Summer Camps Your Student Will Love!!

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OUR SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS

Join the Theatre Arts Academy for an enriching, fun-filled, affordable summer camp experience for students in grades 2 – 12 in the heart of Redwood City!  The Academy immerses students in the world of theatre, regardless of experience level.  The only requirement is a desire to explore, discover and create.

ONE AND TWO WEEK SESSIONS AVAILABLE!

All students participate daily in a rotation of age-appropriate workshops that adhere to the theme of the sessions, taught by theatre professionals.  On the final day of each two-week session, there is an evening showcase for families and friends to come and celebrate the students’ hard work and success!   These sessions are designed to build upon each other, but not depend on one another.  Students can join us for a single session that works for their schedule, or for the the entire summer program!

Please view the appropriate program for session specific information.

SCHEDULE

The Academy runs from 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday of each session.  Doors open at 8:30am to allow parents to drop students off before the start time.  , with camp beginning at 9am.  Students should bring their own snack and lunch unless they are authorized to leave the premises for lunch.  Pickup time is 4:00pm.  

After-care is available from 4 – 6pm after each day of the session at an extra charge.  Reservations are flexible by half0hour, day or week to best suit the needs of each family.  Reservations must be made in writing to ensure staffing.

 

Have questions?  EMAIL US!

ACADEMY FACULTY + STAFF

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Justine Bechler - Education Director

Justine is a south bay native with personal ties to Redwood City. She is a professional actor, singer, and theatre educator having most recently worked at California Theatre Center as the head of the education department. Justine has worked with students ages 5 – 18 as a director, vocal director, and mentor for teaching artist interns.  Justine has grown up on stage and is dedicated, hardworking, and passionate about arts education.  She is very excited to work with the students in this wonderful community to help them grow to be the best they can be!

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Alissa Deeter - Teaching Artist (Voice, Session 2, 3 & 4)

Alissa is a nationally recognized performer with firm footing in the classical, operetta, and musical theatre repertoire. She holds the Doctor of Music degree in voice performance from Florida State University and is a distinguished vocal pedagogue in the field. With twenty years of teaching, she possesses the skills and expertise to teach students of all ages and levels of development.

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Sofia Costantini - Teaching Artist (Explorers, All Sessions)

Sofia returns to TAA for the third year!  Sofia has performed throughout the Bay Area and with Broadway by the Bay in Kiss Me Kate, Saturday Night Fever, Aida, and Joseph/Dreamcoat, and will return this fall for Into the Woods.  Other prior credits include Anything Goes! (WHST), Remix’d (California’s Great America), Ragtime (WCT), Addams Family (RWCT), Little Mermaid (WHST), 12 O’clock Murder (WHST), Conversation Therapy (WHST), Super Bowl 50 (WDT).

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Camille Edralin - Teaching Artist (Movement, Session 2)

Camille grew up training in ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, Polynesian dance, and musical theater at the Westlake School for the Performing Arts. With over 10 years of experience as a dance instructor, she was also the resident choreographer for Westmoor High School’s drama department for 7 seasons. In 2016, Camille was nominated for an Excellence in Theatre Award for Choreography of a Musical by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for her work in Broadway By the Bay’s OKLAHOMA! , and again in 2017 for SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE  with BBBay. Camille has been teaching the dance and young emerging choreographers workshops at the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival since 2017, and enjoys being able to share her passion for the performing arts with her students.

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Nicolas Perez - Teaching Artist (Voice/Music, Session 1)

Nick is a recent graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.A. in Music. As a singer/pianist, Nick has performed in Paris, Budapest, Vienna, Johannesburg, and Hong Kong.   He works with numerous companies throughout the Bay Area as a music and vocal director.  Nick is also an active composer. His solo piano piece, Elegy for Max, will be performed at Saint Mary’s College in May 2019. He has been commissioned by choreographers, filmmakers, and other musicians.  He is currently the music director at two churches: Epiphany Lutheran Church (San Leandro, CA) and Saint Mary’s College (Moraga, CA).  nicolasperezmusic.com

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Alika U. Spencer-Koknar - Teaching Artist (Explorers, Sessions 1 - 3)

Alika U. Spencer-Koknar is a Bay Area native who graduated from Pacific Conservatory Theatre in Santa Maria. She is one of the Co-Artistic Directors of Dragon Theatre in Redwood City. Alika has been teaching theater arts for the past 6 years and has taught over 100’s of children through her work with companies like, California Theatre Center, Broadway by the Bay, Tabard Theatre, Theater of All Possibilities, Peninsula Youth Theatre, and Dragon Theatre. Alika enjoys sharing her passion for theatre with young and old alike and believes in the awe inspiring power art can create.

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Bill Voorhees - Teaching Artist (Conservatory - Acting, Sessions 3 & 4)

Bill has been involved in theater for 33 years in the Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco regions at theaters including The Show Below, Thistledew Dessert Theatre, Chautauqua Playhouse, California Stage, and Theatre of NOTE.  Bill was also Artist-in-Residence at Folsom High School and an instructor at Sacramento Country Day School. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he has worked on The Family Guy and American Dad! for Fox TV Animation. Plays that Bill has directed include the world premieres of Skeleton Stories by Delondra Williams, Red Helen by Jennifer Barclay and Kirsten Vangsness’ Potential Space at Los Angeles’ Theatre of NOTE, where he serves on the Artistic Management Committee. Film and TV credits include Real Time with Bill Maher, Attila, Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, Ardennes Fury, Circus Kane and Z-Nation. Bill also currently serves on the board of directors for The Lenaea Theatre Festival in Northern California which is currently celebrating its 63rd year.

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Alicia Jeffrey

Alicia is thrilled to be in her fourth season as executive artistic director at BBBay.  She is also a director, vocal director and music director and will support the Academy in numerous ways throughout the session.  She has served on the board of directors for numerous Bay Area theatre companies, and is currently the President of the Board of the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the United States.