MRT Young Company

Summer Intensive Starts July 12

SEE BELOW: Financial Assistance Available | Meet Director Robert Cornelius



The MRT Young Company is an educational theatre experience for students 14-18 years old, who are interested in all aspects of performing arts and new play development. During our summer intensive, students will participate in an intensive centered around: acting and performance, scene analysis and monologue work, as well as collaborative playwriting of their own original short plays. 

Led by professional actor and theatre educator Robert Cornelius, the students will be joined by nationally recognized playwrights, actors, and directors to work closely with the students in developing their own voice in their acting/writing, learn about the professional theatre business, and have direct access to some of the leading voices in contemporary American theatre.

At the end of the intensive, the MRT Young Company will host a Summer Showcase consisting of the students performing monologues from contemporary theatre’s leading playwrights and presenting original short plays written and performed by the students themselves. MRT’s Young Company program is designed to prepare students for college theatre programs and careers in the field.

MRT’s Young Company:
✦ Gives young people the opportunity to express their ideas, define their unique voice, and build community through theatre creation.
✦ Offers fun, fully-immersive opportunities for students to better understand the inner workings of a professional theatre.
✦ Builds strong connections between youth and leaders in the American theatre.
✦ Brings together a broad range of students with a variety of interests and theatrical experience.

Back to In-Person Workshops this Summer! July 12 - 30, 2021 at MRT’s Rehearsal Hall, 132 Warren Street, Downtown Lowell.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Program Coordinator Kaitlyn Crockett at



IN PERSON: July 12-30 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (maximum 12 spots available) | $550 Full Tuition | $350 for Returning Students


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: For financial assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Courtney Sale, Nancy L. Donahue Artistic Director, at Scholarships available!



Esteemed Chicago educator, actor, writer, and singer Robert Cornelius will once again join the staff of Merrimack Repertory Theatre this summer to direct the MRT Young Company. A pillar of the Chicago theatre community for more than 30 years, Cornelius served as the Arts Education Director at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens from 2007-2018. Like the MRT Young Company, he grew the program immensely focusing on acting and playwriting for high school students. Students learned how to access their emotions through first-person stories, slam poetry, and the texts of established playwrights




Young Company continues to meet during the MRT season, offering a window into the fascinating work of professional theatre artists.
Opportunities include:

  • Additional Performance Opportunities: This past spring, the MRT Young Company created its first ever spring performance, the Documentary Theatre Project, directly tied with our mainstage production of Dael Orlandersmith’s Until The Flood. More performance opportunities, like this one, will occur directly related to our mainstage productions.
  • Rehearsal and Tech Observation: Students watch acting and technical rehearsals of select MRT productions, seeing them unfold all the way to opening night.
  • Workshop Attendance: Students can sit in on workshops of the brand new plays MRT is developing with nationally-renowned playwrights.
  • Master Classes and Artist Talks: MRT staff and artists offer classes and discussions, sharing their own expertise and experience.