Summer Youth Conservatory

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be able to offer some very limited programming this summer for students entering 8th grade through their first year of college in Fall 2021.

While we wish we could accommodate everyone, space is extremely limited, so reserve your spot today if your child is interested in joining us.

As always, we don’t want financial considerations to prevent anyone from participating. Please indicate if you’ll need financial assistance when you reserve your spot.

Please feel free to reach out to us at if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing some of your children this summer, and to move towards a time when we can all safely gather and experience the magic of theatre together.

Theatre Intensive June 21-July 2 | Theatre Quest July 12-23
TheatreTech Live July 6-9

Theatre Intensive 2021

Open to students entering 9th grade in Fall 2021 through Spring 2021 High School Graduates
NOTE: Prior singing experience required.

Coming out of this time of isolation, we would like to celebrate what musical theatre does best: brings people together and lifts up our circumstances for glorious examination.  Under the theme of Change and Transformation, we will be putting together a musical revue with choreographed group numbers and smaller ensemble and solo numbers chosen with each individual in mind, all under an outdoor tent but streamed live to your friends and families at home.

Classes will be held June 21-July 2 – 2 weeks!
Mondays thru Fridays from 9:00am-1:00pm

Classes will be held in person in an open air tent outside of the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.
Instructor: Tracy Bersley and Joanna Li

Cost: $350
Scholarships are available

Registration Deadline: June 1
Full Refunds until June 1
50% Refunds until June 14

Questions? Email us at

Theatre Quest 2021

Introduction to Devised Theatre

FULL – Waitlist available
Open to all students entering 8th grade in Fall 2021 through Spring 2021 High School Graduates

Devised Theatre allows young artists to explore the creation of new work from inception to performance. Students will create a new piece of theatre collaboratively over the course of two weeks. Through writing, research and movement work, the ensemble will create an original performance, while experimenting with viewpoints, learning about narrative arc and structure, and discovering their unique creative voice.

Classes will be held July 12-23 – 2 weeks!
Mondays thru Fridays from 9:30am-12:30pm

Classes will be held in person in an open air tent outside of the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.
Instructor: Lormarev Jones

Cost: $325
Scholarships are available

Registration Deadline: June 22
Full Refunds until June 22
50% Refunds until July 5

FULL! Interested in the waitlist? Email us at

TheatreTech Live 2021

Just Added!

Open to students entering 9th grade in Fall 2021 through Spring 2021 High School Graduates who meet the requirements*

Four day intensive in-person production workshops in:

  • Costumes – Open to all students with sewing machine experience* FULL – Waitlist available
  • Props
  • Scenery FULL – Waitlist available
  • Lighting
  • Limited spaces available in each department on a first come first serve basis.

    Classes will be held July 6-9
    Tuesday thru Friday from 9:30am-12:30pm

    Classes will be held in person in the shops of the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.
    Instructors: Jennifer Bayang, Andrea Bullock, Adam Maxfield, Laura Pates

    Cost: $175
    Scholarships are available

    Registration Deadline: June 15
    Full Refunds until June 15
    50% Refunds until June 28

    Questions? Email us at

    Our Summer Youth Conservatory Instructors

    THEATRETECH – Jennifer Bayang: Assistant Costume Director/Teaching Assistant Professor for the UNC/ PlayMakers’ Costume Shop. In that capacity she handles the day-to-day needs of the shop as well as teaching a graduate level seminar class on Costume Management. Additionally, she has coordinated costumes for several other PRC2 productions, including Your Healing is Killing Me, Temples of Lung and Air, Count, Mr. Joy, and Nina. Prior to joining us here at PlayMakers, Ms. Bayang draped for four seasons at Syracuse Stage, the regional theatre in residence at Syracuse University. There she worked with such designers as Paul Tazewell, Jessica Ford, Tracy Dorman, and Susanne Chesney. Ms. Bayang received her MFA in Costume Production from Boston University.

    THEATRE INTENSIVE – Tracy Bersley specializes in directing devised and movement based theatre. Tracy has choreographed at HVSF, Lincoln Center, Public, BAM, Lortel, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, The Civilians, and Red Bull. Also, guest artist/faculty at Yale School of Drama, NYU Tisch, Purchase College, Columbia, Princeton and Juilliard. Tracy runs an artist posse called DDT with two other performers/writers, whose work aims to transform the actor/audience relationship. Tracy received her MFA in Directing (Syracuse), currently serves as co-head the MFA acting program at UNC/Playmakers Rep, a member of SDC and a Drama League Fellow.

    THEATRETECH – Andrea Bullock: Over the past 7 years Andrea Bullock has been the Properties Master at PlayMakers Repertory Company. At PlayMakers she has worked with Students, undergraduate and graduate, and professionals to make the prop landscape of each show. Before her time at PlayMakers, she was the Properties Manager at South Coast Repertory (CA), Properties Supervisor at Two River Theatre Company (NJ), and the Assistant Properties Director at Studio Arena Theatre (NY).

    THEATRE QUEST – Lormarev Jones is a Director, Choreographer, and Educator currently based in Raleigh. She received her MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College. Lormarev has served as a director and choreographer at many theatres and high schools in the Triangle, including North Carolina State, Meredith College, Raleigh Charter High School, Raleigh Little Theatre and many others.  She is also a deviser, playwright, and solo performer.  Lormarev currently teaches at NCSU while continuing to freelance in all her areas of expertise.

    THEATRE INTENSIVE – Joanna Li earned her Bachelors of Music from Baylor University and her Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since then, she has music directed across the United States, including local organizations such as Theatre Raleigh, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Temple Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, and her own newly-formed company Two-Way Street Theatre, all while serving as the organist for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary.

    THEATRETECH – Adam M. Maxfield has been teaching graduate students in the Technical Production MFA Program at UNC Chapel Hill and serving as Technical Director for PlayMakers since 2010. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC Adam worked as a Senior Project Manager for the Scenic Technologies division in the Las Vegas branch of Production Resource Group, a worldwide supplier of entertainment equipment and labor. He has managed the fabrication and installation of scenery for many nationally televised award shows such as Billboard Music Awards, Vh1’s Rock Honors, MTV’s Video Awards, NHL Awards, and the Video Game Awards (VGAs). He has also been in charge of scenery for many corporate events and automobile introductions for such companies as Ford, GM, Toyota, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Forest Managers, Prudential Insurance, Hewlett Packard and IBM to name a few. Adam has a BA in Theatre and Communications from Idaho State University and an MFA in Technical Production from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in motion control, rigging – ETCP Certified, and metal fabrication. Other regional theatre credits include Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

    THEATRETECH – Laura Pates: In addition to working at various theatres throughout the Southeastern United States, particularly outdoor theatre, Laura has also enjoyed working for several companies in England and Scotland with youth and outreach programs. In 2015, Laura was one of 3 winners in the USITT Tech Expo with the “No Rain Delay” exhibit. Laura received her BA in Theatrical Design and Production from Guilford College and her MFA in Technical Production from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in various types of welding and digital imaging programs.