Summer Drama Camps & Workshops

We wish you a super-exciting, fun-filled summer, so we have prepared summer drama learning experiences.

Youth Theatre Workshop with Dr. Xan Johnson

Saturday, August 6 from 10:00-11:30 for ages 10-14.

In this workshop students will explore theatre in the form of improvisational, yet guided play and develop a medium of self-expression and human connection. Cost: $10

Theatre Camp for Children with Laura Veselovsky

Monday-Friday, August 8-12 from 10:15-11:00 for children grades K thru 2.  11:10-12:10 for children grades 3 thru 5.

In this summer camp, children will explore the fundamentals of theatre like use of body, use of voice, and scene work using games and imagined play. The younger group will learn to tell a story using the skills they learn during the week. The older group will create and craft skits with partners and small groups. At the end of the final day, both groups will share what they have learned with parents. Cost: $20 (Scholarships available)


Xan Johnson, Ph.D. is a full professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah where he initially served as Designer/Director of the MFA/Ph.D program in Child Drama.  Xan (the name his students are encouraged to use) completed his Ph.D. in Child Drama Studies from Northwestern University. Since that time, Xan has directed over 200 plays/musicals by, with, and for young people. Serving as Founding Artistic Director of the  internationally recognized Theatre School for Youth at the Univ. of Utah, his program has been honored with many opportunities for his students of all ages to join Xan in showcasing workshops and performances throughout the USA, Russia, France, and England. Xan has also served as the Utah Theatre Consultant for the Utah State Office of Education, guiding the development of the K-12 mandated Core Curriculum in Theatre. Find more information on his biography here.

Wishing to give back to his roots in Portage, Wisconsin, and with the help of many parents and local teachers, Xan founded the Zona Gale Young People’s Theatre at the Portage Center for the Arts in 1992. He is a longtime resident of Lake Wisconsin in the summers: “The Wisconsin mosquitoes are always happy to see me.” 

Laura Veselovsky is an experienced arts educator, performer and musician. She has created and led many performing arts classes, workshops and camps for children, teens and adults. Laura V attended Berklee College of Music to train as a singer/songwriter and attended Viterbo University to become a licensed music teacher and a theatre instructor. She has worked with La Crescent Community Education and with La Crosse Community Theatre as a teacher and music director for their youth education department.