Summer Theatre Classes & Summer Conservatory

The Stage West summer programs welcome younger students into a warm, professional environment to spark creativity, build confidence, practice co-operation and develop curiosity. Through the craft of theatre, we also deepen self-esteem, creative problem solving and communication skills. Come play with us in one of Ft. Worth’s most beloved and respected professional theatres.


Ages 13 – 19 | One Week Online Course for Teens: Acting in the Digital Age: Building Skills & Career Know-How

July 13-17

Morning sessions: 10:00 – 11:30 | Professional Seminars

Join the area’s top professional guest Teaching Artists—Douglas Davidson, CJ Critt and Joanne Zipay.

Seminars will feature topics such as

  • Acting for the Camera;
  • Voice Acting for Anime, Narration, Commercials & Video Games;
  • Diction: Unleashing the Power of Words.

Afternoon Sessions: 1:30 – 3:00 | Acting Coaching

Each student will work on monologues, directed by members of the Stage West staff. We will emphasize techniques for creating powerful performances on camera.

On Friday afternoon, the monologues will be recorded. Each student will receive a copy of their performance.

Fee: $200 (plus $5.95 registration fee). Scholarships available.
($50 cancellation fee once a student is registered.)

This fun and well-rounded program enhances artistic growth in a supportive environment within one of Fort Worth’s most respected, professional theatres.



Douglas Davidson has studied in New York City, LA and London. He currently teaches acting at TCC. He graduated from New York University, Tisch School for the Arts, BFA in 1987 and MFA in 1992. His professional training includes The Drama Studio, Actor Training Course, London; Practical Aesthetics with William H. Macy and David Mamet; Judith Weston, Directing Actors for Film, LA; and directing seminars with Martin Scorsese, Costa-Gavras and Spike Lee.

Joanne Zipay founded NYC’s Judith Shakespeare Company in 1995 and served as its Artistic Director for 20 years. She has taught, directed, dramaturged, and performed in the professional theatre coast-to-coast for over 40 years. Joanne studied Shakespeare at the Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego MFA program, and has also studied with John Barton of the RSC. She has taught students of all ages at institutions including Pace University, City College of NY, Stella Adler Conservatory, Children’s Shakespeare Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, National Shakespeare Conservatory, and Collin College. This season, she will direct Stage West’s production of Into the Breeches!

CJ Critt, an Audie Nominee and one of AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voices of 2008 is known as the original voice of Stephanie Plum, and has voiced the work of Anne Tyler, Larry McMurtry, Patricia Cornwell, Margaret Maron, Haven Kimmel, Joan Hess, and Barbara Kingsolver, in over 160 works of popular fiction for Harper Audio, Recorded Books, Penguin, and BBC America. CJ is a veteran of film, Broadway, Off Broadway, stand-up and spoken word. She has extensive writing credits, and original works, Suicide at 8 and Smoking Lips debuted at Dallas’ Big D Festival at Theatre Three. CJ’s Cursed with Bigness played in New York, as well as Arts & Letters Live in North Texas. CJ’s website – has numerous audio book samples, reviews and a list of recorded titles. Her most recent stage appearance was playing Rose, in The Children, by playwright Lucy Kirkwood, in its Southwest Premiere at Stage West.

What people have to say about our Summer Conservatory

"My daughter...had a great time! She recently auditioned for a lead role in a local production...using the Chekov techniques really made her stand out. She got the part!" – Steve, parent 2019 

"I think being here has pushed me out of my comfort zone to really identify this new part of who I am…you will find out so much about yourself just by being here."  –Toby, 2018

 “I learned so much about everything: like I learned places to audition, how to audition, what songs to sing, what monologue to do. And it was really really fun.” – Rose, 2018

"The directors really know what they’re doing and they give us information we can apply ...I can feel myself getting better and better.” – Maddie, 2018

“...I learned a lot about what it is like to work professionally, what it is like to go and get a professional audition and work with an agent…" – Ben, 2018


Registration Information

Please use the link after the desired course to register. We offer a payment plan for your convenience. Once you are registered, your spot in the class is reserved.

Questions? Contact us at education [at] or call 817-554-3613 for additional information.
Financial assistance for our programs is available on a case by case basis, as funds remain. Please contact us for more information.