To travel with The Academy of Arts Summer Drama Team Ministry, you must be a born again Christian with a good testimony. You must also have three recommendations; one of those being from your pastor or youth pastor. Along with filling out an application, you must also pay a non-refundable application fee. It helps to have had some experience in drama and music, but we recruit on the basis of a desire to minister more than on being a “good” actor. Drama Team Members are chosen on the basis of character, conviction and spiritual maturity. Each team member is required to raise his own support for the summer. See additional information below concerning our Summer Drama/Music Teams.
A non-refundable reservation fee is due upon acceptance. There is also a costume fee due, and the remainder of support for the summer tour is due by the first day of training camp. Your support funds cover all the expenses of Training Camp and the 8-week tour. Meals, lodging, staff, vehicles, and equipment are all covered by the support fee. Support does not include amusement parks, souvenirs or personal articles. The Academy of Arts supplies you with everything you need to raise your support. Upon acceptance, we will send you a packet containing brochures about the ministry, a sample support letter, and return envelopes. All gifts to The Academy of Arts are tax deductible. Checks are to be made out to The Academy of Arts. Receipts are available upon request. As with most summer mission trips, the cost may seem daunting, but in the 30 years we have been ministering through the Drama/Music Teams, we have seen the Lord supply every need of the young people who travel with us.
Drama Training Camp is held at The Academy of Arts in Taylors, South Carolina. All team members must arrive no later than at a specified time and location unless special arrangements have been made. We will attend a local church; families are welcome to participate with us. Training Camp lasts for almost two weeks, and the teams depart at the end of the second week. The Drama Teams travel through mid-August. At the end of the tour, all three teams converge in Greenville for our Annual Awards Program. Parents and friends are invited to this special occasion where the blessings of the summer are reviewed through testimonies and music.