Theatre Workshop & Showcase

Pre-College Summer Programs

June 23-28, 2024

Grow as an artist, collaborator and person of faith as you work alongside professional and college artists to create theatre that uplifts, reshapes and renews the world around us. Built around creating a fully realized final performance, this week-long workshop and showcase will explore all the aspects that go into making a show. 

Choose a focus in acting, directing or design/tech, and gain skills through hands-on instruction as you collaborate to create a final performance in just five days. Learn the skills, concepts and techniques required for excellent and thoughtful theatre making as you are coached through auditioning, scene work, technical design, directing and staging, and – at the end of the week – a final performance.

In this immersive week-long experience, you will learn how to:

By completing this experience, you’ll be eligible for one college credit in theater.


The cost for the Theatre Workshop & Showcase is $1,700 per student ($1,500 for students from partner schools). This includes a week of immersive college-level courses taught by George Fox faculty, convenient on-campus lodging, three meals per day in the dining hall, and evening programming.


Faculty Lead

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Ben Tissell
Assistant Professor of Theatre

Ben Tissell is an alumnus of George Fox University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in theatre. Since that time he has made his living as an actor, director, writer and artistic director in the professional theatre industry. He has performed with Portland Center Stage at the Armory, Portland Playhouse, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Broadway Rose Theatre, Lakewood Theatre, Anonymous Theatre and many others.

He has also worked as the music director at local schools, and serves as the artistic director of the Wild Goose Repertory Theatre Company, which he founded with the intent to “tell stories of faith, hope and love.”

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Partner Schools

Partner schools received discounted registration for the Pre-College Summer Institute, among other benefits.

  • Ambleside of the Willamette Valley
  • Classical Conversations
  • Central Christian School
  • Columbia Adventist Academy
  • Columbia Christian School
  • Damascus Christian
  • Faith Bible Christian School
  • Life Christian School
  • North Clackamas Christian
  • Portland Adventist Academy
  • Portland Christian School
  • Santa Fe Christian School
  • Spring Mountain Christian Academy
  • Southwest Christian School
  • Trinity Academy
  • Valor Christian School Int'l
  • Westside Christian High School
  • Yamhill Carlton High School
  • Veritas