DO YOU ENJOY SHARING YOUR LOVE OF THEATER?

BE A CAMP COUNSELOR AND SWING at DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS!

WHO? 9th-12th graders (in 2019-20) who love all areas of musical theater.

WHAT? Volunteer with Des Moines Performing Arts as Swings/Camp Counselors for 2020 summer musical theater camps for grades 3-8 or as a camp counselor for an acting and improvisation camp.

  • As a swing--prepare different parts in a musical and perform them should an actor miss a rehearsal or performance or if a group of young performers needs support. Learn from our professional instructors! 
  • As a camp counselor--For musical theater camp, lead and guide younger musical theater students as they put on an entire musical in one week, plus assist with makeup, workshops, rehearsals, and final performance. At acting and improvisation camp, be role models as you guide, demonstrate, and support students throughout the week and during their showcase performance.

WHEN?  Musical Theater Camp runs for six week-long sessions at the Temple Theater, downtown Des Moines. Daily hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Apply for one week, two weeks, or all six!  Acting and Improvisation Camp is 8:45 AM to 4:15 PM for one week.

WHY? Keep doing what you love and share your passion with others. Hours for programs such as Silver Cord are available.

Volunteer today!

READY TO APPLY? Click HERE to go to the online application.

QUESTIONS? Email LynnaeL@DMPA.org

DATES AND TRAINING

MUSICAL THEATER CAMP Volunteer:

The musical theater camp season runs weekly sessions from mid-June through early August at the Temple Theater at 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines. Please indicate the weeks you could be available on the application. Volunteer hours are 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday; 8:30 AM - 6:45 PM Friday.

  1. June 15-19
  2. June 22-26
  3. June 29-July 3
  4. July 13-17
  5. July 20-24
  6. July 27-31

If selected to serve as a swing/camp counselor you will be required to attend a training/rehearsal on either Wednesday, June 10, or Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 9 AM to 4 PM. If you are unable to attend the training, please make note on the application form.

ACTING AND IMPROVISATION CAMP Volunteer:

Acting and Improvisation camp will run June 29-July 3 with a 4:30 PM showcase on Friday, July 3. Camp hours are 8:45 - 4:00 Monday through Thursday and 8:45 - 6:00 on Friday at the Civic Center.  

If selected to serve as a swing/camp counselor you will be required to attend a training/rehearsal on either Wednesday, June 10, or Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 9 AM to 4 PM. If you are unable to attend the training, please make note on the application form.

 

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

APPLICATION PROCESS

Complete the Online Application Form. 

Have the following materials ready when you begin filling out the form:

1. STATEMENT OF INTEREST: 50-150 words
Why are you interested in working as a swing/camp counselor this summer? What do you bring to the position?

2. EXPERIENCE:
Provide a short list of your performance experience from high school. possibly middle school, and with DMPA camps. Also, please list any experience working with children.

3. OPTIONAL: VIDEO AUDITION of 30 seconds or less
Submit a short video of you singing a song from a musical, "Happy Birthday" or "My Country Tis of Thee." Upload the video to YouTube and include the link on your application. Keep the video simple. A recording from your phone is fine, no editing needed. With or without accompaniment is also fine. The biggest thing is we want to hear your voice if you want to be assigned swing parts from the show to see how you bring a song to life.

4. REFERENCE: Contact information
Provide the name, email and phone number of an adult who can speak to your theater and/or leadership skills. A reference could be a current or past teacher, current or past employer, supervisor, adult co-worker, clergy, etc. References may not be family members or minors. Please alert your reference to let them know that they may be contacted.

Screening of applications will begin as applications are submitted. The summer camp coordinator will contact applicants via email or phone to schedule a follow-up interview if they are selected to move forward in the search process.