Educate. Entertain. Inspire.
Our education and outreach programs provide entry points for people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences into the theatrical process. Experience an environment where creativity is nurtured, where your mind is nourished, and where your imagination rules.
As long as humans have existed, we have told stories. Stories to entertain us, teach us, make us laugh, make us think, make us experience something new. In a world of technology and progress, that tradition still continues even today. It is a part of who we are. And out of all the ways stories can be told, the most inspiring is that of live theatre. Actors take words written on a piece of paper and turn them into believable characters, exciting conflicts, and surprising situations.
Our Education Outreach Programs give students a chance to experience theatre in all its forms firsthand, to learn not just by sitting back and watching, but by doing. By being directly involved in the exploration and production of live theatre, young people not only get a taste for what goes into the creation of art, they also develop stronger communication skills, broaden their intellectual and cultural awareness, and, perhaps most importantly...create their own stories to tell.
National Playwrights’ Symposium
THE NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS' SYMPOSIUM AT CAPE MAY STAGE
Aspiring Playwrights, Students, Faculty, and Emerging Professionals
May 12- May 15, 2014
One-on-One Instruction and Evaluation with Pulitzer, Tony, and Drama Desk
Award-winning Playwrights including:
Master Class, Love! Valor! Compassion!, Ragtime, 4 Tony Awards, Pulitzer Nomination, Emmy Award, 4 Drama Desk Awards
Belleville, 4,000 Miles, After the Revolution, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Drama Desk Award Nominee, Obie Award Winner
The Indian Wants The Bronx, The Primary English Class, Line, Park The Car In Harvard Yard, Winner of 2 Obies, Drama Desk Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters in Literature; most produced American playwright in French history
Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy For You, Olivier Awards, Helen Hayes Awards
The National Playwrights Symposium is a five-day playwriting intensive at Cape May Stage’s Robert Shackleton Playhouse. The program consists of rigorous writing workshops and discussions of the art, craft and business of playwriting among a wide range of distinguished guest artists May 12-15, 2014 in Cape May, NJ.
Classes will meet daily:
Instruction/Lecture series with guest writer on chosen themes
Personal Instruction with writers to review & critique work
- Daily assignments are given and the following day’s instruction will include a formal review of the work
- May 11: Opening Reception and Orientation for Participants
- May 15: Complimentary tickets to a staged reading of one of the Playwright’s plays.
$595 (without housing)
$895 (Includes shared housing with easy walking distance to the theatre. Travel and meals are the responsibility of the participant.)
20 Playwrights will be enrolled in the program.
Download an application
Email your application along with a 5-10 page writing sample to email@example.com. For more information, please call (609) 884-1341.
Deadline for Submission: April 1, 2014
Please note: Scheduled playwrights are subject to change.
July 2-5, at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse
9:00am-4:00pm (ages 9-16)
August 6-9, at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse
9:00am-12:00pm (ages 9-12) | 1:00pm-4:00pm (ages 13-16)
Calling kids ages 9 to 12 and teenagers 13-16! Do you have the acting bug? Do you imagine yourself on stage telling stories? Do you enjoy pretending to be a character from history, pop culture, or literature? For two weeks in July and August, Cape May Stage is offering exciting, new performance-oriented theatre camps in two sessions.
Students will work within their age group to explore creatively as an ensemble. Led by professional teaching artists, campers will develop skills in movement, creative game playing, concentration, story telling, acting, and playwriting. In one week’s time, students will discover how to use their personality to create characters from the world’s greatest dramatic literature as well as create their own individual theatrical pieces. On the last day of class, campers will share their final performance on stage with family and friends- the same stage that our professional equity actors use in the evening.
Camp runs July 2-5. Students ages 9 through 16 will meet from 9:00am until 4:00pm. All sessions will take place at Cape May Stage’s Robert Shackleton Playhouse located at the corner of Bank & Lafayette Streets (405 Lafayette) in downtown Cape May.
How cool would it be to hear your voice on the radio? Radio plays go back to the early days before TV, Youtube, Skype, and the internet. Beth Troxell in collaboration with WCFA will broadcast your voice in an exciting radio play for all to hear! The radio camp runs August 6-9. Students ages 9 through 12 will meet from 9:00am until 12:00pm and campers ages 13 through 16 will meet from 1:00pm until 4:00pm.
The second session differs from the first session. Students may opt to enroll for one week or may choose to build upon their first experience and participate in both or all three sessions.
Cost: $185 per week
A 10% discount is available for registering a sibling. Save 10% when you enroll in the second session and/or radio camp, too. Enrollment limited to 15 campers per session.
| Summer Theatre Camps | Ages 9-16 years
| Summer Theatre Camps | Ages 13-16 years
2014 Theatre Discovery Camp
July 8-11, 2014 | 9AM-3PM
“Huck Meets Katniss Everdeen”
Grades 5-8 @ the Robert Shackleton Playhouse
July 15-18, 2014 | 9AM-3PM
“Hollywood Meets Shakespeare”
Grades 9-12 @ the Robert Shackleton Playhouse
Acting is fun, playful, and expressive. Here at Cape May Stage we combine the best in educational theatre practices with literature, pop music, and pure theatre thereby providing a real opportunity for the student to engage in their own creativity. The script and performance by the student is developed from their personal experiences and intellectual ideas. Using dramatic rehearsal strategies that encourage an original script from the latest in literature, music, and current stories of interest. This collaboration with fellow ensemble members creates, encourages, and supports critical thinking and storytelling skills celebrating individuality of the actor in an ensemble.
Cape May Stage is a catalyst for creativity. For 25 years our teaching artists have worked with young people to develop their theatre arts skills and increase their creativity. Join us this summer and see just what the arts can do for you!
Cost: $185 per week
Enrollment limited to 15 students per session
10% discount if you register with a sibling
|Theatre Camps | Ages 5-8 years
|Theatre Camps | Ages 9-12 years
Cape May Stage offers select designated performances to students at a discounted rate of $12.50 per ticket (regular student ticket rate is $15.00). Student Matinees were created to give all students the opportunity to see a professional Equity theatre production at a discounted rate. Call Cape May Stage at (609) 884-1341 for reservations and information.
Depending on the number of students interested, Cape May Stage can add matinee performances to the main stage specifically to accommodate a group. Advance notice is required with a minimum of 50 students. Faculty is offered a reduced rate as well depending on the circumstances and size of the group. Cape May Stage can create a custom experience for a group that can include post-show discussions with the cast and crew, tours of the theatre and backstage areas, and concurrent curriculum to facilitate student understanding.
Call (609) 884-1341 for more information or to schedule a booking.
Cape May Stage's goals include not only education, but also giving back to the community that has shown it such dedicated support. This includes offering performances of our Equity theatre productions to those who would not be able to see them otherwise—via discounted tickets, special accommodations, etc. We also have a variety of special events held throughout the community, which allow people to experience the arts outside of the theatre. Information can be found on the following links: