Professional Theatre For Maine

The Public Theatre is currently accepting applications for its

July 10 - 28, 2017.

WANTED! 16 students (ages 11-16) WHO LOVE ACTING! - Gain Serious Acting Skills while having Serious Fun!

Apply now to schedule an audition.

Early Bird Tuition Rate - $475 - apply by March 31st.

First round of auditions will be held in mid-March. Additional auditions will be scheduled until the program is full.

2013ClassPictureLogo 600The Public Theatre is seeking dedicated students ages 11-16 to participate in a three week intensive training program featuring master acting classes, stage combat, movement, voice and speech, singing and text analysis. The program will culminate in a free public performance on July 28th. 

Hear what our 2013 Summer Program Actors had to say

Whether you're an experienced young performer wanting intensive theater training, or a "raw talent" looking to channel your creativity and imagination, this high quality theatre program is for you. Taught by theatre professionals, with professional standards and insights, this challenging and inspiring program is a unique alternative to traditional “drama camps”.


Our Philosophy

YOUNGactors01.jpgPublic Theatre Co-Artistic Director Janet Mitchko says, “We’re not looking to reinforce old habits by having the single focus be the “putting on of a play”. In this training program we encourage each child to fully explore their imagination and intellect, challenging them to expand beyond their “comfort zone” and express themselves in an integrated and dynamic way.”

YOUNGactors02.jpg“We want young actors to tap into their potential in ways that might surprise them, and to understand that the process of creation is as important and exciting as the final show. Aside from improving their basic acting and concentration skills, students are taught to work as an ensemble and think on their feet, helping them to develop a greater sense of confidence and self esteem - all while having a ton of fun. Although there will ultimately be a performance piece, the goal of the piece is to showcase the skills they are learning, and reinforce a new way to think about performing.”

Application & Fees

Participation in this program is through audition only. Serious students who seek professional training are urged to apply.


July 10 - 28, 2017

Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition - $500
Early Bird rate - $475 - apply by March 31st.

Scholarships or discounted tuition will be available for a limited number of students with appropriate financial need.

Following Auditions, upon acceptance into the program, a non-refundable $50 deposit will be required to hold your space.

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Audition Information

YOUNGactors03.jpgStudents interested in attending this the program will be asked to audition with a memorized monologue of their own choosing. The monologue should be approximately one minute long and can be taken from a play, a poem, or adapted from another form of literature. Monologues that work best are those in which one character is talking to another character from whom they need something.

Also, please prepare a one-minute segment of a song which you may sing a cappella. Students should also provide a resume of their theatrical experience.


Students will have the opportunity to audition for the program starting mid-March, 2017.  Additional opportunities to audition will be scheduled in April and May, until all spots are filled. Serious students who seek professional training are urged to apply as soon as possible. You will be contacted upon receipt of your Audition Application for an Audition Appointment.

If you would like to apply, but might not be available on the audition date, please contact us at 782-2211.

Auditions will be held at:
The Public Theatre - 31 Maple St., Lewiston

Time - TBA

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How to Apply

Download Summer Program Information Pack (PDF) (Word) (zip files containing information & application)

Send the completed registration materials to:

The Public Theatre
31 Maple Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

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Those serious about pursuing acting are encouraged to apply regardless of their ability to pay. No scholarship application materials will be requested or accepted prior to the Audition process.A limited amount of scholarship funds are available.

If, after acceptance into the program you would like to be considered for scholarship funds, please let us know no later than May 8th, so that we may forward the appropriate materials.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017

Scholarship Support provided in part by:

Berube's Complete Auto Care

Robert & Jackie Laskoff

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Refund Policy

For registrations cancelled BY June 23rd

  • $450* refund made by check ($475 minus the $50 non-refundable deposit)

For registrations cancelled June 24th - June 30th

  • $225* will be refunded via check

For registrations cancelled AFTER June 30th, including after the class has begun

  • No refunds will be issued.

*Refund amount will be adjusted down if you received the Early Bird tuition of $475

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Professional Theatre faculty for the program includes:

Barbara Helen Baker - Program Director/ Master Acting Teacher

Ms. Baker has been writing, directing, teaching and performing in theatre for over 30 years. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, as well as SAG and AFTRA, and in 2000 appeared as Aunt Mae in The Public Theatre’s production of “Italian American Reconciliation”.

Since 1997 she has been committed to and focused primarily on training young actors, and taught at an acclaimed theatre program in San Antonio Texas. Continually interested in furthering her own education as an actress and teacher, she participated in the esteemed Master Acting Teacher Workshop with Ron Van Lieu, Chrisopher Bayes, and Slava Dalgachev at The Actor’s Center in New York.

A former resident of Maine for many years, Ms. Baker has returned to spend some time with her grown family, and is eager to bring her theatrical experience to the children of Maine. While living in Maine, Ms Baker produced the Fame in Maine project which featured a 17 year old Patrick Dempsey.

Katy Cavanaugh - Voice and Singing

A native of Wisconsin, Mrs. Cavanaugh worked as a professional singer, dancer, actress in New York and Los Angeles for 12 years. Credits include: Broadway/National tours: Cats (u/s Grizabella and Demeter), Anything Goes (Lincoln Center revival), Disney Magic (Snow White) at Radio City Music Hall. Off Broadway/ Regional: Leading roles in productions at Musical Theatre Works, NYC (Hamelin), York Theatre Company, NYC (Nephrotite), Robert Townsend Theatre Center, LA, Goodspeed Opera House (Phyllis in Mr. Cinders), Sharon Playhouse, CT (Lizzie in Baby and Sandy in Grease), North Carolina Theatre Company (Jesus Christ Superstar), Theatre by the Sea, NH (Gilmer in Godspell). Other favorite rolls include Sheila in Hair and Katy in Liz Swados’ Runaways. Other TV, Film, Music credits include: Little Feet (Chanticleer Films), Field in the Heart (Natural Company), Another World, numerous TV commercials, jingles, and industrial films, featured soloist in the Nashville Music Express, a Columbia Artists national tour (premiere performance at The Grand Ole Opry). Katy attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Musical Theatre major) and currently serves as faculty (applied arts, voice) at Waynflete School in Portland.

Angela Bonacasa - Stage Combat

Ms. Bonacasa relocated from Chicago to Maine in April of 2007. She is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, as well as an experienced fight director, actress, director, monologue and scene coach, and has extensive experience as a workshop coordinator.

She has worked as a fight director and choreographer at theatres in Chicago, New York, and across the country on productions such as Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Henry IV, Part 1, Macbeth, The Oresteia, and Peter Pan (and many more).

Every summer, Angela serves as the Coordinator for the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Stage Combat Program, as well as being brought in throughout the year to serve as a scene coach and director of stage combat finals performed by NCSA sophomores and juniors.

Prior to her move, Angela was on staff of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Actors Gymnasium. She has also been a guest artist at numerous institutions, including the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Purdue University and Texas Tech. Most recently she has done fight direction and consulting for The Penobscot Theater Company, The Theater at Monmouth, Orono Community Theater, and the Belfast Maskers.

Janet Mitchko - Voice and Speech, Theatre Games

A professional actress, teacher and director for over 20 years, Janet is currently the Co- Artistic Director for The Public Theatre. In addition to performing at The Public Theatre, she also serves as its casting director and has directed over 30 acclaimed productions. Prior to her life in Maine she earned her living as an actress, director and acting teacher in NYC. Over the years she has been heard as the voice of KitchenAid as well as other numerous products. Teaching credits include: The American Academy or Dramatic Arts, Colby College, USM, Steppingstone Theatre, as well as private coaching. She is a graduate of the Acting program at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Christopher Schario - Guest Teacher

Christopher Schario has been a professional director and actor for 40 years. He has directed and performed Off-Broadway, national tours, regional theatre, summer stock, dinner theatre, films, television and commercials. He has taught acting and directing at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Carnegie-Mellon University, University of Colorado, University of Tennessee and privately in NYC. His adaptation of A Christmas Carol has been published by Dramatists Play Service and has been performed by professional and amateur theatres throughout the world. He is in his 21st season as the Executive/Artistic Director of The Public Theatre.

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