Registration Has Begun for CSUN’s Award-Winning Teenage Drama Workshop

California State University, Northridge’s Teenage Drama Workshop (TADW) is accepting applications from young adults interested in taking part in its 56th summer of theatrical performances geared toward young audiences.

A scene from last summer's performance of "Snow White and the Magnificent Seven."

A scene from last summer’s performance of “Snow White and the Magnificent Seven.”

The workshop, which will run from June 17 to July 28, 2013, is open to students in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in theater. Participants receive intensive training in acting, dance, voice or in costume, stagecraft, lighting and sound.

“TADW is a wonderful program that differentiates itself from other teenage-oriented drama workshops because it is able to access and utilize the great resources of the CSUN arts departments, including professional directors and stage designers who have successfully navigated the industry, and professional stages that are equipped with an abundance of technology,” said CSUN theater professor Doug Kaback, executive director of TADW.

Early registration is open through Dec. 31. Those who register by then will receive $200 off the regular tuition of $1,600. Those who register by March 1, 2013 will receive a $100 discount. The final deadline to register is June 1, 2013. To register, visit the website

“The students are getting university-level performing arts education in acting, voice, dance and play production by working with veterans from the Broadway stage and university faculty who are truly great arts educators,” said Kaback.

The 2013 summer workshop will culminate in two productions: “Jack and the Beanstalk,” running from July 12 to 27, and “Aladdin Jr.,” running from July 17 to 26. Students who wish to participate in either performance will be required to audition on two Saturday mornings in June, the dates of which have yet to be set.

“Arts education has proven to be an excellent way of preparing young adults for higher education and professions in all disciplines because they are expected to meet the

A scene from last year's production of "Bye Bye Birdie."

A scene from last year’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”

demands of working with a team and expressing themselves articulately—skills that are crucial to operating in the real world,” said Kaback. “Time and time again, parents have been amazed at the maturity they see their young adults gain in this program and the way the young people are able to utilize that maturity outside of TADW. It is a real opportunity for these students to achieve a standard of excellence.”

CSUN’s Teenage Drama Workshop at CSUN is a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning program. It received the Professional Artist Award in 2010 for its work with the community and its commitment to the creation of a professional, educational and creative environment for blossoming theatre majors.

For more information about the Teenage Drama Workshop and its performances, call (818) 677-5811 or visit



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