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Camp Shakespeare FAQ

What’s a typical day like at Camp Shakespeare?
A typical day begins with a movement class during which students do a vocal and physical warm up and explore techniques for creating characters and visual storytelling. The morning continues with acting class, during which students explore improvisation and scene work followed by Text Analysis class, which provides strategies for understanding and communicating Shakespeare’s language. After lunch students safely train in the art of stage combat. The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to applying what they have learned in rehearsal.

Sample Schedule for a Poppets Day
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Ensemble Time/Acting
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Story Time
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dance/Movement/Combat
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Theatre Games
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Design
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Performance Project Rehearsal
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Snack
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Performance Project
4:15 p.m. –4:50 p.m. Design/Theatre Games
4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wrap Up/Dismissal

Sample Schedule for a Groundling Day
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.           Movement
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Text or Acting
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.          Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.            Theatre Games
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.             Stage Combat
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.               Scene Study
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.               Snack & Design
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.             Scene Study
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.             Reflection

Sample Schedule for a Young Player or King’s Company Day
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.           Voice and Movement
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Acting
12:00 p.m. - 12:30p.m.            Text Analysis
12:30p.m. - 1:00p.m.               Lunch
1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m.                Stage Combat
2:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.             Rehearsal
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.             Reflection

*schedule subject to change

Who teaches camp and what is your teacher to student ratio?
Our two week performance intensives have a maximum of 22 students. There are two Teaching Artists and an intern for each camp. All Camp Shakespeare Teaching Artists are classically trained professional actors and educators. All of our interns are college-aged students pursuing degrees in theatre and/or education. Check out our faculty bios here.

What if my child is on the cusp of an age group? Can they move into the older group?
We ask that students remain in their designated age group. Our curriculums are designed for each specific age group and we have found that these peer groups are the most successful for creating strong ensembles. There is a an extremely big difference, both developmentally and socially, between an 11 year old and a 14 year old or a 14 year old and an 18 year old student, which leads to a lot of group dynamic challenges. Camp Shakespeare is also a true performance intensive, which means it’s a very long and demanding day. We pace each age group appropriately throughout the day. We pride ourselves on the caliber of training all of our age groups receive.

What if my child has special needs?
The Shakespeare Theatre Company encourages children of all abilities to discover and develop their full creative potential through the performing arts. In order to plan the best experience for your child, we ask that you provide us with specific information regarding special circumstances or conditions that may impact your child’s learning or participation in Camp Shakespeare. As our team of Teaching Artists plan the camp curriculum in early June, this information will help us address the needs of your individual student.

Do you offer before or after care?
We do not offer before or after care. Camp Shakespeare runs from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off at 9:45 a.m. and must be picked up by 5:15 p.m. There is no supervision on the premises prior to 9:30 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m.

What is your refund policy?
Full tuition is due upon registration. If you are no longer able to attend the camp session as scheduled, please submit a written request to 50% will be refunded if registration is withdrawn before May 1, 2016. After May 1, TUITION IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

Do you offer a payment plan?
We offer a payment plan option that divides the total camp tuition into two installments. The first half of the payment is due upon registration. The second half of the payment is due by May 1, 2016. You must call the education hotline at 202.547.5688 to utilize this payment plan.

What measures are in place to ensure the safety of my child?
Your child’s safety is our first priority. All of our camp Teaching Artists and interns are trained and certified in First Aid and CPR. All STC locations have procedures in place in case of an emergency and parents and guardians will be contacted immediately.

What is your lunch policy?
All Poppets, Groundlings, and Young Players must stay on site for lunch. Parents must provide non-perishable lunch food and snacks. Poppets, Groundlings, and Young Players have thirty minutes for lunch and ample time for snack breaks throughout the day. Students in King’s Company and Advanced Camp will not be supervised during the hour lunch break. Students in King’s Company and Advanced Camp may leave for lunch, but students are also welcome to remain onsite with a lunch from home.

Are campers allowed to have cell phones?
Because of the distraction and disruption caused by cell phones, we ask that campers do not use cell phones during class or rehearsal. There are periodic breaks during the camp day where students can check messages and make calls if necessary. In order to avoid interruptions, we ask that if a parent needs to contact a child, they call our Education Hotline at 202.547.5688 and we will relay the message to your child.

Does Camp Shakespeare arrange carpools?
Camp Shakespeare does not arrange carpools on behalf of parents, but we are happy to send an email request for a carpool to other parents registered for your session.

Where can I find permission forms and emergency contact forms?
Our Parental Permission and Medical Information Form can be downloaded here. This three-page form must be returned to the Education Department by June 1, 2016. Please be sure to fill out and return ALL THREE PAGES. Forms can be returned via fax at 202.547.0226, via email to, or by mail to the address: Camp Shakespeare, 516 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-2834

When is the final performance and how many people may attend?
Final performance times, dates, and locations vary by program. Poppets Sharings are at 5pm on the last day of each session. Groundlings and Young Players performances are 10am the Saturday after the last day of each session. Most King’s Company performances are either Friday evening at 7 p.m. or Saturday at 12:00 Noon at the end of each session. If you are attending a satellite camp, the performance will be held at that location. Specific performance times will be listed in an information packet emailed in May. You may invite as many people as you want. Families are encouraged to watch the entire performance, but if you need to leave early, we ask that you leave during intermission to ensure that the students acting onstage are not disheartened and the audience is not distracted.

Will the performances be videotaped?
We will have a professional videographer at the performances in Washington, DC. After the performance families will be able to order a DVD for $30.00. For performances at the Lansburgh Theatre and at all of our satellite camps, you are also allowed to video tape and photograph the performances yourself, but we ask that you do not use flash photography as it is distracting to the actors. For King’s Company and Advanced Camp performances at The Forum in Sidney Harman Hall, you are not allowed to videotape or photograph the performance due to the audience’s proximity to the actors.