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MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Stratford Festival Theatre Arts Camp includes year-round programming intended to give participants the chance to learn collaboratively and experientially alongside their peers. Taught by professional teaching artists, participants enjoy a variety of classes, workshops, discussion, rehearsal and theatre-going. Past participants report that our camps have helped them to increase their self-confidence, further develop their skills as theatre artists and make new friends. In our programming, we aim to provide supportive communities of learning that emphasize having fun and creative playmaking.

Participants come from throughout Canada and around the world to take part in our camps, which include sessions for Grades 1–12 as well as Adult and Family camps. Our summer overnight camps focus on either Shakespeare or Musical Theatre. We also offer PA Day and March Break day camps for the local community.

Want to learn more? See what some of our Theatre Arts Camp participants have to say about their experience here.

"This program has surpassed all of our expectations. It is truly remarkable. I can’t thank you enough for the experience that my daughter will cherish for a lifetime! She has already asked if she can do it again next summer!” – Nina, parent

For more information contact the Education Department at  educate@stratfordfestival.ca or 519.271.4040 x2293.

Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

NOTE: If you require financial assistance, we encourage you to apply for a bursary. Bursary application forms should be submitted with your registration.

Early bird pricing until February 1, 2019.

General Theatre Arts Camp FAQs

DAY CAMPS AND PA DAYS

Day Camp: December 7 (9am to 4pm)

Suitable for children of all abilities and levels of experience, PA Day programs focus on having fun and building ensemble. Participants will explore storytelling and character through improvisation, games, team building and performance. The day culminates with a 15-minute showcase of collectively created work. The focus for the December 7th PA Day will be Stage Combat.

Nutritional snacks provided, buts students must bring their own lunch.

Cost: $45 per session

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March Break Camp: March 11 to 15 (9 am - 4 pm)

Participants in the March Break Day Camp will receive an introduction to the language, stories, characters and ideas in Shakespeare's plays through improvisation, ensemble-building and collaborative and creative games. They will also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see how costumes, props and set pieces are created.

Grades 1-6
The week culminates in a short performance by the participants for family and friends.
Nutritional snacks provided, but students must bring their own lunch.
Before/after care available from 8 am until 5 pm for $10/day.

Early Bird pricing: $199
After January 31: $225

Information Sheet

Registration Form

PA Day Camps: February 1, April 5 and June 7 (9 am - 4 pm)

PA Day programs are held in connection with the Avon-Maitland and Huron-Perth school board schedules. With a focus on having fun and building ensemble, participants explore storytelling and character through group games, imaginative exercises, team-building and performance.

Each PA Day has a different focus:

  • February 1: Shakespeare's Stories and Language
  • April 5: Physical Theatre, Dance and Movement
  • June 7: Billy Elliot the Musical (includes a ticket to the 2 pm matinée)
  • The three fall PA Day dates are TBA

Grades 1-6
Each camp culminates in a short performance by the participants for family and friends. Selected PA Day camps include a Festival matinée performance as part of the programming.
Nutritional snacks provided, but students must bring their own lunch.
Before/after care available from 8 am until 5 pm for $10/day.

Cost: $49 per session
Save 10% if you book all three together

Information Sheet

Registration Form

Summer Day Camps: July 2 to 5 (9 am - 4 pm)

Summer Day Camps begin with a performance of The Neverending Story. Through creative playmaking, participants will then immerse themselves in the world of Fantastica. Like Bastian and Atreyu, they will explore what it means to be a hero in their own extraordinary story.

Grades 1-6
Includes a ticket to the 2 pm matinée of The Neverending Story on July 2.
The week will culminate in a short performance by the participants for family and friends.
Nutritional snacks provided, but students must bring their own lunch.
Before/after care available from 8 am until 5 pm for $10/day.

Early Bird pricing: $349
After January 31: $375

Information sheet

Registration form

OVERNIGHT SUMMER SESSIONS

Shakespeare Focus: July 7 to 13

Shakespeare Focus sessions provide participants with the opportunity to explore the foundations of Shakespeare's work. The curriculum includes an emphasis on voice, language, physicality and performance. Through guided exercises, workshops and rehearsal, participants will learn and stage their own adaptation of one of his classics.

Grades 7 & 8
Includes a ticket to four Festival performances.
The week will culminate in a short performance by the participants for family and friends.
All meals, performance tickets and accommodation are included in the session price.

Early Bird pricing: $1,500
After January 31: $1,650

Information sheet

Registration form

Musical Theatre Focus: July 14 to 20

Musical Theatre Focus sessions provide participants with the opportunity to explore the foundations of musical theatre through to 2019. The curriculum includes an emphasis on voice, dance and storytelling. Through guided exercises, workshops and rehearsal, participants will learn and stage their own performance, featuring original text and a selection of well-known songs from the musical theatre canon.

Grades 7 & 8
Includes a ticket to four Festival performances.
The week will culminate in a short performance by the participants for family and friends.
All meals, performance tickets and accommodation are included in the session price.

Early Bird pricing: $1,650
After January 31: $1,800

Information sheet

Registration form

Shakespeare Intensive: July 7 to 20

Shakespeare Intensive sessions provide participants with a more rigorous exploration of classical theatre. The curriculum builds on the foundations of Shakespearean performance with a focus on developing the participants' performance skills through voice, text and movement. With individual and ensemble-based exercises, masterclasses and rehearsal, participants will learn and stage their own adaptation of one of Shakespeare's classics.

Grades 9-12
Includes a ticket to eight Festival performances.
The week will culminate in a short performance by the participants for family and friends.
All meals, performance tickets and accommodation are included in the session price.

Early Bird pricing: $2,550
After January 31: $2,750

Information sheet

Registration form

Musical Theatre Intensive: July 21 to August 3 or August 4 to 17

Musical Theatre Intensive sessions provide participants with a more rigorous exploration of the musical theatre genre. The curriculum builds on the foundations of musical theatre performance with a focus on developing the participants' performance skills through vocal music, choreography and scriptwriting. With individual and ensemble exercises, masterclasses and rehearsal, participants will learn and stage their own performance, featuring original text and a selection of well-known songs from the musical theatre canon.

Grades 9-12
Includes a ticket to eight Festival performances.
The week will culminate in a short performance by the participants for family and friends.
All meals, performance tickets and accommodation are included in the session price.

Early Bird pricing: $2,700
After January 31: $2,900

Information sheet

Registration form

ADULT AND FAMILY CAMPS

Adult Theatre Arts Weekend: June 8 & 9 (10 am - 4 pm)

Meet with fellow Shakespeare lovers to explore the foundations of classical performance. Each day will focus on a different element of Shakespearean theatre and will include masterclasses with Festival artists.

18+
Includes a ticket to the 8 pm performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor on June 8.
Coffee and lunch are included each day.

Early Bird pricing: $299
After January 31: $349

Information sheet

Registration form

Adult Theatre Arts Week: July 2 to 5 (10 am - 4 pm)

Meet with fellow Shakespeare lovers to explore voice, text, movement and performance. Each day will focus on a different element of classical theatre and will include masterclasses with Festival artists. Through guided exercises, scene study and rehearsal, participants will learn and stage selected scenes from one of Shakespeare's classics.

18+
Includes a ticket to the 2 pm matinée of Othello on July 4.
Coffee and lunch are included each day.
The week will culminate in a short performance by the participants for family and friends.

Early Bird pricing: $499
After January 31: $625

Information sheet

Registration form

Family Theatre Arts Weekend: July 6 & 7 (9 am - 4 pm)

Designed for families of all ages, the weekend provides an introduction to all the Festival has to offer. It comprises a series of active workshops, including stage combat, choreography and performance, plus a backstage tour for everyone and a special hands-on prop-building workshop just for the kids.

All ages
Includes a ticket to the 2 pm matinée of Billy Elliot the Musical on July 6.
Coffee and lunch are included each day.

Early Bird pricing: $299 for adults, $129 for children 16 and under 
After January 31: $349 for adults, $179 for children

Information sheet

Registration form