Absences are highly discouraged unless unavoidable. TADW is a six-week program that moves incredibly fast. Each day consists of class instruction and rehearsal; therefore, missing any instruction can set your child behind. Rehearsal is at its strongest when every cast member is present. Our staff does our best to catch students up on what they missed, but excessive absences can result in your child being removed from moments in the show or from class demonstrations on our final day. Please be aware that absences can affect casting.  

Ideally, students are encouraged to not miss any of TADW. We are fully aware that certain absences due to a medical or family emergency are unavoidable, therefore absences due to these issues are allowed without question. We highly encourage any appointments or school related activity to be scheduled after the TADW day has ended or after the program is over.



Auditions are a two-day process and mandatory for all performance track students.  All students who audition will be cast in one of two productions. Students must be in attendance for auditions, no video submissions accepted.  

Auditions will be on June 6th (8:00 – 2:00) and 7th (10:00 – 1:00). To be considered for a speaking role it is mandatory you attend both audition days. If you cannot attend, you will be cast in an ensemble role. Tech students are not required to attend.  

 Initial Audition (June 6th): We ask the students to either a) sing the song we have selected or b) prepare 16 bars of any musical theatre song, as long as it is appropriate for your age and vocal ability.  We will review our audition song (this year from FROZEN) prior to the start of the auditions. All auditioning will sing, be led through a dance audition and will do a few improvisational exercises. Please bring appropriate dance shoes to the audition, if you already have them. We divide the students into groups and insure that everyone is seen for each production.  We strive to make the dance fun as possible. There’s always a bit of stress but we want the students to relax and do their best.



Callbacks are the chance to hear students audition for specific roles for the productions.  All auditioning will be asked to read sides from the scripts which we will provide. Some students will be taught new songs to audition for specific roles.   Students will rotate between both shows and everyone will be read at least once. This year our callbacks will be on Sunday, June 7th from 10:00 – 1:00.  


Cast lists

Cast lists are the results of the auditions.  All of the lead roles are cast at that time but there are typically smaller parts that will be distributed when rehearsals start.  Keep in mind that most ensemble roles involve playing a variety of characters. The Cast lists will be posted online and in Nordhoff Hall the evening of callbacks.  



All TADW students in the performance track take three core classes Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre, as well as their choice of elective (2020 proposed electives 2020:  Improvisation, Playwriting, Puppetry, Tech/Design, Stage Make-up). These classes enforce fundamental method and practice that our students apply in rehearsal. 

 All TADW students in the Technical Theatre track do not have the core classes of the Performance track but instead spend their mornings working alongside our Scenic & Costume Shop staff learning skills in the area of design and construction. Tech Students are required to take an elective that is not Tech Design. Therefore, their choices can be Playwriting, Improv, Puppetry or Make-up. 


Courses of Study

TADW offers two courses of study for the six-week intensive.

Performance: Performance based students spend the six weeks taking morning classes in Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre learning fundamental and more advanced skill of each discipline. The afternoon is spent in rehearsal for one of our two productions. All enrolled Performance students must audition but are guaranteed to be cast!

Technical Theatre: The Technical Theatre track guides students through the process of creating a show from the backstage perspective. Our Tech Theatre students learn fundamentals in design, scenic construction, light hang, sound installation and how to run a production. Once performances start all tech students become the crew for the shows under the direct supervision of our staff.


Classroom Locations

TADW operates for the full six weeks in Nordhoff Hall, located on Nordhoff Street between Lindley and Etiwanda, which is also home to the CSUN Department of Theatre. All classrooms, rehearsal spaces and performances venues are within Nordhoff Hall. This year FROZEN, JR will be rehearsing and performing in the Campus Theatre, while HAMMERED: A THOR & LOKI PLAY will be rehearsing and performing in the Little Theatre. Our classrooms are Rooms 104, 106, 107 & 214. During our first day students are given a tour of the building. The class location list can also be found in the Parent Student Handbook


Daily Schedule

The daily schedule Monday-Friday is as follows until we get into Tech Rehearsals begin. 

8:15am-9:15am-Class Session #1 (Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre)

9:20am-10:15am-Class Session #2 (Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre)

10:30am-11:25am-Class Session #3 (Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre)

11:30am-12:30pm-Elective Class (Playwriting, Improv, Puppetry, Make-up or Tech Design)



**Once shows enter Technical Rehearsal, the day will end at 6:00pm.**

**A separate Daily Schedule will be sent out once we enter Performances.**

**TADW does rehearse on select Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Those dates will be issued at a later time.**



Program Dates: June 15, 2020-July 26, 2020

Registration Open: November 15, 2019

Scholarships/Financial Aid: Submit applications by February 12, 2020

Orientation: February 8, 2020

Auditions: June 6th & 7th. Schedule is TBD.

Holidays: July 4, 2020-NO TADW

Frozen, Jr Show Dates:

July 17 @ 7pm

July 18 @ 7pm

July 22 @ 11am*

July 23 @ 11am*

July 25 @ 11am*

**Frozen, Jr. performances on July 22-July 25 are designated for Camp Group Sales. A limited number of General Audience Tickets may be available.**

Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play Show Dates:

July 9 @ 7pm

July 10 @ 7pm

July 15 @ 11am*

July 16 @ 11am*

July 17 @ 11am*

July 18 @ 11am*

July 22 @ 11am*

July 23 @ 11am*

**Hammered performances on July 15-July 23 are designated for Camp Group Sales. A limited number of General Audience Tickets may be available.**



Drop-off and Pick-up is in front of Nordhoff Hall. Parents can use either the B1 Parking Lot on the corner of Nordhoff and Darby or the lot directly in front of the building, which can be accessed via the entrance on Nordhoff and Lindley. TADW staff is always present for both drop-off and pick-up; checking students in and making sure your child gets in and out of the building safely. Our staff will be present outside the building starting at 8:00am, 15 minutes before the classes begin.  


Elective Classes

In addition to the regular class sessions, all TADW students take one elective of their choice. Thees electives change from year to year.  Electives for Summer 2020 (pending registration) are:

Playwriting – Students are led through the play writing process to create a ten-minute play which is performed at the Ten-Minute Play Festival on XXXX.

Puppetry – Learn the craft of puppet construction as well as the art of puppeteering. Students will explore and create several different styles of puppets includinghand puppets, shadow puppets and bunraku. 

Improv –  Students learn to create characters, scenes and tell stories using the skills of improvisation.  Students will perform in an Evening of Improv as well as become the actors in the Ten-Minute Play Festival. 

Make-up – Students will learn the application of stage make-up as well as the use of special effects make-up.  

Tech/Design – In this class, students will learn the principles of scenic, costume and lighting design with various projects and guest lectures.  

If you are a returning student and have repeated the same elective twice, we require you pick a new elective. 


Financial Aid

TADW Tuition for 2020 is $2,300. There are a limited number of 50% partial scholarships available and it is recommended you submit your application as soon as registration begins. Scholarships are based upon proof of financial need. Scholarship decisions will be made on February 19th.  Applicants must register and pay the $250 non-refundable deposit before consideration for a scholarship.  

If you wish to apply for a scholarship please fill out the the application form. Scholarship applications received after February 19 will be dependent upon available funding.  Any questions regarding scholarships please email our Financial Analyst Alicia Lawrence at alicia.lawrence@csun.edu.

Each summer, one student is selected to receive the Sam Loeb Spirit of TADW which is full tuition for the following summer at TADW.  This award is announced at the Munch n’ Crunch (our final day celebration).  



All TADW students must wear the appropriate shoes when attending classes and rehearsal. For Acting class, they may wear whatever shoe they like. For Dance & Musical Theatre they will require basic dance or jazz shoes. A detailed list of pricing and where you can purchase shoes can be found in our parent/student handbook (link here).  

For rehearsal all students must wear closed-toe shoes to avoid foot injuries, which can easily happen in an active theatre. No flip-flops or sandals are allowed either on stage or backstage.

Tech students are required to wear closed-toe shoes at all time.  No flip-flops, heels or sandals are allowed in any of the TADW shop spaces.  



After your student is enrolled for Summer 2020, parents will be sent the following forms which will need to be returned to us at our Orientation. If you cannot attend Orientation, we ask these forms to be returned to us at our Auditions held on June 6th and 7th.

*Student Code of Conduct

*General Waiver

*Medical Release

*Image Release


Friends of TADW

Friends of TADW (FOT) is the parent auxiliary group that is the backbone of our operation. FOT helps with a variety of fundraisers, serves as ushers for performances and are TADW advocates throughout the year.  FOT meets weekly when TADW is in session and keeps parents updated on developments and upcoming TADW events. You can join FOT for a membership of $25 or just attend weekly Parent Meetings. For more information on FOT please contact FOT President Elizabeth Gaines-Johnston at



A long-standing tradition at TADW, on the production’s final dress rehearsal evening, the opposite cast watches the performance and serves as the first audience to cheer on and encourage their friends.  TADW alumni are invited to attend as well. We ask that parents do not attend this evening. The students (and parents) typically congregate at a local restaurant after the performance, a non-sponsored TADW event. 


July Fourth

The fourth of July is always a day off from TADW. Please be aware that we are usually opening our first production that week, it is problematic for students to be absent.  

Late Arrival/Early Pick-up

If your child needs to arrive late or be picked up early please inform our Program Director, Eric White, with as much notice as possible. We will send that info to our staff so they know not to mark your child as an unexcused absence or have them ready to be picked up.

Level Placement

TADW strives to guide our students through an educational environment while building an artistic community. However, Theatre Arts can have a highly competitive and skill driven atmosphere. To ensure that our students feel they are in comfortable and fair surroundings they are placed into either Level 1, 2 or 3. These are the groups they will audition with and take their classes with. Casts for our productions are a mix of all levels. The placement of students into these Levels is not based on skill or ability but by grade level and age. The breakdown is as follows: 

Level 1-Grade 7-8 (age 11-12)

Level 2-Grade 9-10 (age 13-15)

Level 3-Grade 11-12 (age 16-18)

When filling out your application we ask you include what grade your student will be going in to the following Fall Semester, after TADW 2020.



Parents are expected to provide their children with lunch or the means to purchase a lunch for each day of the program.  

Lunches will be available for purchase through TADW.  Lunches will be purchased on the following schedule: Monday (Subway), Wednesday (El Pollo Loco) and Friday (Little Caesars) each week. Each meal is $8 and can be purchased online at https://www.csun.edu/teenage-drama-workshop

There are also plentiful food options at the on-campus Bookstore Complex which is just a short walk from Nordhoff Hall. Eateries include Burger King, Panda Express, El Pollo Loco, Juice It Up and the Matador Mercado (the on-campus convenient store). There is also a drink and food vending machine in Nordhoff Hall. Parents may want to invest in a MataMoney card, a debit card which can be purchased and loaded at the Matador Mercado, $5 minimum, all purchases save 5% on every purchase,   

If your child is over 16 years old, they are allowed to go off campus to get food. In order for permission to be granted they will need an Off-Campus Release Form, which requires both parent and student signature. If your student goes off campus they must be back in Nordhoff Hall by end of lunch ready for rehearsal. If they are tardy to rehearsal multiple times, it will result in a loss of Off-Campus privilege.



Matador Bookstore Complex

The Matador bookstore complex houses the university bookstore as well as a coffee shop (The Freudian Sip), Burger King, Panda Express, El Pollo Loco, Juice It Up as well as a convenience store.  Hours vary in the summer. They are not open on the weekends during the summer. 


Munch ‘n Crunch

A long-standing tradition at TADW, Munch ‘n Crunch is the final Sunday of the program,   The day is filled with class performances, award ceremonies, lunch, cake, an auction as well as laughter and a few tears.  We encourage all parents and families to attend and celebrate our students. 


Nordhoff Hall

Nordhoff Hall is the home of the Department of Theatre.  The building faces Nordhoff Street. The offices of TADW are in this building, NH 110, and can be reached at 818 677 3086. 


Off-campus Release Form

In order for students to leave campus  TADW requires an Off-Campus Release Form signed by a parent and student.  If your student goes off campus they must be back in Nordhoff Hall by end of lunch ready for rehearsal. If they are tardy to rehearsal multiple times, it will result in a loss of Off-Campus privilege



Our orientation for Summer 2020 will be on Saturday May 9th in the Little Theatre, time is TBD. This event previously called “Meet & Greet” will be structured differently.  Orientation is a mandatory event for all enrolled TADW students. We will take you through the Parent/Student Handbook, give you a tour of the building, introduce you to the staff, discuss auditions and students will be placed into their electives. If you cannot attend Orientation, please make arrangements with us to receive your Enrollment Packet and have your student electives selected.



Parking is available in the B1 Lot on the corner of Darby and Nordhoff, as well as the Lot directly in front of Nordhoff Hall accessible via the entrance on Lindley and Nordhoff. A parking pass is required at all times and can be bought at any of the kiosks in the lots. 

For more information, visit https://www.csun.edu/parking/transportation

Parking rates are as follows:

$2-1 hour

$4-2 hours

$6-4 hours

$8-All Day

**A permit is not required for drop-off and pick-up.**



If you have questions that you do not see addressed here, feel free to email us at or call 818 677 3086.


Refund Policy

check out our refund policy page here.



Please be aware that there are a lot of different programs occurring during the same time period. Your child's safety is our number one priority!  

To ensure your child avoids any foot or leg injuries, please make sure they have the appropriate footwear. For Dance Classes they are required to have either a dance or jazz shoe, a list of the appropriate shoe wear can be found on our website. For rehearsal students must wear closed-toe shoes no sandals, flip flops or slip-ons.

General first-aid can be provided by our staff but please be aware that we will not administer any medication.  If any medical issues should arise while your child is at TADW, a staff member will walk them over to the Klotz Health Center located on campus. We will contact you as this is happening.  In the case of an emergency, 911 will be called immediately by a staff member.



TADW is proud to have had a diverse staff made up of CSUN Instructors, CSUN Students and Industry Professionals. Our Executive Director is Garry Lennon, an Award-Winning Costume Designer and CSUN Professor. Please visit our staff page for more details.



Our 63rd Summer features Disney’s FROZEN, JR. and HAMMERED: A THOR & LOKI PLAY.


Tech Rehearsal

Technical Rehearsals begin when the Director, Designers & Crew begin to incorporate lights, sound & finished set, props and costumes into the show. Tech is a very important  part of the process and requires the maximum amount of concentration from the cast. It is mandatory that all cast members be present for full technical rehearsals from 1:15pm-6:00pm. If your child needs to leave early, please let us know as early as possible, so the production team can work it into the schedule.


Smoke Free Campus

CSUN is a smoke free campus which includes TADW students and staff.  Please refer Student/Parent handbook for our specific policies. CSUN Campus Police will come and speak to the TADW  students and staff during the first week of the program. 



Strike is the final element of any production, it is when the cast & crew help the staff take down the show (remove set pieces, restock props & costumes, take down light fixtures etc.). All students assist with each shows strike, under the direct supervision of TADW staff. Students are broken into groups assisting certain departments. A detailed strike schedule will be sent out once they have been determined. It is mandatory that all TADW students attend strike for both shows.



Congratulate your rising star on performance days with a TADW-gram before the show!  These are available for purchase at the Friends of TADW concessions table, all proceeds go towards scholarships. 


Tax ID Number

The TADW Tax ID number is 95-6196006.  Please save this for your tax preparer.  


Volunteer Opportunities 

TADW welcomes volunteers to help with various projects throughout the summer.  We ask that all volunteers be over the age of 18. In accordance with University policy, we will ask you to complete a Volunteer Form before you volunteer.