Salt is a necessary ingredient of life. We believe theatre is a necessary ingredient of education.

Lawrence University’s Theatre Department has set out to establish a youth theatre education camp in order to bridge the gap of theatre education in Wisconsin. This weeklong, localized camp will serve elementary students with limited access to theatre programming options. This camp offers a free opportunity for young participants so as not to limit any children from participation.

Our 2023 camp is taught by 8 student-teachers – all of whom are emerging theatre creators and even some educators – so that our young participants can receive close attention and mentorship. This camp consists of basic theatre education, skill building, projects, and games, culminating in a showcase of the participants’ weeklong experience.

Lawrence is excited to bring you this incredible camp experience! 

The application deadline is May 31—space is limited to 40 elementary-school-aged students. 

Highlights of the Camp

  • Dates: Monday June 19th – Saturday June 24, 2023
  • Faculty: Austin Rose (Theatre Department Faculty Sponsor), Nina Broberg (Dance and Movement), Maddie Guest (Acting), August Hendrix (Theatre Props), Trey Polk (Improv), Elena Quandt (Theatre Props), Ella Rose Schaefer (Dance and Movement), Alec Welhouse (Acting), Jon Winkler (Improv)
  • Ages Accepted: 2nd-6th grade
  • Enrollment Cap: 40 (5:1 Student to Faculty Ratio)
  • Student Cost: None! We ask that students bring their own lunch, snacks will be provided


  • Dance and Movement – Tap and Jazz basics (no special shoes required)
  • Improv Essentials – Basics of improv and games
  • Actor’s Workshop – Group acting in scenes with scripts
  • Theatre Production – Creating props and costume pieces

Sample Daily Schedule

10 – 10:30am – Large group warm-ups

10:30 – 11:15am – Small group 1st rotation (Ex: Dance and Movement)

11:30 – 12:15pm – Small group 2nd rotation (Ex: Improv Essentials)

12:15 – 1:15pm – Lunch

1:30 – 2:15pm – Small groups 3rd rotation (Ex: Actor’s Workshop)

2:30 – 3:15pm – Small group 4th rotation (Theatre Production)

3:30 – 4pm – Large group games and cool down