School of Music

Southern Maine Theatre Academy

For incoming 8th through outgoing 12th graders

Registration opens at 9 a.m. on  February 1 each year.

The Southern Maine Theatre Academy gives students a basic understanding of performance concepts and introduces them to the skills needed to create a stage production: voice, improvisation, dance, scene study, character development, and other acting techniques. Students engage in performance exercises that will not only enhance acting talent, but also assist in developing imagination, confidence, self-awareness, and communication skills. In addition to gaining theatre skills, teamwork and collaboration are emphasized in a final public performance.

This is a resident camp and all participants will be housed in a supervised residence hall on the University of Southern Maine's Gorham campus. All instruction and classes during the week will also be held on the Gorham campus.


$505 - The cost includes all meals, housing, activities, and daily theatre instruction.

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to process registration.


Academy (and residence hall) check-in will be held on Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m. there will be an all academy meeting for participants in Russell Hall and then dinner will be served.

The academy will culminate with a final performance on Friday at 6:00 p.m. in Russell Hall. This performance is free and open to the general public.

Wil KilroyFaculty

Wil Kilroy

Having served USM for over 23 years, Professor Kilroy was granted emeritus status in 2015.  Wil continues to serve as the Director of the USM Theatre Academy, a residential summer program for 13-18 year olds.

Currently Wil is Managing Director of the American Southwest Theatre Company, in residence at New Mexico State University where he serves as Department Head for Theatre Arts in their new, state-of-the art facility where their stage is named after renowned playwright and colleague, Mark Medoff.

Academy Staff

The University of Southern Maine hires approximately 1 staff member for every 8 participants each year. Staff members are USM theatre faculty, USM alumni or upperclass theatre majors.

The University of Southern Maine makes such inquiries as may be necessary to arrive at an appropriate employment decision. All hires are subject to reference checks, criminal history checks, and related matters to comply with legal requirements and public responsibility.


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