Can’t wait to get to camp?

(you’re not alone.)

Don’t Want to Go Home?

(I don’t blame you.)

Won’t give up ’til you get more?

(now you don’t have to.)

Extend the ASC Theatre Camp experience beyond the session with the Extended Experience Week (XXW).


The Extended Experience Week, or the XXW (a far better shorthand acronym than the more alphabetically accurate but undeniably unappealing “EEW”), takes place in between Session 1 and Session 2, and is designed to expand (or extend) the camp experience.  The XXW is open to campers from either session (or both). During the XXW, campers live in the MBU dorms, eat in the dining hall, and remain under the supervision of camp staff — just like they do during regular sessions.

Campers don’t just lounge around Staunton during the XXW – they extend what they’ve learned (or will learn) at camp in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Ushering
    • The XXW starts off with a bang on the final day of Session 1, with our XXW campers assisting the house staff during the Session 1 final performance festival
  • Interning
    • Gets hands-on experience in a real-world professional theatre by interning in various departments at the American Shakespeare Center
      • Previous internships have included working in the costume shop, doing dramaturgical research, and assisting with education administration.
        • Available internships vary each year by availability, need, and interest.
  • Traveling
    • Sound like all work and no play? Think again. XXW campers also get to join camp staff on an out-of-town field trip (or two).
      • The super secret destination is always changing, but in the past campers have enjoyed trips to theme parks like Busch Gardens and performances like In The Heights at Virginia Repertory Theatre.


Session 1 campers who do not wish to participate in the XXW will need to check out of camp at the end of Session 1 on July 8th. We can offer one extra night in the dorms to accommodate travel arrangements, but campers may not stay past July 9th.

Session 2 campers who are not participating in the XXW may check in to camp at the start of orientation day on July 15th. We can offer one extra night in the dorms to accomodate travel arrangements for early arrivals, but campers may not arrive before July 14 unless participating in the XXW.

Yes – tuition for the XXW is $900. This covers everything – all food and housing as well as administrative costs and field trip expenses. Plus, XXW campers retain the privilege of free admission to all American Shakespeare Center shows during their stay.

XXW costs will be added to the total price of tuition and may be included in payment plans. Financial aid may not be used to cover XXW tuition.

Accepted camper applicants may elect to enroll in the XXW at the time of registration.

Registered campers who wish to enroll in the XXW but did not do say at the time of registration should contact Lia Wallace at