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Camp Shakespeare
Washington DC Location(s)

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Locations in DC and Virginia
450 7th Street NW
Washington, Washington DC 20004

McLean, Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia

Shakespeare Theatre Company Administrative Offices
516 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Weekdays 10am - 5pm

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: During this two-week intensive, young actors dive head first into the world of the greatest playwright in history: William Shakespeare. Under the guidance of theatre professionals, participants unravel his plays with text analysis; transform into Shakespeare’s characters through voice, movement and improvisation work; wage battles against mortal enemies with stage combat; and develop fundamental acting skills using classical theatre techniques. To culminate each session, participants stage a performance for friends and family at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Sessions available for ages 7 through 18, as well as two Advanced Camp sessions for ages 13-15 and 15-18.

Academics, Theater, and more. Shakespeare, Literature, Stage Combat

CAMP LOCATION: STC Rehearsal Studios
516 & 507 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Edmund Burke School
4101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA 22101

George Washington Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22301

We have multiple camp locations through the DC metro area. The downtown DC camps are located in either STC Rehearsal Studios, the Lansburgh Theatre, or Sidney Harman Hall. We also offer camps in Virginia and in NW DC at the Edmund Burke School. Please visit our website for details on where each session is located.

CAMP FACILITIES: Participants in DC have the opportunity to perform their culminating show on STC stages in the Lansburgh Theatre or at Sidney Harman Hall. Satellite camps also feature beautiful theatre facilities that are ideal for our camp programming.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Each summer, Camp Shakespeare Teaching Artists create a unique curriculum aimed at optimizing students’ physical, intellectual and artistic development. All Teaching Artists are classically trained professional actors and educators. A typical day begins with a movement class during which students do a vocal and physical warm up and explore techniques for creating characters and visual storytelling. The morning continues with acting class, during which students explore improvisation and scene work followed by Text Analysis class, which provides strategies for understanding and communicating Shakespeare’s language. After lunch students safely train in the art of stage combat. The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to applying what they have learned in rehearsal.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: To apply for a scholarship to Camp Shakespeare, please submit the following items to the Shakespeare Theatre Company Education Department.

-A completed scholarship application form filled out by the parent or legal guardian of the student
-A 500-word typed essay, written by the student that answers this question:
Why do you want to attend Camp Shakespeare and what do you hope to gain from the experience?
-A copy of applicant’s 2013 tax return for proof of income or documentation proving your qualification for free or reduced school lunch.

Applications are due by May 1, 2014. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Sessions are scheduled in June, July and August.
One-week sessions for Poppets, Ages 7-8
Two-week sessions for Groundlings, Young Players and King's Company, Ages 9-18
Three-week Advanced Camps for Ages 13-15 and 15-18
Please see our website for details.

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