Kids Do It All and Teens Do Too: Summer Music-Theatre Camps
The annual Kids Do It All music-theatre program is a week-long day camp during the months of June and July. During the sessions, CSU theatre faculty and CSU upper classmen guide 300 students in different age groups (7-9, 10-11, 12-13) through the entire process of theatre - from playwriting to performance, from design through musical composition - resulting in original plays created and performed by the campers. Camp participants write, design and compose musical plays entirely of their own, experiencing a practical application of all aspects of theatre from acting, movement, voice, props and scene design, and songwriting.
“Kids Do It All” can offer a limited number of partial financial awards. If your situation qualifies your children for financial assistance, please supply details we could use to consider your request. The senior camp staff of the camp will rank requests and offer partial tuition assistance to as many children as funding and space allow. Please send a confidential e-mail to Debbie Swann before April 30.
To fill-in their plots and characters, camp participants spend one morning in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, with the afternoon spent composing their own gallery of art that tells their stories without words. Participants also work with neutral and character masks, improvisational exercises, design, playwriting, and composition studios, finishing with a fully mounted production of their original work on the sixth day, a Saturday, where parents, family, and friends are welcome to attend!
Kids Do It All, one of the most innovative theatre programs in the country, was founded in 1991 at The Children's School in La Jolla, California by CSU Professor Walt Jones.
Kids Do It All will be under the guidance of its founder, Walt Jones and co-directed by Debbie Swann, CSU acting instructor.
Pictures of Kids Do It All on the CSU campus
Founding Director Walt Jones, who joined CSU Theatre in 2006, is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. As a teacher of acting and directing, he has served on the faculty at Yale School of Drama, and University of California, San Diego. He has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway, including the American premiere of Howard Barker's No End of Blame at Manhattan Theatre Club, and more than sixty plays in regional theatres and productions in Soviet Russia and in Tokyo. He directed many world premiere productions, including plays by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Sam Shepard and David Mamet, John Pielmeier, Derek Walcott, and Christopher Durang. Among the many actors Walt has directed are Meryl Streep, Nathan Lane, Angie Bassett, Christopher Walken, Jason Alexander, Michael Gross, Sigourney Weaver, Frances Conroy, Lewis Black, Mariel Hemingway, John Goodman, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Kline, Bill Sadler, Max Wright, William H. Macy, Ed O'Neill, Tony Award-winning stage actor, Jefferson Mays, and many more. Mr. Jones was a staff director at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference from 1980-1990, and directed regularly for the Yale Rep, Arena Stage, and the American Repertory Theatre. He is the author of The 1940s Radio Hour and A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, both published by Samuel French, Inc.
Debbie Swann graduated from Kansas State University with a B.A. in Theatre and English in 2006. From there, she pursued her Master's in Theatre with a Directing emphasis from Texas State University. During her studies, she trained in England at The Shakespeare Center, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and The Royal Shakespeare Company. From 2008 to 2013 she taught, designed, and directed theatre at Central Community College in Columbus, Neb.. Some of her favorite directing credits include Rumors, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tartuffe, and Godspell. Currently, Debbie teaches the school's Shakespearean acting and analysis courses.