Summer Camps

Pirate, Spy, Fairy, Monster, Comedian, Actor...

Be them ALL at Theatre Summer Camp!

6 Weeks Available. New YOU Every Week

Theatre Camp

For students who have completed grades 1 through 12

Whether you’ve never stepped on a stage before, or have already been bitten by the acting bug, our introductory camps are the perfect place to learn some new skills, make some new friends, and have a whole lot of fun! From Stage Combat to Clowning, from Maskwork to Make-up, CSC Theatre Camp offers something for everyone.

Week A- June 11-15: Choose Your Own Adventure
Calling all playwrights and storytellers! If you love telling tales, making up stories, and creating new worlds, then come check out our Choose Your Own Adventure camp. Spend a week crafting your own original piece of theatre, and bringing it to life on stage!

Create and perform in your own original play or tell your own story or tall tale.

Classes in improvisation, storytelling, stagecraft and more!

Week B- June 18-22: Chills and Thrills
Werewolves and vampires and zombies, oh my! If you love scary stories from Edgar Allen Poe to R.L. Stein to Stranger Things, our Chills and Thrills camp will be right up your dark alley. Learn all the skills you’ll need to bring your favorite scary stories to life!

Work on scenes from your favorite scary plays, books & stories

Classes in monster make-up, stage blood effects, large scale group stage combat, and more!

Week C- June 25-29: Sleuths and Spies
Mad for mystery? This camp will dive into the word of whodunnits AND give you the tools you need to become a super-sleuth and master of subterfuge, from dialects to disguises!

Get your Sherlock on, while working on scenes from fiction's greatest whodunnits.

Classes in accents from around the world; the art of disguise, including scars, birthmarks, wigs, and more!

Week D- July 9-13: Comedy & Clowning
Are you the class clown?  Spend a week with the sillier side of the stage, learning the tricks and tips to get them rolling in the aisles! If you’re a fan of the wacky, the silly, the loony and the zany, then our comedy camp is the place for you!

Work on classic comedy scenes from theatre, movies and TV 

Classes in Slapstick, Improv, Pratfalls and more!

Week E- July 16-20: Monsters & Magic
Are you ready to explore a theatrical world of fantastical beasts and whimsical magic?  Where else can you play in a world of monsters and magic if not on stage?! Bring you wizard hat and magic wand and get ready for some enchanted fun at camp where wizards weave spells, monsters make mayhem, and fairies fly through the air.

Work on scenes of the supernatural from the fantastic to the fanciful.

Classes in Creative Physicality, Mask Work, Fantasy Make-up and more!

Week F- July 23-27: Action & Adventure
Y’arrr!! Is it excitement ye be cravin’? Swords and swashbuckling? Tumbling and trickery? Ferocious feats of daring-do?   Then leap on board our Action & Adventure Camp!

Work on classic scenes of combat and clashing blades.

Classes in stage combat, tumbling, fight choreography, blood effects and more!

Shakespeare Camp

For students who have completed grades 6 through 12

For years CSC’s Shakespeare Summer Camp has provided students with a camp experience unlike any in the Tri-State. Campers work with members of CSC’s professional resident ensemble, staging scenes from Shakespeare’s canon, learning the tricks of the trade, gaining insight into and confidence with Shakespeare’s words,  and often finding a community of friends that lasts well beyond the summer.

Week 1- June 11-15: Comedies from the Canon
Comedy is serious business! Spend a week with the sillier side of Shakespeare, learning the mechanics (and mechanicals) of classical clowning.

Work on scenes from some of Shakespeare’s funniest plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors and more!

Master Class Topics: Classic Comedy, Clowning, Comedia, and Slapstick

Week 2- June 18-22: Bard's Bloodiest
Have a penchant for the macabre? A fascination with the frightening? A giddy glee for theatrical gore? Spend a week crawling through the creepier corners of the canon with the Bard’s Bloodiest.

Work on classic heart-pounding blood-curdling scenes from plays like Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, and Richard III

Master Class Topics: Stage Combat, Group Battle Scenes, and Stage Blood Effects

Week 3- June 25-29: Shakespeare’s Hidden Treasures
Beyond the well known Romeo & Juliets, Hamlets and Midsummer Night’s Dreams, lies a wealth of rarer-read works from the witty to the woeful. Spend a week exploring the wonderful and weird nooks and crannies of the canons lesser-known fair.

Work on scenes from some of Shakespeare’s less produced works, like Coriolanus, Timon of Athens and Cymbeline

Intensive Master Class Topics: Text Analysis, Dialects, Physicality and more

Other Important Information

Location and Times

Camp takes place at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street and surrounding areas from 9am-5pm each day.

Instructors

The camp is directed by CSC Artistic Associate Jeremy Dubin and staffed by members of CSC Resident Ensemble of professional actors and teaching artists.  There is also a full staff of counselors who monitor students throughout the day and at lunch.

Meals at Camp

Campers must pack their own lunch and snack each day.

Auditions

Auditions for the Shakespeare Camp for 6-12th graders will happen in May.  The audition helps the camp director assess camper experience levels and assign roles in advance to  give the students a chance to familiarize and work on memorization before camp starts.  For the audition, campers should prepare a 1-minute memorized (preferred but not required) Shakespeare monologue. If your student is not available on the audition day, email the camp director jeremy.dubin@cincyshakes.com to arrange an appointment to audition.

Payments

All camps cost $295 for the week. Full payment is required to hold your student’s spot.  You will be redirected to a payment page after completing the registration.  Please note that there are no refunds.

Contact

Please direct all questions to Director of Creative Education Jeremy Dubin at jeremy.dubin@cincyshakes.com

See what STUDENTS are saying about Cincinnati Shakespeare Summer Camp:

"Shakespeare Camp is a wonderful place because I can open up and truly be myself without having to worry about being judged. Best. Camp. Ever."

"The impact that Shakespeare Camp has on me is amazing. I come out of it feeling 500% happier and 500% better about myself. It’s the best summer camp I’ve ever done."

"My favorite thing about summer camp is the fact that it was a safe environment to make new friends and mistakes!"

"I recommend the CSC’s summer camp to anyone who not only likes acting, but also anyone who wants to feel more confident in themselves and have a lot of fun in the process!"

"Shakespeare Camp truly was a wonderful experience… the overall quality was a lot higher than that of other places… I would definitely recommend this camp to others and plan on coming back next year wholeheartedly!"

"I look forward to camp all year. The classes, the words, the friends, and the instructors make this camp a magical place."

See what PARENTS are saying about Cincinnati Shakespeare Summer Camp:

"This is the MOST excited my son has been for a summer camp EVER. He loved going every day."

"Marvelous program with remarkable staff!"

"Everything about this camp was well organized- from the communication with parents about everything a parent could think of to the daily schedule of activities for our kids, to the final performance. Thank you for providing such a supportive, educational, fun and creative experience for my daughter!"

"This is an amazing experience for my daughter her increase in confidence and composure is incredible. She was never interested in sports so she never had a good "team" experience. Her camp experience has given her that sense of pride and camaraderie working with others."

"She had not had any exposure to Shakespeare prior to Summer Camp last year and now she loves to perform and see others perform anything from Shakespeare! I am very pleased that she has an appreciation for Shakespeare at only 12 years old!!"