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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Join Cincinnati’s most buzzed about professional theater company downtown for Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Theatre Summer Camp! We offer unique & fun programs for beginners to advanced students to engage with the arts. These in-person camps take place at our new theater Monday-Friday 9am-5pm for students who have completed grades 1 to 12. We will be following all COVID safety protocols this summer.

Basic Info:

Address: 1195 Elm St. Cincinnati, 45202
Phone: (513) 381-2273
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cincyshakes.com/summercamp/
Dates: June and July 2022 (see specific dates below)
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am-5pm
Ages: Grades 1st-12th

Q&A with Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre:

What makes Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Theater Summer Camp unique?

For over 20 years, Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Theatre Summer Camp has provided students with a camp experience unlike any in the Tri-State. Campers work with members of Cincinnati Shakespeare’s professional resident ensemble, staging scenes, learning the tricks of the trade, gaining confidence, and often finding an inclusive community of friends that lasts well beyond the summer.

Whether you’ve never stepped on a stage before, or have already been bitten by the acting bug and are looking for a challenge, our camps are the perfect place to learn and improve new skills, make new friends, and have a whole lot of fun!

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What activities are offered at Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Theater Summer Camp?

June 6-10, 2022: LOVE IS IN THE AIR…OR NOT (HIGH SCHOOL Grades 10-12)

June 13-17, 2022: WARRIOR TALES (HIGH SCHOOL Grades 10-12)

June 20-24, 2022: #BADROMANCE (MIDDLE SCHOOL Grades 6-9)

June 27-July 1, 2022: CHAOIC CLOWNING (MIDDLE SCHOOL Grades 6-9)

July 11-15, 2022: ONCE UPON A TIME TALES (ELEMENTARY Grades 1-5):

July 18-22, 2022: DOUBLE DOUBLE TOIL & TROUBLE (ELEMENTARY Grades 1-5)

July 25-29, 2022: FANTASTIC VOYAGE (ELEMENTARY Grades 1-5)

What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?

For 2022, we are going to use a small class pod system of 8-10 students per pod with 1-3 Teaching Artists each day.

How much time do the campers spend outside?

Campers have lunch outside in Washington Park each day (weather permitting) as well as the occasional activity outside as well. The majority of camp activities take place in Cincinnati Shakespeare’s new theater on the mainstage, rehearsal rooms, or other spaces in the building.

Does the camp provide lunch/snacks or do parents need to provide them?

Parents need to send their students with a water bottle, lunch, and a snack each day.


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What is the typical daily schedule for campers?

Camp begins at 9am with warm ups and group theatre games and activities. Then there is a Masterclass topic and workshop each day. These include topics like stage combat, acting techniques, backstage crafts, and more! After lunch the students work in their groups with their director on their theatrical scenes that will be shared with family on Friday at 4pm each week.

How old are the counselors and how are they trained?

Our staff consists of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Teaching Artists. This group of teachers are all college graduated aged adults or older who have experience as actors, teachers, performers, and/or directors with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. All Teaching Artists must complete background checks to work at Summer Camp.

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What accommodations are made for campers with special needs?

We will do all we can to try and accommodate students with special needs. Please reach out in advance to discuss your child’s needs to see if we can accommodate at [email protected].

How is the camp addressing the ongoing pandemic this summer?

For 2021, we will be following all CDC Guidelines during camp including small pod groups, social distancing, cleanliness, and masking throughout the entire day. You and your student’s compliance is required to participate. And while it is our intention that this camp takes place in person with these many safety protocols, if public health trends dictate a return to virtual learning, we will transition the camp to a virtual platform but we will offer credits or refunds for any family who no longer wants to participate if camp becomes virtual.

To register or learn more, visit www.cincyshakes.com/summercamp/.


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