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Encore Stage & Studio It's Elementary
Arlington, Virginia

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3600 N Harrison St
Arlington, Virginia 22207

3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206

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TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Time: 8:30am-5:15pm (full day) 8:30am-12:30pm (half day) 1:15-5:15pm (half day)

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

Theater, and more.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Join us this summer for an exciting theatre adventure! In this two-week camp, Teaching Artists will channel the energy and imagination of campers ages 4-9 through story drama and character creation. Students will explore their creativity through movement, crafts, and theatre games during this two-week camp. Students ages 6 and up will experiment with scripted drama. Each session will feature a unique theme and final performance. Staff to participant ratio 1:7.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: To ensure the participation of all interested students, Encore Stage & Studio offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships for all of our classes and camps. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application Form and mail it to the attention of our Registrar, Leigh Troutman, at Encore Stage & Studio, PO Box 969, Arlington VA 22216.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: “Theater by kids, for kids!” Encore Stage & Studio has been serving children and their families in Arlington for 47 years. Their mission is to build life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts — onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore achieves this through two primary avenues: high quality, developmentally appropriate theatrical productions that are by and for young people, and enriching, curriculum-enhancing educational classes, workshops and summer programs. Encore Stage will perform and offer an activity featuring theatre and improv games for children and families, run by their performers (ages 9–18) and supervised by their Director.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Encore Stage & Studio's mission is to build life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts — onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience.

Encore Stage & Studio is the artistic home for young people in the Washington, DC area, and a national leader in children’s theatre. We are an incubator of young talent providing challenging and diverse opportunities in the arts.

We Love Theatre. Theatre has the unique power to enrich the lives of young people by using imagination to explore big ideas. We strive to be an ambassador for the arts in our community, by providing wholesome, family entertainment at affordable prices. We are cultivating the next generation of artists and patrons.

Kids Come First. Children are at the heart of our mission, and we believe they have a vital role to play in the larger artistic community. Encore empowers, respects, and mentors children, offering them opportunities for artistic expression and growth in a safe and nurturing environment.

We Expect Excellence. We are professionals onstage and off. Encore acts with integrity and produces quality productions and classes. We expect 110% from everyone, every time. We teach our participants the life skills they need to succeed as citizens.

We Encourage Inclusiveness. We value unique perspectives and believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity of all types. Encore is a safe place where children can express themselves.

We Connect Communities. We are a hub of excitement with the goal of connecting our participants and our audiences with the community at large. Alliances with other organizations strengthen the fabric of our community.

Education Empowers. Theatre is the medium we use to foster creativity and promote reading and critical thinking. We believe our classes and productions complement and enrich in-school learning.

We Build Leaders. We know that leadership makes a difference. We give our participants the poise and confidence to develop as leaders, while encouraging peer mentorship and teamwork.

Our History
Encore Stage & Studio was incorporated as The Children’s Theatre of Arlington in 1967. To date, we have produced over 175 shows. Last season, over 200 young people participated as cast or crew members and almost 9,000 people enjoyed Encore’s performances.

Today, Encore has grown to include our production season and school year education classes and summer programs. Encore presents five fully realized productions each year under the guidance and direction of experienced theater professionals. Encore is unique in offering dramatic productions in which every actor and every behind–the-scenes technician is a young person under 18 years of age. Our summer production program, casts youth ages 15 and older, as well as college students and adult community members. Encore’s multi-age structure encourages mentoring and role modeling between older and younger participants. Our production opportunities are provided to participants at no cost.

In conjunction with, and as a foundation for, our on-stage productions, Encore offers a year-round series of theater classes, workshops, and summer camps. Stage Door, Scenes for Tweens, and It’s Elementary. Literacy and playwriting have become an important focus within our educational programming through Encore’s “Play-Ground” for middle school students.

In addition, we have recently started a number of creative programs designed to expand our reach in the community and our offerings for our students. These include the Musical Theatre Intensive, for singers in the 8th grade and older; the Encore Traveling Theatre Club, through which Encore participants attend plays at other theaters in the area, including Arena Stage, The Roundhouse Theatre, and Signature Theatre; and Evenings with the Pros, in which Encore participants take acting workshops from local professional actors.

Session 1: June 23 – July 3, 2014 (Williamsburg Middle School)
Theme: Clowning Around

Session 2: July 7 – July 18, 2014 (Williamsburg Middle School)This session is currently full. E-mail info[AT] if you’d like to be on the waiting list.
Theme: Fairytales

Session 3: July 21 – August 1, 2014 (Williamsburg Middle School)
Theme: Mystery Theatre

Session 4: August 4 – August 15, 2014 (Theatre On the Run Shirlington)
Theme: Adventures of My Favorite Hero

Session 5: August 18 – August 29, 2014 (Theatre On the Run Shirlington)
Theme: Fables of Friendship

Fees: $730 Full day $365 Half day

Camp Aides:
Camp Aides are vital to making all of Encore’s summer camp programs run smoothly. Aides’ responsibilities differ slightly for each camp, but may include assisting with the set-up and clean-up of camp spaces, leading short theatre games or warm-up activities, helping to supervise extended hours, working on the final camp production, and modeling good behavior for the campers. Previous experience with theatre is a plus, and an affinity for working with younger children is a must.
Aides for It’s Elementary and Scenes for Tweens must be at least 14 years old. Aides for Stage Door must be at least 16. Any Aide under age 16 must have a valid work permit, which can obtained from his or her school. All aides are paid a stipend for their work. Visit This Website Link to download an application.

Technical Theatre Intern
Job Summary: The Stage Management/Technical Theatre Intern will have the opportunity to work with theatre professionals and theatre students as part of Encore’s production and education team. This internship includes two primary responsibilities: stage managing Encore’s summer production and teaching at Encore’s Tech Camp.

As the stage manager for Once Upon a Mattress, the intern will work with Encore’s production staff to deliver a fully-staged musical. This includes helping to supervise a primarily high-school aged run crew and ASMs, as well as a cast made up of high schoolers, college students, and adults.
As the lead teaching artist with Encore’s Tech Camp, the intern will develop and implement engaging lesson plans focused on a variety of aspects of technical theatre, and will supervise a small group of students ages 11-15 as they serve as the run crew for Stage Door’s production of Peter Pan Jr.

Qualifications: The intern must be a current undergraduate student or recent college graduate. The intern should possess demonstrable knowledge of technical theatre and a strong affinity for working with middle and high school students. The intern should have a professional demeanor, excellent organizational skills, a willingness to be flexible, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team of artists and educators. Previous experience in stage management is required. Previous experience in teaching is highly recommended.

Commitment: Approximately nine weeks between the end of May and the end of July 2014. Must be available weekdays, evenings, and weekends.

Peter Pan Jr.: Tech Camp begins June 30 and runs through July 11. Performances will take place on the evening of July 10 and the afternoon on July 11.

Once Upon a Mattress: Auditions are scheduled for May 27 and 28, with callbacks on May 29. Performances will take place July 18—27, 2014. This position requires primarily afternoon, evening, and weekend work, as dictated by rehearsal calendar.

Location: Encore’s offices are located at 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington. Camps are held at locations throughout Arlington. Transportation is the responsibility of the Intern.
Stipend: $1500 for the summer.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume no later than Friday, March 14, 2014 to Caroline Schreiber, Programs Manager, Encore Stage & Studio, PO Box 969, Arlington, VA 22216 or email to caroline.schreiber[AT] with the subject line “Technical Theatre Internship.”

Teaching Artist for It’s Elementary:
Encore Stage & Studio seeks energetic, imaginative, and organized Teaching Artists for It’s Elementary, our summer camp program for children ages 4—9.

Applicants must have a college degree and previous teaching experience. Desired skills include strong interpersonal skills, excellent classroom management, creativity, flexibility, and a passion for working with elementary school children. Teaching Artists must be responsible individuals who are able to work independently and as part of a team of educators to foster creative expression in students. Successful applicants will have experience in designing age-appropriate curriculum around a provided camp theme.

Each session of It’s Elementary runs for two weeks, with the entire program spanning all 10 weeks of summer. This is a contracted position; please indicate your availability in your cover letter. Encore offers competitive pay. Teaching Artists will be required to submit to a background check before beginning employment with Encore.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and a sample lesson plan to Caroline Schreiber, Programs Manager, at caroline.schreiber[AT] with the subject line, “It’s Elementary teaching application.”

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