Last call for theater camps!

Comedy mask in stained glass window at the Scottsdale theater where Greasepaint Youtheatre camps are held

When I spoke recently with ASU dance major Echo Laney, I asked her to share a bit about the benefits of participating in theater camps. Laney participated in Camp Broadway at ASU Gammage several years ago, and describes it as a life-changing experience.

“Theater camp opens you to new experiences,” reflects Laney. It makes for “nice networking” and helps campers “discover who they are and what they can do.” Reflecting on her own time with Camp Broadway, Laney shares that theater camp “opens the mind” and fuels powerful dreams.

Tragedy mask in stained glass at the old Stagebrush Theater in Scottsdale

I learned the hard way many years ago that many Valley summer day camps start filling up as early as February, but I know plenty of parents have yet to sit down with their children or teens to firm up summer plans — despite the fact that some camps begin next week.

For those still exploring summer camp options, here’s a nifty list of Valley organizations offering theater camps — complete with links so you can easily learn more about your many options. Don’t delay, because in many cases this really is your last chance…

Actor’s Youth Theatre at

Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre at

Arizona Broadway Theatre at

Arizona Jewish Theatre Company at

Art and Sol Performing Arts Program at

ASU Gammage at

Chandler Center for the Performing Arts at

Childsplay Theatre Company at

Christian Youth Theater at

Creative Stage Youth Theatre at

Dearing Acting Studio at

Desert Stages Theatre at

Do Re Mi School for the Arts at

East Valley Children’s Theatre at

Fountain Hills Community Theater at

Greasepaint Youtheatre at

Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts at

Life’s a Stage Productions at

Mesa Arts Center at

Musical Theatre of Anthem at

Phoenix Center for the Arts at

Phoenix Theatre at

Scottsdale Conservatory of the Performing Arts at

Scottsdale Glee at

Scottsdale Studios at

Spotlight Youth Theatre at

Starlight Community Theater at

Studio 3 Performing Arts Academy at

Theater Works at

Theatre Artists Studio at

Valley Youth Theatre at

Voices: A Music & Arts Studio at

To learn more about theater and other camps, check out the “Summer Solutions” 2011 camp directory compiled by Mala Blomquist of Raising Arizona Kids.

If you know of another Valley organization offering summer theater camps, please comment below to let our readers know.


Note: Click here for links to camps that participated in the RAK Camp Fair 2011.

Coming up: Celebrating Father’s Day — arts and culture style!


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