Campers enjoy a week packed with theatre activities that include production rehearsals, daily workshops, acting classes, theatre games, and improvisation exercises. Every camper receives coaching. The aim is to help everyone reach his or her theatrical goals. Campers are in a production that rehearses each day and is performed at the end of the week. This year's theme is Shakespeare.
All activities are taught by faculty, alumni, guest artists, and graduate and undergraduate students of the School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University. The evenings are for a variety of recreational and theatre activities. Evening and overnight supervision is provided by counselors.
For more information about fees, need scholarships, discounts, housing, meals, refunds, etc, see the general information section. Click here for a registration form to print, complete, and mail or fax.
Start the day with an hour of learning how to think on your feet. This is acting in the moment and provides a great warm-up for the rest of the day's activities.
Campers work on specific acting techniques and exercises throughout the week.
The production is rehearsed every afternoon and is performed for family and friends at the end of the week. Campers are assigned to a production on Monday and rehearse with the same group and director all week.
Campers participate in a different workshop each day. A list of workshop choices and a sign-up form will be sent to registered campers in packets about a month before the start of camp. Campers are assigned to workshops on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for a list of workshops that have been among the choices in past years, though please note that not every workshop is offered every summer.
Campers enjoy a variety of activities in the evenings. Here are a few:
Learn more about camp director Nathan Wyman and his staff. Serving as camp advisor in 2014 is Melanie Parks, who stepped down as camp director after the 2013 camps.
SUNDAY: Check-in is on Sunday between 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. First, campers and parents check-in at the Music Building to pick up packets. Then, they check into their rooms in nearby Gilbert Hall, the camp residence hall.
FRIDAY: The final performance is on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Sandburg Auditorium in the Holmes Student Center. After the show, at about 8:00 p.m., parents and campers return to the residence hall to pick up campers' belongings.
All camp activities are scheduled in the Holmes Student Center.
Note: All times are subject to change. Be sure to check the camper letter that you will receive about one month before the start of camp to confirm the information.