Join Cincinnati’s most buzzed about professional theater company downtown for Cincinnati Shakespeare Summer Camp! We offer unique & fun programs for beginners to advanced students to engage with the arts. These in-person camps take place at our new theater Monday-Friday 9am-5pm for students who have completed grades 1 up to 12.
For over 20 years, Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Theatre Summer Camp has provided students with a camp experience unlike any in the Tri-State. Campers work with members of Cincinnati Shakespeare’s professional resident ensemble, staging scenes, learning the tricks of the trade, gaining confidence, and often finding an inclusive community of friends that lasts well beyond the summer.
Whether you’ve never stepped on a stage before, or have already been bitten by the acting bug and are looking for a challenge, our camps are the perfect place to learn and improve new skills, make new friends, and have a whole lot of fun!
Learn About the 2022 Weeks Below:
June 6-10, 2022: LOVE IS IN THE AIR…OR NOT (HIGH SCHOOL Grades 10-12)
All romantic comedies have the perfect formula: a hilarious ensemble, romantic mix-ups, and goofy hijinks. Explore comedies with romantic twists, learning Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, and Love’s Labour’s Lost by the original creator of the rom-coms genre.
June 13-17, 2022: WARRIOR TALES (HIGH SCHOOL Grades 10-12)
You’re holding out for a hero, but not a knight on a white horse. Instead of fairy tales, heroes like Othello, Macbeth, and Titus Andronicus are warriors embarking on adventures and fighting bloody battles to get what they want. Learn stage combat, join the action, and brave the fight from these larger-than-life anti-heroes.
June 20-24, 2022: #BADROMANCE (MIDDLE SCHOOL Grades 6-9)
Like Romeo and Juliet, pop-culture sensations like Prince Harry and Meghan Markel, Jack and Rose, and Bonnie and Clyde are star-crossed lovers. But instead of just family feuds, these icons deal with social media and viral trends. Explore how these couples, like Shakespeare’s beloved romance, chose true love in the face of what the world deemed a #BadRomance
June 27-July 1, 2022: CHAOTIC CLOWNING (MIDDLE SCHOOL Grades 6-9)
Identity mix-ups with two sets of identical twins paired with slap-stick clown bits make the perfect setup for hilarious comedy. The Comedy of Errors workshop teaches jokesters to use delivery and body language to set up the punchline for jokes with the biggest laugh. Join the fun with (maybe) a pun in the sun this summer!
July 11-15, 2022: ONCE UPON A TIME TALES (ELEMENTARY Grades 1-5):
Fantastical fairy tales and mystical myths as old as time unite in A Winter’s Tale. This miraculous story has everything you could dream of: statues come to life with magical spells; curses make time stand still; a beautiful shepherd’s daughter discovers she’s a princess. Explore the themes and characters of Shakespeare’s fairy tale, learning the journey to “happily ever after.”
July 18-22, 202: DOUBLE DOUBLE TOIL & TROUBLE (ELEMENTARY Grades 1-5)
Madness and mayhem fall upon unfortunate souls at the hands of three evil witches. While curses won’t be dealt in camp, this class explores theatre with stage combat, creepy choreography, and bloody arts and crafts. Stir up trouble and embody the weird sisters of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but be careful, don’t utter the name!
July 25-29, 2022: FANTASTIC VOYAGE (ELEMENTARY Grades 1-5)
Embark on an epic journey alongside Pericles, braving storms and seas. Join this hero’s voyage full of action-packed adventure with epic quests, unforgettable adventures, and the goal to reunite a king and queen.
What is CSC's current mask and COVID vaccine policy?
Currently, our plan is that masks are OPTIONAL this summer (2022) but encouraged and welcome should a student's family chose for their student to come to camp masked. And we are not requiring proof of vaccination to attend camp at this time. All of these policies are subject to change based on current health conditions.
What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?
Typically 15-20 students per with 1-3 Teaching Artists each day with many opportunities for small group work and attention.
How much time do the campers spend outside?
Campers have lunch outside in Washington Park each day (weather permitting) as well as the occasional activities outside as well. The majority of camp activities take place in Cincinnati Shakespeare’s new theater on the mainstage, rehearsal rooms, or other spaces in the building.
Does the camp provide lunch/snacks or do parents need to provide them?
Parents need to send their students with a water bottle, lunch, and a snack each day.
What is the typical daily schedule for campers?
Camp begins at 9am with warm ups and group theatre games and activities. Then there is a Masterclass topic and workshop each day. These include topics like stage combat, acting techniques, backstage crafts, and more! After lunch the students work in their groups with their director on their theatrical scenes that will be shared with family on Friday at 4pm each week.
How old are the counselors and how are they trained?
Our staff consists of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Teaching Artists. This group of teachers are all college graduated aged adults or older who have experience as actors, teachers, performers, and/or directors with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. All Teaching Artists must complete background checks to work at Summer Camp.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes! Scholarships for 2022 have already been awarded.
Learn about scholarships opportunities online here and below.
CSC offers two scholarship funds for interested campers. Both scholarship funds intend to assist students for whom the cost of camp is a barrier to participation. The Riah Milton Scholarship specifically prioritizes students demonstrating financial need whose identities have been historically marginalized, with a particular focus on Black, Transgender, nonbinary, and Gender Non conforming individuals. Please select the scholarship opportunity that best applies to you.
Interested in supporting these scholarship funds so that more students can experience everything Shakespeare Summer Camp has to offer? Click below to make a gift to the scholarship fund of your choice.
The Riah Milton Scholarship Fund
The Jeremy Dubin Scholarship Fund