Building on the success of the Virtual PROJECT38 Festival, CSC offered its annual Shakespeare Summer Camp online for the first time ever in the Summer of 2020. The unexpected switch to an online format created some unprecedented opportunities. For the first time, our camps were attended by students from all around the country, and those faraway students began to recruit friends for future sessions. It also meant that local families for whom transportation to camp was previously prohibitive were able to participate. Eliminating these barriers to participation were eye-opening for CSC, and make a strong argument in favor of continuing to offer virtual sessions, even when in-person camps and classes are able to safely resume.
Because of you, CSC’s summer camp sessions teach students to yield swords, take on superpowers, and, most importantly, to create meaningful relationships with their peers. After Summer Camp, 42% of parents saw improvement in their child's ability to make friends and 60% saw improvement in their child's confidence.
“This last year of camp was certainly not what I was expecting. I always imagined being wrapped in the warm hugs and cheerful warmth of the bridge land while we all celebrated our performance and cried together over word magic. True, I was not able to physically inhabit the space with my friends but the magic of CSC is that I felt it through the screen. The amount of love and care a place has to have to be able to bring it online is truly remarkable. I would not believe it was possible had I not experienced it twice this summer. That truly speaks to the care that these leaders have absolutely poured into their work and passions. My heart is simultaneously breaking and singing. I am so happy and grateful to have something I love this much, but it physically pains me to be graduating from here. Theater has not always been easy for me, but it has always been safe and accessible here. This place gave me my first big role and has shaped me in indescribable ways. You all are the reason that I am who I am.” – CSC Summer Camper
“[Our son] was so bright and engaged during camp sessions, and it was wonderful to see the Bard's words and world come alive for him…For each of our kids, this camp was so much more than 400 year-old words on a page. We are so grateful for the scholarships that made these experiences possible!” – Parents of CSC Summer Campers and Scholarship recipients
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Scholarships to Camp and Groundlings are made possible by Robert Brackenbury and Linda Parysek, as well as generous donors to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Education Fund. We are forever grateful for their support.