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The Summer Program welcomes students from Foote and the greater New Haven community for a summer to remember.

Summer Adventures camp offers hands-on projects and outdoor play for two weeks in June and two weeks in August, leading to new friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

Our celebrated Summer Theater program gives students entering Grades 7–12 the opportunity to be part of a major hit musical performed in our black box theater, and learn valuable skills in acting, singing, costuming, set construction and technical theater.

Summer Theater 2022

Foote Summer Theater returns in 2022 to celebrate its 40th year! Students entering Grades 7–12 are welcome to participate in this one-of-a-kind summer experience, staging a major hit musical in Foote's black box theater. This year, we are thrilled to welcome Foote's new Drama chair, Katie De Vries, to direct and choreograph her first Foote Summer Theater experience!

This Summer's Show: Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical

Dates: June 27 to July 31, 2022 (no program on Monday, July 4)

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday

Location: Robert Sandine Theater, Foote School, 50 Loomis Place, New Haven, CT

Performance Dates: July 28, 29, 30 & 31

Cost: $1500

Choose Your Track

Musical Theater Performer: Students focus on learning the techniques for character development, voice training and movement. Professional educators will offer voice coaching lessons, improv, and movement classes in the mornings. Afternoons will be spent in rehearsals to prepare for the production. Each day, there will be outdoor social time for lunch, games and physical exploration of our beautiful campus.

Technical Theater Crew: Students learn the skills for set and costume design, stage construction, sound and lights, hair and makeup, and backstage positions. Professional artists will offer guidance in costume construction, building, prop making, and technology training of theatrical light and sound equipment. Each day, the students will have time for outdoor social games, lunch, and physical exploration of our beautiful campus.

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About Foote Summer Theater

Cofounded in 1981 by Foote's longtime Drama chair, Julian Schlusberg, Foote Summer Theater celebrates its 40th summer of the highest quality educational theater with a full-length, major production of a hit musical.

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Foote Summer Theater is the only program around that offers both rigorous work and serious play to young students of acting. The things I learned there about being an actor and a human being quite literally changed my life.

Evan Horwitz, student

Summer Adventures 2022

Our Summer Adventures camp offers children ages 5 and up play and hands-on projects for two weeks in June and two weeks in August. Come for one day, all of them or anything in between. Children explore, create and make new friends in a relaxed atmosphere  on Foote's 18-acre campus. Campers can learn yoga, art, gardening and other structured activities and still have plenty of time for free play. Dawn Walsh and her Summer Program staff are experienced, caring and creative.


  • June  21–24 & June 27–July 1
  • August 8–12 & August 15-19

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ages: 5 and up

Activities: Arts and crafts, outdoor play, games, yoga, music, STEM, gardening, and more

Cost: $500 per week; $100 per day

Note: There will be no camp on Monday, June 20 in observance of the federal Juneteenth holiday. The prorated cost for the week will be $400.

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Meet Dawn Walsh

Dawn Walsh, Summer Program Director

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 Katie De Vries

Katie De Vries
Summer Theater Director

Katie joined Foote as Drama Chair and Summer Theater director in 2021. She developed a love of performing arts as a young ballerina with The Grand Rapids Ballet Company in Michigan. She earned a B.A. in communications and theater from Calvin University and an M.A. in performing arts from American University. Katie began her career as a freelance director and choreographer at universities and regional theaters on the East Coast. She has been an educator for over 20 years, most recently at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's School in New York City, where she was Director of Children's Theater. She has also served as Artistic and Stage Director of Hartford's Summer Vocal Institute: Musical Theater Intensive, and led four productions with St. Michael's Youth Choirs in New York City, including the fully staged and costumed performances of Noye's Fludde, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Prince and The Magic Flute. Katie is deeply committed to creating educational theater opportunities for under-resourced communities and believes in the power of mentors to be positive role models for the next generation of performers.

Contact Us

Dawn Walsh
Summer Program Director

Phone: 203-777-3464

Katie De Vries
Summer Theater Director

Phone: 203-777-3464