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The Summer Program welcomes students from Foote and the greater New Haven community. Our Summer Adventures Program offers children ages 5 and up play and hands-on projects for two weeks in June and two weeks in August. Children make new friends and enjoy activities in a relaxed atmosphere under the supervision of experienced and caring staff members.

Foote’s renowned Summer Theater Program offers students entering grades 7 and up the highest quality instruction in acting, singing, dancing, costuming and technical arts, culminating in the staging of a full-length production of a hit musical in our black box theater. Participants take part in fun-filled rehearsals, theater games, physical and vocal warm-ups and exercises to learn or improve theatrical skills in preparation for taking the stage. Students may also specialize in technical training in which they learn to design and build a set by constructing one, and learn the ins and outs of lighting, sound, props and costumes.


Brigadoon (2017)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2016)

Annie (2015)

The long-running Summer Theater Program gives students hands-on experience building sets, stitching costumes and performing in a hit musical, all under the guidance of experienced faculty.

Meet Dawn Walsh

Dawn Walsh
Summer Program Director
Dawn and her staff emphasize the delight of play combined with community. They offer children an experience that inspires new interests and develops skills, and they help those children form wonderful memories in a warm and inclusive atmosphere. Dawn also directs the After School and Vacation programs and has taught nursery school since 1992.


Meet Julian Schlusberg

Julian Schlusberg

Summer Theater Director
Julian has guided Foote’s Summer Theater Program for its entire 37-year history. He has received the John C. Barner National Theater Teacher of the Year Award and was the first recipient of The Long Wharf Theatre’s Mary Hunter Wolf Award for Excellence in the Art and Teaching of Theater. He was twice honored by the Governor of Connecticut for his leadership in educational theater. He is the critically acclaimed author of Lessons for the Stage and Letters from the Prophets: A Theater Teacher's Memoir. Many of his students pursue successful careers in professional and educational theater, film, TV, playwriting, and technical theater.

Contact Us

Dawn Walsh
Summer Program Director
Phone: 203-777-3464
Email: dwalsh@footeschool.org

Julian Schlusberg
Summer Theater Director
Phone: 203-777-3464
Email: jschlusberg@footeschool.org