Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy

Unscripted! (age group; 13-17 years)

Have you wondered how the arts can influence your world?  Would you like to investigate the “big” issues in your life? If so, these workshops are for you. Using your creative talents, say what is on your mind!

Registration deadline for all classes is two weeks prior to the start of the class. 

Minimum enrollment must be met two weeks prior to the class start date.



Age: 13 – 18 years

Unscripted! – Create/Design/Write/Perform Your Own Revolution!

This is a two-week intensive that invites students to develop their creative talents through an arts-based strategy to address issues in their lives and communities. Participants meet community leaders and collaborate with other participants in a cross-disciplinary project that explores social justice through the performing, visual, and literary arts.  Who knows what will be created- a theater script? A musical? Performance arts? Come be a part of this exciting creative process!

Register for either week or both weeks.

Unscripted – Week 1: The Process!

Participants experience the process of playwriting as they explore the topics important to them.   Students meet with key community leaders in learning and listening sessions then explore these ideas in their own creative process.  A facilitator helps to guide budding playwrights and artists in partnership with professional artists/mentors. Master classes in music, theater, musical theater, and dance provide inspiration and technique. The week culminates in a staged reading/blocking of the collaborative new work.

Tuition: $195 (scholarship assistance available)
Class Dates:
July 9-13, 9-5 p.m.
SCAA 100
 Ashley Bingaman, Community Leaders, and SCAA staff

Unscripted – Week 2:  The Performance!

Participants develop their production and performing skills by producing the fully-staged new work that was written the week prior. For context and further inspiration, students go behind-the-scenes to watch/learn about the rehearsal process and tour the facilities used by Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, Shenandoah’s in-house professional theatre company. In addition to the production and performance exploration, students further explore social issues important to them in master classes with professional artists in these fields. The week culminates in a fully-staged production of the new work created the previous week at a fun non-traditional venue in the Winchester community.

Tuition: $195 (scholarship assistance available)
Class Dates: July 16-20, 9-5 p.m.
Location: SCAA 100
Instructors: Ashley Bingaman, Community Leaders, and SCAA staff