Young Artists of America’s Summer Daytime Intensive is a fun and rigorous summer program where high school students from the Maryland, Virginia, and DC areas explore their passion for the performing arts following a 9-day discipline in either Voice, Acting or Dance. Their experience culminates with a Showcase on the final Thursday of the two-week program held at the state-of-the art performing arts center at the Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD.



Daily classes for all Voice Majors are designed to challenge students interested in musical theatre, classical or contemporary singing. The Voice track will consist of classes designed to propel a student forward in this competitive discipline. Classes will include: Music Theory, Voice Class, Acting and Movement for Singers.


Daily classes for all Dance Majors are designed to challenge students focused on dance. The Dance track will consist of classes designed to propel a student forward in this competitive discipline. Classes can include: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern and Hip Hop.


Daily classes for all Acting Majors are designed to challenge students interested in acting. The Acting track will consist of classes designed to propel a student forward in this competitive discipline. Classes can include: Acting Games, Improvisation, Monologue Coaching. as well as Scene Study and Character Development. Students will work on both contemporary and classical audition pieces.

Sample Schedule

8:30am Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting
8:45am Music Theory Movement Ballet
9:45am Movement Improv/Acting Games Jazz
10:45am Acting Monologues Modern
11:45am Voice Class Scene Study Hop Hop
12:45pm Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30pm Minor Class Minor Class Minor Class
2:30pm Showcase Rehearsal Showcase Rehearsal Showcase Rehearsal
3:45pm Afternoon Meeting Afternoon Meeting Afternoon Meeting
4:00pm Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal

Artistic Faculty and Staff

Terry Eberhardt, Summer Intensives Director

Joe Fischer,  Summer Intensives Operations

Karen Collins BlakeSummer Intensives Administrator

Carole Graham LehanStage Director  

Madeline Rodrigue, Dance

Garry Tiller, Acting

Rolando SanzProducing Artistic Director

Click here to read more about our Summer Intensives Faculty & Staff.

Placement Auditions

All students regardless of experience will be admitted to our Summer Intensives. However, auditions to best place you in a class level are required. Once you have registered and paid a deposit for the intensive, you will be contacted with instructions for placement auditions. Video auditions will be accepted for those who live outside of the DC area.


Students must audition in only one of the disciplines below and must come prepared with the following requirements:

  • Voice - 2 contrasting songs in musical theatre and/or classical voice. Pianist will be provided.
  • Acting - 2 contrasting monologues, contemporary and classical.
  • Dance - 1 minute prepared solo, and taught choreography at audition. Please bring soft dance (jazz) shoes.

Audition Dates

  • Spring 2017 - Dates TBA

Open House

TBA for 2017.



  • $1,295 for Early-Bird Registration before December 31, 2016
  • $1,395 for Regular Registration after January 1, 2017


  • A deposit of $500 is due upon registration (refundable until March 1, 2017).
  • 2nd payment of half of the remaining balance is due by April 1, 2016 (non-refundable).
  • Final balance due on June 1, 2017 (non-refundable).

Tuition Includes:

  • All classes, rehearsals and masterclasses with resident and visiting faculty
  • Daily lunch in the Dining Hall (Monday thru Friday)
  • Outdoor recreational activities including a day of Swimming and Zip-lining at Adventure Park
  • One sleepover night with the Overnight Students on the first Friday evening of the program
  • A Showcase for friends and family on the final Thursday of the program.

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Limited need-based scholarships are available. Please inquire by email.


Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) sits on a gorgeous 140-acre wooded campus that includes: academic and administrative buildings, the historic Meeting House, Westview Residence Hall, faculty residences, a top of the line Athletic Center (including a fitness center and rock climbing wall), sports fields, Wildebeest Waterhole (a spring-fed swimming pond complete with water trampoline), and Sandy Spring Adventure Park (the largest zip-line aerial park in North America!).

All Young Artists of America Summer Intensive activities will take place in the brand new, fully air-conditioned, state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, which features a fully-equipped 300-seat proscenium theater, professional lighting and audio, scene shop, dressing rooms, costume shop, dance studio as well as multiple rehearsal rooms with pianos.

SSFS is located in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland just 30 minutes from Baltimore and Washington, DC and is easily accessible from I-95 and I-270 via the new Intercounty Connector (ICC) MD-200.


Sandy Spring Friends School offers school bus transportation to and from campus during normal operational hours for an additional cost. They offer busing from a variety of locations in DC and Montgomery and Howard counties, such as: Rockville, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Kensington, Columbia and downtown DC. For pricing and more information please click here (>http://www.summeratsandyspring.org/general_information/transportation/