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We are so excited to announce our new relationship with The Ampersand Project (TAP), a theater collective focused on training, coaching, and community-building for young artists across Massachusetts and beyond! The founder and artistic director, Kate Sheridan, reached out to us to host TAP’s official kickoff with a full day of theater training, classes, and community. Her vision, energy, and professionalism immediately made us want to explore a partnership. We’ve been looking for a way to offer classes, summer camps, and more live theater to the MetroWest community, and this is a quality match! 




WHEN: July 6-24th: Monday-Friday, 8:45am-4pm 

Performances Thursday, July 23rd-Sunday July 26th


WHO: Young performers & designers, ages 15-20 (rising high school sophomores thru rising college juniors)


WHERE: ātac, 160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA


COST: Acting & Musical Theatre Tracks: $700*; Technical Track: $350* (early registration $600/$250)


*we are committed to equitable access to the arts & are proud to offer both sliding scale financial aid and family discounts; please email for hellokatesheridan@gmail.com for financial aid details

TAP @ atac’s Summer Performance Intensive (or SPin) is a pre-professional & college preparatory 

theatre program, designed to support meaningful growth for young artists in a fast-paced, artistically challenging, but holistically supportive environment. Over the three week program, actors & technicians will have the opportunity to collaborate on two full-scale productions: a full-length Broadway musical for the musical theatre track and a challenging play for the acting track, to be performed in repertory July 23-26th.


ACTING & MUSICAL THEATRE STUDENTS will also take two weeks of three daily classes with curriculum designed to their needs - supporting those students preparing for college auditions with monologue & audition cut work as well as dance & movement, vocal technique for song & stage, and styles of acting. 


TECHNICIANS & DESIGNERS will collaborate with professional staff to design, build, and run the performance tech for both productions, covering a range of disciplines & taking creative responsibility for everything from costume design & light board operation to stage & house management. 


TEACHING ARTISTS are all highly skilled in their field, passionate about sharing their expertise and the TAP philosophies of community, collaboration, and creating positive experiences on and off the stage. We have collectively worked at some of the most prestigious youth theatre programs in Massachusetts and beyond and aim to bring all of the important skill-building of those programs to TAP with a new “SPin” - a radically supportive and personalized experience where each student is empowered to embrace their unique gifts. We will also be

bringing in at least 1-2 guest artists for specialized Master Classes over the course of the program!

Want in? 

Register before March 15th and receive a $100 discount! 
Enrollment in SPin is extremely limited in order to guarantee individualized attention for each student. 
Auditions will be held in late May/early June to place students in classes & shows.

$600 Before March 15th, Regular registration $700

$600 Before March 15th, Regular registration $700

$250 Before March 15th, Regular registration $350


The Ampersand Project (@taptheatre) is a theatre collective focused on training, coaching, and community-building for young artists across Massachusetts and beyond. TAP seeks to provide equitable access to high-quality, pre-professional, and creatively empowering theatre experiences in the form of classes, master classes, and skills workshops, a growing database of resources, and access to a network of professionals in the entertainment industry as mentors & coaches. We seek to create art & relationships in a "brave space", fostering a nurturing, engaging, and holistically-minded community that prioritizes growth of the whole person, supports meaningful and diverse exploration of disciplines, and celebrates the collective achievements of the theatre community at large (within peer group, school, state, and beyond) as an important and essential part of a changing world.

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Kate Sheridan is the founder & artistic director of The Ampersand Project, to which she brings 20+ years of theatrical experience as an actor, writer, singer, and, most recently, teaching artist, adjudicator, and activist. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Theatre with an emphasis in Applied Theatre from NYU's Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development, in addition to a B.A. in Theatre & Creative Writing from College of the Holy Cross and theatrical training in various disciplines from North Shore Music Theatre, The Second City Chicago, The Groundlings LA, and San Juan, Puerto Rico's El Cascaron. Performance & directing credits include The Triad Theatre NYC, Maine's Barn Arts Collective, Theatre at the Mount, and teaching at Walnut Hill School for the Arts & The Hanover Theatre Conservatory. Kate has served as an adjudicator for almost all of the programs of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild, as well as the MA Thespians, TAMY Awards, and MET's inaugural Jimmy Awards qualifier. www.hellokatesheridan.com