Camp on the Coast
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for the camp, complete the appropriate application:
Return the completed application to:
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: http://comptroller.tamucc.edu/marketplace/index.html 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.
In the event of an emergency, parents can get a message to students by calling one of the following numbers:
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 email@example.com
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.
Greta Peterson (Assistant Camp Director/Acting 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 John B. Connally in Pflugerville.
Jacki Maenius (Guest Director) has just finished her 19th year of teaching. During her career she has coached numerous UIL state contest speaking finalists, as well as advancing shows from District One Act Play contest 13/15 years in three schools. She has advanced to the State Championship contest in UIL One Act Play at two high schools: Fredericksburg High School “The Miracle Worker”- 1st place in 2013, followed by state championships at Mason High School in 2014 and 2015-”The Last Night of Ballyhoo” and “The Death and Life of Larry Benson”. Two of her students were recipients of the Samuel French Award. In 2016, her OAP production advanced to the state level. Jacki earned a BFA in Commercial Art from Texas State University (SWTSU).
Josh and Abbie Harriman (Guest Directors) just finished their 11th year directing together. The Harriman's spent 5 years at Rogers High School and now teach at Seminole, where they have been for the past 4 years. Their plays have advance to state 7 times and won 4 state championships and a first-runner up. Their productions of Golden Boy and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail took 1st place in 2014 and 2015. They have also coached 6 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.
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 three high schools where he has taught, with a total of seven 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).
Melissa Freeman (Guest Director) is the lead director at Keller ISD. She has advanced to the State Championship in UIL One-Act Play with Too Much Memory, Enron and All the King’s Men. She was competitive in UIL and NFL Speech and Debate, making several state appearances and winning the CX Debate State Championship in 2013.
Alison Frost (Director) joined the faculty of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2009. In 2001 she founded the acting studio, The Actor Factory, and has worked professionally with the Alley Theatre in Houston, the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota as well as with London's RADA, Royal National and Royal Shakespeare theatre companies. In 2007, Alison was the Assistant Director to Michael Donald Edwards on the pre-Broadway musical production of A Tale of Two Cities starring James Barbour. As the Director of Theatre at Klein High School, she directed 4 one-act plays that advanced to the state meet, winning 1st in 1993 and 2nd runner-up in 2003.
Don Luna (Voice and Diction Instructor), Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, has been awarded the annual "College Teaching Award" at TAMUCC and was named the 2009 TETA University Educator of the Year. Prior to moving to TAMUCC he worked with Lee Breuer of Mabou Mines, who developed The Wrath of Kali with Don in a lead role. The show moved to the Theatre for the New City in the East Village, NYC in summer of 1994 for a 3 month run. Working in theatre for the past 25 years, Don has directed and acted in scores of plays and has had starring roles in multiple film and television projects. He was been chosen as the 2010 UIL State Meet Judge for Conference 2A.
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 19, 2016. Checks should be made out to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Payments can be made with a credit card at http://comptroller.tamucc.edu/marketplace/index.html
_____ 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.