Registration coming soon

 Summer 2017

SITT is available for middle school students and high school students seeking rigorous acting training.

SITT will enhance your performance skills with rigorous introductions to collegiate-level concepts of Theatre. 

Students will leave the program with multiple audition monologues and a new head shot.

All classes are taught by highly trained professional instructors with years of experience both onstage and in the classroom. 

The intensive will offer valuable training for actors with a focus on the following...

  • The Principles of Acting Technique (Shakespearean, Stanislavski, Shurtleff/Kohlhaas)
  • Movement (Spolin, Laban and Viewpoints)
  • Voice & Diction (Linklater, Rena Cook) 

SITT will admit approximately 20 students for each group.

You can apply for SITT today by filling out the online application. 

More details to come!

Past instructors 


John Castilleja (Director of Education) is a graduate of The College of Santa Fe where he earned a BFA in acting.  For two years John lived in New York City producing and directing theatre, and he is currently a Master’s candidate at The University of Houston Summer Program for Theatre Educators.  John has been teaching high school theatre for 13 years at Edinburg North High School.  Several of his former students have pursued pre-professional Theatre training at programs throughout the United States including The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Northwestern University, Brown University, The University of Texas, and Texas State University.   

Isidro Lerma (Grades 6-8 Lead Teacher) is a graduate of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi where he earned his BA in Theatre with a minor in Children’s Theatre. He worked in Brownsville ISD for three years and currently has been at McAllen ISD for three years. He has spent his summers working for the City of McAllen producing many shows with students ranging from 8-15 years of age. His main focus is in directing, theatre history, and ensemble building. He is also currently the Executive Director at the Pharr Community Theatre.     

 Jason Barrera (Artistic Director) is a graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in Theatre. He is also a member of the National Theatre Institute ('09 class) at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. He has been a teacher for McAllen Independent School District for the past five years. He has studied and experienced all the various concentrations of theatre and is particularly passionate about directing, dramaturgy, and the theories of theatre throughout history.