ASCTC 2022

Come back to camp! In 2022, the ASC Theatre Camp will once again offer two in-person sessions. This year, we’re combining the familiarity of the pre-pandemic camp model with the ingenuity of our mid-pandemic inventions to offer two unique experiences: the Classic Session (Session 1) and the Renaissance Session (Session 2).

Attend the ASCTC Summer Shows

Session One: Sunday, July 3, 2022 10:00 AM

The Winter’s Tale and Mucedorus (by Anonymous)

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Session Two: Sunday, August 7, 2022 11:00 AM

The Tempest

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Session 1: Classic Session

June 12 – July 4, 2022 (three weeks)

Open to: rising 8th graders through rising college freshman ages 13+

Total number of campers: 20

Shows: The Winter’s Tale, Mucedorus (by Anonymous)

Campers audition on their first full day of camp to be cast in one (or more!) of the session’s shows. Campers spend the next three weeks working with a director and a production team to mount their shows in the Blackfriars Playhouse as part of the Final Performance Festival at the end of the session.

The Classic Session is perfect for first-time performers and seasoned camp veterans alike. 

Session 2: Renaissance Session

 

July 10 – August 8, 2022 (four weeks)

Open to: rising sophomores through rising college freshmen ages 16+

Total number of campers: 12-15

Show: The Tempest

Campers spend the first week on ensemble movement training and script preparation with camp staff, and audition at the beginning of the second week to receive their casting in the session’s show. The Camp Company spends the next three weeks working together to mount their collaboratively-directed production in the Blackfriars Playhouse at the end of the session.

The Renaissance Session is intended for campers who have participated in at least one session of the ASC Theatre Camp already, and may not be suitable for first-time performers. 

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Q: What’s the difference between the Classic Session and the Renaissance Session, and who is eligible to attend each?

A: The Classic Session is shorter (three weeks), larger (up to 40 campers), and multi-faceted. Campers will work on multiple shows with the oversight of directors, and participate in a variety of activities designed to give them a well-rounded theatrical experience.

The Classic Session is open to campers ages 13+ (rising 8th graders through rising college freshmen) and is suitable for anyone looking for an intense, immersive theatrical program focused on the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. No prior experience with Shakespeare or performance is required.

The Renaissance Session is longer (four weeks), smaller (up to 15 campers), and more focused. Campers will work on a single show without the oversight of a director, and participate in a variety of activities designed to serve their work on that show.

The Renaissance session is open to campers 16+ (rising sophomores through rising college freshmen) and is suitable for those who have already attended some version of the ASC Theatre Camp (or who have equivalent performance training and experience) and are ready to take their skills to the next level.

Q: How do I get in to the ASC Theatre Camp?

A: Attendance at Camp is by acceptance only: all prospective campers must apply to attend their selected session. Accepted campers will be sent an invitation to register. Please note that acceptance does not guarantee attendance! We will not hold an accepted camper’s spot until registration is complete.

Q: What is the deadline for applications?

A: The Early Application deadline is March 15, 2022. Early Application acceptance notifications will be sent out the following week, and priority is given to campers who apply early.

Campers who apply after the Early Application deadline may be considered on a rolling basis until the session is full or until the final application deadline, whichever comes first.

The final deadline for all applications is EXTENDED to June 6, and applications submitted after that date may not be considered for acceptance.

Q: Can campers attend both sessions?

A: At this time, we are recommending campers apply to attend only one session. Campers who apply for the Renaissance Session and are waitlisted or not accepted may then apply for the Classic Session.

Q: How much does Camp cost?

A: “Classic” Session 1 tuition: $3750

“Renaissance” Session 2 tuition: $4300

Q: Do you offer financial aid?

A: Yes. Accepted campers will receive a link to the financial aid application in their acceptance email. The deadline to apply for financial aid is June 1, 2022.

 

 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR RDAs: February 28, 2022

The American Shakespeare Center seeks to fill the following positions for the 2022 ASC Theatre Camp:

  • 6 total Residential & Directing Assistants (RDAs)
    • 4 RDAs for Session 1 only
    • 2 RDAs for Both Sessions
  • 6 total Production Interns
    • 4 interns for Session 1 only
    • 2 interns for Both Sessions

Resident & Directing Assistants (RDAs)

ASC Theatre Camp Residential & Directing Assistants (RDAs) are more than just camp counselors: they are teachers, directors, supervisors, cheerleaders, role models, mentors, and fellow students. RDAs are the captains of dorm life, the production leaders for the mainstage shows, and the mentors for the production interns. RDAs are also the directors of the mid-session Showcase in Session 1.

The RDAs are a united team, and each member of the team has a specific role to play in both their capacities as a residential assistant — as a Team Captain (or “head” RDA), a Wellness Leader, or a Social Leader — and as a member of the production team — as the stage manager or the dramaturg — for their assigned mainstage show(s). These responsibilities shift slightly in Session 2 to accommodate the unique needs of the Campers’ Renaissance Session, but remain broadly the same. Applicants for ASCTC 2022 must indicate their preferred residential and production roles for each session. Show titles for both sessions and descriptions of the different residential leadership roles can be found below.

All RDAs receive a private room with an ensuite bathroom, plus all meals. RDAs receive one day off per week and must stay through the final strike at the end of the session. Staff positions for ASCTC 2022 are for either Session 1 or Both Sessions — applicants may not apply for only Session 2 (the “Campers’ Renaissance Session”). Staff working both sessions may stay on campus between sessions if desired.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record preferred
  • Must be willing to submit to (and pass) a standard background check
  • Experience performing, directing, and/or teaching Shakespeare (specifically) as well as a rich, diverse background in theatre arts (generally)
  • Exhibits dependability, punctuality, patience, teamwork, self-control, and enthusiasm
  • Possesses good leadership skills and responsibility
  • Demonstrates appropriate behavior at all times

RESPONSIBILITIES

SERVE AS A RESIDENT ASSISTANT FOR ALL CAMPERS

  • Supervise campers throughout the duration of their stay
  • Escort campers to and from rehearsals, meals, 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
  • Fulfill all requirements of assigned Residential Role (Team Captain, Wellness Leader, or Social Leader; described below)
TEAM CAPTAINS

“Head” RDAs; in charge of coordinating residential staff meetings and schedules as well as camper dorm life.

  • Camp Administration (in collaboration with Camp Director)
    • Assist with tracking keys for camp vehicles and facilities
    • Assist with managing petty cash and tracking camp expenses
    • Send out Daily Calls to ASC staff rotation list nightly
  • Staff coordination (in collaboration with Camp Director)
    • Lead nightly meetings for residential staff
    • Schedule days off for staff members
    • Ensure adequate and equitable staff presence at all camp events
    • Serve as liaison between residential and administrative staff
    • Manage morning wake-up and evening lights-out in rotation with other RDAs
  • Camper dorm life
    • Keep counts for all meals eaten in Hunt Dining Hall
    • Manage camper check-outs
    • Coordinate off-campus shopping trips

WELLNESS LEADERS

In charge of all camper physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing needs not requiring the assistance or intervention of trained medical personnel.

  • Physical
    • Assist campers with daily medications as needed and able
    • Create and maintain first-aid kits at all camp locations
    • Provide transportation to urgent care as needed
    • Organize and supervise extracurricular athletic activities for campers based on need and interest (e.g. morning runs)
  • Emotional
    • Attend emotional support training during staff orientation
    • Provide emotional support for campers as needed
  • Spiritual
    • Assist campers in locating services for worship as needed
    • Coordinate transport for campers who wish to attend services
SOCIAL LEADERS (Session 1 only)

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
    • Post daily on ASCTC social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
    • Write and post daily blog entries about camp life activities on the ASCTC blog

In Session 2, these duties will transfer to the production interns.

SERVE ON PRODUCTION TEAMS FOR MAINSTAGE CAMP SHOWS

As members of the production team for the mainstage shows, all RDAs will:

  • Attend production meetings with their artistic teams
  • Participate in pre-audition workshops during orientation
  • Prepare text for Tableaustry section of auditions (Session 1)
  • Attend auditions and casting sessions
  • Attend all daily rehearsals with their cast
  • Work individually with campers during rehearsals as qualified and as needed/assigned by the show’s Director (Session 1) or by the Camp Company (Session 2)
  • RDAs may be asked to block scenes, teach/review choreography, work with campers on text analysis, etc.
  • Work individually with campers on line memorization, choreography, music, and other production elements outside of rehearsals as needed

In addition to these general responsibilities, each RDA will have additional specific duties related to their production role of stage manager or dramaturg:

STAGE MANAGER
  • Supervise stage management intern, including delegating any of the following tasks to them
  • Take blocking notes
  • Be “on book” during rehearsals
  • Write and send official daily rehearsal reports
  • Coordinate costume and prop check-out, organization, maintenance, cleaning, and strike
  • Keep time in rehearsal
PRODUCTION DRAMATURG

Supervise dramaturgy intern, including:

  • Review intern’s research and assist with compiling packet of information about the play(s)
  • Assist intern with dramaturgy presentation(s)
  • Assist director with script preparation process in the lead-up to camp (Session 1) and assist camp company with script preparation process during the first week (Session 2)
  • Maintain prompt copy of the text
  • Serve as general outside eye and advocate for the play throughout the rehearsal process, providing regular feedback to the director and/or the camp company on questions of staging and clarity

SERVE ON TEAM OF DIRECTORS FOR MID-SESSION SHOWCASE 

RDAs also have a chance to stretch their wings as solo directors: in Session 1, each RDA will be responsible for directing a section of the mid-session Showcase performance.

More info: After the mainstage shows are cast, RDAs will work with the administrative staff to finalize the Showcase script and decide casting based on a) the distribution of parts for the mainstage shows, b) the strengths and interests of the RDAs, and c) the needs, wants, and desires of the campers (as listed on their audition forms).

MAINSTAGE SHOWS

Session 1 (Classic Session)

The Winter’s Tale

Cymbeline

Mucedorus (by Anonymous)

 

Session 2 (Renaissance Session)

The Tempest

EMPLOYMENT DATES

Session 1: June 11 – July 4, 2022 (three weeks)

  • June 11: staff orientation
  • June 12: camper move-in 
  • July 3: final performances
  • July 4: strike and camper move-out

Break: July 5 – July 9, 2022

Session 2: July 10 – August 8, 2022 (four weeks)

  • July 10: camper move-in
  • August 7: final performances
  • August 8: strike and move-out 

COMPENSATION

Session 1

$1350 (Wellness Leaders, Social Leaders)

$1500 (Team Captains)

Session 2

$2000 (all RDAs)

Housing and all meals provided for all staff members in both sessions

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APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR production interns: February 28, 2022

Get hands-on experience working in the thick of the theatre scene with an ASC Theatre Camp Production Internship. ASCTC 2022 Production Interns work as either the assistant stage manager or the assistant dramaturg for one show per session, and may apply to work for either Session 1 only or for Both Sessions — applicants may not apply for only Session 2 (the “Campers’ Renaissance Session”). Staff working both sessions may leave during the break between sessions, or stay on campus if desired.

This is an unpaid internship. All ASCTC Production Interns receive room & board for the duration of the internship and one full day off per session.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Exhibits dependability, punctuality, patience, teamwork, self-control, and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrates exceptional organization, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record (preferred)
  • Calm under pressure
  • A penchant for innovative, outside-of-the-box thinking
  • Willingness to experiment with an attitude of “Yes”

PRODUCTION RESPONSIBILITIES

As members of the production teams for the ASCTC 2022 shows, all production interns will:

  • Participate in all staff and orientation training in the days leading up to each session
  • Attend unified auditions and assist artistic teams with casting
  • Attend every rehearsal with your cast(s)
  • Serve as assistant directors for the mid-session Showcase (Session 1)

ASCTC 2022 Production Interns work as either the assistant stage manager or the assistant dramaturg for one show per session, and have additional specific production responsibilities according to their role:

DRAMATURGY
  • Assist RDA Dramaturg & Director (Session 1) or Camp Company (Session 2) with script formatting
  • Prepare dramaturgy packet of information about the play (under supervision of RDA Dramaturg)
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation summarizing your research to all campers (under supervision of RDA Dramaturg)
  • Write and post daily “rehearsal recap” blog posts to the camp blog using the provided template
  • Take notes and provide feedback as directed by RDA Dramaturg and/or Director (Session 1) and Camp Company (Session 2)

STAGE MANAGEMENT
  • Assist RDA stage manager with blocking notes as requested
  • Be “on book” during rehearsals
  • Assist RDA stage manager with coordinating costume and prop check-out, organization, maintenance, cleaning, and strike
  • Keep time in rehearsal

Production Interns may also be asked to serve in other capacities throughout the rehearsal process as the demands on the production and the interests/talents of the intern dictate, including but not limited to:

  • text coaching
  • leading warmups
  • music arrangement and coaching
SOCIAL LEADERS – SESSION 2 ONLY

In Session 2, production interns will take on the additional responsibilities of the “social leader” RDA position, putting them 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
    • Post daily on ASCTC social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
    • Write and post daily blog entries about camp life activities on the camp blog

MAINSTAGE SHOWS

Session 1 (Classic Session)

The Winter’s Tale

Cymbeline

Mucedorus (by Anonymous)

 

Session 2 (Renaissance Session)

The Tempest

SESSION DATES

Session 1: June 11 – July 4, 2022 (three weeks)

  • June 11: staff orientation
  • June 12: camper move-in 
  • July 3: final performances
  • July 4: strike and camper move-out

Break: July 5 – July 9, 2022

Session 2: July 10 – August 8, 2022 (four weeks)

  • July 10: camper move-in
  • August 7: final performances
  • August 8: strike and move-out 
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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.

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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,
  • 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,
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