What’s Past is Prologue.
In its most classic form, the ASC Theatre Camp is an intense experience for young performers. Producing an early modern play in the world’s only recreation of the Blackfriars Playhouse is a bucket-list item for many professional theatremakers; doing so before you graduate high school is downright impressive, full stop. But the performers you will see today did not attend the most classic form of the ASC Theatre Camp. They attended the 2022 Campers’ Renaissance Session, designed both as a general (and natural) extension of the actor-driven work we do at the American Shakespeare Center, and a very specific response to the unprecedented scenario thrust upon all of us by the Covid-19 pandemic. The performers you will see today have spent the last four weeks working together on their collaboratively-directed production of The Tempest without the input or oversight of a formal director. A brave new world, indeed.
Did you know that although The Tempest was printed only once during the Early Modern period (as the opening play of the 1623 Folio) there is still no single, agreed-upon “official” text of the play, and every edition makes its own choices about, say, whether that word should be “human” or “humane”? These campers know — and they chose every word you will hear them say on this stage today.
Did you know that Shakespeare doesn’t provide explicit costuming directions for his characters, or a list of props needed for any given scene, or dance choreography for the elaborate wedding masque that pops up in Act 4? These campers know — and they made all those choices themselves (and don’t they look fantastic doing it?).
Did you know that nobody gets to decide what a Shakespeare play “means” forever or for all time, but that every performance of The Tempest is simply the result of a bunch of cascading choices that can yield whatever story it is the cast wants to tell today? These campers know — and they chose to tell the story they will tell today.
Of course, they had some help. Production Interns Mia Randers-Pehrson and Mary Rose Valentine pulled double duty as dramaturg and stage manager (respectively) while also serving as role models for campers thinking ahead to their post-Camp days. Resident & Directing Assistants (RDAs) Daniel Skinner and Devlin Ford were only supposed to keep campers supported and hydrated, but when the tempests of the session conspired to shake up our cast list, they stepped in to save the day (and yes, that is why you will see them in our play). Overseeing it all were Associate Director of Education Programming Aubrey Whitlock and Programming Coordinator Anthony Pearson, without whom Camp would not function. I am endlessly grateful for this magnificent staff, and their marvelous work this Session.
Finally, I want to thank all of you: the families, friends, and supporters of our campers. It’s been a wild ride, and I’m so grateful to have been on it with this Camp Company. What’s Past may be Prologue, but what’s to come is 100% in their discharge.
Performance Studies Manager & Camp Director
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Cast and Creative committees Of Session TWO
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Special Thanks to
The Sidney Stark III Memorial Scholarship Fund and the entire Stark family, our partners at MBU (especially Terry Djuric, Ben Diemer, and Tracy Hiner), Aubrey Whitlock, Anthony Pearson, Dr. Ralph Cohen, Brandon Carter, Summer England, Natasia Lucia Reinhardt, Amy Wolf, Gil Mitchell, all of the box office (most especially Suz Lochner, Mili Koncelik, Hailey Pearce, and Zach Puffenbarger), Anna Lien, Rhi Sanders, Alaina Smith, Thomas Coppola, Brendan Cullen, Madison Lindy, LM Feldman, Larissa Lury, Callie Banholzer, Amy Ippolito, KP Powell, Lilly Day-Miller, and Claudia Encinas.
CAMP IN YOUR POCKET!
We found our people at Camp…now we can stay together everywhere!
Have you ever…
- Longed to connect with your ASC Theatre Camp friends and colleagues at scheduled digital events?
- Hoped to network with the Camp community to find your next internship (or intern)?
- Yearned to access ASC’s educational resources in one place?
- Wished you could keep Camp in your back pocket?
NOW YOU CAN!
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*Epizeuxis (ep·i·zeux·is) is the rhetorical device that represents words in repetition
As part of your membership, you will receive direct access to all things Camp on Slack, the exciting new year-round digital world for the thriving ASC Theatre Camp community!
For as little as $5 a month, all current and former campers (and Camp staff!) can gain access to this exclusive digital bubble. In this safe space, you can chat, share resources, start video calls, and participate in exclusive digital programming hosted by the ASC — truly keeping Camp in your back pocket.
Here are just the highlights of what you will receive access to as a member of our Slack:
- Exclusive lectures, workshops, and talkbacks with ASC professionals,
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