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Arts Immersion Program

Photo of students participating in Shadowbox Live’s Arts Immersion Program, a two-week master where they learn vocal, acting, dance, and music performance, and arts administration, marketing, and professional development.

A free intensive study with master classes | June 10 to 21, 2024

Designed as a two-week intensive study in truly becoming a working artist, participating high school and early college students are enrolled in masterclasses:

  • Vocal
  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Music performance

They also learn critical industry support curriculums:

  • Arts administration
  • Marketing
  • Professional development

In this program, students (ages 15 to 21) are taught resilience, perseverance, mastery of fears, and poise through the exchange of critical and constructive feedback readying them for a life in the performing arts.

The Arts Immersion graduate experience concludes with a live showcase performance of a full-length sketch comedy and music production alongside the professionally trained SBX meta-performing artists.

Successful completion of the Arts Immersion Program earns participants consideration for access to Shadowbox Live’s Educational Residency, an opportunity to join the cast of one or more Shadowbox Live productions.

Students will be required to fill out an application and will audition in all four disciplines in order to be considered for the program. 

Application deadline is Monday, April 29th, 2024.

Initial auditions will be taken through video submission.

Callback auditions will be Saturday, May 18th, 2024 at Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Audition materials will be made available once the application is received.
The Arts Immersion Program 2024 runs Monday, June 10th - Friday, June 21st, 2024. Classes and Workshops are held Mondays - Fridays, starting at 10am. 

The final day of the program is an all-day commitment, in order to rehearse and prepare for the public showcase performance that evening (Friday, June 21st, 7:00pm).

Students accepted into the Arts Immersion Program MUST commit to the full schedule of classes and workshops.

The Akins Fund
The Arts Immersion Program tuition and fees are graciously covered by The Akins Fund, an arts education scholarship program sponsored by the American Electric Power Foundation. The Akins Fund was established to honor the contributions of Nick Akins—musician, community advocate, and Executive Chairman of AEP—to the performing arts in Greater Columbus.  

The SBX Page Program
Recipients of The Akins Fund are also enrolled in The SBX Page Program, an opportunity for students to help produce the Shadowbox Live experience as house ushers, server assistants, and behind-the-scenes support. SBX Pages typically complete these required service hours during the holiday season.

For more information on how you can play a role in The Shadowbox Academy's fundraising efforts, contact us here.

Applications are now closed. Please email education @ with questions.