Camp is housed in the Governor's School for the Arts downtown Norfolk facility and the historic Wells Theatre. With the GSA Black Box Theatre, art studios, rehearsal studios, and canteen, your child has access to all that GSA and VSC have to offer!
GSA's and VSC's Summer Theatre Camp will provide a diverse range of engaging activities to enrich your child's summer experience! Our Summer Theatre Camp offers more than just a place to spend summer days. It is a place for your child to learn and grow.
It is important that students are here every day of class and arrive on time. If a child needs to miss a day of camp or will be late, please let Virginia Stage Company know in advance with as much notice as possible. If a child misses a day of camp, tuition will not be prorated.
WHAT TO BRING:
Campers will need to pack a snack/lunch and drink for each day of camp. No microwave will be accessible. Please also include any utensils your child may need. We encourage students to bring a water bottle. During camp scripts will be distributed to campers as the play is being developed. Students will be expected to return each day with their scripts.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Campers should dress comfortably, but please, NO FLIP-FLOPS or CROCS. Please be aware that our students move a lot and sit on the floor for some parts of their classes and workshops.
On the last day, campers will share their production with family and friends. The 30 minute performance will be on the final Friday of each camp in the Wells Theatre. Times vary per camp, so please make sure to check each session for the correct presentation time.
THEATRE CAMP STAFF
Our Summer Theatre Camp directors work to ensure a positive, safe, and fun environment for children. Our mature and professional team contributes their experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to provide an unforgettable camp experience for children and families.
Ryan is very proud to work with VSC on the main stage and, as Lead Resident Theatre Artist, in a variety of VSC touring shows, classes, and workshops. VSC patrons may remember Clemens as Mr. Wormwood in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, Vinnie in The Odd Couple, Fezziwig and Old Joe in A Christmas Carol, Mortimer in The Fantasticks, or his famous relative Sam Clemens in his one-man show Meet Mark Twain. Originally from Wyoming, Ryan began his career in a traveling Wild West show. He has worked at theaters around the country, including five summers locally with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and two with Tidewater Stage Company. Clemens holds a BA in Theatre from Western Washington University and an MFA in Acting from Regent University. Favorite past roles include Charlie in The Foreigner, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and Arnold in The Boys Next Door. Ryan lives in Virginia Beach, loves his wife, his cat, and corny jokes. www.clemensistwain.com
Laura, a 9th to 12th theatre teacher at Grassfield High School, received her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Spanish. In her 13 years of teaching, 8 of those in Theatre, she has earned many awards including Southeastern Theatre Coach of the Year, Hugo Owens Middle School Reading Teacher of the Year, two state championships for her acting company, and most recently was named Chesapeake’s High School Teacher of the year. Directing over 20 productions at the high school level, Laura also works closely with her students in the classroom setting teaching from Pantomime to Shakespeare. Laura also sponsors Troupe 7835 of the International Thespian Society and is one of the coordinators of the CPS Theatre City-Wide Initiative with all the theatre programs in Chesapeake. When not teaching, she is a lead member of the locally and internationally renowned Core Theatre Ensemble. She was most recently seen gracing the Wells Theatre stage as Mrs. Phelps in Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical.
Dana J. Braxton-Felder
is an international actress, Theatre Educator and native of York County, VA. She has been performing domestically and internationally for over 15 years. A graduate of Hampton University (B.S) a M.F.A in Acting International (University of Essex-London, England) and Theatre Educator (Collegiate and secondary special education). She has graced the stage in London, Russia, Lithuania, NYC and LA. Ms. Braxton-Felder has worked with VSC for the past two years on their immersive theater projects: The Dream Clinic and Miss Kitty’s House of Cosmic Love.
The performance bug bit Terri at the ripe old age of 3 and she’s made a life in the theatre ever since. She received a BFA in Theatre Performance and Dance from Longwood University in 1999. She has taught high school theatre for 19 years with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and has directed and choreographed over 60 productions. Terri is still an active performer and can be seen improvising and doing sketch comedy at the Push Comedy Theater, as well as dancing, singing, and acting in regional and local productions-her favorite to date CHICAGO with The Little Theater of Norfolk. She is a member of the Educational Theatre Association and Virginia Theatre Association and works hard as an advocate for the advancement of theatre studies. She is shifting her teaching career to Norfolk in the fall were she will be teaching middle school theatre and is eager to inspire younger minds. She lives in Norfolk with her husband Robbyn and her 2 boys, ages 5 and 7. When she’s not teaching or on stage, she sings in a band, travels the globe, and is an avid hiker.
Camp is open to all children ages 6 - 17, regardless of race, religious affiliation, or ethnic origin. Registration is not complete until camp fee is paid and online form is filled out. Enrollment will be confirmed by email. Additional camp information will be sent via email 1 week prior to the start of camp.
Adjusted fees are available on the basis of financial need and the availability of VSC scholarship funds. For more information, contact us.
Full refunds of camp fees will be granted if cancelled 1 month prior to camp start date. Half camp fee will be refunded if cancelled within 2 weeks of camp start date.
No refunds will be granted for cancellations after the 2 week period prior to camp start.
Contact Emel Ertugrul, Education Coordinator, at email@example.com or by phone at 757.627.6988 x331.