Summer Theatre Camp

June 27 - July 8*| 9AM - 2:30PM | Ages 12 - 15

Join us for a theatre adventure unlike any other!

Working with professional theater artists, campers will participate in two weeks of fun, high-energy, and theatrical experiences that will engage their imaginations and let them experience the thrill of live theatre. Each day will include classes in acting, improvisation, storytelling techniques, creative writing, rehearsals, and special outings. At the end of camp, students will showcase their original production of Tales from a Garbage Dump for family and friends. All sessions will be held at The Governor's School for the Arts at 254 Granby Street, downtown Norfolk.

*There will be no camp on Monday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.

About Camp

Fabulous Facility

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! 

The Play

Hidden in a strange world, there exists a mysterious garbage dump that holds a secret treasure trove of incredible tales, wild adventures, and theatrical magic.

Fun Activities 

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 an afternoon of fun at Nauticus, The Slover Library's 5th Floor Game room, and a Chrysler Glass Studio glass blowing demonstration. 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.


Attendance Policy

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 GSA/VSC 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 and lunch each day of camp. We will break mid-morning for snack. Please pack a sack lunch and a drink. Please also include any utensils your child may need. We encourage students to bring a water bottle. 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.

Final Day

On the last day, campers will share their production of Tales from a Garbage Dump with family and friends. The performance will take place at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 8th.

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 Clemens

Ryan Clemens is very proud to work with VSC on the main stage and, as Resident Theatre Artist, in a variety of VSC touring shows, classes and workshops. VSC patrons may remember Clemens as Vinnie inThe 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 travelling Wild West show. He has worked at theaters around the country, including four summers locally with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and one 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 inThe Sound of Music, Dr. Larch in The Cider House Rules, Arnold in The Boys Next Door, and Shecky in some outrageously fun, VSC galas. Many thanks and a huge heap of love to his wonderful wife.

Tommy Coleman

Tommy Coleman is in his second season with VSC after serving as a Cultivate Intern last year having performed as Lester in X-Out Bullying which toured to schools around Hampton Roads. He also co-produced and served as a director for the inaugural season of the “Voices From the Margins” play reading series. As a Teaching Artist, and the Director of the new Urban Theater Program at Renaissance Academy, he is glad to serve the students of his hometown by empowering them and helping them find their artistic voices. He looks forwards to affecting a positive change in the lives of others through art. Students can catch him performing as a part of the "Be Kind , Do Kind" tours currently traveling around Southeastern Virginia. Tommy holds a B.A. in Theater from Temple University and an M.A. in Musical Theater Performance from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Patrons may have seen him last as Fred, Scrooge’s nephew, in A Christmas Carol.

Registration Information

Camp is open to all children ages 12 -15, regardless of race, religious affiliation, or ethnic origin. Registration will not be accepted via phone or e-mail. Registration will only be accepted using the online form. Enrollment will be confirmed by email. Additional camp information will be sent via email 1 week prior to the start of camp.

Financial Aid

Adjusted fees are available on the basis of financial need and the availability of funds. The fee adjustment form must be received by April 1st to be considered for disbursement by May 1st. Late applications are accepted until April 30th for disbursement of any remaining funds. All paperwork must be fully completed. Please indicate on your registration form if you wish to receive a fee adjustment packet. For more information, contact us.

Refund Policy 

Refunds of camp fees will be granted, less 50% processing fee of refund amount, when submitted in writing prior to June 13th.  Notification of withdrawal after June 13 results in a loss of all fees paid.


Email Ron Newman, Director of Education at Virginia Stage Company, or call at 757-627-6988 ext. 358.

American Theater & Virginia Stage Company

Theatre Camp: Tales from a Garbage Dump

July 18 - 22nd | Monday-Friday | 9AM - 3PM | Ages 9 - 14

There’s a treasure trove of tall tales, wild adventures, and fun just waiting to be unearthed when a group of young explorers come upon a mysterious storyteller that lives in a magical garbage dump. The Virginia Stage Company’s Summer Theatre Camp will be a fun, high-energy, week-long program that allows young people to engage their imaginations and experience the thrill of creating live theater. Campers participate in a wide variety of theater activities — including improvisation, storytelling, creative writing, and mime — all taught by teaching artists and actors dedicated to meeting each child at his or her level. At the end of the week, students will share their work in a free performance open to the public. Workshop will be held at the American Theater in Hampton, VA.

5 Classes, Class Limit: 20, $175