Summer Theatre Intensive

July 17-21, 2017

The 2017 Theatre Intensive is an acting-intensive summer camp for students who have completed grades 9+. It will feature classes in Shakespeare, stage combat, and acting for the camera, as well as performance focus and presence. Classes will last from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuition is $250 per student before June 1. After June 1 it is $300 per student. 

Master Classes in acting with Philip Lehl, co-artistic director of 4th Wall Theatre and Kara Greenberg, SAG-AFTRA Private Acting Coach

Camp Faculty

Joel Grothe
Joel GrotheJoel Grothe is an assistant professor of theatre at Lamar University. He teaches acting and directing. Most recently, he was recognized in the Houston Chronicle as one of the top performances in Houston in 2016 for his portrayal of Thomas Cromwell in the American premiere of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Most recently, he has performed with Houston Grand Opera in The Ring Cycle. He has more than 100 film, theatre, tv and commercial credits from across the United States and Canada over the past 20 years. He holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Virginia

Brian LeTraunik
Brian LeTraunikBrian LeTraunik is an assistant professor of theatre at Lamar University and has been a professional actor since 1984, appearing in television commercials, voiceovers, industrial films, print ads, feature films and live theatre. His credits at LU include directing Boeing BoeingThe 39 Steps, The Last Night of BallyhooAnton in Show BusinessAlmost, Maine, and co-directing A Year With Frog and Toad. His favorite roles on stage include Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Polonius in Hamlet, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Alfie in A Man of No Importance, Lafew in All's Well That Ends Well, Prospero in The Tempest, Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida, Major Petkoff in Arms and the Man, Parchester in Me and My Girl, Skylight in Class Enemy and Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show.

Professional directing credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Eastern Illinois University, the Chicago premiere of Tunnel Rat for Genesis Theatricals, and the world premiere of Hannukatz, The Musical for National Pastime Theatre. Mr. LeTraunik is a Certified Teacher of stage combat with the Society of American Fight Directors, and has taught stage combat and choreographed fights for professional theatres and universities throughout the United States. He is currently writing a book about the history of contemporary stage combat, to be published by Routledge in 2020.

Mr. LeTraunik has taught acting, movement, voice, stage combat, musical theatre and Shakespeare performance. Before coming to LU, he taught at Valparaiso University, Eastern Illinois University, University of Findlay, Wichita State University, Coe College, Drake University, Western Illinois University, Simpson College and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors' Equity Association and has a BA in Theatre from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University.

Kara Greenberg, AEA
Kara GreenbergKara Greenberg is a professional actress, voice-over artist, and acting coach. Her acting work has been seen in many theaters in Houston including The Alley Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, Main Street Theater, Theater Lab and Landing Theater. In Los Angeles, she was seen in many Regional and World Premiers on stage and was also part of The Groundlings. She has done numerous national commercials, industrials, web hosting & independent films as well as made for TV movies.  She has voice dozens of leads in many Anime series.  Education: Bachelor of Arts in Drama -University of Texas at Austin, Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre -University of Houston. Member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

Philip Lehl
Philip LehlPhilip Lehl is co-artistic director of the 4th Wall Theatre in Houston. For 4th Wall/Stark Naked he has acted in True West, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Ho Ho Humbug, The God Game, Winter's Tale, Faith Healer, Macbeth, Debt Collectors, and Dinner With Friends; and directed or co-directed Winter's Tale, Midsummer Night's Dream, Debt Collectors, and Body Awareness. He appeared at the Alley Theatre this season in The Nether. Broadway: Blood Brothers, The Kentucky Cycle. Off-Broadway: Hundreds of Hats. National Tour: Titanic, the Musical. Since arriving in Texas in 2001: Over thirty productions at the Alley including Clybourne Park, The Pillowman, The Farnsworth Invention, Eurydice, The Crucible, The Exonerated, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Mousetrap, Hamlet and The Invention of Love. Stages: Oh, the Humanity, Yankee Tavern, I Am My Own Wife, Mr. Marmalade, Lady, Souvenir, Amy's View, The Pavilion, Dirty Blonde. A.D. Players: Twelve Angry Men. Main Street Theatre: Arcadia. Classical Theatre Company: Merchant of Venice, Tempest, Uncle Vanya, Ghosts. Houston Shakespeare Festival: King John, Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labour's Lost, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline. TUTS: LMNOP, Wonderful Life, Sound of Music, and one memorable performance of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Generations: Bat Boy, Spring Awakening, Our Town. BCCM: On the Town, Fiorello, Assassins, She Loves Me. EHS: The Tempest. Regional: St. Louis Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The New Harmony Theatre and Weston Playhouse. Education: The Juilliard School, Drake University, NTI, Moscow Arts Theatre School. Other theatre direction: Almost MaineReckless (Brave Dog Theatre), Ferdinand the Bull (Stages), On the Town (co-director, BCCM) Art (Generations) Lehl is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.