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Theatre Senior Camper
Theatre Senior Campers
Theatre Senior Campers

Theatre Arts Camp Senior
July 13 - 18, 2014

Grades 9 - 12, grade completion. 

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Develop your theatre skills with the best thespians in the area!

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. Here is a flyer to post for students.

Morning Activities

Improvisation Exercises

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.

Acting Scenes

Campers work on specific acting techniques throughout the week. 

Afternoon Activities

Production Rehearsals

Campers audition on Sunday afternoon and are assigned to a production with the same group and director all week. There is no need to bring a prepared monologue to the audition; material will be provided. The production is performed for family and friends at the end of the week. This year’s musical production will be announced later in the year.

Daily Workshops

Campers participate in a different workshop each day. A workshop 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 typical workshops. Not every workshop is offered each year.

Evening Activities

Campers enjoy a variety of activities in the evenings. Here are a few:

  • Talent Show - Bring your tap shoes or musical instrument to camp and have a blast showing off your stuff in the talent show. Participation is optional. There is a three-minute time limit for performances.
  • Improv Olympics - Four teams of campers face off with each other to perform different improvisation exercises. Here's your chance to win a Tony, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, or an Emmy!
  • Make a TV Commercial - Learn what's involved in making an ad for tv. Campers work in groups to script, rehearse, and perform a commercial for the camera. Commercials are screened for the camp to enjoy.
  • Dance - Final night party with a DJ!

About the Camp Staff

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.

Check-In/Final Performance

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.