Academy for Young Performers

ABT Academy

ABT’s Academy for Young Performers provides children interested in the performing arts the opportunity to explore their creativity and expand their imagination. All classes focus on acting, music, and movement instruction. Classes are great for beginners but are also effective for those with theatre experience.

ABT’s Academy for Young Performers INSTILLS and INSPIRES young people to develop an appreciation for the performing arts through education and exploration of those theatre skills. Our qualified staff is excited to TEACH, MENTOR, and MONITOR our young performers during their time with us. We pride ourselves on NURTURING the creative minds and artistic thoughts of all young performers!

Summer 2023 Academy

Children, pre-teens, and teens can discover the world of theatre this summer at ABT’s Academy for Young Performers. From Monday to Friday, for either one or two weeks, campers will learn theatre warm-ups and games, audition for roles, and learn about staging, choreography, and music with professional artists as their instructors. They will also get behind-the-scene experience as they create costumes, props, and sets, and all will receive a role in the production and perform on the Saturday following the last day of their camp.

ABT’s Youth Academy is a great way to help your child with working in groups, improving communication skills, promoting self-motivation and discipline as well as building confidence.

Teaching Assistants Needed for Summer 2023 Academy Camps

If you’re 13 years or older, have a passion for theatre, and enjoy working with kids, ABT’s Academy for Young Performers has a summer opportunity for you!

Gain hands-on experience and valuable knowledge working alongside industry professionals as a teacher’s assistant for one of ABT’s four summer camps. Participation as a TA may lead to future opportunities within ABT’s Education department. Past TAs have gone on to hold positions within the company.
The ideal candidate has a positive go-getter attitude, works efficiently with others, and is organized and reliable.
Duties include:

-Rehearsing with small groups

-Being a positive and professional role model for all campers
-Working backstage during the performance and lending support to teaching artists wherever needed.

All interested candidates, please email ABT’s Education Director, Stephen Hohendorf.
Subject Line: Academy TA. Please include a theatrical resume, a work resume, if you have one, and a brief cover letter in the body of your email describing why you would love to be considered for this position.

Summer camp schedule 2023

This camp is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, feel free to contact the Box Office.

Ages 7 – 11
June 12 – 23 (TWO WEEKS) | Monday  Friday | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Performance date: Saturday, June 24 at 9 a.m.
Tuition: $400

About the show: Disney’s Finding Nemo Jr is a 60-minute musical adaption of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Journey across the ocean with Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, to find his son Nemo with the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang. 

*Before and after care available 7:30 – 9 a.m., 2 – 4 p.m

This camp is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, feel free to contact the Box Office.

Ages 7 – 11

June 26 – 30 | Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. — 2 p.m.*
Performance date: Saturday, July 1 at 9 a.m.
Tuition: $250

About the show: Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids is a fur-raising, musical adventure featuring Disney’s most outrageous villain, Cruella De Vil, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. Join pet owners Roger and Anita, Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita, and their spunky litter of puppies in London to fend off the infamous Cruella De Vil from stealing the puppies for her fur coat.

*Before and after care available 7:30 – 9 a.m., 2 – 4 p.m

Ages 12 –16
July 10 – 21 | Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Performance date: Saturday, July 22 at 9 a.m.
Tuition: $400

About the show: The Wizard of Oz Youth Edition is an adaptation of the classic MGM film, but for pre-teens and teens. Embark on a journey with Dorothy and her loyal companion Toto as they “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” through the Land of Oz, determined to reach Emerald City, where the great and powerful Wizard of Oz will help them get home. Encounter witches (both good and bad), Munchkins, talking trees and winged monkeys, all while befriending a Scarecrow with no brain, a Tin Man with no heart, and a Lion with no nerve.

Ages 7 – 11
July 24 – 28 | Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. | Friday: 3 – 7 p.m.
Performance date: Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m.

Tuition: $250

About the show: Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course… sharing snacks.

Before and After Care

Before and after care is available for both Session A and Session B summer camps and can be purchased either per week or by days needed.

Before care: 7:30 – 9 a.m.
After care: 2 – 4 p.m. 

To reserve before and after care, or for more information, please contact the Box Office:
Call 623.776.8400 x0 or email


ABT makes every effort to provide performing arts education and experiences to all interested children and teens, regardless of their ability to pay, and offers a select number of scholarships.

To apply for Scholarship Opportunities, please print out the paperwork and submit.
Deadline to apply for a scholarship: TBD

Return completed paperwork by mail or contact the Box Office: 

Academy for Young Performers Summer Camp
Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W. Paradise Ln.
Peoria, AZ 85382

Fax to 623.776.9974, ATTN Box Office

 at the Box Office during regular business hours (7 Days of the Week, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Please contact our Education Director, Stephen Hohendorf at 623.776.8400 or by email.
“We are so pleased with the experience our daughter had at camp and we are really impressed by the team... and the amazing result at the end. It honestly doesn't compare to any other camps we've attended. Our daughter loved camp and is so excited for next year. We appreciated as parents how organized everything was, and knowing our daughter was having a meaningful experience. Our family enjoyed every minute of it.”
- Jennifer N.
Thanks for an amazing experience! I was so impressed with the entire experience and our family was blown away by the performance that you all put together and how well all the kiddos did that day! [My daughter] can’t stop talking about it!”
- Katie Y.
“The course was excellently run, it was organized and professional, your team was always courteous and polite. A wonderful experience all around for us.”
-Teresa G.