How do I register?

  • Use the links below to register online. Registration is not accepted by phone, fax, mail, or e-mail. Payment via credit card is due with your registration to reserve your child’s spot. Deposits are not accepted to "hold" a spot.
  • Register for Grades 9-12* (July 30 - August 3)
  • Register for Grades 4-8* (August 20 - 24)
  • *Student's grade level as of Fall 2018
  • Early-bird registration through March 5 is $475.00 per student. Regular registration starting March 6 is $500.00 per student

Is there any way to reserve a spot in a camp?

  • No. Classes fill quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to popular demand, we’re unable to reserve spots for potential students. You must register for the class and pay in full to ensure a spot for your child. If the class you are interested in is already full, you will be put on a wait list for that class.

Do you offer financial aid?

  • There are a limited number of scholarships, and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis. The scholarships are need-based and are available to families who qualify for federal Free and Reduced Priced School Meals benefits.
  • A copy of the Free and Reduced Priced School Meals Benefits notification letter from your school district must be submitted along with the scholarship application below as proof off eligibility:
  • Apply for a Scholarship  

Do you offer sibling discounts?

  • Yes. We offer a 10% discount on each child's registration after the first's registration is paid in full. Register all children at the full price and contact thompsor@newpaltz.edu to have the discount refunded to your credit card. 

What is your refund policy?

  • Students withdrawing from camp must cancel at least 2 weeks prior to the start date to receive a full refund (minus a $75 processing fee). No refunds will be granted after the 2 week cut off date.

How long is the camp day?

  • Camp runs daily Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Grades 9-12: July 30 - August 3
  • Grades 4-8: August 20 - 24

What does a typical camp day look like?

  • A camp day always begins with a camp wide "good morning" circle and warm up.  Each day the student will participate in core activities such as voice/singing, acting and dance.  The student will also rotate to different "specials" throughout the day.  Specials may include classes in stage make-up, set design, costume design, lighting, on-camera commercial acting, voice overs, audition technique, acting the song, the business of theatre and visits from casting agents, talent managers, or other special guest artists. Students are given 2 snack breaks and a lunch break. We end each day with a group exercise and cool down. 

How many students are in each camp?

  • Program enrollment is capped to maximize student success, strengthen the sense of ensemble, and provide individualized attention from the teaching artists and assistants. Students are divided into age appropriate groups which generally range in size from 12-15 students, with some exceptions. These age groups are determined by the grade level each student will be entering in the upcoming school year.

Where are the camps held?

  • Camps take place on the SUNY New Paltz campus in Parker Theatre. Specific location of Parker Theatre on campus will be sent out in an informational email following confirmation of registration, at least two weeks prior to the first day of class.
  • Campus Map
  • Driving Directions

Who teaches the camps?

  • Our instructors are experienced industry professionals who have worked or are working on Broadway, in TV and Film.  They are Directors, Casting Directors, Talent  Agents or Managers and SUNY Theatre Professors. More importantly, they are seasoned teaching artists who strive to bring artistry to their teaching, foster a safe environment for creative risk-taking, and help students develop their essential theater skills. Each instructor is also partnered with a skilled classroom assistant to maximize the potential for one-on-one and small-group work. Biographies of the teaching staff will be available to view online.

Does my child need to have experience?

  • No, your child does not need previous experience, just an interest in theater and creative expression. All levels are welcome.  Our teaching artists will ensure that all students have individual learning goals and challenges appropriate to their varied abilities. 

Is there an attendance policy?

  • Yes. Theatre is the kind of activity where each student’s presence is essential to the success of the whole group. It is a team sport.  We do understand that family emergencies and illness can come up unexpectedly. In this case, an email or phone call must be made to alert the instructors that a student will be absent.  Due to the structure of our programming, we are unable to offer make-up classes or credit for any missed sessions.  

Will there be a performance/show at the end of the camp week?

  • Each camp week culminates in a "sharing" type performance.  A sharing is the final product of all your kids’ fun and learning where they share what has been learned with their families and friends. Emphasis is  placed on process throughout the week rather than “product.” Our final sharing is designed to be short in length, low-pressure, upbeat, and most of all, Fun! 

Can parents sit in on classes to observe?

  • We maintain a closed class policy. This format best supports your child’s development of self-expression, creativity, self-confidence and independence. Closed class time allows participants to focus without interruption making the class environment conducive to an educational, and cooperative experience.

Does my child need to bring a lunch?

  • Students should bring a NON-REFRIGERATOR, NON HEAT UP, NUT-FREE, bagged lunch, 1-2 snacks and a full water bottle each day. Students may eat lunch outside if the weather permits so a towel can be brought to sit on the grass.

What else does my child need to bring?

  • Please dress in comfortable clothes and wear sneakers. Also be sure to bring a pencil or pen as well as a small notebook.

Do you offer pre and post-camp care?

  • Unfortunately, we are unable to offer pre and post camp care at this time. Please pick up your child promptly at 4pm.

 My child has a food allergy or needs medication during the day. How do you handle medical concerns?

  • We ask that each family who registers a child for camp complete a Health and Emergency Contact Form, which includes medical information (such as food allergies/medication needs) and emergency contact information. Theatre camp is a NUT FREE FACILITY!!  Additionally, if a child has a food allergy or medical condition that requires special attention and medication, caregivers are asked to bring a zip lock bag with the child’s name printed clearly on it with needed medication inside (e.g., Epi-Pen, Benedryl, inhaler; clear instructions for administration of medicine; and a note detailing the type of allergy, severity of allergy, parent contact information and Doctor contact information.

For additional questions, contact theatrecamp@newpaltz.edu.

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