Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts Theatre Camp Guide
Usdan’s Classic program provides an immersive arts experience and fosters friendship and shared enthusiasm among young artists in grades 2 through 12. Our program offers instruction by experienced educators and professional artists in seven Departments: Art, Chess, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Nature & Sustainability, and Theater. All that is needed to attend is an open mind and an excitement for the arts.
Students may choose a Major within any of our Departments. Majors include three periods, or approximately three hours of instructional time. During those three periods, students immerse themselves in an area of study that they are passionate about, while also enjoying a variety of art experiences within their chosen Department. In order to keep our community as safe as possible, students will stay in their assigned group of 15 students maximum for the entire camp day.
Our 4- and 8-week sessions are divided into two-week blocks, giving students the option to change their Major every two weeks. Some of our campers love to explore different Departments, and some choose to focus on one. While most Majors are divided into two-week increments, select performing arts Majors, including Musical Theater Performance, Instrumental Ensemble, and Vocal Ensemble, are four weeks long. The Usdan Troupe Major is eight weeks long. Please visit our Departments page and Classes page for more information on your child’s Department(s) or Major(s) of interest.
The day is enriched by a one-period Recreational Activity to support campers’ creative development by encouraging movement and play, and to get them inspired by the natural world.
Usdan students in grades 2 and 3 (formerly Partners in the Arts) are met by their lead faculty each morning and travel to their classes together to support their growing independence. This additional support helps our younger students feel comfortable and confident as they learn, make friends, and have fun.