Summer Camp FAQ

Who can I contact if I have any questions that were not covered in the FAQ?

You may email or call the Shubert at 203-773-4307.

What are the camp's dates & hours?

Session 1: July 6-17, 2020
Session 2: July 20-31, 2020
Campers may register for one or BOTH sessions

Camp hours: 9:00 am– 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday; optional After Care: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Where does the camp take place?

Camp and camp-related performances/showcases will take place at Co-Op High School, one block down from the Shubert at 177 College Street, New Haven, CT, 06511

Who is eligible to attend the camp?

Students who will be entering 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in FALL 2020. The camp is open to both New Haven and non-New Haven residents. In the past, families have brought their children to camp from as far away as Old Saybrook, Clinton, Trumbull and Israel!

What if my child has special needs?

Shubert Summer Camp strives to create an inclusive environment for children of all abilities within our camp. Open communication with families helps us create a successful environment for every child. When registering, we encourage you to note any special needs or accommodations your child may require. A member of our camp administrative staff may be in touch with you to discuss your child’s needs and give class recommendations as needed to ensure a supportive environment. Please do not hesitate to contact us prior to camp to further discuss your child’s needs or accommodations.

Are campers allowed to participate in both sessions?

YES! We are offer two two-week sessions of camp in order to give campers and parents flexibility with their summer schedules however you are able to sign your camper up for both sessions and give them FOUR weeks of camp!

What are the differences between the two camps?

Theater & Arts Camp: The Shubert Theater & Arts Camp gives campers the opportunity to take and explore three arts classes this summer. We offer programming in theater, music, dance, and visual arts. Each camper chooses 3 classes. All campers will perform and/or present their work at an evening Showcase at the end of each session (July 16 for session one, July 30 for session two). Theater & Arts Camp runs during BOTH Sessions!

Musical Theater Camp: The Musical Theater Camp is a camp for children who have a passion for musical theater and performance. Camp days are structured around vocal rehearsals, singing, choreography, acting, theater tech, and theater-related activities and games. At the end of the two weeks, campers will produce and perform the musical they've been working on for camp families and friends. Musical Theater Camp runs during BOTH Sessions!

Both camps will be separated into 5th/6th graders and 7th/8th graders. 5/6 musical camp will create a half hour show. 7/8 musical camp will create a one hour show. 5/6 musicals and both theater & arts showcases are July 16 for session one and July 30 for session 2. 7/8 musicals are July 17 for session one and July 31 for session 2.

Do I have to pay for tickets to the showcase events or musicals?

No. Each camper involved in that event will be allowed a set number of tickets so that all campers can invite family and/or friends. Any remaining tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

What if my child needs medication during the day?

There is a director of first aid on site (not a nurse). If your child needs medications during the day, you must provide a standing order from your doctor with instructions. Students may carry inhalers or epi-pens with doctor and parent permission. The administrative staff is first aid and CPR trained.

How big is each class?

Theater & Arts classes cap at 15 students. The Shubert Musical Theater camp will accept up to 20 campers in 5/6 and up to 30 campers in 7/8 (depending on the show).

Why does the camp take place at Co-Op High School?

The Shubert Theater and Co-Op have a very close relationship and partner together frequently. Built in 2008, Co-Op High school is New Haven’s interdistrict magnet arts high school and has state-of-the-art arts facilities. We are lucky to take advantage of Co-Op’s visual arts classrooms, Main Stage Theater, Black Box, music rooms, dance studios, and more.

What is the drop off/pick up policy?

All campers should be dropped off and picked up in Co-Op Lane which is directly behind Co-Op High School.

You may drop your child off anytime between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. You do not need to walk your child in as there will be camp staff present at the doors and in the lobby. However, if you wish to walk your child in, you must park in a designated city parking space and not in Co-Op Lane, which is for quick drop offs and pickups only.

Please pick up your child between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. (For After Care Pick Up, 5-5:30pm). Tardy pick-up will result in being charged $25 per every 15 minutes after 3:25 p.m. Camper may not return to camp until that charge is paid in full.

Co-Op lane is for drive through and pick up only, NOT parking. DO NOT arrive before 3pm to wait for regular pick-up. Cars are not allowed to line up on Crown Street waiting to pull in. Police will ticket.

Would I have a chance to visit Co-Op before camp begins?

Yes! We will be hosting an Open House for campers and their families the week before camp begins. You will have the opportunity to explore Co-Op, meet camp staff and instructors, meet other campers, and enjoy some refreshments! An email will go to all registrants once the date is confirmed, but it generally takes place the Tuesday before camp in the evening.

How much does camp cost?

The cost for one session is $600. Both sessions cost $1,200. These rates do NOT include the After Care Program.

Do I have to pay the tuition all at once?

You may choose between paying all at once or setting up an installment plan.

What is your deposit and refund policy?

  • $100 deposit required to register
  • Monthly payment plan available
  • Cancellations made more than 30 days before camp will be refunded EXCEPT for a $100 cancellation fee
  • Cancellations made 15-30 days before camp will receive a 50% refund
  • Cancellations made less than 2 weeks before camp will receive NO refund

Is financial aid available?

Yes, limited, partial, needs-based financial aid is available. Financial aid will depend on income level and is measured very similarly to New Haven's free- and reduced lunch program. The Financial Aid application is available on the registration page.

What is the After Care Program?

Theater & Arts and Musical Theater Campers may opt to sign up for our After Care Program. This program runs from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Guided activities vary daily, but campers may opt to read or play games. Campers will also receive snack. The After Care Program is not included in camp tuition and costs $100 per session, $200 for both sessions.

Who are the Camp Instructors and Staff?

Co-Op teachers, New Haven Public Schools teachers and local artist-teachers lead all camp programs. All instructors are assisted by a current Co-Op high school student who will act as a TA (teaching assistant) Camp staff are overseen by Kelly Wuzzardo, Director of Education and Engagment at the Shubert Theater.

Is food provided?

Campers are provided with a mid-morning snack. The district generally offers a federally funded summer feeding program that provides breakfast and lunch to all children under 18 free of charge. However, that is always subject to funding, and will be confirmed closer to the start of camp. For now, plan to pack lunch for your camper. Campers who stay for After Care will also receive an extra snack.

Is transportation to and from camp provided?

Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. We do not offer transportation to and from camp.