Premiere Stages Announces Camps For Young Theatre Artists

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UNION – Premiere Stages, the professional theatre in residence at Kean University, announced two summer theatre camp sessions for creative students.

Session 1, “So You Want to Write a Play,” is a playwriting camp for ages 11 – 14, and runs from July 19-30. Students enrolled in this session will work with professional actors, directors and playwrights in a collaborative environment to develop original plays.

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Campers will learn the elements of playwriting through exercises and games that help them translate their creative ideas and impulses into theatrical scripts. This camp session culminates in a public performance of the campers’ original plays, performed by professional actors and high school students. Camp runs Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with a final performance on Friday, July 30.

Session 2, “Taking the Stage” is an acting camp for ages 15-18, and runs July 26 – Aug. 6. Students enrolled in this session will focus on the craft of acting including scene work, audition technique, monologue preparation, movement and voice/speech.

Students will all have the chance to work closely with professional actors and directors, as well as guest artists in fields such as stage combat and improvisation. Campers will perform the scenes written by students enrolled in Session 1 on July 30, and will have their own final showcase on August 6. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The cost for each session is $295. Scholarships are available, with preference given to Union County residents. For more information or to request an application, contact Erica Nagel, producing associate at enagel@kean.edu or 1-908-737-4092.

Interested students should submit a completed registration form, along with a short “camp expectations” paragraph statement and a $25 application fee to Premiere Stages at Kean University. The fee ensures inclusion in the camp and serves as the initial tuition payment. Space is limited and slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

More information and application forms are available online at www.kean.edu/premierestages.


Young artists will be able to develop playwriting and acting skills at Premiere Stages summer theater camps. Photo courtesy of Premiere Stages.


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