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Shakespeare

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Explore texts that are hundreds of years old, solve problems with tricky lines, and enjoy stories that have entertained audiences for 400 years at Shakespeare EDUcamp. You’ll develop a voice for classic texts, explore production stages and costume departments, learn to respond, react and think in the moment, and end the week with a performance for friends and family.

At EDUcamp you’ll benefit from daily devotionals and Bible challenge sessions that will strengthen your faith and help you develop a strong biblical worldview. Camp instructors will demonstrate how you can glorify God by using each new skill.

While not a requirement, it’s suggested that you attend Theatre EDUcamp before attending Shakespeare EDUcamp.

Activities

  • Produce scenes complete with lighting, sound and costumes.
  • Learn improvisational theatre games.
  • Use only Shakespeare's texts.
  • Create daily showcases.
  • Get a link to the final group performance so you can show it to family and friends.
  • Grow spiritually through devotions and Bible challenges.  

Sample Schedule

Time Session
7:30 a.m. Devotions
8 a.m. Physical warm-ups
8:20 a.m. Breakfast
8:40 a.m. Vocal warm-ups
9–11:30 a.m. Rehearsal
Challenge of the Day
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1–4:15 p.m. Theatre games
Technical rehearsal
4:15–5:30 p.m. Free time
Dinner
5:30–8 p.m. Dress rehearsal

(Exact times and session content may vary.)

General Information

Arrival/Departure

When to Arrive

Camp check-in for all campers is on Sunday between 2 and 4 p.m. in the Welcome Center.

There will be an evening service, meal and Shakespeare session on Sunday evening that you won’t want to miss!

If you are making airline reservations, we suggest that you plan your arrival time before 4 p.m. on Sunday. We offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the GSP International Airport as well as the Greenville Amtrak and Greyhound stations. You can request a shuttle on the online registration form.

All day campers need to check in on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. (There will be evening activities.)

For the rest of the week (Monday–Friday), day campers may be dropped off each day between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. at Performance Hall.

What to do When You Arrive

When you arrive on campus, follow the signs to the Welcome Center. Our camp counselors will give you your camp schedule, room assignment (for those staying overnight) and camp T-shirt. If you have a camp balance, you can take care of it at this time.

After receiving your materials, overnight campers can head to the residence hall to get settled in.

Day campers will have some free time in The Den until camp officially begins!

When to Depart

Shakespeare Camp ends after the final program on Friday. Family and friends are invited to enjoy the program at 10 a.m.

If you are making airline reservations, we suggest you make your departure time at least two hours following the end of camp.

Day campers can be picked up at the following times at Performance Hall: Sunday at 8 p.m. Monday at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 9 p.m. (at Davis Field House) Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

What to Bring

What to Bring

Campers should bring a Bible, notebook and pencil for daily Bible challenges and devotional sessions.

Bring black clothes for the final performance.

Overnight campers should bring bedding (either a sleeping bag or bedding for a twin bed), pillow, flip flops/shower shoes, towels and toiletries.

Phones may be used at any time during the week of camp. A modest amount of spending money is suggested for The Den, vending machines and Bruins Shop.

Please note: BJU cannot be responsible for the loss of money, valuables or personal articles.

What to Wear

Girls: For general camp activities, knee-length shorts or pants (yoga-type pants would not be appropriate) are normal camp attire. Clothing with a low neckline in front or back should not be worn (tank tops are not appropriate). The midriff area should be covered at all times (including when sitting down or bending over). For those wishing to take part in the pool activities, please bring appropriate swimwear.

Guys: For general camp activities, shorts or pants with a T-shirt are normal camp attire. For those wishing to take part in the pool activities, please bring appropriate swimwear.

Accommodations

Meals will be served in our dining common in an all-you-can-eat buffet style. Any food concerns (allergies, diet restrictions, etc.) can be noted in the online registration form.

Overnight campers will stay in the residence halls along with the other participants in the camp. Camp counselors will be on each hall.

Day Campers

  • Day campers must live in or stay with family in the immediate Greenville area.
  • Campers may be required to be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on camp days. Check your camp schedule for specific details.
  • Day campers can also enjoy a fun highlight of our camp experience, the Bruins Bash, on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Lunch and dinner are included in the camp cost.

Camp Directors

Ron Pyle

Ron Pyle

Mr. Ron Pyle is an assistant professor in the Division of Communication where he serves as chairman of the Theatre Arts Department. Mr. Pyle has played over twenty Shakespearean roles over the years including the title roles in Hamlet and Richard III. In recent years he has become a director as well, directing classics such as Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice and Great Expectations.

Erin Naler

Erin Naler

Erin Naler is a faculty member in the department of Theatre Arts. In addition to her teaching, she is an active performer in Shakespearean productions including recent leading roles in Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing

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