Frequently Asked Questions

How big are your classes for each group?

Our classes are small - no more than twenty students per group, which allows for 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 twenty 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 have you previously 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 will your child do during a typical day at camp during the first session?

Parents and students meet their counselors outside every morning for drop-off at 8:45 AM, and students are then brought upstairs into the Department of Theatre Arts for a brief morning meeting, where the entire Academy gathers for announcements. Then, the students break into their groups and head off to the first class of the day. They attend three classes in the morning, go to lunch, have a short break, and then attend three classes in the afternoon. The morning and afternoon classes occur on a rotating schedule throughout the week. At 3:40 PM, students line up and the entire Academy heads back outside to get picked up at the end of the day. On the next-to-last day of the first session, parents are invited to attend special class sessions to observe their child's progress at camp.


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.


What happens during lunch? Do the students ever get recess?

Students must bring lunch from home (we strongly suggest that you pack your child’s lunch in a thermal container).

After lunch, students have a brief half-hour break, where they can choose to play board games or read, watch a family-friendly movie, or play sporty games.


What is the difference between the first and second sessions?

The schedule is very similar, with the only changes being that during the second session students begin rehearsing for the final performance during some of their classes.  Also, students will begin having some rehearsals at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre throughout the day, but will still be picked up and dropped off outside of the Department of Theatre Arts. During the last week of camp, students will spend most of the day at the Ring Theatre.