Summer Theatre Camp at GSA

June 26 - July 7, 2017* | 9AM - 2:30PM | Ages 14 - 17
July 10 - July 21, 2017 | 9AM - 2:30PM | Ages 10 - 13


Working with professional theater artists, campers will participate in a week of fun theatrical experiences that will engage their imaginations. Camp activities include classes in acting and character study, improvisation, theatre games, creative writing, and special outings.  At the end of the camp, students will create and perform an original production entitled A LIGHT IN THE THEATRE. 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 Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.



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! 


A LIGHT IN THE THEATRE, will be an original production based on the works by the lauded poet, songwriter, and author of children's books, the incomparable Shel Silverstein.


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 GSA/VSC 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 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.


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 of A LIGHT IN THE THEATRE with family and friends. The performance will take place at 2:00 pm on the final Friday of each camp.


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 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 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 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 in The 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.



Jeni has been designing costumes regionally for 20 years and has been the Resident Costume Designer for the Virginia Stage Company for 14 years. She also teaches sewing and intro to Costume Design at the Governor's School for the Arts Drama department. Regional credits include: 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 Reperatory Theatre; Wit. West Virginia Public Theatre; Carousel. For Virginia Stage Company, Jeni has design four to five shows every season including; The Tempest, Grounded, 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, Bill Bishop Goes to War, Hank Williams Lost Highway, and the yearly production of A Christmas Carol just to name a few. 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.



Camp is open to all children ages 10 - 17, 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.


Adjusted fees are available on the basis of financial need and the availability of funds. The fee adjustment request 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.


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 us or call at 757.627.6988 x331.

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Saturday Workshops

VSC’s Saturday Workshops are a way to explore new skills and introduce yourself to the varied opportunities in the world of live theater.
Workshops are conducted on select Saturday afternoons.

Workshop programs this season include:

  • Stage Combat
  • Theatrical Special Effects
  • Acting Techniques
  • Script Writing

Old Time Radio Daze

The “Old Time Radio Daze” is a four-hour workshop and is ideal for adults of all ages, and for young people ages 13 – and up.

This radio show workshop harkens back to the days when families would tune in to hear their favorite live radio programs. In the workshop, participants will engage and work closely with Virginia Stage Company actors and technicians to create an exciting radio episode with sound effect devices. 

Participants will spend the first half of the workshop learning a variety of techniques for performing old-time radio shows through interpretive reading, voice skills, microphone management, and manual and digital sound effects. 

In the second half of the workshop, groups rehearse, perform and entertain audiences with assigned scripts and sound effects materials from programs such as “Flash Gordon,” "The Lone Ranger,” and "Suspense Theatre.”

The use of radio scripts allows participants to enjoy performing while avoiding the need to memorize parts.  For young people, the workshop can provide an avenue for learning about the art of putting together a 1930's radio show, and for older performers, it's a great way to maintain interest and activity in the arts.

Master Classes

Local and national theatre professionals work both one-on-one and in a group setting with students, helping them hone their theatre skills. Topics and ages vary by session, providing a unique learning opportunity with each Master Class. Sessions are offered for students and adults.


Careers in Theatre Arts, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Shakespeare for Young Actors, and Theatre Games to increase group cooperation are just a few of our many ideas.

Contact us to discuss your needs today!