LTA SUMMER CAMPS – 2022 camps are now closed. Please check back for information about our 2023 season!

2022 SUMMER CAMPS 

2022 summer camps are now closed. Please check back for information about our 2023 summer season. In the meantime, we hope you will join us for our regular classes and workshops offered throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. For more information, see thelittletheatre.com/education

Students aged 5+ must provide proof – in the form of a physical vaccination card, or photo, or a digital vaccination card through your home Health Dept. – that they are fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person classes, camps, and workshops at LTA. Students who need a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or due to a sincerely held religious belief will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test (each week classes and camps are held) in order to be allowed entrance. The test should be a PCR test taken within 48 hours of the class, camp, or workshop start time, or an antigen test taken on the same day of the class. At-home tests will not be accepted. Proof will be accepted in the form of a physical negative test result; an email from a test provider; or an app verifying a negative test.

Instructor bios are available below.

Questions? Email LTA’s Summer Camp Director Kim Smith-Salmon at summercamps@thelittletheatre.com

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TUITION/CAMP REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY

All tuition is due at the time of registration. If on an installment plan, the final payment must be made within seven days of the start of the camp/s in which your youth is registered. Cancellations and refund requests, submitted in writing at least fourteen (14) days prior to the start of the camp in which you are registered, will receive a full refund, minus a $25 administration fee. Transfer requests are dependent on camp availability and may be subject to additional fees depending on the cost of the camp into which your child is transferring. Funds can also be credited to your Active Network account to use towards a future registration at LTA.

Cancellations submitted within 14 days will receive a 50% refund of the total tuition, minus a $25 administration fee. We are unable to honor any refund request made three (3) days prior to the start of the camp in which your youth is registered.

If a camp is cancelled by LTA owing to low enrollment, COVID-19 regulations, or camp health concerns, a full refund will be issued, or credit given to use towards a future registration at LTA.

Note: We are unable to refund Active Network service fees.

Questions regarding refunds or credits, can be directed to the LTA Business Office Manager, Kim Smith-Salmon, at kim@thelittletheatre.com.

Please join us in welcoming Kimberly (Kim) Smith-Salmon as our 2022 Summer Camp Director. Kim is no stranger to LTA – her mom first introduced her to LTA 47.5 years ago when she was just 2 1/2! Summer Camp is probably the one area at LTA that Kim hasn’t been involved in – she’s worked on Props, Set, Construction Lighting, Costume Design, Make-Up, Sound and Wardrobe crews. She’s also Stage Managed, assisted with Stage Combat, Chaired the Director’s Selection Committee, been the LTA Costume Chairperson, the LTA Archivist, Directed an LTA One-Act and from 1994-2003, taught the 5th-8th grade acting classes. Most recently, Kim has been helping Kathy Dillaber with her 3rd-5th grade classes and serves on the LTA Council. Camp commence June 6th and run through August 19th. For full details see https://thelittletheatre.com/summer-camps/#_camplist

What are you looking forward to most about Summer Camp 2022?
Everything! I love seeing the “Ah-Ha” moments people have when they are learning about theatre – especially children. The joy they have for what they are doing is contagious.

What might we see that’s new at camp this year?

Spirit Days, welcome packages, being sorted into “houses”, and having full-day in-person camps for the first time since 2019.

What do you most want our campers to get out of their 2022 LTA Summer Camp experience?
I want our campers to get at least two things out of their experience this summer. The first is, I want all campers to have fun – if it’s not fun, it’s not a place you want to be, and secondly, I want our students to come away with a better overall appreciation for all things and parts of the theatre and – for those campers who’ll be performing at the end of the week – that they get an idea of what it’s like to put on a show.

Anything else?
We are a team, and I want to help the teachers, counselors, and students to have fun while working together. I am here to assist, facilitate, and support our teachers and counselors and look forward to meeting everyone soon.

Our Camp Counselor Program is for high school students who want to build their theatrical resume through working alongside professionally trained performing artists and designers in an educational setting.  We want to bring local opportunities to high school performing arts students in the area. Our program gives high school students a chance to take on a leadership position in a performing arts setting and is a great way to build resumes and make contacts in the theater community of the DMV area, and potentially beyond.

Counselors will be compensated with a small stipend for each week of work and will be selected from students who participate in our year-round Student Ambassador Program. For more information on that program, and to apply to be a Student Ambassador click HERE.

At this time (June 2022), camps will be conducted under current COVID-19 safety guidelines, including the wearing of masks unless actively eating or drinking, performing, or outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Students aged 5+ must provide proof – in the form of a physical vaccination card, or photo or a digital vaccination card through your home Health Dept. – that they are fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person classes, camps and workshops at LTA. Students who need a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or due to a sincerely held religious belief will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test (each week classes and camps are held) in order to be allowed entrance. The test should be a PCR test taken within 48 hours of the class, camp or workshop start time, or an antigen test taken the same day of the class. At home tests will not be accepted. Proof will be accepted in the form of a physical negative test result; an email from a test provider; an app verifying negative test.

LTA’s Education Department thanks the community for their continued support of our classes and camps. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made changes to our operations and procedures to ensure the well-being of our students, teaching artists, staff and patrons.

In making the decision to return to on-site instruction, in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021, LTA’s Education Department has carefully considered and planned measures to minimize risks to our students, instructors, and their families. LTA has received the ALX Promise Seal of Approval, recognizing LTA’s commitment to complying with the guidelines issued by the US CDC, the Governor of Virginia, and the City of Alexandria in our response to COVID-19.

The exposure mitigation measures in place for on-site classes (in-person and hybrid) at LTA include:

Newly installed high efficiency air filters, our long-time daily cleaning service has been equipped with and trained in the use of newly acquired sterilization equipment, we have implemented physical distancing-measures, and all students (and teachers and assistants) will be required to have their temperatures taken with an infrared thermometer on arrival. Teachers are also fully vaccinated and background checked.

Rooms will be thoroughly sanitized by our cleaning service each morning and again before and after class by the teaching staff. The wearing of face masks that cover both mouths and noses while on LTA property, both indoors and outdoors, is mandatory. Masks will be provided to those who need them. For information on the ALX Promise Seal of Approval, please see https://www.visitalexandriava.com/alx-promise/. For information on the LTA Safety Re-opening plan please see https://thelittletheatre.com/performances/#newsandannouncements

By enrolling in LTA Education programs, students and parents acknowledge their responsibility for notifying their teacher of any positive COVID test, suspected case of COVID-19 diagnosed by a healthcare provider without testing, or exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon notification, the LTA President and Governor for Education will immediately notify the Alexandria Health Department and will comply with all contact tracing and notification policies as recommended by health authorities. Students should not attend class if they are running a temperature above 100 degrees F; are experiencing other symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, chills, or body aches (including headaches); have been in direct contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days; are recovering from COVID-19 and do not have at a written statement by a doctor indicating that the virus is no longer being carried; or are unwilling to comply with any of LTA’s COVID-related procedures.

HEAD CAMP INSTRUCTORS

RACHEL AMES

RACHEL AMES’s passion for the performing arts is second only to her love of teaching. She has been sharing those passions with youngsters throughout the New Jersey and DMV area, where she has taught drama, improv, musical theatre and Shakespeare. Rachel also has experience in directing, choreographing, and costume design. Ames Piano Lessons and Performing Arts has continued to thrive in a virtual setting and we welcome Rachel to our family of loving and creative teaching artists.

DONA DAVIS

DONA DAVIS earned a Masters of Education from Lesley University in the Creative Arts in Learning program. She recently received a Certificate in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut where she studied puppetry history, puppetry materials, shadow puppetry, and hand puppetry. Dona taught at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School and other schools for twenty-two years, bringing arts into her classroom at every opportunity. She also ran drama clubs and puppet clubs at her schools. She is one of the artists featured on Artstravaganza Day at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School. Dona loves nothing more than helping children express their creativity and having fun with them.

KATHERINE M. DILLABER

KATHERINE M. DILLABER is a JMU graduate, with a B.A in Communication Arts & Educational Certification, plus graduate studies.  Post college, she performed at “Tecumseh”, Ohio; ‘Land of Oz’, N. C.; Busch Gardens, Williamsburg; and local theatres. Since 2013, she participates annually in the Broadway Teachers Workshop, NYC, working with Broadway’s top artists onstage & backstage.  Workshops explored the theatre craft as it pertains to school & community productions. Other experiences include a techie backstage and a theatre instructor where she has directed numerous children’s productions. Her professional education, theatre positions, and years of ballet training (Cecchetti method) are constant resources for classes.

CAROL JEAN CLARK

CAROL JEAN CLARK attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC for musical theatre. After performing, recording music, and producing benefit concerts with Broadway stars in NYC, she now lives and works in VA performing, directing, music directing, and choreographing. She is also on the board of a local theatre company and works with several others in the area. Carol teaches private vocal and piano lessons as well as audition prep and acting coaching. In her free time she rides horses, plays pool competitively, and spends time with her horse, two dogs, two turtles, and a dove.

KEELY KIRK

KEELY KIRK began her improv career with Mental Floss, a Miami-based improv/sketch troupe. She went on to be a principle performer for over ten years with Laughing Gas Comedy Improv – Miami’s longest- running improv theater company. Keely relocated to the epicenter for improv, Chicago, and trained with iO (formerly Improv Olympics) and Second City. Currently Keely teaches, develops and delivers fun, fast-paced, interactive training and unforgettable events using theater improvisation techniques. Through her company, Playing OUTSIDE the Lines LLC, she has provided team building workshops for businesses, law firms, accounting firms, schools, as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies. She consults with businesses and training facilities in the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area. In addition to teaching, Keely also performs with various improv groups around the country.

ELIZA LORE

ELIZA LORE is currently living and working in the U.K., where she works for The Pauline Quirk Academy and Redroofs Theatre School. Before moving to London Eliza worked as Assistant Director at Frinton Summer Theatre. Eliza holds a BA in Acting from Drama Studio London and is an alumni of England’s National Youth Theatre. Here in the U.S. she has performed at Synetic Theatre, First Stage in Milwaukee and The Little Theatre of Alexandria. Eliza is certified in both Unarmed and Rapier and Dagger Stage Combat.

SARAH NICHOLS

SARAH NICHOLS is a freelance voice, accent, and communication coach with an MFA in Voice Studies from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She has taught voice and accents at Virginia Commonwealth University, East 15 Acting School, Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, and the American University in Cairo. Sarah is a Senior Editor-at-Large for the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA) and an active member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), having served for two years on the Junior Board. Based in Washington, DC, Sarah leads voice and accent workshops for The Little Theatre of Alexandria, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Washington Improv Theater, and The Actors’ Center. www.sarahnicholsvoice.com

MICHAEL PAGE

MICHAEL PAGE has been teaching theatre, dance, and music in the DMV for over a decade. He has worked in community theatre for 18 years in many roles; actor, singer, dancer, set designer, light designer, choreographer, and director. He has been working with LTA’s Education department for over 15 years and counting. He has a BA in Theater Studies from Christopher Newport University where he focused in lighting, dance, musical theatre and directing.

HEATHER SANDERSON

HEATHER SANDERSON studied classical theatre at RADA in London and prior to moving to Alexandria acted extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area. As “Miss Heather”, she is known locally for instilling a love of theatre – in particular Shakespeare – into the hearts of children. Her youth Shakespeare troupes have performed in D.C. and in the U.K. and her privately coached monologue students have performed at the Shakespeare Theatre, the Ford’s Theatre and numerous community and children’s theatres in the area. Heather may be familiar to fans of British television programs through her Tea with Heather segments on Maryland Public Television’s Afternoon Tea, which ran 2002-2020.

LINDA WELLS

LINDA WELLS is a private vocal teacher/coach, working primarily with children and teens.  She has appeared in many musical theatre productions locally and elsewhere including The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, 1776, The Most Happy Fella, Side by Side by Sondheim, Brigadoon, George M!, Fiorello!, Guys and Dolls, and Godspell.  Linda is also a professional church soloist and pianist.  She was the Children’s Vocal Coach for The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA)’s Scrooge: The Musical, and the Musical Director for LTA’s A Christmas Carol (ten times) and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (twice); for Aldersgate Church Community Theatre’s Mulan, Jr.; and for Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre’s Narnia.