In-Person Summer Youth Performance Workshops

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Monday, July 5, 2021 - 10:00 to Sunday, August 15, 2021 - 15:00

Ensemble Theatre Company
Announces In-Person Summer Performance Programs for Ages 8-19

Wednesday, April 21...Santa Barbara, CA... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) — Santa Barbara’s professional resident theater company — announces two in-person theater workshops for aspiring young performers. Under the direction of award-winning actor/director Brian McDonald, ETC’s Young Actors Conservatory (YAC) is a thorough theater arts training program offering aspiring performers the experience of working in a professional setting alongside working theater artists. Students receive challenging and innovative training supported by a comprehensive curriculum that balances performance and technique.

“We are so excited to be moving forward with in-person learning this summer,” said McDonald. “Although we found creative ways to provide educational programs throughout the pandemic, there is no substitute for the personal interaction and engagement that is vital to a performing arts training program.”

For the continued safety, health and well-being of our students and staff, each program will implement the use of masks and social distancing, as well as utilizing outdoor spaces at Marymount school. During the latter part of each program, classes will be held on stage at The New Vic, which has been upgraded to comply with the safety guidelines as set forth by local, county and state officials. Additionally, safety measures will be in place for audience members who wish to attend the performances in person.

The 2021 summer programs include the two-week workshop CAMP BROADWAY for students ages 8-12 and four-week intensive entitled THE MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP for students ages 14-19. Tuition prices range from $550 - $950. For families in need, ETC offers financial scholarships to cover the cost of tuition. For more information, please visit us online at or call 805.965.5400 ext. 541.


This two-week workshop offers aspiring young performers ages 8-12 the chance to expand their skills by exposing them to the fundamentals of acting, singing, and dancing. Perfect for students new to the stage or those looking for a challenge, this training program encourages risk-taking and growth with nurturing guidance from theater professionals. Individual attention, ensemble building, character development and improvisation exercises are used to enhance creative expression, positive self-image and confidence. The camp runs Monday through Friday, culminating in a Saturday afternoon showcase for family and friends.

Ages: 8-12 (No Audition Necessary)
Dates: July 5th – 17th, 2021
Times: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuition: $550


Aspiring performers ages 13-19 are selected by audition for this four-week intensive training and performance program. Under the direction of award-winning actor/director Brian McDonald, and a professional faculty, participants study vocal technique, dance and acting. Each year, the workshop culminates in a live musical production ETC’s stage. This year’s production is the high-octane 50’s pop musical Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition, which will be presented live on-stage at The New Vic.

Ages: 13-19 (Acceptance by Audition)
Workshop Dates: July 19 – August 12, 2021
Times: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Performances: August 13-15, 2021
Tuition: $950


BRIAN McDONALD (ETC Director of Education and Outreach) is an award-winning actor, director, and educator. He appeared in the National Tours of Miss Saigon and Forever Plaid. Regionally, he appeared on the stages of the Denver Center, Theatre Virginia, The Lyric Stage, La Miranda performing Arts Center, Ensemble Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center and the Ahmanson. As an actor, Brian was honored with many awards, including the Ventura Mayors’ Award for Emerging Artist, LA Weekly’s Best Supporting Actor Award and an Independent Award for his most recent performance in the one-man-show, Buyer and Cellar. Most recently, he directed It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at ETC. Other directing credits include the critically acclaimed world premiere of A Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Other Desert Cities, A Tuna Christmas, The Sunset Limited (with Joe Spano and Tucker Smallwood), Bus Stop (5 Ovation nominations including Best Play), MASTER HAROLD… and the boys (nominated for 3 Ovation awards Including Best Play) and the World Premiere musical, Hello! My Baby, written and conceived by Cheri Steinkellner. He also conceived and directed the critically acclaimed holiday musical review, A Rubicon Family Christmas. Brian’s work as a director has earned him a Santa Barbara Independent Award and StageScene LA Award for Best Director.

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) presents important new plays and innovative interpretations of classic works for a broad audience. ETC engages audiences with entertaining, compelling, and thought-provoking theatrical productions, develops the community's knowledge and appreciation of live stage productions, and offers a range of educational programs for young people.
ETC began as the Ensemble Theatre Project in 1978 under the direction of Joseph Hanreddy. For the first three years, plays were performed at Trinity Episcopal Church. In 1981, ETC made the 140-seat Alhecama Theatre its home for more than 25 years. Beginning in 2009, ETC undertook a $12.6 million renovation of the Victoria Hall Theater. It opened its new 300-seat home, the New Vic, in 2013. The New Vic has become a venue for dance, music, film, and lectures. After Joseph Hanreddy left Santa Barbara in 1985, Robert Grande Weiss became Artistic Director, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. Jonathan Fox assumed the position of Executive Artistic Director in September 2006 and saw the company through great expansion. Jill Seltzer joined ETC as its Managing Director in 2016. ETC, which became an Equity theatre in 1989, is Santa Barbara’s sole professional theatre company. The company, which presents five or six plays per season, has produced several American and West Coast premieres, and has garnered numerous awards over the years.

For more information about the summer programs, visit or contact Education and Outreach Director Brian McDonald at (805) 512-5223.

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