Medaille Summer Theatre Camp

Medaille Summer Theatre Camp

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 13-31, 2020

Final show at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 31


Have fun with Medaille Summer Theatre at Hyatt's All Thing Creative Family Day @ the Burchfield Penney - 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 8th!  

Members of the MST ensemble will encourage students and families to participate in theatre games as part of a full afternoon of family fun! Admission to Burchfield Penney is only $5 for the day and the MST show is free! Come meet the MST students and even join the show!

Now in its EIGHTH TRIUMPHANT YEAR! (And 3rd year at Medaille College!)

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... and sometimes even musicals! 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 31) 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 when you register by 3/1/2020!
(Tuition will increase to $500 on 3/2/2020 and will increase to $600 on 7/2/2020.)

$350 for children of Medaille students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni (three-week experience) when you register by 3/1/2020!
(Tuition will increase to $450 on 3/2/2020 and will increase to $550 on 7/2/2020.)


The MST2020 REGISTRATION FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE VIA THIS PAGE BY OR BEFORE 11/1/2019. If you would like to reserve a space for your student before 10/18, please email

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 Student Ensemble! 

MST2020 will welcome back students for their SIXTH consecutive year in the program, as well as five-year veterans and two- and three-year veterans. These students have bonded as friends and collaborators; they look forward to reuniting each summer to make exciting theatre; and they are always eager to welcome new members! 


About the Instructors

Jon Elston is a career educator and award-winning playwright and performer. He is the founder of Medaille Summer Theatre and has been one of its chief instructors since 2013 and also co-founded Buffalo's Road Less Traveled Productions. Elston’s plays have been produced in Buffalo, New York City, and Washington, D.C. He 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, The Anteaus Company, and elsewhere. Poynton is 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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