"A small space where big things happen."
Common Ground Theatre Performance Arts Camp is a unique experience for aspiring young theatre artists aged 5-12. During the course of the one-week session, children will participate in theatre classes as well as rehearse and perform an original play developed specifically for our program. Full-day campers will explore the technical side of theatre including lights, props, costumes, and sets and participate in performing arts specialty classes. For a registration form, please e-mail Rachel Klem or call (919) 698-3870.
Session I: July 8-13: Children of Greece adapted by Rachel Klem
The myths of “Pandora’s Box,” “Daedalus & Icharus” and “The Midas Touch” have been igniting children’s imaginations for thousands of years. Our summer camp production is adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and follow the exceptional journeys of the children in these ancient stories.
Session II: August 5-10: TBD adapted by Rachel Klem
Another new adaptation is in the works and will be announced soon!
9:00- 9:15- Actor’s warm-up
9:15-10:30- Play Rehearsal
10:45-12:00- Specialty Classes- Dance, Music or Theatre Games
12:00-1:00- Lunch and Games
1:00-3:00- Technical Theatre- set, costumes, lighting, props or Specialty Classes
Campers must be available for all performance dates and times:
Session I (July): Fri. July 12 at 11am, Sat. July 13 at 11am and 1pm
Session II (Aug.): Fri. Aug. 9 at 11am, Sat. Aug. 10 at 11am and 1pm
Morning- 9am- 12pm: $175
Half Day- 9am- 1pm: $200
Full Day – 9am- 3pm: $300
Snacks and Lunches:
Common Ground will provide two snacks throughout the camp day. If your child has any food allergies, we ask that you provide snacks for your child. Common Ground does not provide lunches and each camper should bring a lunch every day.
Rachel Klem (Director) has been teaching acting for 15 years to all ages. In the Triangle, Ms. Klem has developed programs and taught for John Robert Powers and Meredith College Theatre Department. In Chicago, Ms. Klem developed and implemented educational theatre programs for The City of Chicago and The Chicago Park District. She received a BA in Drama from San Francisco State University, and an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. Ms. Klem is the manager of Common Ground Theatre and teaches theatre at NC State.
Tamara Kissane (Lead Teacher) is a theatre-creator, actor, playwright, and teacher for youth and adults. She received her undergraduate degree in theatre from Duke University, and Masters in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. She also teaches at Applause! Cary Youth Theatre. Recent acting credits: Out of the Blue (Archipelago); exactly what t(w)o do (both hands), and Europe Central, Stroke/Book, Richie, We Are Kate Valk (Little Green Pig). Tamara is co-artistic director of both hands theatre company, and co-founder/director of the Creativity School. She co-writes and produces plays (over a dozen now!), leads creativity workshops, and offers private coaching on creative projects. Her blog is www.tamarakissane.com.
Dana Marks (Lead Teacher) is an actor, teacher and director based in Durham, NC. She is a graduate of The American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She is the Managing Director of the award-winning Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, which she runs with her husband, actor/director, Jay O’Berski. Acting credits with LGP: ANARCHIST!, Sarah Kane’s 4.48 PSYCHOSIS, Ariel Dorfman’s PICASSO’S CLOSET, JANE EYRE, Virginia Woolf’s THE WAVES, GOIN’A BUFFALO, FISTFUL OF LOVE, William T. Vollmann’s EUROPE CENTRAL, STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, IN THE DOGHOUSE: The Execution Of Dostoyevsky, THREE SISTERS. Dana also works with Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC and has been seen there in Age of Arousal, an oak tree, The Fall to Earth, and Back of the Throat. She has done numerous short films and voiced characters for video games. Her directing credits include: HARRIET JACOBS, THE ITALIAN ACTRESS, MY LOVELY SUICIDES, and FAITH HEALER. Dana is a private acting and movement coach and teaches acting and movement at Duke University and NC STATE.