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ActOut Summer Camp

Philadelphia’s only ALL scholarship camp.

At Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Annual Gala, guests rose to the occasion and made their voices and support heard by raising over $16,000 in order to make camp a fully sponsored and completely free experience for teens across Philadelphia.  Arts Education is important and should be accessible.  Thank you to our many generous donors for making PTC’s Summer Programming available to all!*

This summer brings with it a ton of excitement around the Suzanne Roberts Theatre as our education team and campers get ready for a bustling four weeks of making theater from the ground up.

Our first two weeks of camp are two separate single sessions.  For each session, campers are presented with a challenge.  They then spend their afternoons in ensembles working to create a new work based on that challenge.  Past challenge have included “murder mystery, fill in the middle, no stage, etc.”

It’s News to Me                                performance: Friday, August 2 @ 2pm

The first challenge this summer will have campers present a live news show on stage at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.  Through an exploration of what news means to us today and where we get our news, students will need to have their own sources as they bring us a completely live look at a produced news show.  Their show is not limited to only what we see in front of the cameras.  The students decide just what type of news show they’d like to produce and then they do just that- produce it… the entire thing!

Lost in Translation                                     performance: Friday, August 8 @ 2pm

The second week will challenge campers to use select slips of paper from a bucket determining location, color, prop, a wild card in a different language and a device commonly used for communication.  Using these pre-determined elements as a structure, campers will tell a story about the challenges of communicating.  By exploring different methods and tactics used in daily communication, campers will make keen observations and gain insight into the struggles associate with effectively communicating with one another.  Their insights and observations will then be layered into their story.

Our one week sessions are not just all solving challenges.  In the mornings, campers have classes.  Our team of dedicated, professional teaching artists instructs campers in performance, storytelling, visual design, audio design and the combination of all of these things.  Through classes, they gain the skills and knowledge to best create within their ensembles and solve the weeks challenge.  Each week ends with a lab where the students present their work on stage for one another and guests.

Two Week Intensive:                                performance: Friday, August 22 @ 2pm

The final two weeks of camp, Methods for Devising Theatre, is a two-week intensive where campers focus on devised work.  With the guidance and leadership of their exemplary teaching artists, students explore playwriting, direction, acting and design.  In perfect step with the mission of Philadelphia Theatre Company, the campers then collaborate with one another to put together and brand new one-act play that they will produce themselves on stage at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.