Maymester and Summer School at CU
May through August, the Department of Theatre & Dance offers select courses in acting, ballet, jazz and special topics courses that change each year. To view a list of Theatre courses offered during the summer terms, go to CU’s summer session online course catalog.
Camp Shakespeare is a 13 year-old education program run by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF). In this three-week program, campers rehearse and perform an abridged version of one of the CSF season plays. Working in small groups of 16, these students spend a total of 60 hours learning about Shakespeare in performance. The aim of the camp is to imbue students with the depth, breadth and potency of Shakespeare’s language and its power to address the human experience through theatre. Through the study of Shakespeare’s texts, young actors have opportunities to accumulate myriad skills, for use onstage and off.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1958, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) is the second-oldest Shakespeare festival in the country and is recognized nationally (named one of the top three Shakespeare festivals in the nation by TIME Magazine in 1992). A professional, Equity Guest Artist and non-Equity summer theatre festival, CSF presents four to five productions each summer in repertory in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and the University Theatre.
Since the early 1980s, CU graduate students have been chosen each year to serve as dramaturgs working directly with the summer directors. Students may also serve as assistant directors, depending on qualifications. CU graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply for summer work in acting, management, costumes, crafts, etc. During the academic year, other internship/employment opportunities also exist with CSF.