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Camp on the Coast


CAMP ON THE COAST:  June 17-30, 2018   


About the Camp                                                                                                                     

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Summer Theatre Workshop is a two-week residential camp designed for high school students seeking a highly intensive and creative theatre experience.  Participants will rehearse and perform in a one-act play directed by one of five highly successful theatre educators.  Students interested in performance will study acting, voice, and movement in morning classes taught by TAMUCC Theatre faculty. Returning campers will take a three-hour master class in acting and movement.  Technical Theatre Students will attend classes in design, participate in the creation of each production’s sets, lighting, and costumes, and serve as crew for the shows. 

High School teachers who wish to attend will serve as assistant directors for the shows and participate in sessions on directing taught by our guest directors and members of the TAMUCC faculty.  Additionally, teachers will observe the acting, movement, and voice classes.  Continuing Education Credit will be awarded for workshop hours.

Workshop Fees                                                                                                                      

     Students staying on campus    $1,300

     Student Commuters                $1,000

     Teachers                                $1,100

Welcome to the Island University                                                                              

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is one of the most unique campuses in Texas.  It is located on its own private island, just minutes away from miles of Gulf Coast beaches.  From palm-lined breezeways to state-of-the-art classroom facilities, A&M-Corpus Christi is a great environment for living and learning.  The campus is located at 6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78412.


Out of area campers will be housed on the TAMUCC campus in residence halls which offer spectacular bay views.  Laundry facilities are available in the dorms.  Campers will need to bring their own detergent.

Arrival and Departure                                                                                                

Parents (or High Schools) are responsible for transportation to and from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at the beginning and end of camp.  Students arriving at Corpus Christi International Airport need to email Kelly Russell by June 5 to arrange for transportation to campus:

Application and Payment                                                                                                                             

To register for the camp, complete the appropriate application:

     Summer Theatre Workshop Student Application (pdf) (MS Word)

     Teacher Internship Application (pdf

Return the completed application to:

            Kelly Russell

            Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi

            Department of Theatre & Dance

            6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5724

            Corpus Christi, TX  78412

A non-refundable deposit of $300 made payable to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi must accompany your application.  Checks should be made payable to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and should include a driver’s license number and phone number. 

Payments also can be made with a credit card using our online system.  Here is the link:  Click on the link and then on the left hand side click on the bullet point that says TAMUCC Marketplace Mall and this will take you to where you can click on the Theater Workshop: Camp on the Coast store. 

The application deadline is May 17, 2018.  The remaining balance is due at registration on June 18, 2018.  100 campers are accepted each summer (50 female and 50 male campers).  Capacity is usually reached before the application deadline.  Students are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. If the camp is already full when an application is received, we will return the deposit.


It is not necessary to prepare a monologue for the auditions.  All of the directors will conduct theatre exercises and cold-readings to cast their shows. 


Commuters must arrive on time each day for class (9:00 a.m.).  If you are not in class at 9:00 a.m. your parents will be notified immediately.  You may come earlier and eat breakfast with the rest of camp if you wish—the cost of breakfast is covered in your tuition.  Commuters are required to eat lunch and dinner on campus.  Once you arrive each day, you MAY NOT drive your car until you leave campus at the end of the session.  You MAY NOT, for any reason, transport a residential camper in your vehicle.  Doing so will result in your suspension from camp without a refund.


Meals will be provided for all campers, and are included in the tuition price, both for commuters and for those staying in the dorms. 

Safety and Camp Guidelines                                                                                      

The camp will have strict rules regarding curfew, class attendance, rehearsal etiquette, and behavior.  Rule violations may result in a phone call to parents, restrictions on social activities, or suspension from camp.  If a student is sent home for rule violations, his/her tuition will not be refunded.

Students will be housed in the TAMUCC campus dormitories.  Access to living areas of the opposite gender will be absolutely prohibited at all times.  Violation of this rule will result in suspension from the camp.

Individuals staying in the dorms who bring their own cars will surrender their car keys to the Camp Director at Registration.  The Camp Director will return keys during check out. Students will never be allowed to ride in a car with anyone other than camp staff...and then only in the case of an emergency (trip to the hospital, doctor, etc.)

We have an excellent faculty and staff that will supervise the campers at all times. College counselors will accompany campers to the dining hall, rehearsals, the dorms, and social activities.  At no time during the day will students be left un-chaperoned.  A strict dorm curfew will be enforced, and an adult dorm supervisor will be on-site throughout the camp, along with the counselors. 

Contact Information                                                                                                   

In the event of an emergency, parents can get a message to students by calling one of the following numbers:        

Department Office       (361) 825-3077           9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mon. – Thur.

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fri.

Camp Director             (361) 825-5992 Office or (972) 965-6707 Cell


Mail can be sent to campers at the following address:

Student’s Name—Camp on the Coast

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5724

Corpus Christi, TX 78412


For Further Information Contact                                                                                

Kelly Russell, Camp Director—    



Alison Frost (Camp Director/Acting Instructor) is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi.  She has worked professionally with the Alley Theatre in Houston, the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, as well as London's RADA, Royal National and Royal Shakespeare theatre companies.  She has an MFA in Directing from Florida State University.  As the Director of Theatre at Klein High School, she directed four one-act plays that advanced to the state meet, winning 1st in 1993 and 2nd runner-up in 2003.  She was named TETA University Educator of the Year in 2016.

Kelly Russell (Camp Director/Voice & Diction Instructor) is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  He received a BFA in Acting from Texas State University and an MFA in Directing from Baylor University.  In his ten years as a high school teacher, four of his one-act plays advanced to the UIL state meet, winning 1st in 2001 and placing 2nd in 1996, 2000 and 2002.  He has been honored with four A&M Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and was named TETA University Educator of the Year in 2012.

Greta Peterson (Assistant Camp Director/Movement Instructor) received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Texas-Austin and an MS in counseling from TAMU. She was the director at Rockport-Fulton High School for fourteen years and advanced to the State level of One Act play in 2008 and 2012, placing 3rd.  She has also been honored as a recipient of the Ford Award for Excellence in Education.  Under her direction in 2012, Rockport-Fulton was privileged to be invited to perform on the Main Stage in Nebraska at the International Thespian Convention.  She is currently the director at Lampasas High School. 

Brad Durio (Guest Director) led Lewisville High School to the 2015 6A State Championship with their production of The African Company Presents Richard III. Prior to arriving in Lewisville, Mr. Durio directed at Sabine Pass, where his one-act play companies placed second at state in 2011 and 2012, and won at state with their production of Wit in 2013. In each of his state appearances he has directed the recipient of the prestigious Samuel French Award.  Mr. Durio also serves on the UIL One Act Play and Prose and Poetry State Advisory Committees.

Josh and Abbie Harriman (Guest Directors) just finished their fourteenth year directing together. Their plays have advance to state eight times and won five state championships and a first-runner up.  Their productions of Golden Boy, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail and A View from the Bridge took first place in 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have also coached six students to best actor/actress awards at state, and have directed two Samuel French award winners. Josh earned a B.A. in business from Harding University. Abbie holds a B.A in psychology from Pepperdine University and a M.Ed. in school counseling from Lamar University.

Maggie Mizell (Guest Director) just finished her fourth year at Kemp High School. She was the first director in the school’s history to win the State Championship with The Book of Everything in 2017. Mrs. Mizell’s shows have made seven appearances at the State Meet. While teaching in Athens, she won a State Championship in 2009 with Korczak’s Children and placed 1st runner-up in 2006 with Ghetto and in 2012 with Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein.  Mrs. Mizell received Dallas Theatre Center’s Educator of the Year Award in 2012. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Suzanne Ray (Guest Director) heads the theatre department at Montgomery High School, where she has garnered six state appearances and two championship titles—2006 and 2017 with A View from the Bridge.  Her production of The Glass Menagerie placed first runner-up at state in 2014 and she received second runner-up in 2008 with Sideman and in 2016 with Anna Karenina.  Her students also performed Rabbit Hole at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Mrs. Ray received her Bachelor’s degree from North Texas University and an M.A. in Communication from Baylor. She has taught a total of twenty-four years, and through her instructional journey, emphasizes dedication to the arts, stresses integrity, and releases students to fulfill their God-given talents.

Rod Sheffield (Guest Director) is chair of the Theatre Department at Magnolia High School.  He was the winner of the 2003 HEB Excellence in Education Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year Award. He has advanced to the State Championship in UIL One-Act play at four high schools where he has taught, with a total of eight appearances.   Two of these shows won 1st place (1998-4A, The Hypochondriac, LaMarque and 2003-5A, Black Snow, Kingwood), and another placed 2nd (2010-5A, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Atascocita).

Meredith Melville (Improvisation) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at TAMUCC.  She received her M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Memphis.  She spent ten years prior working in the improv and sketch comedy world in Chicago. She was the Artistic Director for the Alliance Sketch Group, taught improv at the Actor's Garden, and was an original member of the Musical Improv House Ensemble at the Second City Training Center. She loves to bring Viewpoints, improvisation, and comedy to the workspace. Recently, Meredith has been developing new devised theatre works. 

Phil Johnson (Design/Tech Instructor) has been a faculty Designer and Technical Director at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi since 1986.  His role as scenographer and technician has allowed him diverse work in Theatre, Television, Ballet and Dance. Phil believes very much in the production team and strong conceptualization of the design idea.  Phil also serves as a theatre consultant to schools and organizations on projects, architecture and implementation of theatre technology. He judged the UIL State Theatrical Design Contest in 2008, 2009 and 2010.


_____The non-refundable $300 deposit must be mailed with the camp application by May 17, 2018.  Checks should be made out to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  Payments can be made with a credit card at After clicking on the link, look on the left hand side of the page and click on the bullet point that says TAMUCC Marketplace Mall. This will take you to a new screen where you can click on the Theater Workshop: Camp on the Coast store.

_____  Medical Emergency Information/Consent for Treatment form MUST be completed, signed by a parent or legal guardian, and submitted with the camp application by May 17.

_____  Waiver, Indemnification, and Medical Treatment Authorization form MUST be completed, signed by a parent or legal guardian, and submitted with the camp application by May 17.

_____ A copy (front and back) of the student’s medical insurance card must be submitted with the camp application by May 17.

_____  Parental Authorization and Request Form for Student Pickup/Drop Off should be submitted on or before June 17 only if a student needs to leave the camp at any time after registration and before the end of camp

_____  Audition Form must be completed and returned by May 17.

_____ The tuition balance is due at registration on June 17.  The tuition balance can also be mailed or paid online prior to the beginning of camp.

_____  Talent Release Form must be completed, signed and returned by May 17.



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