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Ohana Arts, in partnership with the University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Theatre & Dance presents the 2024 Summer Festival and School this June and July.  The program provides a unique opportunity for students ages 5-18 to study with world-class faculty and guest artists from around the country in music, dance, and drama through intensive 3 through 7-week programs.

Young Artist Leaders


Be the kind of young artist that can INSPIRE OTHERS, CONNECT PEOPLE, and CHANGE THE WORLD.   Grow your skills and learn from some of the most exciting instructors in the industry.    Be amongst some of the best talent in the world, the kindest of hearts, and friends who not only love what you love, but who wholeheartedly want to create memories of a lifetime with you.   Join us at 'Ohana Arts this summer, a haven in the pacific where we spread love and peace through the universal language of the arts. 



For students completing grades 3-12 at UH Manoa
For students completing grades K-4 at 
Hanahau'oli School

June 10th - July 28th, 2024


This summer we are thrilled to offer the following 3, 4, 6, and 7 week full-time and part-time (afternoons) programs at UH Manoa for students completing grades 3-12 (SY 2023-2024)Please read the descriptions carefully as many of our programs and curriculum have undergone exciting changes/updates for 2024!

Please see the button below to learn more about Ohana Arts @ Hanahau'oli School (for students completing grades K-4).

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Ohana Arts invites students completing grades 10-12 to apply to join the 2024 Young Artist Leadership Program.  This unique program offers students the opportunity to share their passion with their peers while learning how to lead and inspire others.   Students in the program will gain resume-building skills including organizational skills, event planning, leading groups of students, and peer mentorship.  Students selected for the Young Artist Leadership Program will receive a 50% tuition credit towards the 7-Week Musical Theatre Academy, 4-Week Musical Theatre Production Program, or 3-Week Musical Theatre Techniques Program.  Preference is given to those who can commit to the 7-Week Musical Theatre Academy.  Additional need-based scholarships are available.

REQUIREMENTS:  Students must fill out the online application no later than April 12th, 11:59 PM.   Students must also include a letter of recommendation and a former letter of application with their online application.  If admitted, students will be expected to attend zoom training sessions in May, and in-person training sessions in early June.

NOTIFICATION:  Students will be contacted for a brief interview, and notified of their application status by April 20th, 2024.



Please check back at a later date for the 2024 Faculty & Staff List


Director/Choreographer, “Matilda”

Acting Instructor (Junior Academy and Pre-College Academy)

Broadway credits include Wicked (Glinda),  All My Sons (Lydia Lubey), Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste #2/ Elaine), The Nance (Joan), Annie (Grace Farrell), The Performers (Sundown LeMay) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky). New York and regional credits include the Signature Theatre revival of Lynn Nottage’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Gloria Mitchell), the Huntington Theatre Company production of Sunday in the Park with George (Dot/Marie - Elliot Norton Award-winner), Private Lives (Hartford Stage), As You Like It & The Tempest (Sam Mendes' The Bridge Project), From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club), Paint Your Wagon and A New Brain (Encores!), Oklahoma! (The Muny), and Guys and Dolls (Music Theatre of Wichita). Television credits include “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” "Master of None," “Elementary,” “Smash,” “Law & Order: SVU” and the Emmy Award winning “The Electric Company.” Graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department.



Director, “Newsies”

Bree Peters is a 5th generation local who spent her life in the Hawaii theatre scene, since she was a young girl. She has worked professionally as an actress, director, producer, and a puppet designer/creator, at many of Oahus theatres. She is most well known for her nearly 40 year relationship with Manoa Valley Theatre, where she served as the Associate Producer, and Artistic Director, before moving to Hawaii Island in 2017. She has produced hundreds of productions both for TV and stage. As an actress some of her favorite roles have been Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Constance, in the Constant Wife, Barbara in August Osage County. and one of the five women in Love, Loss, and What I Wore.  As a Director, her productions of Fun Home, and Peter and the StarCatcher have been highlights. She currently serves as the Artistic Director for Hawaii ArtSpace (HA), a theatrical non-profit she founded a few years back, that has recently moved from Hawaii Island, to Oahu. This is Bree's first project with Ohana Arts, and she is excited to work with Hawaii's talented youth again!



Music Director, “Matilda”

Music Instructor (Junior Academy and Pre-College Academy)

Jason DeBord is Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the world-renowned University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.  He was the resident music supervisor for both the Broadway and national tour productions of Once – The Musical and cast the production of the show in Seoul, South Korea. His Broadway credits also include Shrek, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde, All Shook Up, and Rent among others. Other New York credits include Bare – The Musical, Fat Camp, Bat Boy – The Musical, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, City Center Encores!, and countless developmental productions of new works. In the summer of 2020, he served as segment producer for the St. Louis Muny’s Online Variety Hour. He also created new dance, vocal and song arrangements for the revised version of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, which was produced at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, the Ordway Theatre in St Paul and the St. Louis Muny. DeBord played and conducted the national tours of A Chorus Line, Rent, and Urinetown – The Musical. His playing is featured prominently in the 2009 Sony Pictures Classics release Every Little Step, and he has played on multiple recordings for stage, film and television. Regionally, DeBord has worked on new musical theater productions at the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., the Alliance Theater, and the 5th Avenue Theater.



Music Director, “Newsies”

Music Instructor, Musical Theatre Intensive Program

Rachel MacKenzie is a NYC based Singer, Music Director, Accompanist, Teaching Artist, and general enthusiast of all things arts. Rachel is a Professor at the University of Albany, works as an accompanist and coach at NYU Steinhardt, and serves as a Voice Teacher at NYC Vocal Studio. Her students have performed Off Broadway, in National Tours, Regional Theaters, and Karaoke Bars around the country. You can also find her singing backup for some of Broadway’s favorite voices, acting in shows, learning new instruments, and having jam sessions with her friends and family. Instagram: @ramackenzie, @racheldoesthesingthing



Choreographer, “Newsies”

Music Instructor (Junior Academy and Pre-College Academy)

Lexie Fennell Frare is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Ohana Arts. She holds a B.F.A in Musical Theater from Emerson College and a Masters in Educational Theater from the City College of New York. Lexie is the Resident Choreographer of the White Plains Performing Arts Center, an equity company located right outside of NYC. She has also choreographed for numerous other companies and new works festivals such as Westchester Broadway Theater, Depot Theater, Millbrook Playhouse, Midtown International Theater Festival and New York Theater Festival. Lexie was nominated for Best Choreographer for the Midtown International Theater Festival, as well as multiple Broadway World Awards for her work at WPPAC. Lexie has also been on the roster of teaching artists at Disney Theatrical Group, Carnegie Hall Education and the Lee Strasburg Institute. She works with students all over the country, prepping them for college auditions and interviews in the performing arts. She is currently a full time musical theater and drama teacher at Riverdale Country School in NY. 


LAURIE  RUBIN (Ohana Arts Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director)

Private Voice Instructor

Acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Laurie Rubin performs in a variety of genres, including classical, pop, and musical theater. New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini praised her “compelling artistry,”“communicative power,” and the “earthy, rich, and poignant qualities” of her voice. Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed described her as “a young mezzo-soprano whose voice is darkly complex and mysteriously soulful and who adds intense emphasis to every word of text.” Laurie has performed with the likes of conductor John Williams and opera star Frederica von Stade. She has given concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the White House, among others, presenting programs that tell her unique story through music. Her album Do You Dream In Color? was release in 2012, the same year as her memoir of the same name, published by Seven Stories Press. The title track of the album, co-written by Laurie and composer Bruce Adolphe, premiered in its orchestral version in a performance she gave at the International Human Rights Conference in Lucerne, Switzerland and in a performance she gave with the LA Chamber Orchestra. Laurie is co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Ohana Arts. In 2013, she embarked on an extensive North American concert and book tour.  She and composer/producer, Jenny Taira form the vocal-piano duo, PureLand. Their first single and music video, “The Girl I Am,” was released in March 2014.  She and Jenny have also written the Ohana Arts original musicals, "Peace On Your Wings" and "Class of 2020".



Group Manager, “Explorers/Believers”

Stage Manager, “Matilda”

This year will mark the 5th year that Sarah Danvers has been with Ohana Arts.  A theatre alumni of The University of Hawai'i, she currently works at the Honolulu Theatre For Youth as the stage manager and head editor for their television show The Hi-Way.  Sarah has also worked on shows for other local companies which include Hawaii Shakespeare Festival and Kumu Kahua Theatre.  Ohana Arts is always something that she looks forward to every year.



Group Manager, “Believers/Imaginers”

Aloha, my name is Izabella Hackworth but you can call me Hōkū. I am a graduated college student from Windward Community College with an Associates degree in Liberal Arts. I am also the character Calci Calcium who is friends with Hawaii's favorite Lani Moo of Meadow Gold Dairy. I am also apart of an ʻUkulele team called Team Hale. I love working at Ohana Arts as a Group Manager and helping the kids pursue their passion in the performing arts.



Group Manager,  “Visionaries”

Hi! My name is Mackenzie O'Coyne (aka Macko). I am 20 years old and a rising junior at USC, receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre. I am from Murrieta, California. I love soup. I am a Disney adult (embarrassing, I know). I am passionate about alkaline water. I love singing jazz. When I'm not doing theatre, I enjoy sewing, doing crafts, fashion, going to the beach, watching movies, going to over-priced coffee shops, and laughing with my amazing friends! After college, I will continue pursuing a career in the arts, either on Broadway, in film, TV, music, etc. ; Wherever the wind takes me. 



Stage Manager, “Newsies”

Kenji Sanehira is excited to return to Ohana Arts to stage manage the 2022 production of "Newsies"! He is currently a junior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is studying Computer Science. This will be his fourth year with Ohana Arts and his fourth time stage managing a production. His previous stage managing credits include "Our Time" (OA), "Art After Dark II" (CTAA), and "Once on This Island" (CTAA). He cannot wait to meet all of the new and returning faces of Ohana Arts and is ready for an amazing summer!


Group Manager, Dreamers

Acting Instructor, Musical Theatre Intensive Program

I am beyond thrilled to be returning for my 3rd summer with Ohana Arts as the Dreamers group manager! I graduated from Auburn University in Alabama with a BFA in Theatre Performance, and since then I have enjoyed growing my educational and artistic practice onstage and off. I currently live in San Antonio, Texas, where I recently directed a 6th-grade production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. I am so looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones this summer as we pursue arts, love, and peace together.


When not in classes or rehearsals, Ohana Arts students have many options for socializing and fun.  Students can participate in camp-wide activities such as movie nights, weekly open mic/coffeehouses, relays and games, ice cream socials and more.  Students in the residential programs will have the opportunity to explore some of Oahu's most beautiful sites on "Wind Down Wednesday" and "Sightseeing Sunday" excursions.  

Typical excursions may include:

Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail

Lanikai/Kailua Beach

Sea Life Park

Hanauma Bay

Kuualoa Ranch

Haleiwa Town/Waimea Bay

Waimea Valley

Dole Cannery

Waikiki Beach Walk & Fireworks

Ala Moana Center

Pearl Harbor

Iolani Palace

Waialua Obon Festival

Secret Island

Kaneohe Sandbar Island

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