Brüka's 14th Annual YOUTH Performing Arts Summer Workshop

  • July 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Brüka Theatre

    99 North Virginia Street
    Reno, Nevada 89501
Ticket Price $300.00-$350.00 Register Now

Brüka Theatre’s 14th Annual YOUTH Performing Arts Summer Workshop - Two-Week Intensive


An Original YOUTH Theatre Creation Workshop & Presentation

For Ages 11 – 17

July 15 through July 27, 2024

Join us for a truly experimental and inspiring dramatic experience in which young artists are nurtured in a positive and creative theatre environment. This year’s camp is all about creating a mystery play full of silly capers, plot twists and kooky characters. Participants are led by working theatre professionals in activities designed to develop and foster an original theatre creation employing imagination, concentration, and confidence with acting, movement/dance, voice, technique, character, theatrical design, and appreciation of the theatrical artistic journey presented in a two-week collaborative workshop.

This is a special and unique opportunity to work with artists from Brüka Theatre to develop a  play using acting tools, scene work, playwrighting, improvisation and dance/movement while exploring, adapting and working together to create an original piece for public performance on July 22, 2023.  

Open to 22 participants.     Sign up by July 1, 2024 for $300.     $350 after July 1, 2024. 

GENERAL HOURS:  10 am to 4 pm on weekdays with adequate breaks.  LUNCH:  11:45 am to 12:30 pm.  Participants must provide their own lunch and we ask that each participant, if able, sign up to bring snacks for the group on one of the days.

Preview Performance -  Friday, July 26, 2024 @ 1:00 AM
Public Performance -  Saturday, July 27, 2024 @ 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Covid-19:  We suggest that camp participants be vaccinated or wear a mask for their protection.  All of our instructors are vaccinated. All Covid - 19 safety protocols are in place at our theatre and will be observed at all times.

Registration is also available through our box office : (775) 323-3221.  Please call if you have any questions or concerns and someone will get back to you Thursdays-Saturdays from 3-6 pm.  Payment options also available online at: 

4 Internships/Assistants Available for ages 16 – 20 (Theatrical, Leadership, Technical or Writing experience is a plus.)

4 partial Scholarships Available: Write a 500-word essay including and desire to participate in the Performing Arts Camp, prior experience and limitations. 

Link to apply for Internship: 

Workshop Artists

Mary Bennett – Core Director/Producer.   Improvisation.  Acting.  Creation.

Producing Artistic Director – Brüka Theatre. Works as actor, director, producer and Artist in Residence for The Nevada Arts Council and The Sierra Arts Foundation. Mary has been teaching Drama at Doral Middle School this past year while continuing to work with Brüka. Mary has also worked with The Reno Phil and has been commissioned by The Nevada Museum Of Art to bring Anne Brigman and The Victorian Radicals to life. Bennett has worked as a professional theatre maker for over 25 years as well as being Madame Curry and creating The Carson City Ghost Walk. She has adapted fairy tales and created original plays in workshops for and with children and adults for the duration of her theatrical career. Mary teaches drama at Doral Academy. 

Alexander Biber – Movement.  Choreography.  Acting.  Coach

Alex is currently the Ballet Master of The Sierra Nevada Ballet and is a past company member of the Sacramento Ballet, has danced with The Australian National Ballet Company, and has also danced and choreographed with Sierra Nevada Ballet. Alex’s work as a teaching artist spans more than a decade with Brüka, schools and dance companies. Most notably, Alex has worked as choreographer/creator on Brüka’s Buttcracker series and has been seen in numerous Brüka performances. 

Holly Natwora - Acting. Coach. 

Operations Director - Brüka Theatre. Holly Natwora received her MFA from Columbia University and has acted in more than 70 plays, most notably at La MaMa E.T.C., SoHo Rep., The Neighborhood Playhouse and two summers at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival. Television and film credits include Law and Order and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. After moving to Reno in 2005, Holly has performed or directed at Brüka Theatre, Reno Little Theater, Good Luck Macbeth and TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada. Most recently, Holly directed The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Brüka and teaches theater at Truckee Meadows Community College and Shakespeare for Social Justice at HDSP.

David Simpson - Technical/Facility Director

David Simpson, born in Reno, Hug High School graduate, learned the art of photography during five years in the Navy as a Photographer's Mate aboard the U.S.S. Constellation. In the early 90's he was introduced to theatre in Modesto, CA and has been involved since “sometimes immersed in it, sometimes not [with] various duties, a few roles, numerous venues, a lot of shows.” At Brüka, Dave brings stage productions to life through his lighting and sound expertise. Artists and audiences throughout the region have benefited from his tireless work ethic and attention to detail when building a world on stage with sight and sound.

We may have other artists working with students in acting, make-up, costuming, theatrical devices and playwriting.  

Date & Time

Mon, Jul 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Venue Details

Brüka Theatre

99 North Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89501 Brüka Theatre
Brüka Theatre

Celebrating its 31st season in downtown Reno, Brüka Theatre is recognized for innovative productions, exceptionally talented artists, and the acclaimed Theatre for Children touring series since its founding in 1992. Central to Brüka is the commitment to the re-investigation of contemporary and classic plays and developing new plays within Brüka’s Artistic Collective, a group that includes winners of the Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation artist grants and nine local best actor honors.  Brüka was named “Best Theatre Company” by Reno News and Review for twenty-one years. Brüka, is a non-equity, small professional, not-for-profit theater company and a member of the National Theatre Communications Group.  Sign up for our newsletter by going to our website at

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