2pm
  • Exploring Movement

    • Ages 12-15
    • August 12-23, 2019
    • 9am-2pm

Adventures in the Open | Extended Day Program

  • For those who would like to enjoy our campus and Maudslay State Park for a longer day, we are introducing an Extended Day Program. This class will run in weekly blocks, every afternoon and will be led by our experienced teaching staff. They will lead students throughout Maudslay for less structured — but no less fun — adventures. Students will also play active, cooperative games and do portable art projects while learning more about nature. Workshop students who stay for this class should pack a second snack.  

    • Ages 6-15
    • Duration: 1 Week Blocks
    • 2-5pm
    • Available Weekly, July 1 - August 23
  • Please note: This program does not replace our drop-in aftercare program, which will continue to be available. 


This program is designed for students who discover a passion for arts education. ArtsEd students will begin learning, in a hands-on way, how art, dance and theater can be employed to provide a positive and safe environment for creative expression and individual growth. This program also includes time spent each day discussing pedagogy with head teachers and program directors. To ensure a rewarding learning experience, this program has a limited enrollment and applicants will be selected by the Workshop Director. 

  • Ages 13-14
  • Duration: 4 Weeks
  • 8am-2:30pm
  • July 1-26, 2019

Early & Aftercare

Early/Aftercare is available mornings from 8am-9am and afternoons from 2pm-5pm for an additional fee of $12/hour. Participation can be arranged as needed on a day-to-day basis. Please note, we also have a new Adventures in the Open class that weekly meets from 2 - 5pm. This program offers more enrichment opportunities for those students who would like a longer day with their TITO friends.  

*On Share Days at the end of each session, there is no drop-in Aftercare option.

Scholarships | apply

Limited scholarships are available for qualified families.  In order to help as many families as possible, Theater in the Open commonly awards partial scholarships. Contact for more information.

Workshop 5: $245 [1 week]
Theater Arts Workshop: $495/505 per two-week session
Performance One: $950 [4 week session]
Teen Performance: $950 [4 week session]
Teen Exploring Literature, Art & Drama: $495 [2 week session]
Adventures in the Open: $150/Week
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