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.
*Note: If you are applying for the first time, your application must be accompanied by a letter of reference from your theatre teacher (or another teacher with whom you have worked closely), the school counselor, or the principal.
- 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.
All resident campers are housed in residence hall facilities on the UW-Whitewater campus. Campers will be housed two per room and must supply their own linens. Adult counselors, in attendance at the residence hall, will organize and supervise student activities. While roommate requests are honored whenever possible, developing new friends by having a new roommate is encouraged.
Residence halls are within walking distance of the Center of the Arts. The food centers, located near the residence halls, serve three wellbalanced meals each day.
The $410 fee for the 7-Day Theatre Camp includes instructional and operational costs, room and board, meals, insurance, camp t-shirt and banquet.
Bring a Friend Discount
Returning campers can receive a $20 discount by bringing a new camper with them this year.
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, fill out the reverse side of the application form and submit it to a potential sponsoring organization.
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.
Stephen Chené, Technical Director
Stephen Chené is the Technical Director for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Department of Theatre/Dance and has designed sets and lights for various productions for the University. Previous credits include Technical Director and/or Lighting Designer at Bucknell University, Gainesville College, Madison Savoyards, Tecumseh, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.
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.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.
If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.
I understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. I agree that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events. I relinquish all rights that I may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.