First look at the Teen Theater Summer Institute

The theater at the 14th street Y is excited to be holding their second summer of the Teen Theater Summer Institute. This two week program allows students entering 6th grade to students entering 9th grade a chance to:

  • Design their own program, based on their interests
  • Meet other teens who are passionate about shaping the future of theater
  • Study with experts in the areas of acting, singing, dancing, and more
  • Have access to a state-of-the-art blackbox theater
  • Explore how performance can change the world

Ashley Griffin, the Assistant Camp Director and Lead Teaching Artist at the Teen Theater Summer Institute this summer gave us a little more information about what to look forward to in this upcoming camp!


A little bit about Ashley Griffin, she is most well known as the creator of “Twilight: The Unauthorized Musical Parody”, for which she also originated the role of Bella. She also recently made her Broadway debut as Elphaba in the For Good, “Wicked” special event concert at the Gershwin Theater. Ashley holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has studied at The Boston Conservatory, and Hamilton Academy of Music.

Ashley, tell us a little bit about the summer program?

The Teen Theater Summer Institute is a theater intensive aimed at middle school students.

It is a really fun opportunity to not only learn more about theater but to make wonderful new friends and to gain life skills for everything from high school to college to public speaking to leadership skills! The camp is a great opportunity to receive theater training, build more confidence and have one-on-one industry professional mentors.

With this being the second summer of the Teen Program and your second summer working with it, what are you looking forward to this upcoming season?

I really loved working with the kids last summer. A really great ensemble was created from the beginning of the session to the end. It was obvious that everyone became great friends. Students came out of their shell, felt more comfortable, let loose, and also really grew as people. It was cool to see the life changes that came out of this summer camp. Not only did students become more passionate about theater but some students found the courage and drive to audition for NYC theater programs after this experience. I am very much looking forward to these same experiences and discoveries this summer.

How can we learn more?

Registration is now open on the 14th street y website.

Click here for more information about the exciting summer program!

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