General Info

Summer Boot Camp Program

Inspired by its success with the STEM Rocks the Box project, Shadowbox Live® has implemented the Shadowbox® Academy Summer Bootcamp. The three-week arts intensive program will have both AM and PM Sessions. Each session will run for three hours each day, Monday through Thursday, with a combined five and a half hour session on Fridays. The purpose of the Bootcamp is to provide master class workshops in four performance disciplines: singing, dancing, acting and musicianship, as well as discussions of arts administration, production, ‘life skills’ and professionalism.

Dates : July 7 – 26, 2014

AM Sessions take place :
Mondays – Thursdays from 9:00a – 12:00p and Fridays 9:00a – 2:30p

PM Sessions take place :
Mondays – Thursdays from 1:00p – 4:00p and Fridays 9:00a – 2:30p

Please Note the final Friday or Saturday will be an all day tech and dress rehearsal followed by the final performance, so please expect a schedule from approximately 9am – 10pm

Participation by audition only at Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front Street, Columbus OH.

Shadowbox® Academy Summer Boot Camp Auditions for 2014 are Now Closed

Jake Mendel’s Video Testimonial

Jake Mendel

Jake Mendel was among 12 students that comprised Shadowbox’s first Boot Camp class in 2010.

2 years later, he talks about his experience and how it has stayed with him ever since.

Criteria for Participants

Shadowbox Live® was founded on hard-work, passion and courage;the same characteristics that will be required and encouraged among our students.

Participants must :

  • Be 15-21 years old
  • Be passionate about the performing arts
  • Possess a willingness to explore various ways to elevate his/her primary discipline
  • Have an outstanding work ethic
  • Take personal responsibility for growth and advancement
  • Perform their primary discipline at a high artistic level
  • Desire and give 100% commitment to any and all professional challenges
  • Be interested in learning the realities of being a professional artist


Students will be required to fill out an application and participate in one of the three auditions in order to be considered for the program.

Teachers interested in the Professional Development Program please contact Stacie Boord at (614)554-1534 or via email at

Audition Preparation

For the audition, we will assess everyone in all four areas (music, acting, vocals and dance.) We do not expect everyone to perform all of these disciplines well! We just ask that you try your best with the material given. Based on the audition, those of you accepted will be assigned majors or minors in the four disciplines so that instruction is commensurate with your level of ability.

Click Here for Audition Specifics

If you have questions, please contact me directly at 614.554.1534 or via email at


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Through community and corporate support, The Boot Camp is able to set tuition costs at $1,000 per student.
Students may offset this cost in one of the following ways:

  • Full Scholarship Awards
  • Half Tuition/Half Scholarship Awards
  • Half Scholarship Award /Half Work-Study
  • Half Paid Tuition/Half Work-Study


Students can offset tuition costs and gain arts administration experience by working in the Shadowbox Live offices two hours a day, four days a week, in a 10-week program that will cover half the tuition cost. Based on an administrative assessment, students will be assigned a primary responsibility, and will also be required to participate in general housekeeping and maintenance tasks.


Shadowbox® Academy is currently securing scholarships from local businesses and individuals to be awarded based on both merit and financial need.

Interested in sponsoring a scholarship? Click here!

Educational Advisory Board

Jim Bruner
Web Developer
Dispatch Digital Media Group

Tanya A. Curtain
Director of Customer Experience

John A. DeSando, PhD
Film Critic

Bill Habig
Raccoon Valley Partners LLC

Betty Hill-Church
Unified Arts Coordinator
Columbus City Schools

Marcy Machado
Assistant to the Director of Community Relations/Education, Shadowbox Live

Rich Rosen
Indigo Strategies LLC

Sheli Smith
Director of Programs
The PAST Foundation

Diana Wolterman
Accounts Manager
The PAST Foundation

Teens take the stage at Shadowbox
By Richard Ades, • March 8, 2013

“Presented Monday, it was the latest edition of an annual show that gives students from local Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics high schools the chance to prove that they can cut up with the best of them.”

click to read the full article