Shakespeare Summer Camp

Join Cincinnati’s most buzzed about professional theater company downtown for Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Theatre 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 3 up to 12. We will be following all COVID safety protocols this summer.

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 Available Weeks Below:

June 7-11: Shakespearean Shenanigans (HIGH SCHOOL Grades 9-12)

Spend a week with sillier side of Shakespeare, learning the mechanics (and mechanicals) of classical clowning, and putting those skills to use on scenes from some of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpieces!

June 14-18: Bard to the Bone (HIGH SCHOOL Grades 9-12)

Dive on in to the wild side of Shakespeare! Swordplay, scheming and skullduggery abound with scenes from Shakespeare’s most action-packed plays.

June 28-July 2: Comic Book Capers (MIDDLE SCHOOL Grades 6-8)

Mad for Marvel? Devoted to DC? Well, here’s your chance to create your own comic book universe right on our stage! Will you be a hero, a villain or something else entirely? And most importantly: what will your costume look like? The answers to these questions and more await you at Comic Book Capers Camp

July 5-9: Myths and Mayhem (MIDDLE SCHOOL Grades 6-8)

Unicorns, dragons and mermaids, oh my! Spend a week exploring some of your favorite creatures and characters from classic mythology, and bringing them to life with brand new myths of your own making!

July 12-16: Clowning Around (ELEMENTARY Grades 3-5):

If you’re a fan of the wacky, the silly, the loony and the zany, then our comedy camp is the place for you! Learn the keys to classic clowning that will have them slapping their knees and rolling in the aisles!

July 19-23: Swords and Sorcery (ELEMENTARY Grades 3-5)

Spend a week in our Swords and Sorcery camp, where wizards weave spells, heroes wield swords, monsters make mayhem, and fairies fly through the air. Learn how to make the kind of stage magic that can bring the most fantastical stories to life.


What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?

For 2021, we are going to use a small class pod system of 8-10 students per pod with 1-3 Teaching Artists each day.

How much time do the campers spend outside?

Campers have lunch outside in Washington Park each day (weather permitting) as well as the occasional activity 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.

How is the camp addressing the ongoing pandemic this summer?

For 2021, we will be following all CDC Guidelines during camp including small pod groups, social distancing, cleanliness, and masking throughout the entire day. You and your student’s compliance is required to participate. And while it is our intention that this camp takes place in person with these many safety protocols, if public health trends dictate a return to virtual learning, we will transition the camp to a virtual platform but we will offer credits or refunds for any family who no longer wants to participate if camp becomes virtual.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes! 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.

The Riah Milton Scholarship
The Jeremy Dubin Scholarship

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