Ohana Arts, in partnership with the University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Theatre & Dance presents the 2019 Summer Festival and School this June and July.  The program provides a unique opportunity for students ages 6-18 to study with world-class faculty and guest artists from around the country in music, dance, and drama through intensive 3 and 6-week programs.


Ohana Arts is partnering with the University of Hawaii Department of Theatre and Dance to offer a new, six-week Summer Technical Theatre & Theatre Design Program for students completing grades 8-12.  The program will provide students a comprehensive introduction to all of the aspects of Technical Theatre and Theatre Design. Students will learn from faculty and staff of the University of Hawaii, rotating regularly through sound, lighting, set, and costume departments.  Towards the end of the six-weeks, students will be able to choose a focus and be assigned to work in a specific role assisting on one of the Ohana Arts mainstage productions. Through this new program, students will have the opportunity to learn technical theatre and design in a hands-on learning environment, will gain valuable production credits to add to their resume, and will have had the unique opportunity to work alongside industry professionals on a full-scale musical in a festival environment.




Michelle Bisbee, Scenic Designer

Michelle A. Bisbee received her MFA in Scenic Design from University of Arizona and her BFA in Technical Theatre from Kent State University. Prior to joining UH, Michelle worked as faculty, designer, and artisan at Trinity University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Kent State University. She has worked professionally across the U.S. in roles such as Scenic Designer, Properties Master and Artisan, Scenic Artist, fabricator, restoration, and swing technician for companies such as the Music Theatre of Wichita, University of Michigan, Utah Shakespearean Festival, The Henry Ford Museum, as well as many others. She spent just shy of three years in Las Vegas working for Cirque du Soleil as Assistant Head of Props on the Beatles LOVE and Properties and Puppets Technician on KA. Locally Michelle has worked with Chaminade University and Manoa Valley Theatre. Michelle’s other full-time job is being a very proud mother of two wonderful girls.


Joseph Governale, Lighting & Sound Designer

Joseph is pursuing an MFA in Lighting and Projection Design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has a BA in Media Studies from the University of Southern Maine. A theatre technician and designer since High School, Joseph has also spent almost 15 years as a cinema projectionist, running and installing cinema projection and sound equipment across New England. Visit JosephGovernale.com.


Maile Speetjens, Costume Designer

Maile Speetjens serves as Professor of Costume Design and Technology for University of Hawaii, Manoa. Originally from Kauai, Maile received an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Georgia, Athens, and a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College. Prior to joining the team at UHM, Maile worked as Costume Shop Manager and Special Assistant Professor of Costume Design at Colorado State University. She has designed, draped, and worked as wardrobe supervisor in Boston, Georgia, Hawaii and Colorado. Maile has worked extensively in Children's Theatre as a designer, director, and teacher. She spent over 10 years working with Hawaii Children's Theatre on Kauai, and 4 years directing Kids Do It All, a program in Colorado focusing on devised Children's Theatre. Maile's passion is creating a collaborative and educational environment for students to explore, expand, and HAVE FUN; after all, it's called a play!

Registration Deadline:  May 1st, 2019

Program Dates & Times: 

The program will run Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM for the first three weeks, and Monday-Saturday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM for weeks 4 & 5. Weeks 6 & 7 the schedule will vary depending upon technical assignments on the various productions that are in performance.


Tuition, Fees, Room & Board:  $5650

Tuition and Fees Only:  $450

List of Important Dates: 

  • May 1st - Final Application Deadline

  • June 8th - Arrival Date

  • June 9th - Parent and Student Orientation (Video or In-person)

  • June 30th - Arrival Date

  • July 1st - First day of Classes

  • July 19th-21st - Musical Theatre Productions #2 & #3 Performances

  • July 22nd - Dorm Program End Date/Departure 

  • July 26th-27th - Musical Theatre Production #1 Performances



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 academy 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



Ohana Arts students will be assigned to a double room with a roommate in one of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa dormitories.   Our dedicated residential staff includes a director of residential life, live-in nurses, and a team of energetic counselors who will work together to create a fun and safe living environment for students living away from home.  Counselors will assist students with developing independent living skills while they are away such as doing regular laundry, keeping their room tidy, daily personal care, getting enough rest and eating healthily.  

Students this year will be staying in Hale Aloha, the University of Hawaii at Manoa “freshman” dorm.  Each double room has two extra-long twin beds, two desks, two closets, and two dressers.


Students will eat breakfast and dinners in the dormitory dining hall and lunch at Kennedy Theatre through the Ohana Arts caterer.  Dining hall options are wide-ranging and include gluten-free and vegan options at every meal.



Please download the PDF Calendar

for your selected program

(The master Google Calendar below will update at a later date):

Junior Musical Theatre Intensive

6-Weeks, Gr.1-8

Pre-College Summer Musical Theatre Academy 

6-Weeks, Gr.7-12

Musical Theatre Production Workshop, 3-Weeks, Gr.7-12

Junior Musical Theatre Techniques, 3-Weeks, Gr.1-8

Pre-College Musical Theatre Techniques Workshop, 3-Weeks, Gr.7-12

Junior Musical Theatre Production Workshop, 3-Weeks, Gr.7-12



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