Texas Arts Project (TAP)

Performing Arts & Fine Arts Camp: Performing Arts

Overnight Camp

Camp Address
6500 St. Stephen's Drive
Austin, Texas 78746
USA
(512) 553-6276

TEXAS ARTS PROJECT


UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT

Texas Arts Project offers a personalized artistic journey combining inter-disciplinary course work, individual attention from industry professionals, artistic challenges encouraging growth, and a safe space for students from all backgrounds to overcome personal artistic obstacles.

There is no benchmark at TAP camp. We believe that with direction and motivation, each camper can push beyond his or her perceived personal limitations. Teachers use the small classes as an opportunity to advance and enhance each student's personal journey. Fast-paced, professional-style rehearsals and film shoots allow campers to excel as both artists and people. Campers leave with a sense of personal fulfillment, often exhibiting greater self-confidence, a deeper passion for their art form and a true commitment to themselves, their art, and the people around them.

Camp Options

 

Senior Camps

Ages 14-18 or Completing grades 8-12

Students between the ages of 14 and 18 choose between 3 courses of study: musical theatre, acting, and filmmaking. The study of any subject begins with the basics and the per­forming arts at TAP camp are no dif­ferent. Campers study the nuts and bolts of each field of study — from acting tech­niques and musical theatre history to film editing and body con­di­tioning. Only through intimate awareness with our field can we properly work towards our greatest potential.

Three-week session
June 16 - July 7, 2013

* Acting
* Musical Theatre
* Filmmaking

At TAP camp, we never lose sight of the final goal. Showcase rehearsals require campers to inte­grate their tech­nique with strong per­for­mance skills. Film shoots and hours in the editing studio keep our film­makers guided towards the final product. Our rehearsal and prepa­ration process ensures a feeling of accom­plishment and per­sonal success with each and every as they take their final bow or watch their last credits roll.
 

Advanced Camp

Ages 15-18 or Entering grades 11-12

By audition only! This section of TAP Senior is for campers preparing for the college audition process. With private lessons and special workshops, select campers will get ready for BFA acting and musical theatre auditions!

Junior Camps

Ages 9-13 or completing grades 3-7

At TAPjr, campers train in three areas of the performing arts: singing, acting and dancing. Junior Camp is devoted to theatrical training where campers are challenged in an encouraging environment, stretching to reach their individual potential on a daily basis. When they are not in classes or rehearsals, campers enjoy planned activities including swimming, arts and crafts, kite flying, scavenger hunts and more. Campers are assigned to big brothers and big sisters from Senior Camp for joint activities during the week. TAPjr campers go from classes to rehearsals, singing, acting and dancing their way through each day.

One-Week Sessions (Beg-Int)

Session 1: Sunday June 9 —Friday June 14, 2013
Showcase: Friday June 14, 4pm

Session 2: Sunday June 30 —Friday July 5, 2013
Showcase: Friday July 5, 4pm

Two-Week Session (Int-Adv)

Sunday June 16 — Saturday June 29, 2013
Showcase: Saturday June 29, 1pm
 

What happens at TAP Camp?

Days at TAP camp are chock-full as students rotate on a tight schedule of classes, activities and rehearsals for the final showcase/film sceenings. You'll never be bored at TAP camp and you'll love every minute of it. Texas Arts Project is not your ordinary summer camp. While we enjoy the standard camp fare of marshmallow roasting and water balloon fights, the real excitement comes when students discover the joy of creation and the thrill of performance. Here we strive for excellence through an artistic program where students are actively encouraged to find the place where process meets product.
 

We are proud of our former campers!

Wallis Currie-?Wood (TAP 2007 & 2008; TAP Staff 2010) is study­ing act­ing at The Juilliard School.
Lauren Taylor (TAP 2005) studied film at Hofstra University. Interned on The Colbert Report.  
Alexa Cepeda (TAP 2007 – 2010) is study­ing musi­cal the­atre at Ithaca Univeristy.
Coy Branscum (TAP 2010 & 2011) is study­ing musi­cal the­atre at Millikin University.
Gretchen Hahn (TAP 2011) is study­ing act­ing at University of Oklahoma.
Alyssa Van Hooser (TAP 2010) is study­ing act­ing at University of Oklahoma.
Jared Howelton (TAP 2010) is study­ing musi­cal the­atre at Otterbein University.
Zach Teague (TAP 2010) is study­ing musi­cal the­atre at Elon University.
Grace Phipps (TAP Adv. 2009) is an actress in Los Angeles. She orig­i­nated the role of Amy in The Nine Lives of Chloe King.
Travis Brendle (TAP 2004; TAP Staff 2007-?11) grad­u­ated from The University of Cincinnati College-?Conservatory of Music. Works in NYC as an AEA Stage Manager.
Christian Flemming (TAP 2006) grad­u­ated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Directing.
Brynn Langford (TAP Adv. 2008; TAP Staff 2009) is study­ing Acting at The University of Cincinnati College-?Conservatory of Music.
Taylor Edwards (TAP 2004 & TAP Adv. 2008; TAP Staff 2009-?12) is study­ing Musical Theatre at Texas State University.
Katie McDowell (TAP 2005 – 2007; TAP Staff 2008 – 2011) Cinematographer for Bindlestiffs, which won Audience Award for Best Feature at Slamdance 2012.
Andrew Edison (TAP 2005 – 2006) Co-?Creator/?Director for Bindlestiffs, which won Audience Award for Best Feature at Slamdance 2012.
Haley Lynn Suggs (TAP Adv. 2010) is a Theatre Performance major at the University of Evansville.

Introducing our STAFF...

Kelly Bales Singer, Actress, Teacher; New York City
Michael Baxter AEA Actor, Choreographer; New York City
Travis Brendle AEA Stage Manager; New York City
Buckner Cooke Film Producer, Director, Sound Designer, Camera Operator, Actor; Austin
David Gallagher AEA Actor; New York City
Dustin Gooch Writer, Actor, Director for Film and Stage; Los Angeles
Dr. Michael McKelvey Award Winning Director and Musical Director, Head of Private Voice Program at Point Park University; Pittsburgh
Ginger Morris Critically acclaimed Director, Choreographer, Educator; Austin
Aaron Moten Juilliard Graduate, AEA Broadway Actor; New York City
Alan Shorter Associate Profession of Theatre Performance at TCU; Fort Worth
Scott Thompson World renowned, award winning musical theatre Producer, Director, Choreographer, Teacher; New York City
 

What do people say about TAP Camp?

TAP camp was a life changing experience for my daughter, by developing her self confidence, enthusiasm and a wonderful camaraderie with other students. The instructors are definitely of the highest caliber you will find anywhere, and St. Stephen’s school is one of the most beautiful vistas in Austin.
-MARGIE CURRIE WOOD (Margie’s daughter, Wallis, is currently studying at Juilliard.)

The thing i love most about TAP camp, is that it is such an accepting and fun environment. I learn TONS of great information and tricks and tips on how to improve my musical theatre and dance world. TAP camp also has helped me gain confidence in myself and I have learned to be a better person.
- Alexa (Age 14)

I have more confidence and believe in my ability as an actor more than ever before.
-Darry (Age 16)

In my classes I learned patience and faith in myself.
-Sydney (Age 15)

The entire thing was amazing, and the classes were really informative! I liked the "musical theatre productions" class when we learned about all the different choreographers and did some of their stuff. Bob Fosse was my favorite!
-Summer (Age 14)

I thought that the show went together very well. I also enjoyed how we got to contribute to it. Truthfully, it made me want to do theater again.
-Kenny (Age 16)

We were pleased for our daughter to be challenged but in a realistic manner that set her up for a great success. We enjoyed being on the campus for the week.
-TAPJr Paren

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Camp Facilities

Arts facilities include the Helm Fine Arts Center featuring the Temple Family Theatre, a 410-seat performance venue and proscenium stage; a 100-seat recital hall; and an open-air portico overlooking Lake Austin. In addition to Helm, the campus boasts Hines Hall Theatre and Quin Studio, two additional rehearsal/ performance spaces as well as the Clayton dance studio.

Camp Staff

St. Stephen's faculty, college professors and regional and national working artists join together as we strive for excellence through an artistic program where students are actively encouraged to find the place where process meets product. Faculty members are chosen for the Texas Arts Project based on the individual teacher's professional and instructional experience. All faculty members are of the highest caliber and communicate with students in a positive, constructive, and encouraging manner. The core faculty has an established professional relationship allowing them to work closely with one another to guide each student to his or her next level. Every student, regardless of his/her goals, should receive the best possible training. The faculty takes pride in making sure all students receive personalized training and individual attention. No two artists are alike. Therefore, it is very important for each student to know how to approach his or her craft in a safe and thoughtful manner. Theatre, dance and film are art forms we strive to preserve. Our students are taught the value of fine arts so they may become life-long supporters of the arts regardless of the paths they may choose.

Camp Sessions

Camp Season: June 8, 2014 to July 6, 2014
Multiple camper discounts available
Financial assistance available

  • SessionDates# CampersTuition
  • TAP Senior Camps (Acting, Musical Th)
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    6/15/2014 to 7/6/201450 Campers$2,575.00
    • For campers ages 14-18 Texas Arts Project strives to create the "complete artist." Senior Campers choose a "major" field of study: Acting, Filmmaking, or Musical Theatre. The majority of time is dedicated to the chosen major, with options to study alternate topics. Structured classes, rehearsals, and film shoots feel more like college than an extension of high school. All campers are encouraged to try new things, strengthening existing skills and expanding their horizons in all areas. Individual attention along with high expectations for the group encourage personal responsibility and teamwork. ACTING The Acting Curriculum gives young artists a well-rounded experience, developing each student intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Actors become a tight-knit ensemble, typically working together for eight hours a day. A rotation of daily classes in script analysis, scene study, voice & speech, and movement foster both individual growth and ensemble building. The TAP act­ing classes are process-?oriented empha­siz­ing tech­nique, styles, and meth­ods. Students develop aware­ness about them­selves and their rela­tion­ship with oth­ers and the world around them as actors. Additional courses are offered in various topics including: Shakespeare, stage combat, acting on camera, improvisation, and much more. MUSICAL THEATRE Five…six…seven! Musical Theatre at TAP Camp is the most intense program of its kind in Texas. In three short weeks we create not only amazing performers, but competent technicians well-versed in the language of their craft. Daily class rotations include group voice class, dance classes, and various acting classes including: acting a song, scene study, approaching text, and character development. Musical theatre majors spend a great deal of time in rehearsals learning solos, duets, small group numbers and large ensemble songs and dances. Classes range from private voice lessons to choreography sessions where students study original choreography from Broadway's greats.
  • TAP Senior Camps (Filmmaking)
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    6/15/2014 to 7/6/20148 Campers$2,775.00
    • FILMMAKING Students exam­ine cur­rent trends in the indus­try and explore their per­sonal cre­ative process as they learn film pro­duc­tion from con­cept to prod­uct. In a very hands-?on approach, turn your con­cept into a screen­play and your screen­play into a film. The first week is spent writ­ing the screen­plays and engag­ing in film train­ing classes. Week two, each director casts his or her film using Acting and Musical Theatre Majors as well as faculty and staff. Each camper plays a dif­fer­ent role on the mul­ti­ple films cre­ated, with the oppor­tu­ni­ties to write, direct, assis­tant direct, pro­duce, mix, boom, gaffe, and edit. The third week is for edit­ing and all films are screened on the final day of camp. Additionally, filmmakers are given the opportunity to take non-major classes in voice, dance, acting, and technical theatre.
  • TAP Senior Advanced Camp
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    6/8/2014 to 7/6/201416 Campers$3,075.00
    • Advanced Camp is an addi­tion to Senior Camp for ages 15 and up. Campers who reg­is­ter for Senior Camp may sub­mit a video audi­tion for accep­tance into the Advanced Camp. This is not a pro­gram for the some­time per­former, but rather for young peo­ple who are inter­ested in con­tin­u­ing their per­form­ing arts edu­ca­tion at the col­le­giate level. Through a series of pri­vate lessons, workshops, guest lectures, and mock auditions, this select group will hone their tal­ents and cre­ate a port­fo­lio of songs and/or mono­logues for their col­lege auditions.
  • TAP Junior 1 (Beg-Int) Session 1
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    6/8/2014 to 6/13/201425 Campers$1,175.00
    • For Campers Ages 9-13. Our Junior 1 Camp is for any young person who loves singing, dancing and acting. There is no expe­rience required and everyone will feel both chal­lenged and suc­cessful by the end of camp. Campers learn to put aside their inhi­bi­tions and sing out. They enjoy the expe­rience of learning new dances, as they strengthen coör­di­nation, flex­i­bility and strength. The acting classes are a com­bi­nation of impro­vi­sa­tional games and ensemble building activ­ities. All classes are designed to enhance skills, with a focus on enjoyment. Rehearsals are more struc­tured and goal ori­ented. It is a unique expe­rience as these young artists bond together in just six short days.
  • TAP Junior 1 (Beg-Int) Session 2
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    6/29/2014 to 7/4/201425 Campers$1,175.00
    • For Campers Ages 9-13. Our Junior 1 Camp is for any young person who loves singing, dancing and acting. There is no expe­rience required and everyone will feel both chal­lenged and suc­cessful by the end of camp. Campers learn to put aside their inhi­bi­tions and sing out. They enjoy the expe­rience of learning new dances, as they strengthen coör­di­nation, flex­i­bility and strength. The acting classes are a com­bi­nation of impro­vi­sa­tional games and ensemble building activ­ities. All classes are designed to enhance skills, with a focus on enjoyment. Rehearsals are more struc­tured and goal ori­ented. It is a unique expe­rience as these young artists bond together in just six short days.
  • TAP Jr 2 (Int-Adv)
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    6/15/2014 to 6/28/201425 Campers$1,975.00
    • For ages 9-13. The 2-week camp is an advanced musical theatre program. Campers take classes in voice, dance and acting. The classes are designed for stu­dents who seri­ously want to grow in these areas. In com­parison to the 1-week camp, these campers are given more advanced material and follow a more struc­tured class and rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are extremely product driven with the showcase as the final goal. Campers learn several song and dance numbers as a whole group. Solos, duets and trios are assigned throughout the camp. Campers work together for two weeks learning, growing, and sup­porting each other through their final bows.

Camp Location

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