Summer Theatre Conservatory

Class Dates: July 8-26, M-F, 10am-4pm
Performance Dates: July 26th at 7pm, July 27th at 7pm

Each year Burning Coal hosts an intensive conservatory. This year’s STC is for ages 12-19.

STC Camp Dates: July 8th – 26th
Performance Dates: July 26th & 27th

STC is our intensive, three-week conservatory for students interested in professional training and having fun with a new “theatre family”. This year the student’s culminating performance will be:


by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly

Performed by the 2024 Summer Theatre Conservatory Cohort

July 26 at 7pm, July 27 at 7pm

Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 students 18 and under

Each student will receive 2 complimentary tickets which MUST be requested in advance.  

Discover the techniques that work for you with morning master classes from professionals and educators from across the state. In the afternoon, rehearse a play and prep on the final two days for your culminating performance.

Students ages 12-19 are encouraged to apply this year, and will work together to perform MATILDA. Every student will have the chance to perform.

No previous theatre experience is required to join STC, and all students enrolled will have a role. We welcome students of all abilities to join us, and if your student has specific accessibility needs there is space to let us know on the application.

If your student is interested in technical theatre opportunities such as design, assistant directing, or stage management, let us know by emailing

FEE: $425, with $100 due upon application and the remainder due by the first day of class. Partial scholarships available upon request.


APPLY HERE for a scholarship to attend STC.


CLASS STRUCTURE: STC consists of morning classes with guest artists from across the state’s myriad professional theatres and educational institutions and afternoon rehearsals for a classic or modern classic play (This year MATILDA: THE MUSICAL).

Drop off is from 9:30am – 10am, pick up is from 4pm – 4:30pm (if you require extended time, give us a call at 919.834.4001 in advance to let us know or email There is a carpooling interest checkbox on our application form so we can connect parents together. There will be an hour-long lunch break between the morning and afternoon sessions (students bring their own lunch).

Week 1:  1-2 Guest Artists will come in during the mornings to teach master classes. The other mornings will be taken up by aerial circus technique training. Afternoons will consist of play discussions and blocking rehearsals. This is also a fun time where students make friends and get to know each other!

Week 2: More Guest Artists will come in to teach master classes in the mornings. Rehearsals will begin in earnest this week with an exploration of character and performance styles.

Week 3: This week is all focused on getting performance-ready. Performances will be fine-tuned and there will be multiple tech and dress rehearsals for practice.

Performance Days: Performances are open to the public, and students are encouraged to invite friends and family to attend. On the  Friday performance day, students are invited to join us for a Pizza Party between the end of class and the performance! On the Saturday performance students are expected to be at the theatre at least 1 hour before the first performance to get ready. We aspire to give students a professional performance experience and responsibilities.

GUEST ARTISTS will conduct classes during the conservatory.  They are all working theatre performers or college-level educators. The list of Guest Artists this year will be announced in May, 2023. Past teaching artists from colleges and professional theatres around the state have included:

Jill Carlson [ECU] – Stage Combat
Ray Dooley [PlayMakers Rep] – Auditioning
Carl Forsman [UNC-School of the Arts] – Shakespeare Text
John Gulley [UNCG] – Meisner Technique
Jo Hall [Greensboro College] – Fitzmaurice/Berry

Class Dates:

Jul 8 – Jul 26, 2023

10 am – 4 pm on Monday – Friday

$425  DUE $100 deposit with application, remainder due before class starts on July 8th.

Application Deadline: July 1st

To sign up, start by filling out the application form, or call (919) 834-4001.

Then, pay for enrollment online by clicking here. You may also pay over the phone at (919) 834-4001, or send a check made out to Burning Coal Theatre Company to 224 Polk St., Raleigh, NC 27604.

NOTE: There are partial scholarships available. APPLY HERE for a scholarship to attend STC. To find out more about them, please call (919) 834-4001 or email


Direct all questions to Artistic Director Jerome Davis at or call us at (919) 834-4001


by Dennis Kelly

Performed by the 2024 Summer Theatre Conservatory Cohort

July 26  and 27 at 7pm

Tickets $20 


Each student will receive 2 complimentary tickets which MUST be request in advance.  Additional tickets will be on sale soon.


224 Polk St., Raleigh, NC 27604

For additional information, please call 919.834.4001.