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Summer Drama Camps and Classes (2024)

Updated: Jun 1


As we approach summer break I always have students asking how they can keep up with theatre over the summer. If you find yourself in the same situation, here is a list of Drama camps and classes throughout Alberta. We have so many incredible programs in our province, so please share these camps with your students and their families.  


Edmonton:  


Citadel Theatre: For Youth ages 6- 17. The Citadel offers 3-week performance Labs of Frozen Jr., Acting, Musical Theatre, Technical and playwriting camps . Most of the camps end with a showcase of the work they have created over the week. They also offer a Dungeons & Dragons storytelling camp!  

 

Grindstone Theatre: Camps and classes for kids and teens in Acting, Drama, Improv, Musical Theatre, Clown, Magic, and Stand-Up Comedy.  

 

Rapidfire Theatre: Rapid Fire Theatre offers summer Improv camps for youth ages 6-17.  

 

Spark! @ Alberta Avenue: This 2-week camp leads students (ages 8-14) through the process of creating a film. Participants have the opportunity to work both on the production and acting sides of the project. Some full and partial sponsorships available.  

 

St. Albert City Camps: Half- and full- day Drama and Technical camps for kids ages 4-19. 

 

Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts: VCPA offers a ton of theatre camps for kids ages 3-17 at locations in Edmonton, and St. Albert. They offer fun themed camps in Musical Theatre, Drama, Dance, Acting, Singing, Improv, Rock Band, and Music Production!  

 

Strathcona County: Camps of various disciplines are offered through Strathcona County including Technical Theatre, Dance, Drama, Story Creation, and more!  

 

Horizon Stage: Musical Theatre and Circus camps for students ages 8-14. Camps are run through the City of Spruce Grove.  

 

 

Calgary:  

 

Calgary Young Peoples Theatre: Summer theatre camps for kids ages 4-18. Half- and full- day camps for the younger kids and one to two-week discipline specific intensives for teens. These intensives include Stage Make-Up, Musical Theatre, Acting, Stage Combat, Improv, Circus and more! Bursaries available and camp locations are across Calgary.  

 

Mount Royal University: MRU offers camps for students entering grades 1-3. These camps are theme-based and connect the arts with other subjects such as science and design. 

 

Pumphouse Theatre: Ensemble based camps for ages 7-14. Each camp will focus on developing acting techniques, speech, physical theatre, and play creation. The play will be performed at the end of the week.  Earlybird pricing before June 1st and limited number of bursaries available. 

 

Quest Theatre: Camps for ages 6-15 throughout July and August. Each week the instructors guide the students through the process of creating a play, which they perform at the end of the week. Bursaries available.  

 

Storybook Theatre: Camps for youth ages 6-17. Each of the camps at Storybook Theatre focus on a production- this summer students can participate in Finding Nemo Kids/Jr., Legally Blonde Jr. or a camp in which you create and perform your own play! Financial Assistance available and camps occur in various locations in Calgary.  

 

SummerACT @ Calgary Actor’s Studio: These 1- or 2-week camps (ages 10-18) focus on rehearsing and performing a show in a professional setting. They offer both play and musical theatre productions. Subsidies available. 

 

Theatre Calgary: Summer Drama Camps for students entering grades 3-12. Camps have various focuses such as Games & Storytelling, Puppetry, and Clowning, in addition to the 2-week Playmaking and Musical Theatre Intensives.  

 

University of Calgary: Summer Drama camps for students entering grades 3-7. Fun-filled days of Drama activities, games and a performance/workshop with U of C’s Drama Troupe WagonStage. This camp balances indoor and outdoor arts and recreation activities including swimming. Other camps through U of C that might interest Drama students are the Radio, Podcasting & Music Production, Dance, or the Filmmaking camps.  

 

Red Deer:  

Artstrek: A weeklong overnight camp for teens ages 12-18. Participants study a play through classes in acting, movement, voice, devising, design, directing, and dramaturgy. This year, students will be exploring Addams Family the Musical.  

 

Treehouse Youth Theatre: A fun, inclusive introduction to theatre for kids ages 9-17. Each camp will build a play to perform at the end of the week. Students will be able to take on and learn about various roles including actor, playwright, director, designer, and stage manager.  

 

 

Other:  

 

Grande Prairie Live Theatre: The Rising Stars Camp runs weekly throughout the summer for kids ages 10-14. Each week has a different theme and focus- musical theatre, comedy, mystery, and more!  

New West Theatre Lethbridge: Weeklong camps throughout the summer for youth ages 6-18. Each camp has a fun theme to get students amped up for an exciting week of acting, singing and dancing. Some of the weekly themes are Disney, Taylor Swift, Broadway, Murder mystery and more! Other camps include puppetry and stage skills.  

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