Acting & Performing Arts Camps

Acting Camps - Oglebay Institute

Performing arts camps give young people the opportunity to learn from seasoned actors and experience the joy, pride, praise and sense of accomplishment that comes with performing in front of a live audience. Camps enhance fundamental life skills such as teamwork, patience, mutual respect, self-confidence, tolerance and creative problem solving. Kids also explore how to create characters, props, costumes and scenery. 

Camps are held at Towngate Theatre unless otherwise noted.

June 6-10, 2022: Fairy Tale Camp 
Learn about acting through exercises in teamwork, improvisation, concentration, voice and body language. Led by the Towngate artistic staff, campers will create several short plays adapted from popular fairy tales to perform at 2pm on the final day of camp.

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Ages: entering grade 1- enterting grade 2
Meets: 9am-3pm June 6-10
Begins: Monday, June 6
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson

$150/$130 OI members

June 6-10 & 13-17, 2022: Electronic Music Workshop, presented by West Liberty University (Held at Stifel Fine Arts Center)
Oglebay Institute and West Liberty University are partnering to offer a unique opportunity for music-making in the Ohio Valley. The Ohio Valley Electronic Music Workshop is a two-week summer workshop for high school students which will explore the practice and performance of electronic music. Students will learn about various forms of musical expression and learn to perform using various types of electronic musical instruments. West Liberty University will provide the leadership and all of the instruments and equipment. On the final day of the workshop, the OV-EMW Ensemble will perform a public concert.

BYOI = Bring Your Own Instrument. We can incorporate any acoustic instrument or voice into the experience. If you make music on a laptop, bring it with you! If you’ve never made music with electronics but are curious, we want you too!

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Ages: entering grade 8- enterting grade 12
Meets: 9am-3pm June 6-10 & June 13-17
Begins: Monday, June 6
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Dr. Matthew Harder & staff

$260/$230 OI members

June 13-17, 2022 Acting Camp Session 1 (SOLD OUT)
Learn the basic elements of acting while rehearsing a short play determined on the first day of camp. Enhance vocal and physical skills through warm-up exercises, play acting games and have free time to dress-up and play with props. Campers must be available at 2pm on Friday for a performance.

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Ages: entering grade 3 – entering grade 8
Meets: 9-3pm June 13-17
Begins: Monday, June 13
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson, Dave Henderson and P.D. Gregg

$150/$130 OI members

June 20-24, 2022 Acting Camp Session 2 (SOLD OUT)
Learn the basic elements of acting while rehearsing a short play determined on the first day of camp. Enhance vocal and physical skills through warm-up exercises, play acting games and have free time to dress-up and play with props. Campers must be available at 2pm on Friday for a performance.

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Ages: entering grade 3 – entering grade 8
Meets: 9-3pm June 20-24
Begins: Monday, June 20
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson, Dave Henderson and P.D. Gregg

$150/$130 OI members

June 27-July 1, 2022 Acting Camp Session 3
Learn the basic elements of acting while rehearsing a short play determined on the first day of camp. Enhance vocal and physical skills through warm-up exercises, play acting games and have free time to dress-up and play with props. Campers must be available at 2pm on Friday for a performance.

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Ages: entering grade 3 – entering grade 8
Meets: 9-3pm June 27-July 1
Begins: Monday, June 27
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson, Dave Henderson and P.D. Gregg

$150/$130 OI members

July 11-15, 2022: Improvisation Camp
Use your imagination to create a scene that is inspired by a simple one-word suggestion. This “short form” improvisation camp will end with a performance of “Whose Turn is it Anyway?” at 2pm on Friday.

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Ages: entering grade 5 – entering grade 8
Meets: 9am-3pm July 11-15
Begins: Monday, July 11
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson

$150/$130 OI members

July 18-22, 2022: Musical Theatre Camp
Students will sing, dance and act as they develop the skills needed to become a “triple threat.” They will learn a physical and vocal warm-up, as well as work on scenes, songs and choreography from several popular musicals that will culminate with a showcase performance at 2:00 pm on Friday.

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Ages: entering grade 5 – entering grade 8
Meets: 9am-3pm July 18-22
Begins: Monday, July 18
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Erin Bond and Tim Thompson

$150/$130 OI members

July 25-29, 2022: Stage Craft Camp
This camp will explore the fundamentals of constructing and painting stage scenery and creating props and costumes through practical hands-on experiences. Students should wear older clothing and shoes that are okay to get messy.

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Ages: entering grade 5 – entering grade 8
Meets: 9am-3pm July 25-29
Begins: Monday, July 25
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Dave Henderson and P.D. Gregg

$150/$130 OI members