Summer Spotlight | Troy University

Summer Spotlight

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Troy University presents the Summer Spotlight series each year for creative people of all ages looking to grow and develop their interests and talents in and through the Arts.  TROY bas been proud to offer this high-quality, inclusive, accessible, and affordable summer experience for over 10 years.

Registration for Summer Spotlight Camps and Intensives is open!


Summer Spotlight Youth Camps (ages 4-13)


Our youth camps are perfect for young creative minds and bodies who want to explore and play!  Spend a week on the Troy campus experiencing various activities in performance, crafts, and creative making, then finish out the week with something to showcase for family, friends, and community.

Creative Drama Camp
“Mini Spotlighters” 
Ages 4-7

June 24-28, 2024

Choose From:
Morning Session: 9:00am-12:00pm
Afternoon Session: 2:00pm-5:00pm

COST: $125



Creative Drama Camp
Ages 8-13

July 7-12, 2024

Sunday Orientation: 2:00-5:00pm
Daily Camp: 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday Night Showcase: 7:00pm

COST: $200


Visual Arts Camp
Ages 10-14

Comicamp Kid drawing

June 24-28, 2024

Daily Camp: 9:00am-5:00pm
Spend a week exploring character creation, drawing, and comic book production - storytelling meets visual arts!

COST: $200


Summer Spotlight Intensives (High School+College)


Our Intensives are not camps – they offer a chance to immerse in all aspects of performance, behind-the-scenes work, and artmaking alongside other talented and committed young artists.  Spend a week with visiting guest artists and TROY faculty and student staff, and leave with greater experience, exposure, and confidence…not to mention friendships and memories to last you through the year. Recommended for serious students or anyone interested in exploring a possible major or career in the Arts.

Spend a Week at TROY

Immersed in theatre, dance, film, and studio art performance and production on the Troy campus, train and perform alongside other talented young artists. Sharpen your craft, expand your network, make lasting friendships, and gain valuable experience for your future. Classes, workshops, and opportunities available in:

  • Acting
  • Audition Techniques
  • Choreography
  • Construction
  • Musical Theatre
  • Ceramics
  • Stage Management 
  • Filmmaking
  • Drawing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Movement
  • Sculpture
  • Stage Combat
  • Improvisation
  • Painting
  • Design Basics
  • Voice  
  • Video Editing
  • Modern/Contemporary Dance
  • Sound & Lights
  • Ballet
  • Photography
  • Commercial Dance
  • Puppetry
  • Devised Theatre
  • Storyboarding
  • 3D Printing

“Attending Summer Spotlight was a turning point in my life. I had never been exposed to such a high level of performance, and I was amazed with the progress that I made with my confidence and communication in just one week. ”

Baine Ellis  |  Cataula, GA


Work with guest artists

From NYC to LA, from south Florida to the Pacific Northwest and from dance and theatre, to film and television, to cirque and integrated arts – professionals from the field team up with TROY Theatre and Dance faculty to share their expertise and experiences with YOU.

Kieron Seargent

Kieron Seargent (2024)

Kieron Dwayne Sargeant was born in Trinidad and Tobago. He is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, drummer and dance researcher emerging out of the African-Caribbean Diaspora tradition. Kieron holds an MFA in Performance, Choreography from Florida State University, an MA in Community Dance from Ohio University, and a BA in Dance from the University of West Indies. Among his notable recognitions are the 2019 FA Ada Belle Winthrop King Art Endowment Award from Florida State, 2020 UNESCO Dance Fellowship and a Grant Wood Fellow in Interdisciplinary Performance in 2022 from the University of Iowa.

Mary-Catherine Chambliss

Mary-Catherine Chambliss (2009-2011, 2022)

Mary-Catherine Chambliss grew up with iTheatrics after meeting the team in 6th grade at the first Junior Theater Festival. Over 17 years, she has worked with iTheatrics as an adjudicator, teaching artist, and associate choreographer for Choreography Videos. She received a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education from Troy University. During her time at Troy, she served on the founding staff of Summer Spotlight. Following her education, Mary-Catherine served as an Associate Teaching Artist at Lexington Children’s Theatre performing in The Cat in the Hat, Seussical, and Shrek the Musical. She performed with the Springer Opera House, Georgia’s State Theater in A Chorus Line, The Who’s Tommy, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Mary-Catherine made a move to New York City to act as Program Director for The Anderson School and develop curriculum for Manhattan Youth's Summer Musical Theatre Intensive. She most recently served Manhattan Youth as Education Director for The Professional Performing Arts High School, Simon Baruch Junior High School, Yorkville East Middle School, and The Anderson School. Mary-Catherine is thrilled to have found her way back to iTheatrics as the Education Director.

Zachary Dietz

Zachary Dietz (2022, 2024)

Zachary Dietz is an award-winning music director, conductor, educator, and keyboardist. His work on
Broadway includes Mrs. Doubtfire, Moulin Rouge, School of Rock, In the Heights, Beetlejuice, Wicked, The Lion King, Rock of Ages and others. He is also recognized for his work regionally, including the 10th anniversary of In the Heights (The Kennedy Center), Hands on a Hardbody with Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green (La Jolla Playhouse), and Clueless: The Musical with Amy Heckerling and Kristin Hanggi (Dodger Theatricals). His interest in developmental theatre extends beyond Broadway, including The Outsiders with music & lyrics by Jamestown Revival at the Goodman Theatre, Dogfight by Pasek & Paul at Lincoln Center, Children of Salt by Jaime Lozano at the NYMF Festival, New Works with William Finn at Barrington Stage, as well as residencies with New York University, Yale School of Drama, The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Troy University’s Danza in Arte a Pietrasanta. He is currently on faculty at the University of California Irvine.

Tad Wilson

Tad Wilson (2021, 2022)

Tad Wilson made his Broadway debut in the smash hit Rock Of Ages after originating his part in the Off-Broadway production of this piece. He went on to originate a featured role in Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert where he performed one of John Denver’s classics each night to a rowdy crowd. He was last seen on Broadway in Bonnie & Clyde and Gettin’ the Band Back Together. Tad has visited all corners of the United States while touring with the Broadway musical Sister Act as Joey, the thug. Other theatre credits include Les Miserable, The Fully Monty, The Civil War, Annie, Jekyll and Hyde, Wonderland, and the developmental pieces Somewhere In Time and Grumpy Old Men. In addition to his east coast concert appearances, Tad is proud to have sung on the stage of The Grand Old Opry with Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, and for President Bush at the White House. His voice can be heard on Broadway cast albums, television and video game voice-overs, and on iTunes with his band 10th & Carlisle.


The Price Is Right

At an average cost of $500 for the full week – including all meals, housing, supplies, and instruction – the TROY Summer Spotlight Intensives are easily the most affordable program in the Southeast. 

group performers with flashlights


“The opportunity to work with other like-minded artists is something filmmakers our age don’t get to experience. Through this intensive we got to experience that opportunity and see the awesome results of our work.”

Brandon Underwood  |  Leighton, AL

Performance Intensive

performers on stage pointing

July 21-27, 2024

Participants sharpen acting, dance, vocal, and movement skills daily, with room to choose your own classes in everything from musical theatre to puppetry to hip hop to playwriting.  Strengthen what you already have or break out and try something new - this week is all about YOU.  Auditions solidify your place in a company for the week, and the Spotlight Showcase at the end of the week for friends and family lets you take the stage!


Tech & Management Intensive

Students working with rigging

July 21-27, 2024

Our Tech & Management participants literally run the show! Each participant has the opportunity to try their hand at various technical theatre challenges and skillsets, experiment with design, and manage mini-productions throughout the week. The Spotlight Showcase at the end of the week - performed for friends and family - is completely managed by Tech & Management participants.



Film Intensive

young filmmaker at work

July 21-27, 2024

During Intensive week, a select group of young filmmakers will work together to write a script, create storyboards, plan a shot list, shoot scenes, edit footage, and ultimately showcase their short film for audiences at the end of the week...and beyond! The 2022 Summer Spotlight Intensive film, "SHORTCUT," was selected for the SWIFF film festival in NYC! and the 2023 student film, "Welcome Home," went on to screen at Sidewalk's Alabama Film Week in Birmingham. 



NEW!  Studio Art Intensive

young artist working with pottery

July 21-27, 2024

Spend a week immersed in artmaking, with time and space for you to hone your existing skills, try new approaches, and experiment with different media. Explore your own versatility with blend of traditional studio work and digital design and creation techniques. From still life sketching, photography, ceramics, 3D printing and acrylic painting to digital illustration, animation, and character design, you can tailor the week to your artistic goals. The Studio Art Intensive will stretch your creative process and offer a Spotlight Showcase of artwork at week’s end for family and friends at the International Arts Center!



Summer Spotlight Teachers Intensive

July 25-27, 2024  |  ALSDE-Approved Professional Development Event

Recharge this summer at the Troy University Summer Spotlight Teachers Intensive! Two days of high-energy learning will allow participants the opportunity to unpack and develop effective strategies to strengthen both new and established theatre programs. This intensive is ideal for all educators, whether they are a seasoned teacher, new teacher, teacher in training, afterschool program director, or classroom educator. This opportunity is also recommended for ELA or other content area teachers interested in integrating creative and performing arts approaches and activities.

Our focus this year is on the production side of teaching – choosing titles, planning seasons, show concept and artistic unification, auditions and casting, connecting productions to curriculum and standards, marketing and publicity, and technical and behind-the-scenes short, the many things that go into being not only a teacher but also a producer and director!  Plus, once you register, we'll ask YOU what you most want to learn or gain from the intensive, so the activities can be tailor-made to suit your needs.

Additional opportunities include observation of guest teaching artists leading the concurrent Performance, Tech, and Film intensives for high school students, as well as a Q&A with visiting professionals from the industry.

On-campus lodging, lunch, dinner, t-shirt, and refreshments are included with registration.

Cost: $200 per person |  Deadline to Register: July 1

This is an ALSDE-approved event.  Teachers will receive professional development credit hours in PowerSchool. Non-certified teachers and other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation, to include hours of credit.

For more information, contact Tori Lee Averett


Summer Spotlight Scholarships

Thanks to the kind and generous donations of parents, grandparents, community members, and supporters who want to see young people succeed through experiencing the arts, we are able to offer scholarship assistance for those who wish to be part of Summer Spotlight but may not be able to swing it without some help.  Through the Troy University Foundation, we offer partial scholarships to offset the cost of attending the camps and intensives. 

Deadline to submit is June 1.  Limited scholarships are available in full or partial amounts. Please note that all participants are required to pay the $50 deposit.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 334-808-6142.

Become a Summer Spotlight Scholarship Donor!

Interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help a creative young person get to Summer Spotlight?  Please contact us.

Pay Your Balance

If you've already registered for Summer Spotlight and paid the deposit and now need to pay the remainder of your balance, you can do so here! Please refer to your registration confirmation email for the amount of your remaining balance.  Contact with any questions.  All balances must be paid by the first day of camp/intensive.

Balances may be paid after May 1.


PAYMENTS ACCEPTED ONLINE through the first day of camp/intensive.



So...what are YOU doing this summer?





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