mainstages partners with day and sleep-away camps across the United States and Canada. Partner camps are typically traditional camps that offer a wide variety of programs and utilize mainstages for their theater and fine arts support.
Our partner camps are accredited by the American Camping Association and are considered premier in the camping movement.
Children learn and grow in the blink of an eye. Camps provide the opportunity to play, grow, be inquisitive, and artistic. You can act like a kid again all while fostering creative young minds. Our partner camps allow you to leave the worries of the modern world behind for 8 short weeks. When you leave you’ll be left wanting 8 more weeks!
mainstages teaching artists and theater directors, on average, earn 10-15% MORE coming through us as opposed to other summer placement services.
In addition to salary, sleepaway camps will provide meals and lodging during the summer. Sleepaway camps have staff and campers from all over the world! Short of working for the United Nations, you won't find such an eclectic community quite like this.
All while spending your summer in the great outdoors!
For summer 2022, mainstages is planning on maintaining our in-person pre-camp retreat and training. We are prepared to transition to virtual in the event COVID rates are high for the safety of our staff. From a programmatic standpoint, we are maximizing online technology to provide tools and resources that will assist you in creating effective camp-wide programming and entertainment that successfully utilizes social distancing, masks, and outdoor performance venues.
Camps nationwide are compiling with CDC suggested protocols. They may require you to join their "bubble" as part of your employment, commit to maintaining and respecting social limitations for summer, and/or submit to tests and possibly vaccinations, depending on the status of the world. Working at camp always requires a flexible mentality, but summer 2022 will require additional levels of flexibility including the possibility of last-minute changes.
Generally, kids range in age from five to sixteen, though most kids auditioning for our plays tend to be between eight and fourteen. Day camp starts at three years old. Our curriculum targets children beginning at age four.
At sleepaway camps you may be placed with a specific age group for lodging and counseling. That age group will be determined by the camp in collaboration with mainstages, based on your previous experience and personality.
There are two core units to mainstages curriculum: a performance track for children who audition and participate in the shows, and an activities track for campers who arrive as part of a rotating schedule.
The activities track is steeped in movement games, focus exercises, character, and improvisation, while the performance track emphasizes ensemble, sensory work, and stage vocabulary.
For each track, you are provided with a daily breakdown of suggested programs and lesson plans.
If placed at a sleepaway camp theater directors are required to spend the duration of their contract living at their placement camp, typically in a large bunk area with 3-5 other staff and anywhere from 8-16 campers. Accommodations may vary and some private sleeping arrangements are available.
Theater directors receive one day off a week and periods off daily. Theater Directors at sleepaway camps generally will have private or semi-private housing accommodations. Sleepaway Pop-Up Production Directors will be provided short-term housing at their contracted camp.
Day Camp Theater Directors will be placed at a local camp; they will self-report to camp and no housing is provided.
mainstages offers college credits at many theater schools and conservatories. Credits range from 2-6 for the summer, depending on educational institution attending, and may be applied as elective or educational credits.
Schools require communication with a guidance counselor or advisor to determine parameters and measures of judgment. mainstages serves as intern sponsor and works with camp staff to make sure internship goals are reached.
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