• Teenage Drama Workshop
  • Teenage Drama Workshop
  • Teenage Drama Workshop
  • Teenage Drama Workshop
  • Teenage Drama Workshop
  • Teenage Drama Workshop
  • Teenage Drama Workshop

Teenage Drama Workshop

Registration for 2023 is Now Open!!

Dates: June 12-July 21, 2023

2023 Tuition: $1,800 including non-refundable $250 deposit.


What is Teenage Drama Workshop?

Teenage Drama Workshop (TADW) is a conservatory style program offering teens age 11-18 the opportunity to develop skills in theatre arts. For the past 63 years TADW has been held on the campus of California State University Northridge. Our goal is to teach not only theatre arts but the importance of ensemble and team work through our intensive classes and productions. 

Who can participate in TADW?

To participate you need to be age 11-18 and either entering 6th grade in Fall 2021 or having just graduated 12th grade in Spring 2021. While our program is based in the theatre arts, you do not need experience in theatre to participate in TADW. We want energetic and enthusiastic students who are excited to learn about theatre and who want to great summer.  

TADW is a safe and welcoming environment for students to develop communication skills, creative thinking and build self-confidence. Although we are teaching skills in their relation to theatre these skills are life skills that can help them throughout their lives. 

What classes will be offered in your face-to-face program this summer 2023?

Each class is designed to challenge each age group appropriately and to offer different experiences for those returning students who have advanced levels.

Levels are divided up using student age and grade.

Level 1: Age 11-13, Grade 6-8

Level 2: Age 14-15, Grade 9 & 10

Level 3: Age 16-18, Grade 11 & 12

Please note level placement is NOT based on experience. 


All TADW students in the performance track are required to take Acting, Dance and Voice Classes. Students are placed in the appropriate class based on their level.


Level 1: Acting 1, Dance 1 and Voice 1

Level 2: Acting 2, Dance 2 and Voice 2

Level 3: Acting 3, Dance 3 and Voice 3


Acting classes will cover a range of theatre games, scene study, dialect and audition technique.

Dance classes start at fundamental dance technique and work their way up to jazz, ballet, musical theatre and hip-hop.

Voice/Music teaches students the fundamentals of vocal technique including but not limited to pitch, breath support, diction, vowels etc. Students will also learn how to select songs based on their vocal ability and how to audition with them.

All required classes are ultimately focused on cultivating student confidence and spirit in these three main performance areas.


The safety of our students and staff is our first priority as we continue to respond to the current health crisis. TADW will be following and enforcing COVID-19 regulations imposed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and CSUN Officials.

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2021 NEWS

May 12, 2021

TADW receives planned gift from Paul Warschauer

CSUN Alumnus Expands Creative Opportunities for Teens

Connecting with children has long been a passion for Warshauer, and a primary goal of receiving his B.A. in Theatre from CSUN was to work with children in theatre. His own career began at the tender age of 10, as a fifth grader at Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago. His teacher, Mrs. Bergman, enticed reluctant students to read “Macbeth” by warning that it was a scary tale involving swords and ghosts. The students loved reading it, and in part two of the teacher’s plan, she casually suggested they perform it. Warshauer landed the lead role.

“From there, it was off to the races!” Warshauer said, laughing. He has not slowed down since.

Now, with a planned gift of $150,000 to the Teenage Drama Workshop in CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, Warshauer hopes to enrich and engage a younger generation of theatre lovers.

Continue reading about Warshauer and his planned gift to TADW.