Community service added to Matrix summer camps
Detroit— This year’s Matrix Summer Creativity Camp participants will explore their community and learn skills related to the theatre and visual arts, as they work with professional teaching artists to create and share original works which reflect the changes they want to see in their community.
Over the past 25 years, Matrix’s young artists have written original plays about their community; this year, campers will have the opportunity to participate in an afternoon of service to give back to the community that inspires their work. Camps run at various times from June 20 through July 22, and each camp session offers individual age-specific curriculums for youth between the ages of 8–18. All camps are held at Matrix Theatre Company, 2730 Bagley Street, Detroit Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Financial assistance is available and free lunches are provided to all campers. Childcare is not available before or after camp hours. To register go to www.matrixtheatre.org, and download a registration packet. Email the completed packet to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, call Amy Thomas at 313 967 0999, ext. 3.
“We’re really excited about this summer’s camps,” said Amy Thomas, director of Education. “It’s important for youth to give back to their community, and we look forward to seeing the performances they create from those experiences.”
2016 Summer Camp Schedule:
Ages 8-11: “Our Place in Community;” cost $125; June 20 – 24, 2016
Detroit is made up of many communities: families, schools, neighborhoods, churches, and more, and our youth play large roles in all of them. Shouldn’t we be asking them what their world needs? Participants will create a new play focused on the positive impact we can all make in our communities and where youth artists share what they envision for Detroit’s future. This camp will focus on performance and visual arts.
Ages 11-14: “Our Natural Community;” cost: $200; July 11 – 22, 2016
In Detroit, we are surrounded by beautiful natural resources and important wildlife. Youth artists attending this camp will collaborate to create a new theatre piece about how we should protect our natural world, culminating with a performance at the Detroit Zoo. This camp will focus on playwriting and performance.
Ages 14-18: “Our Community of Theatre;” cost: $125; June 27 – July 1, 2016
Do you have the passion and drive to rule the world of theatre? Youth artists attending this camp will learn from professional designers, writers, and actors, as they explore the “real world” of the stage. They will learn audition tips and ways to fund a theatre education, and they will begin writing their own original play. This camp will focus on playwriting and performance.