The ASC Theatre Camp hones your skills as a performer while further preparing you  for the academic rigors of college life and learning… so you might as well earn college credit for it. Enroll in the Companion course to get a head start on your college degree.

Each summer, we choose a theme for Companion course and pursue different lines of inquiry around that theme as a way of burrowing deeper into our knowledge of Shakespeare: his plays, his contemporaries, and his cultural legacy. Previous years have focused on themes like “Collaboration” and “Access.” This summer, we’ll be analyzing early modern dramatic text for a specific purpose: preparing plays for performance.

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The Companion course introduces campers to the upper-level resources available in a university library. By enrolling in the Companion course, you aim to improve your research and writing skills beyond their current level. For attending the extra class sessions, doing the reading, completing in-camp assignment, and turning in a final project post-camp, campers in the Companion course can earn up to 3 college credit hours from Mary Baldwin University, which are transferable to other institutions.

Download the Enrollment Form

In a manner of speaking. You must be accepted to camp in order to be eligible for the companion course, which means that everyone who ends up attending either session of ASCTC is qualified to enroll.

Fill out the ASCTC College Credit enrollment form and send it straight to Mary Baldwin University along with your tuition payment.

Enrollment is capped at 10 students per session, including auditors.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis until the session’s class is full (10 campers maximum per session). After registering for their session, campers may enroll at any time by filling out the Enrollment Form and mailing it to Mary Baldwin University at:

Mary Baldwin University
ADP House 205
Attn: Lallon Pond
PO BOX 1500
Staunton, VA 24402-1500

If we have space remaining at the beginning of the session, campers may enroll during Orientation.

Mary Baldwin University gives ASC Theatre Campers a discount on regular tuition for a per-credit cost of $395. The total cost of tuition for the three-credit Companion course is $1195, which must be paid directly to Mary Baldwin University.

Yes, campers may audit the course if we have the space (i.e. less than 10). To audit, campers must complete all in-camp assignments and attend all course meetings. Auditing campers do not pay tuition and will not receive credit.

Yes. The structure of the course changes year-to-year, but always has at least two assignments. College credit campers must keep a daily process journal during camp (to be periodically collected and reviewed by the Course instructor) and complete a final project after camp (the type of project varies based on the theme of the course and the needs of the student, but is usually a written assignment of 8-12 pages).

College credit campers will also be required to attend extra class sessions during some of their free time, and may have other short assignments or readings to complete in-camp.

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