The Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute (HBTI)

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Bebe Weinberg Katz


Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute (HBTI) is committed to helping young people improve their skills in the performing arts through immersion in a challenging curriculum of drama, dance and/or vocal music and the opportunity to participate in fully staged productions.

Along with their growing arts skills and appreciation for the arts in general, our students will gain confidence and socialization skills that will benefit them in their eventual field of pursuit in the world at large.


HBTI’s summer training is located at 
Hathaway Brown School
19600 North Park Boulevard
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122


Performing Arts Training

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Grades: 7-College

"AWESOME staff, audition technique class, acting/scene study and dance classes! HBTI brings together the area’s best directors and aspiring young performers."-Klara Hrick 

 Each Student in grade 7 through college will pick a focus: Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre. High school and college students may also elect to take an Advanced Workshops. Each day has six hours of class and 30 minutes for lunch.  Students will be assigned to appropriate classes based on their focus selection, their age and their experience.

Intermediate Performing Training
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Grades 4-6
Students in grades 4-6 participate in this NEW transitional program between PRIME and Performing Arts Training. Students are taught acting using a "theme" based curriculum focusing on a single play as the central material. In addition students begin their technical training in dance, voice, stage combat and storytelling.



9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Grades: 1-3 

Prime is a creative and enriching experience in drama, music, dance and fine arts. The student will have the opportunity to explore the performing arts with fun and age appropriate activities.

"I cannot recommend HBTI enough! The productions I've done here are some of my favorite theatre memories and the amazing faculty has helped me grow into the artist I am today. I've met some of my best friends at HBTI, and I've absolutely loved all four summers I spent there. If you want serious theatre training and a super fun summer, audition for HBTI!"  Hannah Kulawiak ( Sweeney Todd- 2014  Rent: School Edition- 2015, Oklahoma -2015, Into the Woods- 2016, Children on Eden - 2017


HBTI students can audition to participate in the award-winning musicals Oliver and/or A New Brain. These productions are intended as a “lab experience” to complement our daytime training – train with some of the best instructors in town and apply what you have learned in full-scale productions. Note: There is a $250 production fee to participate in a play.


A word about what it means to be in a play from a young actor- "Theatre began for me with Children of Eden (2010), it was a turning point for me as an artist, as a person… There's something about this piece and the family it creates that is very special."  .... Sean Grandillo (Spring Awakening- Broadway, Scream - MTV, Law and Order SVU- NBC, The Real O'Neals- ABC, Rise-NBC)




Jamie Benetto, Jenny Burnett, India Burton, Chialla Geib, Carlton Guc, Anjanette Hall, Dan Hendrock, Adam Howard, Kyle Jozsa, Bebe Weinberg Katz, John Krol, T. Paul Lowry, Nici Romo, Rebekah Sharpe,  Katie Zarecki and Ryan Zarecki 

Staff subject to change

Before & After Camp Care Available

If you are interested in Before or After Camp Care, or Vacation camp, please contact Siva Grossman or 216.320.8085.

Shaker Heights, Ohio Girls K-12 Coed
Early Childhood
19600 North Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 P: 216.932.4214
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