Ages 12-18

Dates (In Person) July 12, 2021 - July 23, 2021

$975 day camp

Mon-Fri: 9:00-4:00

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 virtual master class series. Pending updates to CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 there will be exciting performance opportunities in collaboration with our Dance program students in our state-of-the-art performance spaces and on our beautiful campus. In recent summers this has included musical theatre, Shakespeare, pop/rock music, original monologues and scenes and fully produced Broadway musicals.

Our Director

Meet our Director

Jeremiah Downes

Pennsylvania native Jeremiah Downes is our director of the Summer at Sem Creative Arts Theatre Program!

Jeremiah has served 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 in New York City and Philadelphia.

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

2021 Guest Artists

2021 Guest Artists

Evan Gallagher-Frace , 2021 Guest Artists

Stearns Matthews , 2021 Guest Artists

Previous Guest Artists

Previous Guest Artists

Matthew DiCarlo , 2020 Virtual Guest Artists

Jillian Louis , 2020 Virtual Guest Artists

Madge Dietrich , 2019 Summer Season

Billy Bustamante , 2018 Summer Season

Ryan Scott Oliver , 2018 Summer Season

Nicole Van Giesen , 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 which 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.
  • 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 can be submitted as a direct URL or an unlisted Youtube video to: