Summer Youth Conservatory

Theatre Quest

Summer Theatre Camp for Middle School Students

Theatre Quest is an exciting program for rising 6th-9th graders that offers week-long camps for aspiring actors to study a variety of theatre disciplines and train with professional theatre artists.

Classes are MON-FRI, 10:00a-5:00p. Early drop-off is available at 9:00am for an additional $25 / week. (Free of charge to UNC employees.)

All camps end the week on Friday with a performance sharing for friends and family.

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Develop comedic skills and discover why humor is such an essential ingredient in theatre and in life. Focus will be on monologues, scenes, physical comedy and improvisation.
Instructor: David McClutchey

Using games, movement and playwriting exercises, the students will write and act in a brand new play! All writing done by students.
Instructor: Lormarev Jones

Students dig deep into improv exercises, both short and long form, learning the basics of comedy. Focus will be on comedic scenes/performances.
Instructor: Lormarev Jones

Students focus on acting and singing solo songs from the musical theatre.
Instructor: John Dreher

Learn the ins and outs of group numbers and how to stop the show!
Instructor: John Dreher

What’s your favorite song? Learn the greatest hits of NOW while working on proper vocal technique and stage presence! We’ll sing music from some of today’s hottest stars!
Instructor: John Dreher

John Dreher was born and raised in Colorado. He’s studied music and singing for over 20 years and loves telling stories through song. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with his MFA in 2013, he moved to NYC where he has appeared in The Slap on NBC, and Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. He has appeared in musicals both off-Broadway and regionally including, Cabaret, Big River, The Last Five Years, Jesus Christ Superstar, Parade, Urinetown, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This is his 6th year teaching and learning in Theatre Quest/SYC and could not be more proud to be involved in such a vibrant arts community!

Lormarev Jones is a former Raleigh resident, having grown her resume on Triangle stages. She received her BA in Theatre from Meredith College and her MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College. As an actor, Lormarev has performed with several area companies, including Manbites Dog Theatre, Raleigh Ensemble Players, Theatre Raleigh, and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. As a choreographer, her movement has been featured at Raleigh Charter High School, Research Triangle High School, and Deep Dish Theatre. She’s also worked as a stage manager, and a designer of Props, Costumes, and Sound. She has taught young people of all ages: as a teacher at ArtsTogether in Raleigh as well various classes and devised theatre workshops for area high schools. She currently resides in Cincinnati, where she freelances in all her areas of expertise.

David McClutchey is a professional actor, director, and choreographer with over 100 acting credits to his name, he has had the pleasure of working with some of the best talent in the triangle including: PlayMakers Repertory Theatre Company, Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Raleigh Little Theatre, Theatre in the Park, Temple Theatre, Deep Dish Theatre, Hot Summer Nights/Theatre Raleigh, and many more. Mr. McClutchey received his certification as an Advanced Actor/Combatant from the Society of American Fight Directors in the early 1990’s and since then has choreographed fights locally, nationally and internationally as well. Mr. McClutchey is currently the Director of Theatre for St. David’s School in Raleigh NC.

To register for classes, fill out the Theatre Quest Registration Form and return to PlayMakers at

2018 Summer Youth Conservatory Production


Our Theatre Intensive and Theatre Tech programs are for high school students who are ready to take it to the next level. PlayMakers offers a six-week practicum for high school students—both on stage and behind the scenes—combining top-notch teaching with unparalleled practical experience. Students work with professional directors, choreographers, musical directors, and theatre technicians at PlayMakers Repertory Company, which culminates in a professional-quality production for the entire Triangle to enjoy.

“The Conservatory is the biggest learning experience in acting and singing that I’ve ever encountered. I learned so much about scene work, text work, and character work.”Nora, Conservatory Student

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, PlayMakers is committed to ensuring that anyone accepted into the Theatre Intensive and TheatreTech programs will be able to participate regardless of financial need.


Rising 9th-graders to recent high school graduates participate in six weeks of intensive training and rehearsals towards performances in a professionally-realized production on the PlayMakers’ main stage theatre.

Audition required.


High school students train for six weeks alongside PlayMakers professional staff and visiting designers to learn about all aspects of technical theatre, apprentice in the field of their choice as they produce a professionally-realized production on the PlayMakers’ main stage theatre.

Admittance based on interview.

Registrations for 2018 Theatre Intensive and Theatre Tech are now closed.

Students interested in these programs for Summer 2019 can email Jeri Lynn Schulke at to be notified about auditions and interviews.

*PlayMakers is committed to ensuring that anyone accepted into the Theatre Intensive and Theatre Tech programs will be able to participate regardless of financial need.