Youth Theater Camp

Youth Theater Camp 2018 Dates
June 11-29

More information coming soon!


Ohio Valley Summer Theater’s Youth Camp is our keystone youth engagement activity. This ten-year-old Youth Camp engages approximately 45 elementary, middle and high school students each summer.

Youth Camp is a three-week immersive, educational theater experience divided into two camps: 1) morning camp for rising 2nd-6th grade students, and 2) afternoon camp for rising 7th-12th grade students. Each camp culminates in a free, public performance for all campers, crew, lighting, and sound technicians.

Youth Camp participants are drawn from all area schools, the local homeschool community, out-of-town visitors, and exchange students.  No previous experience is necessary to attend Youth Camp and repeat participants often advance into assistant and mentorship roles with younger and first-time campers.

A unique offering at OVST’s Youth Camp is the availability of a technical theater track for students interested in all that encompasses what goes into making a staged production.

Carol Patterson is the OVST Youth Camp Director and Lead Teacher for Teen Camp.

Youth Camp 2017

OVST Youth Camp focuses on a different theme each year.  OVST’s 2017 camp celebrated the theme, “We Love to Laugh.” Instruction focused on various facets of comedy including clowning, improvisation, and sketch. Visiting professionals working in the comedy performance field, each originally from Southeast Ohio, provided workshops for Youth Camp 2017. These workshops re-engaged the professional artists with regional youth, trained campers, offered insight into a vibrant career choice, and offered synergies among local artists. Indeed, this highlights a central tenet of the OVST mission: to deliver high quality and diverse theatrical experiences!


Please check back for dates & registration information for Youth Camp 2018! Tuition scholarships are available.