want to make it a great summer?

S.T.A.R.T. with Summer Training in Art and Technology

Dates: June 25-29, 2018 

Curriculum Topics:

>Employment 101

>Acting for Theatre, TV  Film

>Careers in Theatre, TV, & Film

>Dramatic Writing

>Special Effects, Sound, Lighting

>Field Trip 

...And more! 

S.T.A.R.T. is a summer camp that provides educational and internship training for teens interested in creative careers in theatre and the digital arts (tv film). 



Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center

3181 Rainbow Drive

Decatur, GA 30034



The ABTF has partnered with area professors and industry experts of theatre and the digital arts to host a summer camp for teens in high school. Our prime aim is to expose female and students of color to career opportunities and internships in these grossly under-represented careers. 

This program is funded by Micah 6-8 Media, LLC and Friends of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, a 501(c)3 company. It is designed to introduce students to experts in the industry as well as the basic technology and craftsmanship needed for careers in theatre and the digital arts (tv film). 

The institute is divided into two seminars:

Seminar 1: Educational Training

June 25 - 29, 2018; 9am - 3pm

Seminar 2: Internship 

A 25-hour professional development internship opportunity spent in practical experiential learning as a Production Assistant. Dates are flexible. (Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Seminar 1)

Enrollment Criteria

The institute will accept rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. No one will be denied enrollment based on gender, race or ethnicity. 


Tuition and Transportation

The tuition is $225 plus a $25 registration fee for a total of $250. This covers tuition, registration, supplies and the field trip. Transportation to/from the Porter Sanford and lunch is the responsibility of the participant. Partial scholarships are available. 


A registration and deposit of $75 will hold your space. The balance of $175 will be billed and is due BEFORE the first day of class.   All fees are non-refundable. Enrollment forms and waivers will be emailed separately. 



The goal of the summer training is to engage and spark interest in the fields of theatre, art technology and the business of creativity for high school students. The seminars are led by distinguished faculty from area universities and professional theatre, film and tv producers.  Our prime aim is to provide quality, art-integrated learning opportunities for female and minority students. We will also prepare students for 25-hours of dynamic hands-on learning as interns with theatre or digital arts companies in the Atlanta area. 


Learning Objectives

  • Have a working knowledge of all areas of personnel and operations of theatre and film/tv production as a collaborative effort.
  • Identify and practice safety precautions and procedures in theatre and film/tv production.
  • Understand the basic chemical and physical properties of theatre and film/tv such as light, color, paint, electricity and make-up; and introduce how science and technology serve the artistic quality of theatre production and filmmaking.
  • Introduction the basics of light and sound board operations in theatre and film/tv.
  • Understand and conceptualize scene designs (lighting, sound, set) for the realization of artistic interpretations of theatrical and film/tv productions.
  • Learn about professional careers in design and engineering with specializations in sound, lighting, set design, make-up, costume design, stage management, house management, grip, electrician, production, etc.
  • Acquire the competencies needed to serve as an intern in a theatre or film/tv production setting.


If you'd like to schedule a time to speak with the Program Director, Toni Henson, please email or schedule a call by clicking the red button below. 

Otherwise, you may proceed by by clicking the white button below. Make your reservation early. Space is extremely limited to ensure accelerated learning.