Summer Camps

2020 Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

Downtown Camps take place at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (1195 Elm St. Cinci, OH 45202) and next door at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (108 W. Central Parkway Cinci, OH 45202).

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

Be them ALL at Theatre Summer Camp!

6 Weeks Available. New YOU Every Week

Juniors (1st-6th Grade) Camp

For students who have completed grades 1 through 6

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.

June 8-12: Clowning Around
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!

June 15-19: Goosebumps & Ghost Stories
Bring all your favorite spooky campfire stories to life with a week of chills, thrills, and tales of terror! Monsters and mayhem take the stage as we explore stories of things that go bump in the night.

June 22-26: Comic Book Capers
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 6-10: Swords and Sorcery
Spend a week in our Fantasy Theatre Camp, where wizards weave spells, 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.

July 13-17: Sci-Fi Adventure
Set phasers to fun. If your flights of fancy favor the futuristic, then join us for a week of spaceships, cyborgs and star wars galore, as you boldly go where no camper has gone before!

July 20-24: Mythology Madness
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!

Seniors (7th-12th Grade) Camp

For students who have completed grades 7 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, learning the tricks of the trade, gaining confidence, and often finding a community of friends that lasts well beyond the summer.

June 8-12: Shakespearean Shenanigans
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 15-19: Bard to the Bone
Dive on in to the wild side of Shakespeare! Swordplay, scheming and skullduggery abound with scenes from Shakespeare’s most action-packed plays.

June 22-26: Shakespeare Grab Bag
From his most famous works to those rarely done gems, Shakespeare’s plays provide an amazing playground. This week will feature scenes from all across the canon, and teach you all the tricks of the trade of the classical stage!

Other Important Information

Location and Times

Camp takes place at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street and surrounding areas such a the School for Creative and Performing Arts across the street at 108 W. Central Parkway from 9am-5pm each day.


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.


A limited number of financial needs based scholarships are available. To learn more about the application process, click here.


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 to arrange an appointment to audition.


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.


Please direct all questions to Director of Creative Education Jeremy Dubin at

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!!"