UW-Whitewater Theatre Camp

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.   This camp is available to players entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2019.

Date: July 21 - 27, 2019

The enrollment in the camp is limited to 55-60 campers in order to maximize opportunities for individualized attention. 

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Registrations accepted online until noon 7/17/19. We do NOT accept walk up registrations.

Resident Camper: $470

Resident campers 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. Please note that our residence halls are not air conditioned. We strongly advise campers to bring a fan if possible. The bathrooms and showers offer clean, individual stalls for privacy. Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.

Bring-A-Friend Discount: Returning attendees can receive a $20 discount off their camp fee by bringing one new attendee with them this year to Theatre Camp. Both the returning attendee and the new attendee will receive the discount when they list each others name on the registration. Use promo code 2FRIEND20 at check out.  Discount cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $20 if listed friend does not attend.

Fees Include

The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt*, banquet and insurance.

*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 7/12/19.

Refunds

All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at cesevents@uww.edu prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to cesevents@uww.edu; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.

Pre-camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre-camp information includes health form, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. Each camper must complete the healthEcamper online form at least 24 hours prior to arrival for each camp they attend; no camper will be allowed to participate without completing the form. Use the email address provided to register for this camp as your user name on the healthEcamper website to avoid receiving emails from us indicating you have not completed this health form.

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event.

Letter of Reference

First time registrants must have a letter of reference from your theater teacher (or another teacher with whom you have worked closely), the school counselor, or the principal emailed to cesevents@uww.edu by 7/15/19.

Audition

All participants in the acting area should have a one-minute monologue memorized and rehearsed prior to arriving at the camp. It will be used to audition for scenes during the Sunday evening session.

Certification of Rules

With your parent, download and sign Certification of Rules.  All registrants must complete and give to the director at camp.

Actors Costume Sheet

Actors please download and fill out Theater Camp Costume Sheet, to the best of your ability. Costume sheets will be collected by the director.

Summer Camp Rules

UW-Whitewater will hold all campers responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from camp. Campers dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund. Review Summer Camp Rules for more details.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.

Parking

Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of the location of the time of check-in/check-out and 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays.  Registrants driving themselves and keeping their car on campus must pick up a $5 parking permit from director at the initial event meeting.  More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home (iPod, Fitbit, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.

Acting

  • 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. 

Scholarship Information

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.  We encourage you to seek out these opportunites.


Camp Staff

Dr. Charles Grover, Camp Director

Dr. Charles Grover

Dr. Charles Grover, originator and director of the seven-Day Theatre Camp, retired in May of 2017, as 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 Kath

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 camp.


Saundra Montijo, Acting/Directing

Saundra Montijo

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 UW-Whitewater Theatre Camp staff since 2007, teaching Voice & Speech and directing the advanced acting group.


Zach Kunde, Acting/Directing

Zach Kunde

Zach Kunde returns for his 9th 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

Nathan Broege is a junior 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.


Abraya Schneeberg

Abraya Schneeberg

Abraya is a senior BFA Costume Design Major at UW-Whitewater. She has previously Stage Managed Public Enemy and Poe Times Tow.  She is currently costume designing a piece for Dancescapes '18 and is going to design the first show of next semester.  This is her second year working with the theatre camp. After graduation she hopes to move out to New York.


Insurance

Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

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.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration 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.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.