The primary purpose of this seven-day camp is to provide campers with an opportunity to improve their theatre skills alongside others with similar interests.
Campers in the acting portion of the camp are assigned to groups based on their year in school. Mornings consist of classes in voice, movement, and improvisation. Afternoons and evenings are devoted to rehearsing scenes in preparation for a capstone performance on the final day of the camp.
Campers in the design/technical theatre portion of the camp receive daily instruction in stage management and scenery, lighting and costume design. They spend the afternoons and evenings assisting the scene directors and preparing the design and technical elements of the final scenes.
The final day concludes with a presentation of the scenes. The enrollment in the camp is limited to 50-55 campers in order to maximize opportunities for individualized attention. Registration closes ten (10) days prior to camp.
*Note: If you are applying for the first time, you must have a letter of reference from your theatre teacher (or another teacher with whom you have worked closely), the school counselor, or the principal emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn to work voice appropriately.
- Learn how to be calm, yet dynamic, in audition situations.
- Development of the body as an instrument through flexibility, and adaptability exercises.
- Through script analysis, learn how to pace scenes and getting to the right place at the right dramatic moment.
- Develop the ability to work successfully in ensemble situations.
- Through improvisation, learn to explore your imagination.
- Through self-exploration, become more aware of how you look, think, feel, imagine, move, talk, etc.
- Work on a scene to be presented at the end of the week.
Design and Technical Theatre
- Learn the important elements in costume and scene design.
- Learn how to light a set dramatically.
- Work on a state-of-the-art computerized light board.
- Develop stage management skills.
- Assist in preparing scenes to be presented at the end of the week.
Camp LivingCampers will be housed in one of the residence halls located on the UW-Whitewater campus. The residence hall has a secured entrance and the campers are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff. Roommate requests will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender. Developing new friends is encouraged. Rooms are double occupancy only. The bathrooms and showers offer clean, individual stalls for privacy. Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day.
Residence halls are within walking distance of the Center of the Arts. The food centers, located near the residence halls, serve three well balanced meals each day.
Several high school drama clubs, civic organizations and local art groups will sponsor participants to camps. Sponsorships are generally offered in the form of awards to students who have demonstrated an interest in theatre through their participation in high school and community theatre events.
If you are interested in seeking a scholarship to the UW-Whitewater Theatre Camp from an organization in your community, download scholarship application form and submit it to a potential sponsoring organization.
The $450 fee for the 7-Day Theatre Camp includes lodging, meals, instructional materials, insurance, camp t-shirt and banquet.
Bring a Friend: Returning attendees can receive a $20 discount off their camp fee by bringing one new attendee with them this year. Both the returning attendee and the new attendee will receive the discount when they list each others name on the registration. You will be charged $20 if listed friend does not attend.
Pre-camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre-camp information includes check-in and out times with locations, daily schedule, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp.
Dr. Charles Grover, Camp Director
Dr. Charles Grover, originator and director of the seven-Day Theatre Camp, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre/Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A teacher of directing, acting, movement, and voice, Dr. Grover also directs several plays each year, teaches theatre history and dramatic literature, and supervises student teachers preparing to enter secondary teaching in theatre. Recent productions he has directed are Drowsy Chaperone, Jack and the Magic Beans, Deathtrap and Nate, the Dragon. Dr. Grover received the 2004 Outstanding Theatre Educator Award from the Wisconsin Alliance for Theatre Education.
Blair Kath, Design/Tech Coordinator
Blair graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2009 with a degree in Education, Theater and English. She is currently teaching Drama for Racine Unified School district, and works as a construction manager and technical specialist for West Performing Arts Center in New Berlin, Wisconsin. After serving as camp costume coordinator and residence hall counselor for many years, Blair is replacing Steve Chene as the coordinator of the design/tech portion of the 2017 camp.
Saundra Montijo, Acting/Directing
Since receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from UW-Whitewater in 2009, Saundra Montijo has continuously worked as a theatre artist, educator, and arts administrator in the SE Wisconsin, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles areas. She has proudly been a member of the UWW Theatre Camp staff since 2007, teaching Voice & Speech and directing the advanced acting group.
Zach Kunde, Acting/Directing
Zach Kunde returns for his 7th year of directing and teaching improvisation. He holds a BFA in Theatre performance from UW-Whitewater and has continued his education in Chicago, where he currently resides. Zach has also been a national touring member of an off-Broadway improv show since 2007.
Nathan Broege, Acting/Directing
Nathan Broege is a sophomore BSE Theatre Education major, pursuing a minor in Special Education. He has been a part of 7 shows at UW-Whitewater, including directing, acting, and positions on production teams. Nathan has also directed a high school summer program in Waukesha in the past year, and has had many different experiences revolving around directing and movement, with success. He plans to get his teaching license, and work professionally in the education field. In addition to directing scenes for one of the camp groups Nathan will be teaching classes in movement.
Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.
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