UW-Madison High School Theatre Camp

The UW High School Theatre Camp program has been cancelled for 2017 but may return in 2018.

A full week of skill building, camaraderie, and performance under the tutelage of UW-Madison theatre faculty, staff, and graduates

This year, we are partnering with the the Wisconsin Union Theater and the UW-Madison Department of Theatre and Drama to offer a camp focused on the backstage arts of sound, lighting, and stage management. Students work in the Fredric March Play Circle theater and Shannon Hall as they learn the principles of design and participate in hands-on activities.

Attention all theatre enthusiasts in high school! Join others like you July 16-21 at UW-Madison’s Summer High School Theatre Camp to improve your craft, meet new friends, and gain experience that will prove invaluable throughout your life in the theatre.

This year, we focus on the backstage arts of sound, lighting, and stage management. Students work in the Fredric March Play Circle Theater and Shannon Hall at the Memorial Union as they learn the principles of design and participate in hands-on activities.

At a glance

What: UW-Madison High School Theatre Camp

When: Last offered Jul 17, 2016. Check back for next offering.

Where: Wisconsin Union Theater , 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Cost: $350 before June 15 | $375 after June 15

Registration closed

For additional information, contact Sarah Marty: 608-263-2790

About the camp

The UW-Madison Summer High School Theatre Camp is offered in partnership with the Wisconsin Union Theatre and University Theatre/UW-Madison Department of Theatre and Drama. The Camp open to high school students interested in exploring sound design, lighting design, and stage management and learning how these areas work collaboratively in theatre production.

Faculty and students from the UW Department of Theatre & Drama will work with local theatre professionals to teach all sessions.

Camp enrollment is limited to a maximum of 30 students, with each class limited to a maximum of 15 students. Participants are divided into 2 sections that work together in technical theatre lectures and labs.

Classes take place during regular day hours. No overnight accommodations are available.

About our 2016 camp director and instructors

Sarah Marty Sarah Marty (Camp Director)is the director of theatre programs for UW-Madison Continuing Studies. In addition to coordinating the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival, Wisconsin Theatre Auditions & Technical Interviews, and Wisconsin Wrights New Play Development, she also teaches and supervises Madison-area arts management and theatre courses for adult learners. Sarah is the producing Artistic Director for Four Seasons Theatre, Forward Theater, UW Varsity Band Spring Concert, and has worked with numerous organizations in Madison including Madison Opera and the Overture Center.

Brian Anderson (Sound Designer) has had a career in audio spanning over 35 years in all aspects of audio production and design. He recently worked with Four Seasons Theatre on their productions of The Light in the Piazza and Guys and Dolls and is currently working on a new audio system design for Overtures Playhouse.  Brian currently works for Overture Center heading up their audio department and serves as the co-sound designer for the UW Varsity Band Spring Concert at the Kohl Center.

Martinique M. Barthel-Steer (Stage Manager) has been stage-managing in the Madison area for over 15 years.  As Company Stage Manager for Four Seasons Theatre her credits include: The Light in the Piazza (PSM), Kiss Me, Kate (Rehearsal SM), Assassins (PSM), and A Little Night Music (PSM). Other career highlights include “Change your mind. Change the world.” with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (PSM), UW Varsity Band Show (ASM), and American Kaleidoscope - The Overture’s 10th Anniversary Celebration (ASM).

Tom Littrell (Lighting Designer) is an Outreach and Training Specialist for ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls). He has worked with Four Seasons Theatre, Forward Theater, UW-Madison University Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Madison, the Bartell Theatre participating companies, and Broom Street Theatre.  Tom is happy to be a part of the great Madison live theatre community. In a past life he toured with David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Genesis, and Led Zeppelin, among others.

James Uphoff (Sound Designer/Engineer) is local to the Madison area and a UW-Madison alumni. James spent 7 years in NYC working as a Broadway stagehand (Local 1-I.A.T.S.E.) running sound for 13 shows, including Seussical the Musical, Brooklyn the Musical, Minnelli on Minnelli and Taboo. After moving back to the area in 2005, he has worked with a number of local theater groups including Four Seasons Theatre (Assassins, Les Miserables, among others).

Schedule and class descriptions for 2017

Sun, July 16, noon-4pm: Parent and student orientation and tour. After that parents and participants are invited to attend a matinee performance of the University Theatre's summer production.

Mon, July 17–Fri, July 21, 9am-5pm: Students will learn about lighting and sound design and participate in hands-on workshops for both. In addition, all will learn how designers and board operators work closely with directors, production managers, designers, and stage managers as part of a cohesive production team.

Friday, July 21, 6-8pm: Open house and showcase by camp participants.

Registration information

Registration opens January 15, 2017.

Registration for the UW-Madison Summer High School Theatre Camp is $350 prior to June 15 and $375 June 15 and after (including a $50 nonrefundable processing fee). The participant fee includes all course instruction and materials. Students will bring their own lunch or money to purchase food at the nearby Fresh Market Grocery Store.

An acceptance letter and detailed camp information will be mailed out after we receive your application and payment.

Questions? Contact Sarah Marty at sarah.marty@wisc.edu or 608-263-2790.