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Summer Spotlight

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Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance 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 will open in March 2024!


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

COST: $200


Summer Spotlight Intensives (High School+College)


Our Intensives are not camps – they offer a chance to immerse in all aspects of performance and behind-the-scenes work 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, and film 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 performance opportunities available in:

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

“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.

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. 


“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

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!

COST: $500


Tech & Management Intensive

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.

COST: $500 


Film Intensive

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!

COST: $500 


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 burgeoning 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.

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, and refreshments provided.

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.

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



So...what are YOU doing this summer?

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