UIC camps teach high schoolers theatre, symphonic band

High school students can learn theatre and symphonic band skills from university professors and arts professionals while sampling campus life in summer camps at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Theatre Camp students dancing

High school students enact an original piece in last year’s camp at UIC.

The programs develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, resourcefulness and imagination in emerging artists. Day-camp students will find that Chicago’s largest, most diverse university offers a relaxed, open environment during the summer.


Theatre Camp
July 13-24
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

UIC’s theatre camp is designed for students who want to write and devise new work. Led by David Kersnar, a founding ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre Company, the class will collaborate as an ensemble to create an original theatre piece.

Workshops and master classes in voice, movement and design will be led by UIC faculty. The camp will culminate in a final performance open to family and friends.

The camp will be directed by Jason Martin, UIC clinical assistant professor of theatre. No prior theatre experience is necessary.

Fee: $475, including coursework, materials and recreational activities.


Aerial view of symphonic band and conductor performing

Students perform at last year’s symphonic band camp.

Symphonic Band Camp
July 27-31
Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m.

The symphonic band camp is designed as an intensive five-day ensemble experience that allows students to grow musically in an exciting learning environment. They will expand their repertoires through intensive rehearsal with a wind band and develop their skills in instrumental master classes. At the end of the camp, they will perform a concert featuring music studied throughout the week.

The camp will be directed by José Oliver Riojas, assistant professor and director of UIC Bands; and Nicholas J. Carlson, assistant director of the UIC Bands.

Students should have some experience playing in ensembles.

Fee: $125, including coursework, materials and recreational activities.

For each camp, limited financial aid and scholarships are available. Students may register for both camps for $550, a $50 discount.

Students must register by June 15. Early registration is encouraged, as spaces are limited. Information and registration forms are available at stmsummercamps.uic.edu or by calling (312) 996-2867.

Both camps will be held in UIC’s Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.


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