Summer Arts Experience

The Professional Theater and Dance Youth Academy is proud to present the unveiling of a Summer Arts Experience, a four-week summer audition-based arts camp, serving grades 6th-9th with curriculum based arts classes in musical theater, dance, acting, and improv, as well as audio engineering and technical production. With a two-hour culminating performance showcasing the students’ artistic development to be held at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637). Auditions will be held on Friday, June 17th from 4-6pm and Saturday, June 18th from 10am-2pm at the University of Chicago Charter School – Woodlawn Campus located at 6420 S. University Ave; Chicago, IL 60637. All students should come prepared to audition for each program. The first day of camp will start Wednesday, July 6th and end Saturday, August 6th. Classes will be held Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm with free and reduced lunch for those students who qualify.


Audition Requirements:

  • Dance: comfortable, appropriate attire (t-shirts, leggings, shorts, etc.); ballet shoes and/or specialty shoes (jazz, tap, pointe, etc.). Choreography to be given.
  • Musical Theatre/Improv: well-prepared song choice to be performed a cappella (no background music), 45 seconds -1 minute in length, as well as a short-spoken word piece and/or monologue.
  • Audio Engineering/Technical Production: For students interested in audio engineering and technical production, be prepared to interview with our technical director, as well as bring a brief resume of past technical experience and a typed one- page essay on the importance of technical production.

Cost: The total camp cost is $375 per student. Students will be notified by Tuesday, June 21st of their acceptance into the program. A non-refundable deposit should be made by Tuesday, June 28th in the amount of $175 with the balance due on the first day of camp registration (Wednesday, July 6th). Please make all checks and money orders payable to the Professional Theater and Dance Youth Academy (PTDYA). For parents who require after-care until 5pm it will be available for an additional cost of $50.


If you have any questions or concerns about the Summer Arts Experience, please feel free to contact us via email at or via phone at 773-542-3PTD (773-542-3783).