Pictured above: Atlanta Shakespeare Company students. Photo courtesy of Atlanta Shakespeare Company.

The old adage, “The show must go on!” has proven true of Atlanta’s resilient theatre companies in this challenging COVID-19 season.

From streaming masterclasses, performances, talk-backs, and storytimes, our theatre community has refused to let a little shutdown shut them down. And such is true for their theatre camps.

Encore previously reported that the Alliance Theatre had moved its summer camps to 100% virtual, and now we have similar announcements from more theatres.

Every theatre camp culminates in some form of end-of-session performance, but each theatre company has something different to offer to a variety of ages.

Keep checking back as we share updates on the state of performing arts in this weird time!

Atlanta Lyric Theatre

Acting/Singing/Dancing – Middle to high school – Three-week session

You Can’t Keep us Down” – June 29-July 17

Quick facts: This musical theatre virtual camp will focus on stories that uplift. Led by Jessica De Maria and Ethan Ray Parker, students will study musical theatre through the lens of characters that overcame obstacles and came out on top! 

Click here for more information and to enroll.

Atlanta Shakespeare Company

Acting/Stage combat/Renaissance culture – Elementary to high school – One-week/four-week sessions

Shakespeare Superheroes – June 1-July 24

Quick facts: Utilizing Zoom, Flip Grid, YouTube and Google Drive, a camp day will be a mixture of pre-recorded video content, one-on-one instruction, collaborative online experiences and self-guided activities.

  • The camps will provide structure for a 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. day of enrichment and will still culminate in a final performance online.
  • Materials: Camp families will be mailed a package of activities, Shakespeare swag and necessary craft supplies

Shakespeare Intensive for Teens (SIT) – June 28-July 27

Quick facts: An audition-based, professional-style training program in performance and Shakespeare for rising ninth grade students to rising college freshmen.

  • Students are instructed by professional actors and Teaching Artists specifically trained in the performance and instruction of Shakespeare in classes, including Shakespeare text work, voice and movement techniques, stage combat, madrigal, and Renaissance dance. 
  • Informed by what they learn in classes, students rehearse and perform a full-length play from the Shakespeare canon.
  • The fast rehearsal process, similar to that employed by ASC’s professional actors, gives students the skills to make quick, bold acting choices and stretch their creative wings.

Click here for more information and to enroll.

Aurora Theatre

Acting/Singing/Dancing/Designing – Elementary to high school – One-week sessionsBilingual option available

Summer Camp @ Home – June 22-July 17

Quick facts: These themed camp experiences allow campers of all ages to both perform and design their own showcases. The full list of themes is as follows:

  • Heroes and Villains
  • Disneymania
  • The Cinderella Bootcamp
  • Mejores Amigos Bilingual Camp
  • Magic and Mischief

Materials: Every digital camper will receive an Aurora Theatre Academy Summer Camp Goodies Box including all necessary class materials (scripts, musical scores, and/or supplies for crafts and class projects) and a special surprise to enjoy.

Click here for more information and to enroll.

City Springs Theatre Company

Acting/Singing/Dancing – Elementary to High School – One week/four-week sessions

Virtually Broadway – June 8-July 1

Quick facts: Step into the virtual spotlight and showcase your talent! CST Conservatory is excited to announce Virtually Broadway, a three-week virtual musical theatre intensive featuring 1:1 training, culminating in a professionally produced showcase broadcasting live in July.

  • Taught by Broadway professionals and Atlanta’s premier theatre artists and educators, Virtually Broadway puts each student on screen and in the spotlight showcased for family, friends, casting directors, top musical theatre colleges, and talent agents.
  • Auditions are required.

Click here for more information and to register.

Dad’s Garage

Improv – Elementary to high school – One-week sessions

Teen and Kids Summer Camp – June 8-July 17

Quick facts: Each summer camp will be a week-long camp experience where campers and teachers “meet” for a few hours each day.

  • The week will end with campers performing games for each other that they have worked on during the camp week. Parents will be emailed an edited together version of it to view with friends and family.
  • Materials: Campers receive a camp takeaway package with a Dad’s Garage class photo, sticker, and t-shirt

Click here for more information and to register.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre & Conservatory

Acting/Singing/Dancing/Tech/Improv – Elementary to high school – One-week/two-week sessions

A Universe of Possibility

Quick facts: The summer camps known for their high energy and high care for campers as people are just as meaningful in an online format. GET promises a fresh, unique experience for returning and new campers, offering a chance to learn and hone every possible theatre skill. The camps include:

  • The Ultimate Acting Bootcamp
  • Theatre Arts Explosion- SEUSS!!!
  • Musical Theatre Triple Threat–MOVIE MUSICALS!

As of right now, all of GET’s July camps are still scheduled to be held in-person. Click here for more information and to enroll.


About Sally Henry

A writer with a passion for building relationships and telling people's stories, Sally Henry is a freelance arts and entertainment journalist. She has had the privilege of interviewing both local theatre professionals and multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, and Taylor Hicks. With theatre journalism experience since 2011, her work has been featured on BroadwayWorld.com, the Huffington Post, and the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.

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