What is the “Extended Experience” week?

The Extended Experience week is an opportunity for campers to get a little something extra out of their camp experience by joining camp staff on campus during the week between sessions. Session 1 campers who register for the Extended Experience week remain in Staunton after Session 1 ends until Orientation for Session 2 begins; and Session 2 campers arrive in Staunton on the last day of Session 1 to see the Final Performance Festival and stay until Session 2 begins.During this in-between week, campers continue to live in the MBU dorms and eat in the dining hall while under the supervision of camp staff.

Why is it called an “Extended Experience”?

Campers don’t just lounge around Staunton waiting for Session 2 to begin – they spend the week working as interns in various departments of the American Shakespeare Center. Campers extend what they’ve learned at camp to hands-on experience in a real-world professional theatre.

Previous internships have included working in the costume shop, doing dramaturgical research, and assisting with education administration. Available internships vary each year by availability, need, and interest.

Sound like all work and no play? Think again. Extended Experience campers also get to join camp staff on an out-of-town field trip. The super secret destination is always changing, but in the past campers have enjoyed trips to Busch Gardens and King’s Dominion.

Sounds great, but I’d rather not. Can I still stay on campus for a few days after Session 1 ends/arrive a few days early for Session 2?

No. Campers who do not wish to participate in the extended experience will need to check out of camp at the end of Session 1 on July 9th. We can offer one extra night in the dorms to accommodate travel arrangements, but campers may not stay past July 10th.

Does it cost extra?

Yes – tuition for the Extended Experience is $840. This covers everything – all food and housing as well as administrative costs and field trip expenses. Plus, Extended Experience campers retain the privilege of free admission to all American Shakespeare Center shows during their stay.

Extended Experience costs will be added to the total price of tuition and may be included in payment plans.