In addition to educating the next generation, teachers today play many roles—content curator, life coach and talent scout as they juggle the demands of teaching required subjects with lessons that will help inspire leadership, tolerance and good citizenship in their students. To do so, many teachers are infusing the performing arts into their classroom to help stimulate their students’ intellectual curiosity, find their unique creative voice and embrace the pursuit of learning about the world outside of their own.
Since 1995, “Develop Your Character” has been a core value taught to theater-loving kids by Camp Broadway, LLC and its team of Broadway professionals. For two decades, the company, which started with Broadway’s official summer camp, has been devoted to making theatre arts an accessible and relevant vehicle for creative children to build confidence, hone presentation skills and discover their unique talents at every stage of their lives. This unique approach has made Camp Broadway the commercial theater industry leader in audience engagement and a trusted source for parents and teachers seeking quality year-round enrichment programs, experiential events and educational workshops.
Don’t let the name fool you. Camp Broadway has deep roots in education and youth enrichment. The company has worked collaboratively with nearly 100 Broadway productions, artist estates and authors to develop and present interactive educational programs. The company has hosted over 350,000 middle and high school students at pre-show workshops in New York City that augment their experience of seeing a Broadway show.
Camp Broadway employs a wide range of professionals working in all aspects of Broadway production. Each workshop teaching artist is pre-qualified, background checked and trained to present authorized and authentic material from hit shows from the past to present, including Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Something Rotten!, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Les MisÃ©rables, and Wicked.
“Camp Broadway’s staff is committed to helping teachers and tour operators present the best arts enrichment programming for their particular group of students,” says Susan E. Lee, president. “New York City can be overwhelming. We make it easy for visiting schools to offer the best instructor for their students, who is prepared to teach age and skill appropriate content and performance techniques. We work in professional rehearsal studios convenient to the location of the show the group will be attending.” Camp Broadway can also direct you to an authorized ticket agent to secure group discounts.
Camp Broadway offers educational workshops all year-round for all group sizes that can be enjoyed by everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned performers. Educators and group leaders can select from an extensive portfolio of classes in vocal performance, dance, acting, stage combat, improvisation, and stagecraft.
In Camp Broadway’s Broadway or Master Class Series, students will gain insights, learn new skills or hone existing skills in these 90-minute technique classes offered in the following disciplines:
- Acting Broadway: Students will learn how to embody acting values such as character and emotion while refining dialogue.
- Dancing Broadway: Dancers will stretch their skills, finding ways to use movement to better act and sing, while actors and singers will find a better awareness of how to use their body to communicate.
- Singing Broadway: Young vocalists rehearse a musical theater ensemble piece and learn performance techniques.
- Improve Your Improv: Students will apply improv’s rules and methods, in a rehearsal, actual performance and real life setting.
- Wardrobe: Students will explore theatrical wardrobe from costume design and construction to backstage dressing.
- Stage Combat: Students will learn techniques of safe and effective stage combat, including falling, punching, slapping, kicking, grappling and more.
Camp Broadway’s commitment to excellence in service and learning outcomes has earned them a 2016 Special Drama Desk Award “for introducing young people to the magic of theatre and for playing a crucial role in creating tomorrow’s audiences”, as well as being Educational Theatre Association’s Standing Ovation Award winner “in recognition of exemplary corporate support for educational theatre and the belief in the value of theatre in life-long learning”.