Summer Stage began seventeen years ago with the mission to help kids grow as people as much as they grow as performers. Summer Stage has always given young performers a place to be themselves, feel part of a strong social group, build their self-confidence and discover all the wonders of theater. We take much of the focus off the final production and redirect it to each individual performer learning, growing and having a great time.

 This year we have planned our most exciting Summer Program yet!!! We’ll have plenty of new and exciting games and exercises, and old favorites such as “Halloween in July” “Murder Mystery Day” and “Who’s Line is It Anyway Day”

We are joined by special guest professionals such as David Stickney (Owner Pastimes Interactive Theater), Richard Rininsland (Theater Columnist/Stage Combat Instructor) , Barbi Calusdian (Tonya’s Dance Academy), Christian Galpin (Director “Speed of Thought Players” )

The Summer Stage day includes breaks for snack and lunch, and several activities during the day spent outdoors.

Students perform fun and dramatic works for friends and family on the final Friday of each session, but Summer Stage is much more than just rehearsing a play. Through games, exercises and activities each individual student has an equal opportunity to grow as a performer.

As a Theater Director and educator lead instructor DEAN CALUSDIAN has worked with children of all ages. In addition to Summer Stage, Dean is a theater enrichment specialist with various school systems including Ursuline Academy and Norwood public schools. He is also a film director who's work has been screened in both the United States and Europe. 

Co-Teacher MATT LANDRY started with Summer Stage as a student 17 years ago, and since then has acquired much experience as a performer and educator. Having spent several years in Los Angeles he has worked in both television and film, and performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.  He currently works with Ward After-school program in Newton.