Theatre Arts Camp (online)

We are thrilled to announce Theater Arts Camp online!

Please note: For this summer we have combined Theater Camp Junior and Theater Camp Senior into a single online camp experience running the week of July 12-17.

July 12-17, 2020
Grades 6-12 (grade completion)


Theatre Camp is going online, join us for a week of exciting theatre content with talented counselors and a very creative community of young artists! Camp Director Kendra Holton and her staff have crafted a full schedule of fun theatre classes and workshops including online rehearsals and a Friday evening online video performance.

Required Materials

  • Campers will need access to the internet and a computer, tablet or laptop with both camera and microphone capability.
  • Camp content will be delivered via Zoom, an online video-conferencing platform.
    • Zoom training will be provided on the first day of camp.
  • Campers will also need a quiet, movement-friendly space in which to work for classes and rehearsals.
    • Camp staff will guide the set-up of this "personal home studio space".

Campers are encouraged to wear a favorite t-shirt (from a show they have been in, or that represents a favorite character) on Monday. Campers are also encouraged to creatively dress up for the dance party/game night on Thursday.



  • Warmup exercises: See the whole camp on one screen as a fun, high-energy warm-up gets us ready for the day.
  • Acting scenes: Work on specific acting techniques and exercises through scene work.


  • Production rehearsals: You'll be assigned to a production and rehearse with the same group and director all week. All rehearsals culminate in an online video performance for family and friends on Friday evening.
  • Workshops: You can participate in a different workshop each day! You'll receive information about choosing workshops about a month before the start of camp.


  • Talent show (optional): You get three minutes to show your stuff!
  • Netflix party: Watch a movie with the whole camp! Bring snacks!
  • Dance party/game night: Take your pick! Dress up to hang out for a fun night with new friends.
  • Counselor groups: Break out into smaller, more intimate communities for decompression after a great day.


Registration fee: $300
Deadline: June 28, 2020

Online Registration Form

Camp Staff

NIU theater faculty member, Kendra Holton, directs our wonderful camp staff. Staff members are composed of talented NIU faculty and students, alumni, guest artists and area teachers. Staff members are assigned to each Zoom classroom and accompany campers through all online activities of the week.

Vincent Juarez

In the fall of 2020, Vincent will be a third-year B.F.A. acting major at NIU. His past NIU credits include Troilus and Cressida and his upcoming productions for the fall semester are The Time of Your Life, and Gabriel from A Bird in the Hand. Vincent is looking forward to gifting the shared knowledge he has learned at NIU. He is looking forward to translating an actor's process into an online experience. Vincent believes there is much to learn in this online camp experience!

Bethany Mangum-Oles

Bethany is a faculty member at NIU. Learn more about Bethany on her faculty profile.

Jessica Roark

Jessica Roark is a graduate from the NIU M.F.A. acting program, and is absolutely thrilled to get to be a part of camp this year, even if it looks a little different from the past! Jessica resides in Oklahoma, where she moved after spending a year in Chicago as a professional actor/director before COVID hit. Her most recent project was co-directing The Queens of Will at NIU, and playing Angelo in Measure for Measure with Any Other Name Company in Chicago. Other past roles include Guard in Bent (MUSE Theatre Collective), Dolly Madison in Our Lives in Letters: A WWII Perspective (Chipola Arts, FL), Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, Tess Moffat in Blue Stockings (Northern Illinois University), Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (Penny Stinkers Touring Co.), Hermia/Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Dorcas in The Winter's Tale (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park). She is looking forward to a wonderful week of virtual theatre and connection!

A general overview of the camp schedule is below.

Day Time Activity
Sunday 3 p.m. Group tech session with camp staff
3:30 p.m.

All-camp welcome 

4-5 p.m. Production assignments and meet and greet.
5-6 p.m.

Counselor meet-ups

Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Camp activities (lunch break noon-2 p.m., dinner break 5-7 p.m.)

7-9 p.m. Evening activities - talent show, movie night, etc. (optional)
Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Camp activities (lunch break noon-2 p.m., dinner break 4:30-6 p.m.)
6:30-8 p.m. Live performance on Zoom