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Summer Intensives

A unique theater-making educational experience!

Students ages 13–18 can stretch their artistic muscles this summer and create a show in just one week! The Onstage Track is perfect for actors, dancers, and singers and the Backstage Track is where technicians and designers can dig deep on the show building process. Every week has a theme for the performance, and a specific area of focus for the Backstage Track.

Full and partial scholarship opportunities are also available. Scroll down to learn more!

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Need-based scholarships are available! Summer Intensives are accessible to ALL aspiring thespians and theatre lovers. Applications are now closed.


Rakesh Palisetty

RAKESH PALISETTY (he/him) (Onstage Track Director) is a theater, film, and opera director from New Delhi, India. His shows have been toured extensively across India. Select credits include Kimberly Akimbo Musical (Directing Fellow) at Atlantic Theater, Hedda Gabler at Lenfest Center for the Arts, Thirty Six Questions at Columbia Stages, and Bedtime Plays at The Tank.  He will soon receive his MFA in Directing from Columbia University.

Elliot Roth

ELLIOT ROTH (Onstage Track Music Director) is a NYC based singer/pianist/actor, composer and instructor. Hailed by the New York Times for his “silky smooth voice”, he is a masters graduate of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music jazz arts program. Broadway: Our Sinatra and A Christmas Carol, Off-Broadway credits include Village Voice lauded role as ‘Jesus’ in Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert at the Living Room. He has appeared in Downbeat Magazine as one of the area’s “Top 20 Performers to Watch” and is one of the most versatile performers in the tri-state area. Elliot also currently teaches voice, rock/pop audition technique and jazz/soul recording arts in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY. Elliot currently serves on the voice faculty at Marymount Manhattan College’s Theatre Arts Department.

Lea Anello

LEA ANELLO (Backstage Track Co-Director) Lea Anello is an educator and theatre artisan from New Jersey.  She graduated with a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts in theatre design and has been working in the field for 20 years.  Past theatres and shops include New Jersey Repertory Company, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Opera in the Ozarks, McCarter Theatre, Stone Dog Studios, Theatre Row, and the very near and dear to her heart Two River Theater, where she was the scenic charge for nine years.  Currently, Lea is the Arts Technology teacher at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School in East Brunswick, NJ.

Shane O'Neil

SHANE O’NEIL (Backstage Track Co-Director) is excited to be returning to Two River Theater. Shane is a freelance lighting designer and electrician in the Milwaukee area working locally with such companies as Skylight Music Theatre, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for The Arts, In Tandem Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre as well as working with local high schools such as University School of Milwaukee and Germantown High School. Shane also travels the country working for companies such as The Guthrie (MN), Champaign Urbana Ballet (IL), and Two River Theater (NJ). You can now find him pursuing a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Planning from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He would like to thank his friends, family and his cat Keiko for all their love and support.

Shannon Rossi

Shannon Rossi (Backstage Track Associate Director) has been working in the theater industry for over 35 years in many capacities including directing, producing, designing, acting, choreographing and stage managing. She has worked in NYC and throughout New England at various award-winning theater companies including York Theater Company, Vineyard Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theater, La Mama ETC, Trinity Rep, Goodspeed Opera House, Williamstown Theater Festival and Dorset Theater Festival, to name a few, She is a member of Actors Equity Association. In addition to her involvement in professional theater she has taught Pre-K through college theater arts, creative drama and theater management. Currently she is on staff at Two River Theater as the Props Artisan.



The opportunity for the students to work together in creating a production of their own work was beyond impressive and well done. The creative, collaborative and supportive environment really was like nothing my daughter has ever been involved in. She loved every minute of every day!

Wonderful staff. The camp is brilliantly organized so that the kids can take ownership of the entire creative process from writing the script, to performing it at the end of the week!

There is something about Two River that makes the program so inviting and enjoyable compared to others. It allows you to step outside you comfort zone and make new friends along the way.

It’s a great way to learn about the theater on an actual stage with actual professionals.

The most supportive staff and students anywhere! The children are all happy experimenting with different ways of creating art. Very nice group of students sign-up, so you can take risks.

The overall quality of the staff and the opportunity to create a production from start to finish in one week.

It is truly a safe space and goes above and beyond a typical theatre camp experience by creating memories and bonds that last forever.

Everyone is accepted for who they are. All kids are always hanging out together rather than cliques like at school.

We don’t have enough superlatives to express the extent of how wonderful the entire experience was.

The people involved are the GAME CHANGER! Amazing people!!!


A Look Back at Summer Intensives!

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Optional masking is encouraged during classes for both students and teachers, and all participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

All patrons attending shows at Two River Theater, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks while inside the theater building. Two River Theater will follow any forthcoming state mandates related to COVID-19. All requirements are subject to change, allowing us to best prioritize the safety of our audience members, artists, staff and community.