Medaille Summer Theatre Camp

Medaille Summer Theater CampMedaille Summer Theatre Camp

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 9-27, 2018

Final show at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 27

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Medaille Summer Theatre (MST) camp instructs and supports young theatre artists (ages 12 to 17) in the creation and production of their own original, world-premiere plays. During this three-week program, students participate in improvisational exercises to generate ideas for short plays. They are encouraged to write their own short script or devise an idea with the support of their fellow young artists. Under the guidance of world-class theatre instructors Jon Elston and Bella Poynton, each play is developed, rehearsed and finally performed at an evening presentation (on July 27) of student work, open to families and friends.

Respect for bright and courageous students is central to the MST mission. Students are encouraged to explore ideas that are important and relevant to their age group, whether through historically accurate period melodrama, irreverent cultural parody or portrayals of meaningful personal themes. Instructors foster a working environment of tolerance when handling themes that involve ethnicity, religion, gender and orientation. As students develop their abilities to express themselves, MST faculty provide a positive, informative, lively and fun environment in which students can learn, grow as artists and forge lasting friendships with their peers.


Tuition Prices

  • $400 for the full, three-week experience
  • $350 for second and third week only (available for students new to the MST experience)
  • $350 for children of Medaille students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni (three-week experience)

A small number of scholarships may be available for students in need. Please inquire for details.


Meal Plan

A convenient meal plan option providing five catered meals each week is available at a cost of $105 for three-week tuitions or $70 for two-week tuitions. A vegetarian option is also available.



MST camp is held in the Medaille Theater, on Medaille College’s Buffalo campus, located at 18 Agassiz Circle.


About the Instructors

Jon Elston was the founder and chief instructor of the RLTP Summer Institute (2013-2017), a unique theatre instruction program that provides the foundation for Medaille Summer Theatre. He also co-founded its parent organization, Road Less Traveled Productions, in 2002 and continues to serve as that prominent local arts organization’s literary director. The award-winning playwright and veteran educator’s plays have been produced in Buffalo, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Elston has been an adjunct instructor in Medaille’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department since fall 2016.

Bella Poynton is a playwright, theatre artist and scholar from Buffalo. Her plays have been produced and developed at the Great Plains Theater Conference, The Barrow Group, Lookingglass Theatre, The Science Fiction Theater Company, the Pittsburgh New Play Festival, Otherworld Theatre, Road Less Traveled Productions and The Anteaus Company. Poynton is a Regional Playwriting Resident at Road Less Traveled Productions and an artistic associate at Otherworld Theatre.



Space is limited, so register now! Download a registration form and send (with payment) to:


Medaille Summer Theatre

Medaille College

18 Agassiz Circle

Buffalo, NY 14214


For more information, contact Medaille Summer Theatre Director Jon Elston at or Medaille Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Chair Dr. Daniel P. Kotzin at (716) 880-2318.

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