Ages 12-18

Dates (In Person) July 10, 2022 - July 30, 2022

$1475 Day /$3250 Residential

At a Glance

Actors who join the Summer at Sem Theatre summer camp program will discover acting, dance, and vocal skills, along with stage presence and performance coaching. Our comprehensive program allows students to develop stage skills while working as a collaborative ensemble.

All theatre students will get the chance to participate in one-on-one working sessions with our Director of Theatre in their acting, singing, and auditioning skills. Individualized attention for each summer theatre student offers participants of all backgrounds and experience levels an opportunity to engage in working on stage, and off. Theatre students will meet and talk to theatre professionals from all facets of the industry currently working on Broadway in our master class series.  Performance opportunities showcase students in our state-of-the-art performance spaces and on our beautiful campus. In recent summers performances have included musical theatre, Shakespeare, pop/rock music, original monologues and scenes, and fully produced Broadway musicals.



Our Summer 2022 Broadway musical is The Fantasticks! The world’s longest-running musical with a rapturous score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones come to the Kirby Center for Creative Arts this July. All theatre program students will play an integral role, on stage and off, in bringing this beloved musical classic to life with a culminating performance at the end of this year’s theatre program. Take center stage this summer with this exciting musical!



The Fantasticks is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Our Director

Meet our Director

Jeremiah Downes

Pennsylvania native Jeremiah Downes is our director of the Summer at Sem Creative Arts Theatre Program entering his fifth season this summer 2022.

Jeremiah has served as head of musical theatre and on the theatre performance faculty of some of the country’s best college and university programs. Prior to his transition into teaching full time, he spent almost two decades as a successful singing actor in Philadelphia and New York City, appearing in leading roles and in world premieres with some of Broadway’s finest. A sought-after teacher, master class clinician and coach, he continues to maintain a studio online, in New York City, and Philadelphia.

His clients have found success on Broadway, in film and on television, and in recording studios.

2022 Guest Artists

2022 Guest Artists

Joey Contreras , 2022 Summer Season

Previous Guest Artists

Previous Guest Artists

Stearns Matthews , 2021 Guest Artists

Matthew DiCarlo , 2020 Virtual Guest Artists

Jillian Louis , 2020 Virtual Guest Artists

Madge Dietrich , 2019 Summer Season

Charlie Gilbert , 2019 Summer Season

Billy Bustamante , 2018 Summer Season

Nicole Van Giesen , 2018 Summer Season

Ryan Scott Oliver , 2018 Summer Season

To see people who have truly made it in the industry was amazing and then for them to help us and give us advice on how we can possibly make it was phenomenal.

Stanley M, Theatre Student

Theatre Auditions



  • Campers should submit an audition that includes a monologue from an American copyrighted play/theatre piece not exceeding one minute and a musical excerpt from a Broadway show not exceeding two minutes, with accompaniment. Please refrain from submitting any a cappella singing. Your video submissions are not “auditions” in the traditional sense, they are used to give the director and faculty some insight into your performance skills and training. Have fun!
  • In addition to an audition, campers must also submit a completed online application.
  • In lieu of an audition students can arrange a Zoom interview with our director. Please contact to schedule.


  • Use the best available visual and audio devices possible. Film as if at a live audition.
  • At the beginning of the audition:
    • State the camper name, age, and place of residence (US state or country if international)
    • State the name of the monologue/song
  • At the conclusion of the audition:
    • Have the camper state “I have reached the end of my audition” and repeat their name.
  • Naming the Audition File:
    • [Program] Audition: Full Name, Date
    • Theatre Audition: Taylor Smith, 01/02/2020

Submitting an Audition

Videos should be submitted via your CampinTouch account under the documents/forms tab..