Camp is housed in the Governor's School for the Arts downtown Norfolk facility. With a Black Box Theatre, art studios, rehearsal studios, and canteen, your child has access to all that GSA and VSC have to offer!


Join us for a theatre adventure unlike any other!

3 themes offered for both age groups! Sign up for 1, Sign up for ALL 3!

- Shel Silverstein: Poetry, Pictures, and Performance
- Greek Mythology: Fates, Gods, and Legends
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Fantasy, Magic, and Wonder


GSA's and VSC's Summer Theatre Camp will provide a diverse range of engaging activities to enrich your child's summer experience! Aside from the daily theater-related activities, campers will also get to experience the Slover Library and Chrysler Museum. 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.


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.


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 begin at 5:30PM on the final Friday of each camp in the Wells Theatre. Since Sessions 2 & 3 and 4 & 5 run concurrently, they will present the same evening with a brief intermission.



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 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


Jeni has been designing costumes regionally for 22 years and has been the Resident Costume Designer for the Virginia Stage Company for 16 years. She also teaches sewing and intro to Costume Design at the Governor's School for the Arts Drama department. Regional credits include: Arkansas Repertory Theatre: A Christmas Story, The Hanger Theatre: The Hound of the Baskervilles. PCPA Theatrefest: Always Patsy Cline. Florida Studio Theatre: In the Book of...., Under Six, and Tom Jones. Playmakers Repertory Theatre: Wit. For Virginia Stage Company, Jeni has designed over 50 productions including: The Wiz, Pride and Prejudice, The Hound of the Baskervilles,  Crowns, A Streetcar Named Desire, Oliver, All My Sons, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Great Gatsby, The Comfort Team, The Fantasticks, Death of a Salesman, Red, The Diary of Anne Frank, Around the World in 80 Days, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Hank Williams Lost Highway, just to name a few, and the yearly production of A Christmas Carol. Jeni has an MAC in Costume Design from Wichita State University and resides in Chesapeake, VA with her husband, Tony, and their two children, Sara and Ethan.


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 12 years of teaching, 7 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.



Camp is open to all children ages 9 - 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.

FEE: $275 (includes camp tshirt)


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 eertu@vastage.org or by phone at 757.627.6988  x331.