Our Youth Programming compliments our Professional Training Series by offering teens the opportunity to train with some of Canada’s premiere theatre artists. This high quality and accessibly priced programing is designed for 13 to 18 year olds seeking both fun and mentorship from professional actors and youth educators in multiple theatre disciplines. Students can choose from musical or non-musical themed weeks.
Our first offering into programming for teens are the GhostLight Summer Camps. These Summer Camps sparks the creativity of live theatre performance in a digital and socially distant format. For two hours each day plus an extended performance day on the final Friday, our teachers introduce acting and musical theatre concepts that will be the foundation of a lifetime of enjoyment ... and possibly a career. Alternating between non-musical and musical theatre performance techniques, GhostLight Summer Camps help you take the stage in life!
Musical Theatre Camp: July 13 to July 17, 2020
Join us for a week, as we explore vocal technique, dance, acting through song, and practical training that will last a lifetime. Activities will include vocal and dance warm-ups, material from various musical theatre genres, acting technique for musical theatre auditions, guest artists, and much more. A showcase will take place on the friday, giving students the opportunity to perform for their fellow campmates. This can be a piece learned during the week, or something they've worked on outside of class (Showcase participation is optional). The week will be led by Amelia Welcher (Music director/vocal specialist) and Jaimie Henderson (Choreographer/ Acting specialist), two Toronto based performers who bring over 22 years of combined teaching experience.
Jaimie Henderson is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. As a graduate of UofT drama, Jaimie has spent her early professional career working in arts education, and choreographing for multiple Youth Theatre Programs. She has spent four summers at the Stratford Festival as the Head of Staff overseeing their summer Youth programs, and this fall just completed choreographing her sixth show for the youth company Innovative Arts. As an actor Jaimie most recently toured the award-winning production Mixed Messages with Mixed Company Theatre. Other select credits include: Anne & Gilbert (Josie Pye), Grease (Patty Simcox), Legally Blonde (Serena), The Seagull (Nina), and Cymbeline (Imogen.)
Theatre Camps : July 20 to July 24, 2020
This week will be taught by Izzi Nagel (The Guild Festival Theatre) and Luke Kimball (recently cast as Albus Potter in the Mirvish production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), two recent graduates of the Ryerson School of Performance. This week long camp will have students practising the fundamentals of acting technique to help them develop their talent, find their own voice, and have fun doing it! They will be taken through exercises to develop their skills with dialogue, movement, theatre creation, improvisation and even Shakespeare (don’t worry, it really will be fun)! This class will culminate in a one hour performance of a piece created by the teachers and students.
Izzi Nagel is a Toronto-based actor and writer who recently graduated from the Ryerson School of Performance just this year. At Ryerson, Izzi played such roles as Gertrude in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and Raina in G. B. Shaw's 'Arms and the Man' (both directed by Peter Pasyk). Izzi made her professional debut last summer in 'Anne' with the Guild Festival Theatre, and has acted in various other theatres (and parks!) around Toronto as well. She's thrilled to be working with GhostLight and support the vital work they are doing for our Canadian theatre community!
Luke Kimball is a Toronto-based actor and graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance, class of 2020! Luke made his professional debut in A Midsummer Night's Dream with The Festival Players of Prince Edward County during Graham Abbey's inaugural season as artistic director. During Luke's final year at Ryerson he was cast as Albus Potter in Mirvish's upcoming production of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", which is set to have its Canadian premiere in 2021.
Classes split based on age to ensure a rewarding experience for all
Classes run from 10am (EST) to 12 noon (EST) except for the last Friday, which will go until 1:00pm (EST)
Direct, one on one, interactive coaching with guest artists including:
At checkout please use the email address of the person attending the Camp - they will get the Zoom invitation for the class.
Classes are delivered over Zoom and students should have a Zoom login (non-paid version is fine) and be familiar with the online conferencing program. Students are recommended to have a microphone enabled headset (like those that come with cell phones) to ensure a good audio experience, as well as an open space where they can move and take part in our online workshops.
We recognize that sometimes plans change and you may have withdraw your teen from our program. Cancellations must be made via email to and at least 7 days before the first day of class and are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations after this date will result in complete forfeiture of fees. No refund, reduction of fees or credit will be granted for missed classes, withdrawal, or dismissal.