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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

From performance-focused camps to our one-of-a-kind technical theatre intensive, students from all interests and abilities have a variety of opportunities to connect with and learn from world-class theater professionals both on and off the stage in areas such as acting and production skills, improv, vocal health, on-camera acting experience, set design, and more!

Basic Info:

Address: 1127 Vine St
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3555
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://ensemblecincinnati.org/camps/
Gender of Campers: All
Dates: July 10-28, 2023 (see specific dates below)
Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday
Ages: 7-18


Q&A with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati:

What makes Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati unique?

At any of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s three intensive summer camps, your student will receive premier, professional training from Cincinnati’s leading performers, teaching artists, designers, and technicians—all while having fun and working collaboratively to showcase creative projects they can be proud of!

What activities are offered at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati?

Junior Summer Camp: July 10-21, 2023 | Ages 7-13
Unleash your child’s creativity with this fun two-week camp that focuses on acting fundamentals and promotes self-confidence, communication, and teamwork. Camp culminates in a production shared with family and friends. Workshops and topics include performance techniques, improv and acting, movement and stage combat, audition skills, and more!

Technical Theatre Summer Intensive: July 17-21, 2023 | Ages 13-18
This one-week intensive with technical theatre professionals takes a deep dive backstage as participants develop resourcefulness, teamwork, and creative problem-solving while exploring props, lighting, sound, set design, stage management, and more!

High School Summer Intensive: July 24-28, 2023 | Ages 13-18
This one-week intensive includes five exciting, fun-packed days aimed at refining young artists’ acting skills and is appropriate for actors working to take their craft to the next level. Participants delve into more advanced performance topics including improv, acting, audition techniques, character development, script analysis, and more. This summer camp culminates in a showcase performance for family and friends.

What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?

Our Junior Summer Camp and High School Intensive will have maximum of 15 students, with 2-4 teaching artists and staff accompanying the group at all times; the Technical Theatre Intensive will have maximum of 8 students, with 2-4 teaching artists and staff accompanying the group at all times.

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How much time do the campers spend outside?

Students will have lunch and snack breaks in the morning and afternoon outside, weather permitting. All other activities will take place in Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s rehearsal hall, scene shops, or performance space.

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

Students will need to provide their own packed lunch, snacks, and refillable water bottle that do not require refrigeration. In addition, all ETC summer camps are nut free.

What is the typical daily schedule for campers?

Camps are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except on performance days, when the schedule may vary slightly. (Notice of performance day schedules will be given prior to the start of camp.)

Junior Summer Camp: students will participate in a variety of fun, educational acting, movement, and voice classes throughout the morning and early afternoon, taught by professional performers and teaching artists. The rest of the afternoon will be dedicated to rehearsal for the final camp performance.

High School Summer Intensive: students will take classes and workshops in the morning on topics like improv, acting, audition techniques, script analysis, dialects, and movement. There will also be a rehearsal portion of each afternoon, culminating in a showcase performance at the end of camp.

Technical Theatre Summer Intensive: mornings will be filled with classes on various topics such as careers in technical theatre, script analysis for technicians, stage management, and set dressing. Afternoon lab sessions include set design, puppetry, and costumes. Students will also work with the Junior Summer Camp students on their final performance.

How old are the counselors and how are they trained?

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati employs professional artists for all camps, many of whom have decades of experience working in the industry. All teaching artists and staff are required to complete a background check.

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What accommodations are made for campers with special needs?

ETC strives to create an inclusive environment for children of all abilities within our camps. Open communication with families helps us create a successful environment for every child. When registering, we encourage you to note any accommodations your child may require. A member of our education staff may be in touch with you to discuss your child’s needs and give class recommendations to ensure a supportive environment. Please do not hesitate to contact us prior to camp to further discuss your child’s needs or accommodations.

How is Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati addressing the ongoing pandemic this summer?

We are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience while also making the safety of our students, teaching artists, and staff our number one priority. All camps will be held in person at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and if community spread levels (as defined by the CDC) reach “red” (“high”) in Hamilton County during camp, students will be required to wear a mask throughout the camp day. If community spread levels remain at “yellow” or “green” during camp, masks will remain optional (but encouraged) for students. ETC welcomes any student that wishes to wear a mask at any time during camp, and many of our teaching artists will wear them, regardless of community spread levels.

Student performances and showcases will employ COVID-19 protocols from Actors’ Equity Association, the same practices that our professional performers and technicians abide by.

Each student will be allocated a set number of tickets to invite family or friends to their performance. These ticket allotments will be determined before each camp’s start date. Patrons will be required to follow ETC’s health and safety guidelines for attending a performance. Visit our website for more information.

Photos by Mikki Schaffner.

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