Hiram Institute of Theatre


July 15 - 18, 2015 (Residential)

Age:  Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors

Cost:  $325

Hiram Institute of Theatre (HIT) is designed to be an acting-intensive program for students to focus primarily on a specific style of acting and musical performance.  Dedicated high school students will focus their energy on learning the skills and values that make Vaudeville one of the most explosive forms of live theatre. Focus areas will include movement, dance, vocal quality, improvisational technique, and character study. HIT will conclude with a Saturday night exhibition that will be open to family and friends.

The objective of HIT is to instill the qualities of performance that dedicated actors gain through intensive training. By using the skills of the past, we can produce better performers for the future.

What is Vaudeville?

From the 1880s to the 1920s, Vaudeville was the most popular form of entertainment in America. At a time when America was becoming more culturally diverse, this form of variety show promised something for everyone. Magicians, jugglers, actors, dancers, comedians, musicians, acrobats, ventriloquists, and more promised "A Dazzling Display of Heterogeneous Splendor."   Performers such as W.C. Fields, Buster Keaton, Kate Smith, the Three Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, Abbott and Costello, and Judy Garland began their careers in Vaudeville.  In this workshop we will explore the history of Vaudeville and the beginnings of musical theatre, as we create our own entertainment with comedy routines, songs, dances, and other acts. From the truly talented, to the unusual and quirky, we can use it all.  Bring your instruments, tap shoes, and individual talents!

Hiram College will award a $1,000 Summer Academy Scholarship to every high school student who attends a 2015 summer academy and enrolls as a full time student at Hiram College. Only one Summer Academy Scholarship will be awarded per new student. The scholarship is renewable up to four years. (For a total of $4,000 in scholarship award at $1,000 per year for four years.)

Who conducts the Hiram Institute of Theatre?

Betsy Bauman, Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Theatre Department

Carl Skorepa, Technical Director and Designer, Theatre Department

Where is the Hiram Institute of Theatre?

The Hiram Institute of Theatre is a four-day, residential summer learning experience held on the Hiram College campus, located in Hiram, Ohio.  Hiram's campus is a 45-minute drive from Cleveland and Akron.  Participants will stay three nights in a residence hall.

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Other Requirements for Participation

Reference: On the registration form, students are asked to provide the name, title, telephone number and email address of a teacher or guidance counselor who is willing to serve as a reference on their behalf.  We assume that references are aware that students have used their names and that they may be contacted.

Register Early! Space is Limited!

The first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.  High school students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are welcome to register.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  

The deadline for registration is July 1, 2015.   Interested students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Notification of Acceptance

Once students have registered and paid in full, their registration materials will be reviewed by the faculty leading the institute.  As soon as a student has been approved, Lisa Schneider will send out an email notifying the student that he or she has been accepted to attend.

A week or so before the Hiram Institute of Theatre, students will receive via email a link to materials for the institute including:

  • Hiram Institute of Theatre Schedule
  • Family Invitation to the performance on 
  • Emergency Medical Form (must be signed by your parent or guardian in order to participate)
  • Directions to Hiram College
  • Campus Map
  • List of Items to Bring with You

Refund Policy

Full payment must accompany registration to be considered for acceptance.  A full refund will be issued for those students not accepted into the academy.  Students who choose to withdraw at least three weeks prior to the first day of the academy will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be made after that date.


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