Performing Arts Education

Fostering creative growth

Auburn Public Theater partners with Auburn Public Schools & community centers to provide free performing arts classes for all ages in grades K-12. We also offer ongoing, dynamic and affordable classes & summer camps right here at the theater in film, theater & music. Our youth programs challenge and educate our community’s children and foster creative growth through shared artistic experiences. Tuition assistance and full scholarships available!

Vision & Mission

Our classes offer an accessible, safe and inclusive space that fosters talented and motivated students to do their best and pursue their dreams. We value diversity and respect each community member and their contributions equally. Click HERE to read more about our Vision & Mission for all of our education programs.

Summer Youth Programs

2021 SUMMER FILMMAKING WEEK

Make a film in a week!

Our summer young adult program in filmmaking gives aspiring filmmakers a hands-on education in how to breakdown a script, along with the basics of digital filmmaking, non-linear editing, lighting, directing and storytelling.  Participants work under the direction of media professionals at Auburn Public Theater.  With their newfound skills, students leave the program knowing the steps to create films independently.  Students learn how to take a script and turn it into a finished product.  No previous film or video making experience needed. The final film will also be screening at this year’s Cayuga Film Festival in November 2021!

Ages:  13 – 18

When:  Monday, July 19th through Friday, July 23   10am – 2pm

                 Film Screening on Saturday, July 24 at 10am

Teachers:
Juiliette Zygarowicz (view
Bio)Jenna Fields and Matt Drastal

Cost:
$150 or PAY WHAT YOU CAN! 

The mission of Auburn Public Theater has always been to provide affordable access to arts education for all. With many people struggling to recover from the pandemic, this year Auburn Public Theater is offering our summer camps for “PAY WHAT YOU CAN” tuition (normally $150). This tuition assistance is available thanks to the generous support of this year’s foundation partners, The United Way of Cayuga County, The John Ben Snow Foundation, The M&T Charitable Trust, The Mimi Fishman Foundation and Lyons National Bank.

   SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTER TODAY!

2021 EXCHANGE STREET RECORDS SUMMER ROCK CAMP

Write, collaborate, & Perform in a Band!

Our music summer camp offers an opportunity for young people to develop the skills needed explore the world of popular music. Whether a student in interested in playing guitar, drums, bass, ukulele, keyboards or just sing, they will learn todays favorite songs to play with a group. Students will also study successful techniques in the areas of improvisation, stage presence and live sound. Songwriting techniques and song structure with the goal of composing our own songs for performance and future recording will be covered. The week will conclude with a live performance event at Auburn Public Theater. Many summer students continue on with our fall music program and then join Perform For Purpose, a local youth music performance group that plays live concerts to raise funds for worthy causes. 

Ages 10 – 18

Monday through Friday, July 26 through July 30

9:00am – 2:00pm

Friday, July 30 at 6:30pm – live concert performance

Teachers: Jim VanArsdale and Kirstin Shepard

*Skill and Equipment Requirements for Rock Band Camp:

For guitar, students should be familiar with open chords (with barre chords preferred) and be able to read basic chord charts. Bring your own electric guitar, tuner and cable. Amplifiers are provided.

For bass, students should be familiar with basic tablature and techniques and be able to read basic song charts. Bring your own electric bass, tuner and cable. Amplifiers are provided.

For drums, students should be familiar with basic techniques and be able to understand basic song charts. Just bring your sticks!

For keyboards and vocals, students should be familiar with basic techniques and be able to understand basic song charts. Just bring yourself!

 

 

The mission of Auburn Public Theater has always been to provide affordable access to arts education for all. With many people struggling to recover from the pandemic, this year Auburn Public Theater is offering our summer camps for “PAY WHAT YOU CAN” tuition (normally $150). This tuition assistance is available thanks to the generous support of this year’s foundation partners, The United Way of Cayuga County, The John Ben Snow Foundation, The M&T Charitable Trust, The Mimi Fishman Foundation and Lyons National Bank.

   SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTER TODAY!

To register for our summer programs, please fill out the
registration form and email it to
janie@auburnpublictheater.org.

We are proud to partner with Auburn Public Schools & community centers to provide free arts programs for all ages in grades K-12. These programs include a “music club” version of our Exchange Street Records class, music video production, yoga, free film screenings at APT & more. APT currently runs free programs in partnership with Booker T. Washington Community Center, Auburn High School, Auburn Junior High School, Casey Park Elementary, Seward Elementary and Genesee Elementary.

 

APT educational programs are made possible through the generous support of:

Cayuga Community Fund an affiliate fund of the Central NY Community Foundation; Marie C. Bean Harris and Evelyn B. & Emery S. Osborn Funds (administered by the Central NY Community Foundation). The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, The John Ben Snow Foundation, The Kiwanis Club of Auburn, The Nelson B. Delavan Foundation, Lyons National Bank, J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc., The Mimi Fishman Foundation, M&T Bank, NYSCA, The Guido and Ellen Palma Foundation, SKARTS Skaneateles Area Arts Council, The United Way, and Wegmans.

 

Kids cinema at Auburn Public Theater
Kids cinema at Auburn Public Theater
Auburn Public Theater receiving Lyons Check
Kids in the studio at Auburn Public Theater