The campers are taking over the Playhouse.
campers’ renaissance session: Henry V
“We few, we happy few”
Join us for a summer Shakesperiment unlike any other! In the spirit of ASC’s director-less Actors’ Renaissance Summer, we’re returning to the residential ASC Theatre Camp with an advanced, “Ren”-style session. Accepted campers will form a single company, collaborating with each other under Shakespeare’s staging conditions to mount a production of Henry V without a formal director.
Based in practices well known to both Shakespeare’s company (which used them to mount Henry V over 400 years ago) as well as ASC’s professional company (which is still doing the same today), this advanced version of the ASC Theatre Camp is designed for campers ages 16+, runs for four weeks instead of three, and promises to be a uniquely rigorous experience that is sure to challenge campers to explore the limits of their comfort zones. They won’t be on their own, though: the camp company will have the support of our professional team of educators, actors, and artists throughout their time at camp.
The camp company will spend the first week of their month-long camp experience “bubbling” in every sense of the word: settling into housing, negotiating the realities of strict social distancing within the camp company bubble, and engaging in extensive ensemble training and text preparation with Camp Director Lia Wallace and Camp Life Coordinator Aubrey Whitlock in preparation for the collaborative three-week rehearsal process to follow.
At the end of the “bubble” week, campers will audition for a panel of camp staff to receive their production casting and get to work mounting their show. Camp staff will assist with stage management and dramaturgy throughout the rehearsal process, but the camp company will direct itself.
Dates: Sunday, July 11 – Monday, August 9, 2021
(Final performance on Sunday, August 8)
Check out our FAQ tab with everything from how to apply to how this is going to work!
Ready to apply?
Early Consideration Deadline: Friday, April 9th
Q: When is it?
A: The Campers’ Renaissance Session runs Sunday, July 11 – Monday, August 9, 2021. Final performance of Henry V livestreamed from the Blackfriars Playhouse on Sunday, August 8.
Q: Where is it?
A: The Campers’ Renaissance Session is an in-person program, taking place at the American Shakespeare Center’s home in Staunton, VA. The “base camp” of ASCTC 2021 operations will be at Hotel 24 South, the hotel adjacent to the Blackfriars Playhouse, which will be supplying meals and lodging as well as rehearsal/class/hangout space for the camp bubble.
Q: Who is eligible to attend?
A: Due to the unique nature of the Campers’ Renaissance Session, admission is extremely limited, and reserved for campers who will be at 16 years old at the start of camp.
Q: How do I sign up?
A: Attendance is by acceptance only: all prospective campers must apply for admission. Click here to apply now.
Q: How does the application process work?
A: Applying is free, easy, and without strings: applicants need only fill out the application form and wait for an admissions decision — no audition required. ASC staff will give first priority to the applications for early consideration.
Q: What is Early Consideration?
Apply by 11:59 PM on Friday, April 9 for early consideration and receive an admissions decision by mid-April. If space remains after the early consideration period, applications will remain open until the program is full. Applications received after the program has filled will be considered for the waiting list.
Q: What does it cost?
A: Tuition for the 2021 ASCTC Campers’ Renaissance Session is $4250. A deposit of $300 is required to secure an accepted campers’ spot.
Q: do you offer financial aid?
Financial aid is available for all accepted campers, who will receive a link to the financial aid application in their acceptance notification.
Q: How are you handling Covid-19 safety precautions?
A: Based on current vaccination trends, we expect all staff (and perhaps even some campers) will be vaccinated by the start of the session. Still, we plan for all campers and staff to form a strict “camp bubble” and follow social distancing protocols throughout ASCTC 2021, including:
- Campers and staff will agree to follow a strict self-isolation protocol in the two weeks leading up to camp, including submitting a daily temperature check and symptom log.
- Campers will live in single rooms at Hotel 24 South for the first week of camp while we set up our bubble and begin ensemble training and text preparation. After the first week, camp staff will pair bubbled campers into double rooms at the Hotel for the remainder of camp.
- All campers and staff will be required to wear masks during the first week, and whenever they step outside of the camp bubble throughout their time at camp (both disposable and reusable face masks will be provided).
- Contact with the world outside of the bubble will be extremely limited. Campers may attend classes or workshops with ASC artists and other staff members who are not part of the bubble only if those classes are outside, socially distanced, and all participants are masked.
- We anticipate all permanent ASC staff will be fully vaccinated by the start of the session, including Camp Director Lia Wallace and Camp Life Coordinator Aubrey Whitlock. We will continue to encourage all eligible members of the camp community (both campers and staff) to get vaccinated as soon as it’s their turn.
Q: What else?
A: All accepted campers will be invited to join the ASCTC 2021 section of the Camp Slack workspace, where they can connect with other accepted campers as well as camp staff, and start preparing for this summer Shakespeariment. Accepted campers and their families can expect invitations to virtual meet-and-greets, a play-reading group, and other optional activities in the weeks leading up to camp. Accepted campers and their families should also keep an eye out for the Camp Prep Newsletters beginning later in the Spring, with more detailed information on logistics like packing lists, travel assistance (and restrictions), and pandemic-related updates.
ASC Theatre Camp Residential & Directing Assistants (RDAs) are more than just camp counselors: they are teachers, directors, supervisors, cheerleaders, role models, friends, and fellow students. For the 2021 ASC Theatre Campers’ Renaissance Session, we are seeking two RDAs to join the camp bubble with Camp Director Lia Wallace, Camp Life Coordinator Aubrey Whitlock, and 15 campers. Both RDAs will wear multiple hats, fulfilling the Camp Life responsibilities of their assigned Residential Role (Social or Wellness) and the artistic responsibilities of their assigned Production Role (Stage Manager or Dramaturg — see detailed breakdown below).
Application deadline: 11:59pm on Friday, April 16
July 10 – August 9, 2021 (Campers’ Renaissance Session runs July 11-August 9, performance on August 8)
Housing and all meals provided
ASC takes seriously the demands issued by We See You White American Theatre, including the directive that hiring practices “employ intentional and honest effort in establishing consistent, meaningful, long-term relationships with BIPOC artists.” We recognize that the theatre industry has historically excluded practitioners from marginalized groups, most notably the BIPOC community, and that change begins at home. In an intentional and honest effort to enrich our collective community and change the trajectory of our long-broken industry, we encourage BIPOC theatremakers to apply for these positions.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Experience performing, directing, producing, and/or teaching Shakespeare
- Experience supervising and/or working with high school students
- Exhibits dependability, punctuality, patience, teamwork, self-control, and enthusiasm
- Demonstrates appropriate behavior at all times
- Valid driver’s license and good driving record (preferred)
- Rich, diverse background in theatre arts (preferred)
Camp Life Responsibilities
SERVE AS A RESIDENT ASSISTANT FOR ALL CAMPERS
- Supervise campers throughout the duration of their stay
- Escort campers to and from rehearsals, meals, classes, and activities
- Serve as positive role models for healthy behavior
- Work amicably and cooperatively with all staff members
- Observe and promote all rules and regulations of ASC Theatre Camp
In charge of coordinating camp life events as well as maintaining camp’s social media presence
- Event coordination
- Create and execute themes for camp life events (e.g. Masquerade Ball, talent show)
- Inventory and maintain event supplies (e.g. sunscreen, bug spray, decorations, etc)
- Coordinate prep for camp field trips
- Social media
- Coordinate daily posts on ASCTC social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
- Coordinate daily blog entries about camp life activities on the ASCTC blog
In charge of all camper health and wellbeing needs not requiring the assistance or intervention of trained medical personnel
- Assist with the logistics of bubble maintenance, including collecting daily symptom checks and enforcing social distancing protocols
- Assist campers with daily medications as needed and able
- Create and maintain first-aid kits at all camp locations
- Provide transportation (in company vehicle) to urgent care as needed
- Organize and supervise extracurricular athletic activities for campers based on need and interest (e.g. morning runs)
- Provide emotional support for campers as needed and qualified (e.g. sitting with a camper experiencing anxiety, taking a walk with a camper who needs a break, etc.)
As members of the artistic team for the camp company directed production of Henry V, both RDAs will:
- Attend production meetings with artistic team throughout camp
- Attend daily training sessions in the first week of camp
- Attend or lead classes and workshops as assigned and qualified throughout camp
- Attend auditions and serve as a member of the staff casting panel
- Attend all rehearsals
- Work individually with campers on line memorization, choreography, music, and other production elements outside of rehearsals as needed/requested
- Maintain prompt copy of performance script
- Take blocking notes
- Write and send official daily rehearsal reports
- Coordinate costume and prop check-out, organization, maintenance, cleaning, and strike
- Keep time in rehearsal
- Create dramaturgy packet of information about the play
- Assist camp company with script preparation process during the first week
- Serve as general expert on the play with final say on related questions (e.g. textual variance, pronunciation) in the rehearsal room
- Serve as general outside eye and advocate for the play throughout the rehearsal process, providing regular feedback to the camp company on questions of staging and clarity
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!
Fulfill all these dreams and more by enrolling as a member of: the Epizeuxis Society.
*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:
- Regular archive movie nights,
- Exclusive lectures, workshops, and talkbacks with ASC professionals,
- Access to ASC’s educational resources for use in your classroom, preparing for your big role, or behind the table in rehearsal,
- Easy connection with the Camp community from your pocket,
- Being welcomed into our community of donors,
- Knowing you are helping keep the lights on at ASC in these hard times by joining for a donation of at least $5 a month.
We are ready for you — what are you waiting for?