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.

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.

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.