A total theater experience! Professional theater education at its finest. Believe in Your Elf!
Winter camp Mon. - Thurs., Dec. 20th - 30th, 8:30 am - 4 pm.
Event Address: The Laboratory Theater of Florida, 1634 Woodford Ave., Fort Myers, 33901 (Corner of Second Street & Woodford) (in the theater)
CAMP DATES: Mon-Friday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (drop-off and pick-up within 30 minutes of start and end times) July 12th - July 30th.
PERFORMANCE DATES: December 30th
The Laboratory Theater of Florida is a professional theater company and only uses credentialed educators and professional actors in its education department.
The Laboratory Theater of Florida takes a "whole actor" approach to acting. In addition to physical theater, stage combat, voice modulation, blocking, stagecraft, and scene study, students also learn the basics of set design, lighting elements, lighting design, costuming, stage makeup, stage management, and theater etiquette and best practices. And, of course, theater games. Acting is FUN!
The camp culminates in a fun production of Believe in Your Elf on the final Thursday afternoon of camp.
The theater follows the CDC guidelines, stating that campers must be masked indoors, except when campers are actively eating or drinking. This camp is limited to 12 actors, ages 11-17. This guarantees the maximum one-on-one instruction and allows us to keep the students as safe as possible. Younger students may be considered after an additional interview.
Believe in Your Elf!
by Misha Ritter Polomsky
"A fledgling theatre company takes on the holiday production this year. But incorrect props, forgetful actors, and very little time to prepare threaten to upend all tradition in this laugh-out-loud comedy from Misha Ritter Polomsky!"
A registration form needs to be filled out for each camper. Students will not be allowed to stay without signed registration forms. If registering multiple students, please choose "First Camper" for the first and "sibling" for the others.
Weekly tuition option on request.
IMPORTANT DETAILS: Hours: 8:30 am - 4 pm, Mon-Thurs.
Daily Arrival Time: 8:00-8:30 am. • Pick-up: 4:00 - 4:30 pm
• Light snacks are provided but bring a packed lunch. • Campers should wear comfortable clothing in which they can easily move and dance. • Closed-toe shoes are required, tennis shoes are recommended • Masks are required to be properly worn during camp hours.
Camp culminates in a fun production on stage at The Laboratory Theater of Florida.
Summer camp is M-T at the Laboratory Theater of Florida.
● Regular registration (by Wednesday prior to start): $300 camper 1, $275 per additional sibling for the 2 -week camp. If a scholarship is needed, please fill out the Scholarship Request and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. If granted, you will be sent an email on how to register for camp.
PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY Payment required at registration • Two-week cancellation notice required or forfeiture of the deposit will result.
• Registration deadline is by the Wednesday prior to the start of camp, payable by credit card or checks made out to The Laboratory Theater of Florida. Please mail registration & payment to The Laboratory Theater of Florida, P.O. Box 334, Fort Myers, FL 33902. Or conveniently register and pay online at laboratorytheaterflorida.com.
MEISNER CERTIFICATION COURSES with Steven Ditmyer, founder of Meisner International
This is a nearly 20-hour course in the foundations of living truthfully under imagined circumstances - a foundation of the Meisner technique. Taught by none other than the founder of Meisner International, New York director, actor, and Sanford Meisner alum Steven Ditmye the full Meisner Level One course culminates in a Meisner Level One certification. It runs from December 9 - 15. Weeknight times are 6:30 - 10 pm on Dec. 9, 10, 13, and from 1 pm - 5 pm on Dec. 11 and 12. This course is for actors aged 18 and up; all experience levels are welcome from beginners to experienced. Due to the accelerated pace of this course, students must attend all sessions for certification.
This course is $350.00 for Lab members and $400.00 for non-members. Participants who register for both seminars on the same day qualify for a discounted rate of $325 each. (Both courses must be booked at the same time to be eligible for this rate.)
Steven is an actor, director, and acting teacher who studied with Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, and Zoe Caldwell. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York City, where he was invited to train as a teacher of the Meisner technique.
In addition to being a guest teacher and director at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts in New York City, He is the founder of Meisner International and currently teaching workshops in New York, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Helsinki, Warsaw, Vilnius, Tallinn, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Quito, Guayaquil, and Bogota with new workshops added every year.
As an actor, Steven worked with many great artists such as Al Pacino, Arthur Miller, Tony Randall, Ron Rifkin, Sam Waterston, Diane Wiest, Blythe Danner, and more.
As a director, he directed the Off the Page Reading Series for Tony Randall’s National Actors Theater in NYC (2005-2008) with such notable productions as The Night of the Iguana with Alex Baldwin, Golf with Alan Shepard, Jack Klugman, Charles Durning, Len Cariou, and John Cullum, and Ladies in Retirement with Rosemary Harris and Marian Seldes. He has directed many productions in New York, working with such notable playwrights as Robert Askins, James McClure, Bruce Jay Friedman, Albert Bermel, Jack Gilhooley, Gail Sheehy, and with notable actors as Marian Seldes, Brian Murray, Dana Ivey, John Pankow, Richard Bey, Brian Geraghty, and many more.
Steven was the co-director of the workshop at the Neighborhood Playhouse (1999-2003). He directed over 20 new plays and was the Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Theatre Compan in Naples, Florida (2003-2005), where he directed The Syringa Tree, which ran for two seasons. He was a founding director of the A-Train Plays in NYC (written and performed in 24 hours), where he directed the Casseroles of Far Rockaway by Seth Bauer - Winner of the 2004 Samuel French Festival.
This workshop continues the training we started in Workshop 1 of really doing. Acting is doing. When we are not really doing on stage, our acting has stopped. I say continues because part of what we strengthened with Repetition is the ability to really listen, and listening is a real doing.
Now we are going to add an element to the repetition exercise called Independent Activities. Meisner said, “The quality of your acting depends on how fully you are doing what you are doing.”
This activity will demand real concentration in order for you to complete it. Once an actor places the totality of his concentration on accomplishing some concrete, specific, and truthful goal, they cannot help but react truthfully from the core of their experience.
And we must always be in response to what is happening. A truly difficult activity will demand that you place the entirety of your concentration on it, AND you must still respond to your partner - to what is actually happening from impulsive-moment to impulsive-moment!
We will start with activities that I give you, then move on to your own activities, and then finally end with more advanced activities, where you learn how to use your imagination to craft meaningful reasons to accomplish your task.
Completion of Level One is required for acceptance into the Level Two course. Equivalent experience may be acceptable but will require approval from the Director of Education, the Artistic Director, and Steven Ditmyer.
Level Two is Dec. 15 - 19. Weeknight times are 6:30 - 10 pm on Dec. 15, 16, 17, and from 1 pm - 5 pm on Dec. 18 and 19. This course is for actors aged 18 and up; all experience levels are welcome from beginners to experienced. Due to the accelerated pace of this course, students must attend all sessions for certification. This course is $350.00 for Lab members and $400.00 for non-members. Participants who register for both seminars on the same day qualify for a discounted rate of $325 each. (Both courses must be booked at the same time to be eligible for this rate.)
The Lab is following all current CDC requirements. At this time, masks are required for this workshop.