Theatre for Social Change

Registration information for the Summer 2023 program will be available in January 2023.

Explore how theatre amplifies voices, expresses passions, and highlights topics that matter to our community.

Eckerd College is thrilled to partner with Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, FL) to launch a new pre-college program in summer 2023. Blending the strengths of our institutions, Theatre for Social Change offers tools that allow students to experience social-emotional learning and creative problem solving.

In this dynamic intensive, Young Artists will work with professional theatre artists to devise stories in order to affect social change – adapting familiar tales into epics of today. This week of creating, collaborating, and connecting challenges participants to use what is important to them in order to grow works of art and plant seeds of change.

Take a look at our sample schedule to get a sense of the daily activities.


Students enrolled in this program will:

  • Practice dynamic theatrical strategies that connect with social consciousness, such as Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Forum Theatre, etc.
  • Use adaptation, dramaturgy, direction, and performance to produce a classic story that reflects what matters to each member of the artistic team
  • Participate in backstage tours, performances and post-show talkbacks/Community Conversations at Asolo Rep, The Ringling Museum, and Eckerd College
  • Enjoy evening activities led by our residential counselors

About Asolo Rep

Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida’s premier professional theatre, is one of the most important cultural forces in the Southeastern United States. A center for theatrical excellence, Asolo Rep stages up to fifteen productions every season, spanning a diverse repertoire of newly commissioned plays, bold reinterpretations of contemporary and classical works, and provocative new musical theatre experiences. Learn More.

Theatre at Eckerd

Theatre is education for life. The communications, analytical and artistic skills learned as an Eckerd College Theatre major will benefit students in any field of endeavor. Eckerd’s Bachelor of Arts in Theatre introduces students to acting, directing, design and technical theatre, while our 2+2 Bachelor of Fine Arts focuses on performance. Learn More.

Summer 2023
Students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2023
Cost includes: participation in (and transportation for) all sessions, activities, performances, program supplies, field trips, entrance fees, use of college recreational facilities, meals, lodging and snacks. 

Room and Board


Few colleges have a more attractive setting than Eckerd College. Our 188-acre waterfront campus provides a magnificent atmosphere and safe environment. Eckerd College is located in St. Petersburg, just off I-275, exit 17.

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Residential counselors work with students in the late afternoons, evenings and overnight. Staff consists of well-trained Eckerd College students eager to share their enthusiasm for learning.


Students will live in air-conditioned Eckerd College student residence halls, double- or triple- room occupancy, reserved exclusively for participants in this program. Counselors will be present in each single-sex residence hall.


Student participants will eat in the main cafeteria which can accommodate allergies, lactose and gluten-free diets. We also have kosher, vegetarian and vegan options available to students. If you have particular needs, please be sure to note them on the General and Medical Information form.

Refund Policy

Withdrawal DateRefund
60 days before start date100%
30 days before start date50%
20 days before start date20%
<20 days before start date0%

Processing fee of $25 is non-refundable.

No refund will be issued for the following:

  • If a participant fails to show up for the program.
  • If a participant is dismissed from the program by the College.

Participants who cancel their registration and are eligible for a refund should contact or 727.864.8312.

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