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Camps | Teach & Learn | American Shakespeare Center

Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience, our FAQs are divided into four categories:

How much does ASCTC cost?
Tuition is $3475 a session, which includes the deposit, room and board at Mary Baldwin University, workshops, rehearsals, t-shirt, DVD, family admission to the final festival and picnic, and tickets to ASC performances during camp.

Yes, ASCTC is a summer camp, but our campers are students, too. In addition to forging friendships and making memories that will last a lifetime, ASCTC students are studying Shakespeare at an advanced level. The schedule is rigorous. Over three weeks, campers rehearse with professional directors on one-hour versions of early modern plays in preparation for the final Performance Festival.They take classes with ASC scholars and education artists in topics like rhetoric, speaking Shakespeare's verse, early modern print culture, and audience contact. They take workshops with ASC actors in voice and movement. Some campers take extra classes to earn college credit, and all campers preview the college experience by living on campus: eating in the dining hall, living in the dorms, and navigating sharing a living space with roommates.

Campers are housed in the PEG Center(Program for the Exceptionally Gifted Center), just two blocks from the Blackfriars Playhouse. Built in 2002, the PEG Center is the newest dorm on Mary Baldwin's campus. Air conditioning and wireless internet are just a couple of the amenities offered. Our Residential & Directing Assistants (RDAs) also live in the dorms in order to provide 24/7 in-house supervision and assistance.

How many campers room together in a dorm?
Dorm rooms are double occupancy, but some rooms house up to three campers. Each room is equipped with twin beds and desks. You must provide your own bedding, pillows, sheets, towels, etc. You are welcome to decorate your room with posters or pictures, but must use double sided tape as opposed to thumb tacks.

Are there bathrooms in each dorm room?
There are two community showers and toilets on each floor, each serving approximately 10 campers. We also separate by gender with the boys rooming on one floor with male RDAs, and the girls on a different floor with female RDAs. Living arrangements for campers who identify outside of the gender binary are decided in conversation with the camper, their family, and camp staff.

What outdoor or exercise facilities are available to campers?
Mary Baldwin University is located on 54 acres, with large field, varied outdoor spaces along with tennis courts made available to the ASC Theatre Camp. The MBU campus is on a large hill, and we tend to keep campers fairly busy moving from place to place throughout the day; a certain amount of outdoor physical activity is thereby guaranteed. Additionally, depending on interest, RDAs usually organize a morning running group led by one of our counselors.

What is the food like at Mary Baldwin University?
Hunt Dining Hall is a state of the art dining facility offering many choices with every meal. We are able to accommodate all health concerns and dietary restrictions. Vegan, vegetarian, or have a food allergy? No problem. Learn more about dining at MBU.

What is the security like at Mary Baldwin?
Like all residential colleges, Mary Baldwin has on-campus security. In addition, our very capable counseling staff are with our teen campers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The PEG Center features an alarm system that ensures proper access. Counselors perform nightly “lights out” checks, as well as, give morning “wake-up” calls to make certain everyone is safe.

What is the ratio of adult supervisors to campers?
Between our directors, counselors, master class teachers, and additional staffers, the ratio is about 1 adult to every 4 campers.

#What else should I bring?

Texts: We ask that all campers bring a copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. We recommend the Norton Shakespeare, edited by Stephen Greenblatt, Walter Cohen, Jean E. Howard, and Katharine Eisaman Maus. Campers with reliable e-readers may also wish to consider a well-edited digital text such as the Folger's online editions.

Musical instruments: No matter your skill level we encourage everyone to bring a musical instrument of some sort. Shakespeare’s plays are full of music and the ASC’s trademark is to highlight all of that wonderful music, both during, before and at the end of the plays.
Costumes: Whether it is for the plays, masquerade dance, or pre-show entertainment sketches, we encourage everyone to bring some favorite funky pieces of clothing that show a sense of character. It could be anything from a cool hat to a dramatic dress, but most of all it should be something you think looks interesting from an audience’s perspective.
Base Costumes: Costuming at the ASC Theatre Camp usually consists of character indicators added to a black or neutral base costume. We as all campers to pack plenty of black clothes with this in mind, including black shoes (sneakers or dress shoes).

Movement Clothes: Because we are a theatre camp everyone is required to wear clothes that allow for full physical movement without being too revealing in rehearsals and performances master classes. If you have a dance background feel free to bring jazz or character shoes, otherwise, bring sneakers. And don't forget a swimsuit for our day at Sherando Lake!

Questions? Contact College Prep Programs Manager Lia Wallace at 540-466-5873 or
Learn more at the ASC Theatre Camp Homepage.


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