Camps & Classes

Welcome to the Studio

Since opening its doors in January 2017, the Studio has served as Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s premier space for classes, rehearsals, professional development, alternative performances, and community events. This gorgeous venue on Redwood Street, just next door to the theatre, is home to our adult and youth learning programs, offering fun and enriching courses for personal and professional growth. Non-actors and actors are welcome here.

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 regulations and guidelines issued by both state and local officials in Maryland, all programming will be hosted virtually. CSC will re-evaluate in-person sessions as new guidelines are released.

Please see below for a list of commonly asked questions regarding CSC's camps and classes. Please email us at studio@chesapeakeshakespeare.com if you need additonal information about our programs.

What are your Covid19 procedures and protocols?

Maintaining a healthy environment in The Studio

Covid 19 Protocols:

Daily temperature checks
CSC Staff and campers will have their temperatures taken each day before entering The Studio.

Staying home when appropriate
CSC Staff and campers should stay home if they are sick or if they have recently had close contact (less than 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a period of 24 hours or direct physical contact) with a person with COVID-19. These individuals should also get tested for COVID-19 before returning.

If they have been sick with COVID-19

If they have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19

Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette

    • Teach and reinforce hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among campers and staff.
    • CSC Staff and campers should cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol should be used (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer).

Masks
The use of masks is one of many important strategies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

- Masks offer some protection to the wearer and are also meant to protect others, in case the wearer is infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

- Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.

- Masks should be used consistently and correctly when campers, Teaching Artists, and CSC staff are indoors and when physical distancing is difficult to implement or maintain.

- Individuals should be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering or mask.

Consistent and correct use of masks may be challenging for some campers, Teaching Artists, and staff, including:

Younger campers. (i.e.- through 3rd grade).

Campers, Teaching Artists, and staff with severe asthma or other breathing difficulties.

Campers, Teaching Artists, and staff with special educational or healthcare needs, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and sensory concerns or tactile sensitivity.

While masks are strongly encouraged to reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recognizes there are specific instances when wearing a mask may not be feasible.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing—or those who care for or interact with a person who is hearing impaired—may be unable to wear masks if they rely on lipreading to communicate. This may be particularly relevant for faculty or staff teaching or working with campers who may be deaf or hard of hearing. In this situation, consider using a clear mask that covers the nose and wraps securely around the face. If a clear mask isn’t available, consider whether faculty and staff can use written communication (including closed captioning) and decrease background noise to improve communication while wearing a mask that blocks your lips.

In addition to those who interact with people who are deaf or hard of hearing, the following groups of Teaching Artists and staff may also consider using clear masks:

Teaching Artists of young campers (e.g., teaching young campers to read).

Teaching Artists of campers who are English language learners

Teaching Artists of campers with disabilities

Clear masks should be determined not to cause any breathing difficulties or over heating for the wearer. Clear masks are not face shields. CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for masks because of a lack of evidence of their effectiveness to control the spread of the virus from the source for source control.

Adequate supplies
The Studio has accessible sinks and enough supplies for people to clean their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes. Supplies include soap, a way to dry hands (e.g., paper towels, hand dryer), tissues, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), disinfectant wipes, and no-touch /foot-pedal trash cans (preferably covered). Masks will be provided for minimal cost.

Covid 19 Procedures:

Cleaning and disinfection
Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected often.
Use of shared objects will be limited when possible. If shared objects are used, campers should wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after use.

Shared objects
Discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.
Keep each camper’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.
Ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing.
Campers should wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after use.
Avoid sharing electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids.

Ventilation
Increase air ventilation, through use of fans and open windows/fresh air.
Use child-safe fans to increase the effectiveness of open windows.
Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and provide acceptable indoor air quality.
Studio air filters have been upgraded to CDC-recommended MERV-13.
Increase total airflow supply to The Studio, when possible.

Improve central air filtration:
Inspect filter housing and racks to ensure appropriate filter fit.
Check filters to ensure they are within service life and appropriately installed.
Ensure restroom exhaust fans are functional and operating at full capacity.

Modified layouts
Campers should be at least 3 feet apart.
Maintain 6 feet of distance in the following settings:
When masks can’t be worn, such as when eating.
During activities when increased exhalation occurs.
Modify learning activities as applicable so there are fewer campers per group.
Provide physical guides, such as tape on floors and signs on walls.

Food service
The Studio participates in the Federal Summer Food program.
Breakfast and lunches are free to campers. Campers may also decide to bring their own lunches. Campers will be spaced 6 feet apart for meals.
Teaching Artists and campers will wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol before and after eating.
Campers will not share food, either brought from home or from the food service.
Individuals handling food service will be gloved and will wash their hands after removing their gloves or after directly handling used food service items.
No-touch trash cans, where possible, will be in use.

 

How do I attend a virtual Zoom class?

When you finish registration for a virtual class, you will receive an email with information for logging into our Zoom classroom platform within a few days before the start of class. 

Please hold on to this email as you will use the same link to log into each specified class every week. 

Once you click the zoom link the first time, you may be asked to follow a few on screen instructions, or if you are using a cellphone/tablet you may be asked to download the Zoom app.

Just follow these directions and the program will log you into the class. When you log in, your microphone will be automatically muted. This is to lessen any crosstalk or feedback from individuals. Please do not unmute unless asked to. If you would like to voice a comment, you can click the “raise hand” button and the instructor will call on you to unmute your microphone. You can also type comments into the chat box. Please keep any messages in the chat on topic to the class discussion so as not to distract others.

Where are camps and classes held?

Most of our classes and camps are held at our Downtown Baltimore Campus, in our Studio space located at 206 E Redwood St, Baltimore, MD 21202. It is next door to our Calvert Street theatre on the Redwood block.

We also offer some programs at satellite locations across Maryland. Please make sure to check the location of your camp/class when you register.

How long are sessions?

Typically, classes are 2 hours. Camps vary as we offer full day, half day, and various other options. Please check specific registration pages for information about time.

How do I register?

You can click the link to take you to our Camps or Classes page. Each program will have a link to take you directly to a registration page.

All registrations must be completed online. Once you finish our online registration process an automatic email will be sent to confirm your registration.

Please check the accuracy of your email when you register. Reminder emails with additional information will be sent out prior to the start of each camp or class.

How do I know if registration is still open?

There will be a notice on the registration link indicating if a program is closed. If you can access the link, it’s safe to assume that registration is open so go ahead and sign up!

What is your attendance policy?

Attendance to our classes are important. Theatre is truly a collaborative process and missing can interrupt the flow of work and learning. We understand that emergencies and sicknesses may happen. If a student has to miss please email us prior to the start of class at studio@chesapeakeshakespeare.com to let us know. We ask that students don't miss more than one session.

What if I need to cancel?

Cancellations for camps or classes must be completed one week prior to the first session. Full refunds will be given to those who cancel prior to the start of the one-week period via their original form of payment. Partial refunds will be given on a case by case basis to individuals that fail to cancel at least one week prior to the first day.

If a camp or class is cancelled due to low enrollment—or another unforeseen circumstance—you will be notified within one week prior to the first day. In this event, you will be given the option for a FULL refund or to apply your payment to a different class. {;ease note, we are unable to transfer payments for camps or classes to mainstage tickets in our theatre.

Also, please check cancellation/refund policies on our partner sites if you sign up for a program that does not take place at the Studio. Policies may differ depending on the organization.

What is your inclement weather policy?

In the event of snow or other inclement weather (e.g. thunderstorms in our outdoor spaces), a camp or class may be cancelled for the week. In this event, measures will be taken between the instructor(s) and student(s) to arrange a make-up day for the hours missed. Some programs have inclement weather days built into the schedule just in case, but not all.

Also, please check inclement weather policies on our partner sites if you sign up for a program that does not take place at the Studio. Policies may differ depending on the organization hosting the camp or class.

How can I pay for programs?

Each registration form offers options to pay by credit card, check, or CSC gift card. You must choose a payment method at the time of registration.

If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be redirected to our PayPal site which handles all electronic payments.

If you choose to pay by check, you must mail a check for the full amount to us in order to complete enrollment. Send checks to: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Do you Offer Financial Aid?

We offer aid packages to dozens of students every year. For more information, please contact studio@chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely! As long as class or camp is paid in full by the final session. If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact studio@chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Do students need prior theatre experience to participate?

Not at all. Our programs are designed for actors and non-actors alike.

Where do you find your instructors?

CSC instructors are professional artists from the Greater Baltimore Area. Many have worked with us as actors, directors, technicians, and management and bring their expertise of professional experience to the classroom.

All of our teaching artists hold degrees in higher education or are working towards one, and can also offer insight into further training if students seek advice on that.

To learn more about our current teaching artists, click here.

Can I stay with my child during camp or class?

You may at the Studio. We have a greenroom area for guests to hang out if they need to make travel back and forth to the space easier.

Will there be a special performance at the end of a camp or class?

Yes, the majority of our camps and classes have a culminative showcase or "sharing" of the work students have accomplished.

Does CSC have a formal policy for engagement with minors in the classroom?

Yes. Please see our policy for the engagement of minors here. Also, please see our photo release policy here.

All students under the age of 18 participating in our educational programs will need permission from a parent/guardian for their photo to be taken during any camps or class. This permission form will be a part of the registration form for the camp or class.