Young Directors Project

The “Young Directors Project” began in 2016 as a way for two young aspiring directors, between the ages of 13-18, to have the unique opportunity to both completely direct one act plays under the mentorship of an experienced Brookhaven Little Theatre director! These young directors are chosen because of their outstanding leadership qualities, past theatre experience, and a desire to gain hands-on directing experience. This program is designed to allow these teens to hold auditions, make all casting decisions, plan & lead 4-6 weeks of practices, set designing/building and ultimately put on two live performances open to the public at the historic Haven Theatre in beautiful downtown Brookhaven. 2017 YDP application is TBA.

BLT’s first ever Young Directors (2016) were Gracie Gray, a 14 year old 8th grader at Alexander Jr. High & daughter of Bruce & Leigh Cher Gray and MaryRhea Waterloo, a 13 year old 8th grader at Alexander Jr. High & daughter of Trey & Emily Waterloo

When the students arrive to camp on the first day they will be placed with a counselor group. These groups are made up of kids similar in age and with two or more counselors leading them. They will wear name tags daily to ensure everyone is accounted for and known by name. In the mornings, everyone gathers on the stage for invigorating warm-up exercises to get everyone loose and ready to have an awesome day! After warm-ups, the groups will break out into rotations consisting of crafts, games, and stage time. In crafts they will make and create a piece of art daily based on the play we are working on as a camp. In games they will let loose for a while and play exciting games that are fun for all. In stage time they will be on the stage learning important tools to help them become the best actor they can be.

Each year Drama Camp promises to be a positive experience for students. We hope that your student will join us, and in the process learn more about themselves, other people, and make lifelong memories.

Gracie Gray & MaryRhea Waterloo
8th graders at Alexander Junior High
— February 2016 —