DeSales Announces 2018 Summer Arts Camps

The Division of Performing Arts at DeSales University is pleased to again offer professional arts training camps for summer 2018. These intensive programs feature one- and two-week arts immersion experiences with three college credits available for students who have successfully completed each program and have a high school graduation date of in 2020 or prior. Each program, except for the Summer Theatre Institute Junior Program, also offers the option to reside on the DeSales University Campus at an additional cost. Students are supervised by Residential Counselors, who live in the residence hall with the students throughout the programs.

The Summer Video Institute offers professional training in digital filmmaking for ages 13 and up; the Summer Theatre Institute offers professional theatre training for high school and college students as well as a junior program for grades four through nine; and the Summer Dance Intensive offers professional dance training for ages 14 and up.

“These programs afford us the opportunity to expose young people to the marvelous facilities here on the DeSales campus and to offer them the chance to work with our terrific faculty and a slate of professional guest artists,” says John Bell, head of the Division of Performing Arts. “This is also an opportunity for young students who are drawn to the performing arts to spend time on a college campus and to get professional-level training. We hope they begin to imagine pursuing a career in the arts.”

The Summer Video Institute (June 18 to June 23) offers students an introduction to the theories and techniques of digital movie making. Working with state-of-the-art technology, students will design, shoot and edit films of their own creation. Projects will focus on equipment and video techniques. Each student will produce their own film and contribute to a larger scale production. The days will include lectures on such topics as equipment training, Photoshop, green screen, composition, sound and editing software, to name a few. At the end of the program, the final films are celebrated in a festival screening open to invited guests. Tuition is $990 plus a $25 application fee.  For more information, call 610.282.1100, ext. 1683, contact director Chuck Gloman at, or visit

The Summer Theatre Institute (July 9 to July 20), in association with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), offers professional theatre training to students in grades four and up as well as educators and members of the community. The Summer Theatre Institute is comprised of a Junior program, and Intensive program, and an Advanced Intensive program. The Intensive and Advanced Intensive programs each feature an acting/musical theatre or a tech/design component. Participants have opportunities to attend technical rehearsals and performances and interact with company members of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. The Junior Program, for grades 4 to 8, offers theatre games, improvisation, and technique fundamentals as tools in the creative exploration of musical theatre performance, acting, movement, and voice/speech. Students will benefit from interaction with Intensive instructors and PSF artists. Course activities will include attendance at “Alice in Wonderland” at PSF. The program will culminate in an informal presentation for family members. Tuition is $985 for the Intensive and Advanced Intensive and $575 for the Junior Program, plus a $25 application fee. There is an additional cost for high school students wishing to receive college credit. For more information, call 610-282-1100, ext. 1290, contact director Amy Best at, or visit

The Summer Dance Intensive (one week: July 23 to July 27; two weeks: July 23 August 3) offers professional intermediate/advanced dance training to students ages 14 and up. Interested students must have some previous dance training. The intensive program focuses on technical training in ballet, modern, and jazz. Additional classes are offered in African dance, Hip-Hop, Improvisation, Pilates, and yoga. Students will also learn repertory work created by the faculty.  The two-week program will culminate in an informal presentation on Friday, August 3. Tuition for the one-week intensive is $645 plus a $25 application fee. Tuition for the two-week intensive is $970 plus a $25 application fee. For more information, call 610-282-1100, ext. 1719, contact director Angela Grossman at, or visit