Summer Youth Theater Intensive

Presented by the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education & Community Program and PURE Theatre

Students ages 13 – 18 of all skill levels are invited to study with members of PURE Theatre’s Core Ensemble of professional actors in a three-week performance intensive. The group of 20 actors will be cast in, study, rehearse, and perform a full production of Peter and the Starcatcher.

Classes will focus on critical (and also fun to learn) performance skills: vocalization, characterization, motivations, movement, blocking and staging, and some cool conversations with the designers and technicians who make it all happen behind the scenes and backstage. We will even throw in a few theater games. Classes will be held off-site from the Gaillard Center at Cannon Street Arts Center, the home of PURE Theatre, but students will have the exceptional opportunity to perform for their family, friends, and the Charleston community on the stage of the Martha & John M. Rivers Performance Hall at the Gaillard Center.

Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Ages 13-18


June 24 – 28 (134 Cannon Street) 
July 1 – 3 (134 Cannon Street)
July 8 12 (134 Cannon Street)

July 15 17 (Charleston Gaillard Center)
July 17 at 6pm Final Performance (Charleston Gaillard Center)

Scholarships are available for all camps. Please email


Michael Smallwood
Michael Smallwood is an actor, writer, director, and educator. He is a member of the acting ensemble at PURE Theatre in Charleston, SC.  Some of his theatre credits include The Royale, Marie Antoinette, Macbeth, The Lehman Trilogy, and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. He is an award-winning playwright and filmmaker. His film credits include indie-horror Livescreamers, the Emmy-winning CBS series The Inspectors, the Netflix original movie Naked, and Blumhouse’s Halloween Kills. Michael is also an adjunct professor of playwriting and acting at the College of Charleston.4.


A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.



PURE Theatre is a professional regional theatre in Charleston that creates consequential theatre experiences by and for a diverse gathering of artists and audiences. PURE produces work that inspires thought, ignites dialogue, and heightens consciousness, and contributes to the urgent exchange of ideas, viewpoints, aspirations, and inspirations of our community.

For over two decades, PURE has radically adhered to a consistent vision for success, focusing foremost on our drive for increased relevance and deep connection. PURE has established itself as a gathering place of collective action where our community grapples with our divisive issues, mines our collective purposes, and seeks out common ground.

Using drama as a catalyst for inclusion, awareness, acceptance, action, and change, PURE’s community of patrons and artists reflect diversity in race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identification, socioeconomics, and sociopolitical preference.


PURE Theatre seeks to be a model for excellence in small professional theatre. We strive to lead in the creation and production of new work, and the interpretation of established plays. PURE Theatre is a company that draws upon our love of story, history, and the energy of the human spirit, where diverse theatre artists and audiences come together to experience their world through exceptional theatrical performance.

Support for Summer Camp Programs provided in part by:

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.