Frequently Asked Questions

How big are the classes for each group?

Our classes are small – for 2021, there will be no more than twelve students per group, to maintain a low student density for COVID-19 safety. This allows individual attention for each young actor.

 

How are students assigned to groups?

Groups are organized by age, so all students are in a group with other children who are close in age.

 

How many staff members work with each group?

Each group of no more than twelve students has a dedicated counselor that stays with that particular group through all their classes and accompanies them to lunch. Each class has a dedicated teacher, so each group of students is supervised by two staff members. Teachers are in charge of class content, while counselors provide guidance and assistance to students. 

 

What types of classes are offered?

Past camps have included training in the following areas:

  • Acting
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Film Production and Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre Production
  • Puppetry
  • Stage Movement
  • Stage Makeup
  • Stage Combat (only for students enrolled in the Advanced group)

 

What does a student do during a regular day at STA?

Parents and students meet their counselors outside every morning for drop-off at 8:45 AM, and students are then brought upstairs to the Department of Theatre Arts classrooms. After all-camp announcements, student groups attend multiple classes throughout the day, with lunch taking place around noon. At 3:40 PM, students line up and the entire Academy heads back outside to get picked up at the end of the day.

 

That sounds a lot like school. Isn't summer camp about kids having fun?

Yes, it sounds like school; and yes, students have fun. While STA is scheduled like an academic environment, it is one where students have fun while learning to appreciate and participate in the performing arts.

 

Are there live performances that parents can watch?

Due to COVID-19 guidelines at the University of Miami, all presentations of student work in 2021 will take place via virtual video platforms.

What are the STA COVID-19 protocols? 

The Summer Theatre Academy is part of the University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts, and as such, follows all University of Miami COVID-19 protocols and policies. The STA safety protocols include: 

  • Students and staff will be required to complete a Daily Symptom Checker before the start of the STA day; a “good to go” result is needed to access the STA facilities.  
  • Students must wear masks while at STA, unless actively eating or drinking. 
  • Enrollment capacity will be reduced from previous years so as to be able to maintain social distancing in the classrooms. Organized group activities will take place, with the use of approved face coverings and frequent hand hygiene. 
  • To minimize density and reduce the risk of potential exposures, groups will not share spaces during the STA day. Activities including multiple groups will take place via video using the technology in the STA classrooms. 
  • If at all possible, lunch will take place outside. If not possible, lunch will take place in the STA classrooms. All students must bring their own lunch. 
  • If a student displays COVID-19-like symptoms during the STA day, they will be placed in a separate room, and their parents will be contacted for immediate pickup. 
  • If a student or staff member displays COVID-19 symptoms, they must remain at home until they have received a negative COVID-19 test. Parents are responsible for testing their students. Negative results must be sent to the camp director via email. 
  • Staff will undergo weekly COVID-19 testing independent of their displaying COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Any student or staff member with a non-COVID illness must remain at home until 24 hours post-symptom resolution without use of medication. 
  • Parents must disclose if a student has been a close contact to a COVID-19-positive individual outside of STA. If any person within a student’s household tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be considered a close contact. 
  • All students and staff deemed to be close contacts of a positive student will have to stay home for at least seven days and move to remote access to the STA activities. Close contacts must be tested five or six days after the last exposure to the positive person, and provide proof of negative test via email to the camp director in order to return to campus. 
  • Students who may not attend STA due to a COVID-19 positive test or because they have been deemed a close contact will be able to attend STA classes remotely via a virtual platform. 

In the event a student self-reports testing positive for COVID-19: 

  • The parent or guardian of a student who tests positive must immediately notify the camp directors. Additionally, they should notify the University of Miami’s contact tracing team. 
  • If a positive case is reported, all camp participants will be notified, but the identity of the positive person will not be disclosed. 
  • If a student self-reports as positive for COVID-19, their entire age group will be considered a close contact, and the group will transfer to online activities until students are able to return to campus. 

Any STA participant or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must wait 11 days to return to STA, assuming symptoms have resolved, regardless of vaccination status.