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Submit a Play to our First Ever Staged Reading Weekend!

  • ​Submissions are now closed. Please check again next spring!
  • ​Stay tuned for our lineup announcement! 
  • ​Want to be part of a reading!? Let us know!
  • ​​ For more submission opportunities at other theatre, visit PlaySubmissionsHelper.com/blog for a list of tons of contests and other play submission opportunities with deadlines coming up this month.

Upcoming Youth Auditions:​​


Season 2 Auditions will be announced June 9!


Audition Workshops are 530-630 on the first day of auditions. Get comfortable with the Director and Assistant Director and the space before your audition for only $5!


Auditions are rolling, so come anytime during any audition session. And no need to prepare anything - auditions will consist of a cold read from the script. If you would like to read the script in advance, you are welcome to stop by the office to borrow one ($10 deposit in case of loss or damage required).


If cast, youth participants must pay a fee to be involved. We offer scholarships if this is an issue for anyone, no questions asked!

Youth Fall Classes 2018

More info coming in June!

Summer Camp 2018
All camps:
-run 9a-4p Mon-Thur and 9a-12p Fri, unless indicated
-are subject to a minimum and maximum enrollment
-are BYOL: Bring Your Own Lunch
-registration: $150/members, $175/non-members. On the first day of camp, provided room is still available, registration prices are $175/members, $200/non-members. 
-before (7a-9a, M-F) and after (4p-7p, M-Th) care is available for an additional $20/day or $75/week.
-camp tee shirts also available for an additional cost.
-scholarships available upon request
-coupon for participation on any of our full youth productions is included with camp registration


All camps include:
-27 hours of instruction
-all required materials, including scripts that participants get to keep
-theatre games and skills
-a full-scale performance at the end of the week, free to attend!


Week 2: June 11-15, ages 12-17
Divided We Fall: A Series of Teenage Monologues
Everyone has some burden, but shared pain is always easier to bear. This monologue-based play is sure to strike the hearts of teens, showing them that any frustration, embarrassment, loneliness, and grief they are experiencing is not limited to them alone.


Week 3: June 18-22, ages 3-5
Toddler Character Movement I
The participants in this class will learn about movement as an assigned character, the character of their choice, and as self-expression. The performance on the last day will include at least one of the characters.
-AM SESSIONS ONLY 9a-1p, includes snack time
-registration: $75/members, $100/non-members


Week 4: June 25-29, ages 10-17
Write & Perform
The participants in this class will each write a scene, with the guidance of a produced playwright, collect all the necessary materials, and rehearse, each participant rotating jobs and responsibilities. The final day of camp will be a performance of all the participants' scenes.


Week 5: July 9-13, ages 9-14
How to Kill a Mockingbird
Five less-than-stellar students meet to work on their group English project. Their assigned reading: Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Unfortunately, not one of the five has actually read the book. In fact, nobody even brought a copy of the book along. Worst of all, they're not exactly sure what the title of the book even is! Thus begins a hilarious series of guesses and assumptions, which culminate in a massive conspiracy theory about the book and the true threat of mockingbirds!


Week 6: July 16-20, ages 8-17
Hammie: Shakespeare's Hamlet in Twenty-Five Hilarious Minutes
Written by The Downeaster's own Executive Artistic Director, Hammie is a one-act gut-splitting version of the famous tragedy, modernized and minimalistic, with the addition of video games, corporate coffee, pop culture references, and a splash of cross-dressing. Foam swords and absurdity abound in this half-hour romp.


Week 7: July 23-27, ages 3-5
Toddler Character Movement II
The participants in this class will learn about movement as an assigned character, the character of their choice, and as self-expression. The performance on the last day will include at least one of the characters.
-AM SESSIONS ONLY 9a-1p, includes snack time
-registration: $75/members, $100/non-members


Upcoming Adult Auditions:

Season 2 Auditions will be announced June 9!


Sponsor a Show!

We offer several levels of sponsorship and benefits. Once you choose a level, fill out and return this form.

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Current Opportunities:

  • Internships for high school seniors or college students. Use the contact us to send us your theatre resume and set up an interview!
  • Assistant Director positions open! Send your theatre resume and a statement as to why you want to AD at The Downeaster and which production(s) speak(s) to you and why.
  • Set Design and Construction: Help design and build awesome sets for our upcoming productions! Send photos of previous work and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Costuming: Help shape the characters this season with wardrobe! Send photos of previous work and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Lights: Light up the stage! Let us know your previous experience and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Props: Create the world of each production with props! Let us know your previous experience and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Board Members: contact us with your interest!
  • Volunteers: construction, painting, box office, concessions, ushers, fliering, audition assistants, and merchandise sales.