A Midsummer Day's Camp

A two week summer conservatory for NYC’s young Classical Actors.

A Midsummer Day’s Camp is The Public Theater’s summer program for young actors aged 14-18, designed by arts in education specialists from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in the field itself.

A Midsummer Day’s Camp is a conservatory-style acting program developed for teens. It focuses specifically on the challenges, rigors, and joys of performing Shakespeare’s work. The intensive curriculum combines work on acting, voice, movement, games, text analysis, clown, and stage combat. 

A Midsummer Day’s Camp
 is a unique opportunity for young actors to hone their craft and expand their classical skills with some of the most respected figures in American classical theater training. A Midsummer Day’s Camp fosters a supportive environment that encourages innovation and creativity. 

The Public seeks to build a diverse company of young actors for the camp. In addition to exposing young people to the art and craft of contemporary Shakespearean production, A Midsummer Day’s Camp seeks to build community. Through the collaborative process of theater-making, ensemble building, and reflection on Shakespeare’s resonance within the human experience, the Camp nurtures hearts as well as imaginations. 


August 3 to August 15, 2015

The schedule runs Monday through Friday, 10AM to 5PM. There will be a final presentation of the work done in camp for friends and family in one of The Public’s Off-Broadway Theaters on Saturday, August 15.


Membership in A Midsummer Day’s Camp is BY INTERVIEW ONLYThere will be no exceptions to this policy. 

To apply - 

Click here to complete the online application with a brief (500 words max) personal statement outlining your interest in Shakespeare or the camp. 

You must include an e-mail address. All communication will be conducted via e-mail. 

(If you have a picture and resume please feel free to include with your application) 

After we receive your application you will be contacted for an interview.

Tuition is $1,450. Limited scholarships available. 

There is limited enrollment.

If you'd prefer to download the application, please click here and mail it to:

A Midsummer Day’s Camp, Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003.


It was definitely a highlight of my summer. 

I really loved their approach to our work and to us as people.

They treated us more like adults which helped us understand and grow. 

It deepened my approach to reading and totally tackling some of the most complicated text alive. It solidified my love of theater, and really most wonderfully, it reminded me of the value and beauty of the ensemble with whom the actor works. 

It was a thrill to walk through those doors and incredibly exciting to work with professionals from the theater world. 

I got to work with amazing teachers. 

There was an air of respect for everyone as an artist. 

It made me feel like our ensemble was part of this huge, massive big deal, impressive important theater. .. It felt like it was your home and these were people that you wanted to see for the rest of your life. 

The support that both the faculty and classmates gave was tremendous. They really strived to help you. It wasn’t competitive but always felt collaborative. 

The program was AMAZING, TERRIFIC, WONDERFUL. - Camp Mom 

It's an extraordinary and exciting program.

Questions? Comments? Please email Ian Hersey at ihersey@publictheater.org.