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The Summer Program welcomes students from Foote and the greater New Haven community for the hands-on projects, outdoor play and a one-of-a-kind theater program—leading to new friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

COVID-19 Update: After much consideration, as well as guidance from our COVID-19 Task Force, we have decided that Foote will not have on-site summer programs this year. The level of risk and the need to focus our resources on planning for the fall were among the reasons for this decision. I am pleased to share that we will offer distance learning opportunities at no cost to families. We will have academic resources focused on math and literacy, as well as enrichment opportunities similar to after-school minicourses. Watch for more information in the coming days.

Summer Adventures

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. Dates are June 15-19 & 22-26 and August 10-14 & 17-21. 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.

Dates: 
June 15-19 & June 22-26
August 10-14 & August 17-21

Program fee: $500 per week, $100 per day

Summer Theater

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 air-conditioned 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. Director Julian Schlusberg and his experienced theater staff create a program that is experiential, challenging and joyous.

Dates:
June 22–July 31

Program Fee: $1,550

The Foote School Summer Theater Program was a transformative experience for our son. Mr. Schlusberg is a brilliant director and educator. Each summer he offers students a fresh exploration of the creative process and theatrical skills training. Kids work hard and dig deep. And it's lots of fun. Bravo!

Diane Orson, parent

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 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 DirectorJulian Schlusberg

Summer Theater Director

Julian has guided Foote’s Summer Theater Program for its entire 39-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