registration is now open!

With over 50 different camp options, there is literally something for everyone at Mudlark this summer! Scholarships are available.

Summer 2014 campers

Summer 2014 campers

Summer FAqs!

For more information about Mudlark camps, click here >> 

 

 

Loves Labors Lost, 2014

Loves Labors Lost, 2014

Click here for a downloadable brochure and calendar for 10-14 year old camps!

Click here for a downloadable brochure and calendar for 6-9 year old camps!

4-Week Camps (ages 6-9)

3 Week Camps (AGES 10-14)

Three-Week Production: Devised - FULL
Join instructors Christina Lepri and Dru Smith on a creative journey into the realm of collaborative storytelling! Together, we will craft a
brand-new script using improv to generate ideas and physical theater to unlock characters. The first week will be spent creating the play as an ensemble, then we’ll begin rehearsing the show. Everyone who signs up gets a part! 
Dates: June 12-30
Times: 1pm-4pm
Performances: June 30, July 1 & 2

Fee: $350
This camp is now FULL.
Email Melissa at education@mudlarktheater.org to be placed on the waitlist


Costume Design
An exciting introduction to the costume design process. Campers
learn sewing, sketching, and rendering as they work with staff to
imagine, design, and execute the costumes for Three-Week
Production: Shakespeare. 

Dates: July 10-28
Time: 9 am – 12 pm

Fee: $375
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Three-Week Production: Shakespeare - FULL
Join instructor Krista D'Agostino and experience the drama, the thrill, and the challenge of getting a full-length play on its feet in a mere 15 rehearsals. This abridged Shakespeare play will be adapted specifically for this camp.  Anyone who signs up gets a part!
Dates: July 10-28
Time: 9am-12pm
Performances: July 28, 29 & 30

Fee: $350
This camp is now FULL.
Email Melissa at education@mudlarktheater.org to be placed on the waitlist


Sketch Comedy - FULL
Campers get one week to devise material for a one-hour sketch show, counselors get a weekend to write it, and we all get two weeks to rehearse it. The result is Evanston’s funniest sketch show, five years running. Enrollment in this camp is by permission only.  Email michael@mudlarktheater.org to inquire.  
UPDATE: Sketch is now full!


Dates: July 5-21
Time: 9am-12pm
Performances: Evening of July 21, 22 & 23

Fee: $350

 

2 WEEK CAMPS (AGES 10-14)

Hip-Hop Theater
Do you like writing rhymes?  Want to feel empowered as you move a crowd with nothing but your words? From slam poetry to spittin’ bars—this camp has it all. First, you’ll be guided through writing original hip hop and poetry, then you’ll rehearse for an epic final showcase!
Dates: July 24-Aug. 4
Time: 1pm-4pm
Showcase: Evening of Aug. 4

Fee: $250
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Playwriting
Write your own original short play, then cast it, direct it (as a staged reading), and perform it with your fellow writers. First-time playwrights need not fear; we’ll use an array of games and exercises to get your creative juices flowing! 
Dates: July 24-Aug 4
Time: 1pm-4pm
Showcase: Evening of Aug 3

Fee: $250
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Fake News - FULL
News flash! In this camp, you’ll have two weeks to conceive, practice and perform a fake news show, in the style of Weekend Update, Onion News, and The Daily Show.
Dates: July 24-Aug. 4
Time: 1pm-4pm
Showcase: Evening of Aug. 4

Fee: $250
This camp is now FULL.
Email Melissa at education@mudlarktheater.org to be placed on the waitlist


Musical Theater - FULL
Get your Broadway fix by rehearsing and performing numbers from classic musicals! Camp will culminate with a fully choreographed show where each camper gets a moment to shine.
Dates: June 12-23
Time: 9am-12pm
Showcase: Evening of June 23

Fee: $250
This camp is now FULL.
Email Melissa at education@mudlarktheater.org to be placed on the waitlist



Short Film
Everyone who signs up is cast in an original short film, written with young performers in mind. Learn how film acting differs from stage acting as you rehearse and shoot (and reshoot) with your fellow campers. All the short films will premier at a special screening in August.
Three sections: 
1)    June 12-23; 1pm-4pm - FULL  -
contact education@mudlarktheater.org to join the waitlist
2)    July 10-21;  1pm-4pm
3)    July 17-28;  9am-12pm

Fee: $275
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1 Week Camps (AGES 10-14)

Acting Studio 2
Take the next step in your acting training! In this camp, we tackle monologues. Experience the thrill of engaging with great speeches from plays both comedic and tragic—and captivating an audience with nothing except your voice and body.
Two sections:
1)    June 19-23; 9am-12pm - FULL  -
contact education@mudlarktheater.org to join the waitlist
2)    July 24-28; 9am-12pm
Fee: $125
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Accents & Dialects
Try on your favorite accents and dialects from around the world, including British, Italian and New York! Trust us, this one is going to get silly. 
Two sections:
1)    June 6-9; 9am-12pm
2)    July 31-Aug 4; 9am-12pm

Fee: $125
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Fantasy Makeup
Ever wonder how actors turn into hobbits, aliens and monsters in film and on stage? In this camp you will learn exciting makeup techniques, which you'll use to transform each other into fantastic creatures...and even become one yourself!
Two sections:
1)    June 19-23; 9am-12pm
2)    July 10-14; 1pm-4pm - FULL - 
contact education@mudlarktheater.org to join the waitlist
Fee: $150
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Improv!
Create surprising and hilarious scenes with your fellow campers as you learn the basics of improvisation, including listening, giving gifts, accepting and building, and trusting your own brilliant, spontaneous imagination!
Five sections:
1)    June 6-9; 1pm-4pm
2)    June 12-16; 9am-12pm
3)    June 19-23; 9am-12pm
4)  
 July 10-14; 1pm-4pm FULL! - -contact education@mudlarktheater.org to join the waitlist
5)    July 31-Aug 4; 1pm-4pm
Fee: $125
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Movie Magic
Go behind the scenes in this hands-on camp as you create a series of mini-films exploring the world of special effects and storytelling for the big screen. One word: spaceships.
June 26-30; 9am-12pm
Fee: $125
This camp is now FULL.
Email Melissa at education@mudlarktheater.org to be placed on the waitlist

 


Production Lab
Ever wonder how the technical aspects of theater happen? In this camp, you’ll go behind the scenes to design elements of Mudlark’s Three-Week Production: Shakespeare. You’ll craft props, create sound FX and more!  
July 17-21; 9am-12pm
Fee: $150
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Shadow Theater
Weave stories using the magic of shadows and puppetry! Learn how to design your own shadow puppets and bring them to life. Join us for a week of fun in the shadows!
July 17-21; 1pm-4pm
Fee: $125
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Song Parody
Do you enjoy changing the lyrics to well-known pop songs to make them funnier? Well, now there’s a camp for that!  Join the chorus and create side-grabbingly hysterical versions of your favorite songs!  
Two sections:
1)    June 26-30; 9am-12pm
2)    July 31-Aug 5; 9am-12pm

Fee: $125
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Stage Combat 2
Take your theatrical combat skills further as stage knives and found weapons are incorporated. Stage Combat 1 or other prior stage combat experience required. 
Two sections:
1)    June 12-16; 9am-12pm
2)    July 17-21; 1pm-4pm

Fee: $125
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Stand Up
Create your own one-of-a-kind stand up routine in this camp, where we’ll help you turn your thoughts, gripes, and real-life stories into a funny five-minute set. 
July 10-14; 9am-12pm
Showcase Evening of July 14

Fee: $125
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Zombie Bootcamp
Get in touch with your inner zombie and learn how to transform yourself using fake blood, scars and more! Not only will you learn how to look like a zombie, you will study the art of becoming a zombie through physical theater. Grab a ghoulie friend and join the undead horde!
June 12-16; 1pm-4pm
Fee: $150
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Acting Studio 1
Sharpen your acting skills with games and techniques that reveal how to use your voice, mind, and body to express yourself onstage. Great training for beginners and veterans alike!
Four sections:
1) June 6-9; 9am-12pm
2) June 12-16; 9am-12pm - FULL  -
contact education@mudlarktheater.org to join the waitlist
3) June 26-30; 9am-12pm
4) July 24-28; 1pm-4pm

Fee: $125
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Acting Studio 3
If you want a challenging, rigorous and rewarding acting experience, this camp is for you! Learn advanced techniques that the pros use as you inhabit complex characters from great plays.

 For ages 12+ or by permission
June 26-30; 1pm-4pm
Fee: $125
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Adapt Anything
Adapt anything. Seriously! Books, board games, favorite song lyrics, poems, the back of a cereal box. Turn any of the above into a scene, then stage it.
August 7-11; 1pm-4pm
ee: $125

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Behind the Mask
Show the world who you are without ever showing your face! You’ll create your own character, personality and physicality…all while wearing a mask that you created.
July 24-28; 9am-12pm
Fee: $125
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Heroes vs. Villains
What does it take to be a superhero? A supervillain? An awesome sidekick? Choose a new identity each day and explore it in a series of longform improv adventures that pit good against evil!
June 6-9; 9am-12pm
Fee: $125
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Longform Improv
Longform is the art of making up whole plays as you go along. Learn the techniques used by professional improvisers as you and your fellow campers form a strong, supportive team. 
Two sections:
1)    June 6-9; 9am-12pm
2)    Aug 7-11; 9am-12pm

Fee: $125
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Physical Comedy
Clowning is serious business in this camp, where you will learn how to improvise as larger-than-life characters, perform partner acrobatics, and execute slapstick with perfect timing.
Three sections:
1)    June 6-9; 1pm-4pm
2)    June 19-23; 1pm-4pm
3)    June 26-30; 9am-12pm

Fee: $125
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Puppet Workshop
Explore the 3,000-year-old art form of puppetry with puppeteer/storyteller Marilyn Price. Learn how to craft and create original puppets, bringing the most everyday objects to life. 
June 19-23; 1pm-4pm
Fee: $125
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Shakespeare Alive!
Using engaging theater games and physical exploration of Shakespeare’s rich poetry, you’ll see even though he’s dead, his work is very much alive!
June 12-16; 1pm-4pm
Fee: $125
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Stage Combat 1
A (safe) crash course in the basics of hand-to-hand stage combat, culminating in a presentation of staged battles. 
Four sections:
1)    June 6-9 9am-12pm
2)    June 6-9; 1pm-4pm
3)    June 19-23; 9am-12pm
4)    June 26-30; 1pm-4pm

Fee: $125
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Stage Combat 3
What happens when you put three feet of steel into an actor’s hand?  Come find out!  This camp is physically challenging.  Stage Combat 2 or special permission required. For ages 12+ or by permission.
July 10-14; 9am-12pm
Fee: $150
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Web Shorts
If you enjoy improv, sketch comedy and writing your own jokes then this camp is for you!  Write, rehearse and film short comedy sketches for the web. 
June 12-16; 9am-12pm
Fee: $125
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