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Summer Intensives

A unique theater-making educational experience! Check back in February to register for Summer Intensives 2024!

Summer theater done DIFFERENTLY!

Make a show in a week! Each Monday, we start with a theme, a few songs, and some platforms, materials, and lights in an empty theater. Then each Friday, we have a show – written, performed and built entirely by our students. This isn’t your typical summer theater camp!

How do we do it?

Two River Theater Summer Intensives attracts young people (ages 12–17) who want to make theater – to be in the rehearsal room or the scene shop to brainstorm ideas. They learn tangible theater skills from top-notch teaching artists who challenge and bring out the best in them. Add in the fun of meeting new creative friends who are accepting, brave, serious, as well as incredibly silly, and together they create new stories to share with audiences. Each week’s performance is unique as it features the specific talents of the people in the room. You won’t find another theater program like it!

Full and partial need-based scholarships are available. Scroll down to learn more!

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Check back in February to register for Summer Intensives 2024!

Classes are Mon–Fri, 9am–4pm with shows on Friday at 7pm.


Rakesh Palisetty

RAKESH PALISETTY (he/him) is a writer-director for theater, film, and opera based in New York. Originally from New Delhi, he completed his MFA in Theatre Directing at Columbia University in 2022. Prior to moving to the US, his productions toured extensively across India, including his hit theatrical adaptation of Twelve Angry Men, which has garnered a cult following. His eclectic portfolio of work draws heavily from post-modernist plays, and seeks to challenge our understanding of classic texts. Since the very beginning of his theater career, he has possessed a deep connection to work that challenges the status quo, and focuses on reimagining classics. His recent directing credits include Hedda Gabler (Lenfest Center for the Arts), Much Ado About Nothing (Two River Theater, A Little Shakespeare program), Sky of Darkness (Theatrelab), Thirty Six Questions (Columbia Stages), and Bedtime Plays (The Tank). His Assistant Directing credits include Misty (Dir: Omar Elerian,The Shed), Galileo (Dir: Michael Mayer, Workshop Production) Kimberly Akimbo (Directing Fellow, Atlantic Theater Company). He has also worked with directors like Ivo van Hove and Thomas Ostermeier.

Elliot Roth

Elliot Roth 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.

Lucas Pinner

LUCAS PINNER is an actor, fight choreographer and teaching artist who graduated from Kean University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. He has worked with many theatres and schools across New Jersey; devising original work, directing, teaching improvisation, stage combat and acting techniques. For many years, Lucas taught as a STEM Teaching Artist, working with students to combine science, technology, engineering and math with the arts in order to create original costumes, sets, sound effects and props for their performances. He is thrilled to be working with Two River Theater this summer!


Summer Intensives are accessible to ALL aspiring theater makers.

Simply fill out the application below and we will contact you. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Scholarship application deadline has passed. 


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