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Our Summer Theater Program

Performance and hands-on technical theater classes range from beginning to advanced levels; from drama to musical theater; and from theory to craft and technique. 

Classes take place in Usdan’s extraordinary Lemberg Drama Center, which includes an air-conditioned indoor theater, two outdoor theaters, rehearsal studios, and costume, prop, and set shops. Students have several opportunities to experience the full cycle of staging and performing a play or musical.

MAJORS

Drama Lab; Introduction to Musical Theater; Musical Theater; Stagecraft 101; Theater Adventure; The Usdan Troupe

MINORS

Actor’s Craft; Audition Boot Camp

 
The Lemberg Drama Center houses an indoor air-conditioned theater, an outdoor amphitheater, 6 rehearsal studios, costume and set shops and dressing rooms. This extraordinary complex is the site of classes for students (grades 2 to 12) who participate in a program designed to increase acting skills, as well as offer performances in Usdan's theaters.

2017 Faculty

Musical Theater Director

Richard Bassin

Musical Theater

James Beneduce

Musical Theater Director

Warren Bloom

Theater Costumer Assistant

Jenna Caretsky

Musical Theater Director

James Crichton

Musical Theater Director

Marie Danvers

Theater Scene & Tech

ToniAnne DiFilippo

Musical Theater

Christopher Drobny

Theater Costumer Assistant

Amelis Escalante

Musical Theater Director

Rob Gallagher

Musical Theater

Erica Giglio-Pac

Tech Shop - Lead Teacher

Ken Gilbert

Musical Theater Director

Jeffrey Hoffman

Musical Theater Director

Jordan Hue

Chair, Theater Arts

James Incorvaia

Theater Scene & Tech

Phillip Jordan

Musical Theater Director

Josh Kant

Theater Costumer

Sherry Kfare

Lead Teacher - Tech Shop

Charles Kirby

Musical Director

Jack Kohl

Musical Director

Christina Pawl

Musical Theater Director

Carolyn Popadin

Musical Director

Carol Prisamt

Lead Teacher - Tech Shop

Eugene Rossi

Lemberg Music Troupe Director

Mike Schwendemann

Theater Scene & Tech

Dan Sussman

Musical Director

Brian Sweeney

Lemberg Music Troupe Director

Karen Van Houten

Lead Teacher - Tech Shop

Debra Warlan

Departments

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Nature

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Discovery

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Recreational Arts

Recreational Arts

Theater

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Art

Campers love Usdan’s summer art programs because our diverse class offerings allow for both deep engagement and exploration.   Students learn from working artists specializing in their field of focus, from classic disciplines such as painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture to new-media fields like video-game design and photography and video for social media.  

Seventy open-air studios dot the forested campus and create a sense of flow and community among artists.  Each studio is tailored to its medium with materials, equipment and software. Studios feature large skylights, as well as courtyards that take advantage of natural light and the inspiration of nature, which is a distinguishing feature of Usdan’s summer art programs. Throughout the summer, campers can visit the campus art gallery which mounts student, faculty, and visiting-artist exhibitions.

MAJORS

Animation; Architecture Design; Art Adventure;  Ceramics; Comic Art; Designing with Minecraft; Experimental Animation and Cartooning; Filmmaking; Metalsmithing; Open Studio for 2D Art; Open Studio for 3D Art; Painting & Drawing; Photography; Sculpture; Sewing & Fashion Design; Video Game Art & Design

MINORS

Comic Art; Lego Design; Life Drawing; Mobile Photo and Video; Painting & Drawing; Photo and Video for Social Media; Photography; 

For more detailed information, please visit our Classes page.

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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Chess

Usdan’s chess summer camp program follows the principles of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation and is uniquely designed to meet the needs of each student, whether they are new to chess or are experienced competitors. The Usdan Chess Ladder groups students in varying levels, from absolute novices to advanced tournament players. New players learn rules, notation, and the opening, middle, and end games. Advanced players develop a vast repertoire of complex strategies and the ability to apply them shrewdly in-game. All of our chess players benefit from improved problem solving, critical thinking, and concentration.  Students hone their skills through game-play and tutoring in competitive chess tournaments and exciting team competitions. Individual and group lessons are conducted by highly-ranked tournament players with decades of experience.  A major highlight of our chess summer camp is that celebrated chess masters come to Usdan to serve as guest teachers and share their expertise with our young players.

For more detailed information, please visit our Classes page.

 

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Creative Writing

Small-group writing workshops take place in studios that open into the woods, for an inspiring setting. Students contribute to and shape the summer’s final project—a new issue of Usdan’s literary magazine—and also have opportunities to read their work as part of the camp’s daily Festival Concert Series.

 

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Dance

MAJORS

Ballet; Dance Adventure; Hip Hop; Introduction to Dance;
Usdan Dance Ensemble: Ballet, Ailey and Graham Techniques (four-period, full-day)

MINORS

Ballet; Contemporary Dance; Dance Adventure; Dance Lab; Hip Hop; Jazz; Pilobolus: Moving and Making; Tap

 

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Music

Faculty members teach with love and aim for the highest standards. Ensembles, practices, and classes take place in the camp’s studios, sized for each group and specialty. Performing in the amphitheater and in their studios, ensembles present their summer’s work to family, friends, and the Usdan community.

MAJORS

Classical Guitar; Classical Piano; Concert Band; Jazz Ensemble; Junior Chorus; Orchestra; Senior Chorus

MINORS

Band; Chamber Ensemble; Folk Guitar; Jazz Ensemble; Junior Chorus; Orchestra; Senior Chorus

 

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Nature

Our hands-on nature programs include garden and forest exploration and nature as science, art, and craft.

Majors

Nature, Ecology & Design; Organic Gardening & Simple Food; Sustainable Art: Little Changes with Little  Sun

Minors

Nature, Ecology & Design; Organic Gardening & Simple Food; Sustainable Art: Little Changes with Little  Sun

 

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Discovery

Usdan’s Discovery Program introduces students to the arts in several disciplines and media. Play and exploration are at the heart of Discovery, where children enjoy music, art, dance and swim multiple times a week. Additional activities draw from Usdan's diverse offerings, such as theater, nature, archery, chess and photography.  Discovery campers attend select assemblies performed by professional and student artists. Throughout the week, they are also given opportunities to choose activities based on their own interests. With the Discovery Center as a base, campers have their own small group and college-age counselor to guide them throughout their adventurous day.

 

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Recreational Arts

A recreational activity is assigned to one period daily and is an opportunity for you to enjoy and experience a recreation or chance to move.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY

Archery; Contemporary Dance;  Dance Adventure; Dance Lab; Games, Hoops, and Nets; Instructional Swim; Jazz Dance; Pilobolus: Moving and Making; Quidditch; Tap Dance; Tennis; Yoga

 

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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Theater

Classes take place in Usdan’s extraordinary Lemberg Drama Center, which includes an air-conditioned indoor theater, two outdoor theaters, rehearsal studios, and costume, prop, and set shops. Students have several opportunities to experience the full cycle of staging and performing a play or musical.

MAJORS

Drama Lab; Introduction to Musical Theater; Musical Theater; Stagecraft 101; Theater Adventure; The Usdan Troupe

MINORS

Actor’s Craft; Audition Boot Camp

 

For detailed class descriptions, please visit our Classes page.

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