Theater Camp

June 21-27, 2020

Join us for an exciting experience at the St. Olaf theater camp. You’ll learn about many facets of theater from creative professionals. Explore everything from acting fundamentals to stage combat with others who love theater as much as you do.

This camp is an exciting, fun-filled experience where we stress the collaborative nature of live theater. Through teamwork, we create a safe environment that encourages participants to think creatively and expressively. Our goal is to teach, guide, and nurture the emerging theater artist as well as those interested in learning about the theater. This is a low-stress, high-energy experience. Come and have fun, make new friends and learn about the art and craft of theater on the beautiful St. Olaf campus in historic Northfield, Minnesota.

Students of all levels leave camp feeling more experienced in multiple areas of theater.  In addition to classes and rehearsal – all taught by talented instructors and guest specialists – the camp schedule includes nightly social activities.  No prior theater experience is required.

An Advanced Theater Workshop is being offered.  This workshop provides an opportunity for students to focus on taking their experiences to a higher level.  See additional information below.

Session, Fees, and Registration 

Theater Camp $$$
June 21-27, 2020
For boys and girls entering 7th – 12th grade of Fall 2020

Camp Features:
*  Stage Combat
*  Musical Theater
*  Intro to Tech Theater
*  Movement Class

Advanced Workshop Option $$$
For boys and girls ages 15 – 17 or those who attended a St. Olaf Theater camp in the past

Advanced Workshop Features:
*  Monologue Exploration:  Instructors will work with campers to select and break down a monologue.
*  Scene Study:  Work on a scene from an established play.
 Musical Theater:  Workshop focusing on the audition experience and characterization through song.
Advanced Stage Combat Class:  In this class, campers explore more advanced techniques in stage combat.  Participants will safely learn how to integrate stage combat into storytelling and character development.
Advanced Movement Class:  Movement and body awareness on stage and how this relates to the creation of a character.
Technical Theater:  Explore what goes on behind the scenes; look at scenery, lighting, sound and costume design.

Campers are housed two per room and may request a specific roommate. Roommates need to request each other on their registration form. Camp space is filled on a first-come basis and spots cannot be held for a late-registering roommate.

Camp Fee Includes:
Lodging, meals, and camp t-shirt (if registration is received after the t-shirt order has been submitted we will do our best to provide a t-shirt).  Campers are housed in comfortable, secure students residence halls.  Bedding and bath towel are provided. Instructors and counselors live in the residence halls and provide 24-hour supervision.  St. Olaf employs a professional security staff that is on duty 24/7.

Register Today:
Register now with our secure online form or complete a printable registration form and send it via mail. Registrations are accepted until capacity has been reached. When completing the online form please see options below.

Option 1: Pay in Full
At the conclusion of the registration form, you will be asked to submit credit card information.  Once submitted, the full amount will be paid.

Option 2: Submit Deposit Only
At the conclusion of the registration form disregard the payment section at the end and close out the window.  The registration form is still saved and submitted.  Once closed, go to the make-a-payment link and submit a minimum $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your student’s spot today. Registration is not officially accepted until completed registration form and deposit is received on the same day.  Payment must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to camp start date.

Refund Policy:
Written cancellations (post or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of camp start date; substitutions are accepted.

Meet the Staff 

Mishia B. Edwards,
Artistic Director – Mishia’s work can be seen in and around the Twin Cities. She is a professional director and arts educator who has experience working with all ages and skill levels.

Todd Edwards,
Production Director – Todd is a freelance designer and fight director. He is a St. Olaf theater department faculty member as well as its technical director.

Rosie Linsner
Alumni of St. Olaf College, majoring in Theater and Educational Studies with a Theater Arts K-12 Education Licensure. She has worked with major theater education programs in the Twin Cities including Children’s Theater Company and Perpich Center for Arts Education. While studying at St. Olaf, she played an active role in main stage theater productions, most notably performing as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Anya in The Cherry Orchard.  She was a director in the 2018 Quade One Act festival as well as a co-director of the 2016 Fresh Faces first year Cabaret. She has training in modern dance, ballet, theatrical movement techniques, and classical voice training which support her background in Musical Theater. Her passion for theater as an educational tool is evident in her dedication to inspire truthful storytelling, an empathetic approach to the character, and a collaborative ensemble environment.

Camp Schedule

Theater Camp
June 21-27, 2020
Check-in Sunday, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, final showcase, Saturday, 1:00 pm, check-out Saturday, 3:00 pm or at the conclusion of the showcase.

Financial Assistance 

Bon Appetit – Stav Dining Hall 

Meals are prepared by Bon Appetit. Healthy options include the salad bar, grilled meats and veggies, and hot entrees, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, a deli station, soup, and dessert station.  There are plenty of food options for vegetarians, gluten-free, and other specific needs.  However, if you have a specific food allergy, please email us so we can get your camper connected with the kitchen.

Do you like good food? So do we! Four schools across the country, St. Olaf being one of them, with food service operated by Bon Appétit Management Company were placed on the Princeton Review ‘Best College Food’ list this year. Campers will have the chance to taste the amazing creations, experience and service from our friends at Bon Appétit! Check out this article to learn more about their recent accomplishment!

Transportation, Additional Housing, and Non-Residential Option 

Contact the St. Olaf camp office to inquire about additional housing and non-residential options, and go here for transportation options to and from the airport.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do you get on our mailing list to receive open registration updates and brochure?
E-mail us to get added to our list.

How many campers attend theater camp?
Between 40-50.

Are scholarships or financial assistance available for students in need?
Yes, financial assistance will be offered to Minnesota participants through the MN Office of Higher Education.

Are there auditions?

Are there campers from out-of-state?
About 20 percent of the campers are from states other than Minnesota, a number that grows every year.

What is the gender breakdown of a typical theater camp?
Typically 1/3 boys to 2/3 girls.

How many campers are at camp?
Up to 40 campers should be expected at camp.

Will participants be allowed to travel around campus alone? 
Campers are informed to travel with a buddy during movement between breaks.

What are your cell/smartphone and other electronic devices policy? 
Cell phones and other electronic devices are not prohibited but should be used only during free time.

If a participant drives themselves to the program, can they leave whenever they want? 
No, at check in the driver’s keys are turned in and given to the directors of the camp.  If they wish to leave, a note must be provided by their guardian in advance.

Do you have enforceable consequences for prohibited actions?
Campers who break rules are sent home.

My child is one year too young for camp. Can they still register?
We maintain a wait list and if there are still openings prior to the start of camp we will fill positions with younger students. Call the camp office to get your name on the list. 507-786-3031.

My child is bringing medication to camp. What do I need to know?
Campers administer their own medication at camp. Camp staff will hold medication upon request in a secure location, and will assist in reminding campers to take their medication. Northfield Hospital is one mile from campus should any emergencies arise. With parent/guardian approval, a St. Olaf employee will help transport the camper to the hospital or clinic.

Does St. Olaf provide transportation to campus?
Please go here to learn more about transportation options to and from the airport.

What are the housing guidelines during camp?
St. Olaf College has traditional style residence halls. Campers, unless they request a roommate, can expect placement with another camper of the same gender identity. Please contact the camps office to discuss alternative housing accommodations.

How do I request or change roommates for my camper?
Any roommate selections or changes will be honored when received 14 days prior to the start of camp. Roommate selections or changes received within 14 days of the start of camp will be considered if room assignments have not yet been finalized.

May I use a credit card to pay for camp other than online?
No. In order to meet regulations, we can only take credit cards using our online form.

What is the refund policy?
Written cancellations (post or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of the camp start date, but substitutions are accepted.

When are t-shirt orders placed?
T-shirt orders are placed 14 business days prior to the start of camp. There are limited numbers of extra t-shirts ordered, and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis to those who register after orders are submitted.

What if I need to cancel due to a medical circumstance?
Doctors note and written request will need to be submitted.  Once received and confirmed,  refund/credit will be submitted on a case-by-case basis.

What if camp gets canceled?
Any camp not meeting the minimum enrollment week prior to camp start date will be canceled and notification will be sent.  Some camps may have earlier deadlines and either a refund/credit towards another camp will be offered if the camp is canceled.

Where is St. Olaf College located?
St. Olaf College is located 40 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area in historic Northfield, Minnesota. Call the conferences, camps, and events office at 507-786-3031 to inquire about transportation options to and from the airport.