Camp on the Coast

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Summer Theatre Workshop: Camp on the Coast
TBA 2017

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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.  A tentative schedule of events may be downloaded here.

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    $1,150
  • Student Commuters    $850
  • Teachers    $950

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 to arrange for transportation to campus:


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

      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 19, 2016.  The remaining balance is due at registration on June 19, 2016.  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 


Faculty/Staff  (To Be Announced)                                                       

Kelly Russell (Camp Director/Movement 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.  



_____The non-refundable $300 deposit must be mailed with the camp application by May 19, 2016.  Checks should be made out to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  Payments can be made with a credit card at 

_____ 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 19.

_____ 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 19.

_____ A copy (front and back) of the student’s medical insurance card must be submitted with the camp application by May 19.

_____ Parental Authorization and Request Form for Student Pickup/Drop Off should be submitted on or before June 19 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 19.

_____ The tuition balance is due at registration on June 19.  The tuition balance can also be mailed or paid online prior to the beginning of camp.


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