Teen Intensive Camp


Are you ready to push yourself to the next level as an actor, designer and storyteller? Our Teen Intensive Camp is intended for students with considerable experience who are ready to challenge themselves like never before. We hire the area’s best professionals to share their knowledge and skills at this camp. Each morning, camp kicks off with physical and vocal warm-ups. Throughout the day, students will participate in two different master classes- one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Master Classes from past Teen Intensive Camps have included: Movement/Mask, Dialects, Playscript Analysis, Auditions, Scenic Design, Costume Design, Voice, Dance and more. A sharing will be held for family and friends on Friday at 4:00pm.

  • Students are to bring a sack lunch and water bottle.
  • Parent or Guardian must fill out Camp Waiver and bring on first day.


Monday, July 9- Friday, July 13
8:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Ages: 13-18
Cost: $170 Non-Davenport Resident
$136 Davenport Resident
Registration Code: SUM541TI1

* No early drop-off / late pickup offered.

*DJT is a proud program of Davenport Parks & Recreation. As taxpayers who offset the cost of our department, Davenport citizens receive a 20% discount per directive of City Council.

Camp Course Descriptions

Each student will get the chance to rank in order of preference what AM workshop they would like and what PM workshop they would like.  We shoot to give every student their #1 choice, but sometimes we have to organize them into the #2 choice for the sake of the camp organizational structure. Students will be contacted at least one week prior to camp to fill out selections. 

AM Workshop Options Below

Puppetry Performance  (Seth Chappell)

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Class Description: In this class, we will be focusing on puppetry performance for the stage.  Puppetry allows a performer to step outside what they may already know about stage performance and make bold new choices regarding all aspects of theatre.  We will work on movement and expression to bring emotion to life with puppets.  Students will also learn the history of puppetry in the theatre as they work together as a team to perform a piece the likes of which our stage has never seen. 

Instructor Bio: Seth is a Quad City native who has always had his eyes set on the stage.  While taking a local art class, he constructed his 1st puppet at the age of 10 and he hasn’t stopped creating since.  Seth spent his high school years building sets, stage managing and creating for his high school’s theatre performances.  After high school he took to the stage himself and performed lead roles in a number of shows.  Seth has been with Davenport Junior Theatre for the past 3 years, creating on the mainstage and teaching classes.  When Seth is not at DJT, he can be found creating puppets with his own puppetry business, FoamFoolery.  This summer Seth will be constructing puppets and training puppeteers for Circa 21’s Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical and also Quad City Music Guild’s Shrek the Musical.

Interpreting the Song  (Ashley Mills Becher)


Class Description: You've learned the melody and memorized the lyrics, but now you have to perform! This class will give you the confidence and resources you need to nail that performance or audition. Ashley will provide practical approaches to interpreting the song through the lyrics, music, phrasing, and most of all, the subtext! Participants will receive one-on-one coaching and feedback to help them apply a combination of technical exercises, emphasizing the performer's personalized interpretation. The techniques are extremely beneficial for musical theatre performers, and will be tailored to any experience level. This class is also perfect for actors who might not feel comfortable in musicals, and can help them transition to the musical theatre world with ease and expertise. Each participant will perform their own song cut, and learn how best to enhance their performance. 

Instructor Bio: Ashley grew up in Bettendorf, where she participated heavily in educational and community theatre. She earned a B.F.A in Music Theatre at Viterbo University before moving to New York to pursue her theatrical bliss. For the last 11 years, Ashley has been a working actor, performing in musicals all over the United States and in South Korea, where she also served as Artistic Director for 2 years for 'English Musicals Korea.'  With her husband, she is Co-founder of WhatFun! Theatre, a theatre for young audiences company that launched at the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival with their original musical, Rapunzel in the Wild West. Along with teaching at DJT, Ashley has returned to the Quad Cities for the summer to spend some time with her family, after having most recently appeared in White Christmas, and Mamma Mia.

Building a Theatre Ensemble  (Tom Taylor)

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Class Description: As taught by two of theatre's most powerful directors, there are a certain set of skills necessary to fully develop as a storyteller. Developing these skills through exercises, when done as a group, build a foundation of shared experiences and heightened listening that unite the actors, directors and designers involved. These experiences form the foundation of an ensemble. With an intimate ensemble, your artistic team is ready to change the world with theatre experiences unique to you!

Instructor Bio: Tom has been involved in over 30 theatre productions with varying roles from acting, directing, designing and stage managing, most right here in the Quad Cities. Within these productions he has been involved in 9 world premiere productions. Along with creating theatre he has continued to teach at Davenport Junior Theatre, gives private acting lessons and his currently going back to school to obtain a degree in Speech and Theatre Education. Tom is currently serving as a member of the artistic council at the QC Theatre Workshop. 

PM Workshop Descriptions Below

Commercial Acting and Voiceovers  (Joanna Brewer)

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Class Description: Feeling confident onstage? Maybe it's time to explore other mediums. Learn how to take your acting and transform it for the camera and even the microphone. Learn the basics of what it takes to act for commercials and voice over projects.  Many actors make the bulk of their living from commercials, affording them the time to also do theatre.  These are great skills to have.

Instructor Bio: Joanna has been a performer since birth. She enjoyed putting on performances with her cousins and recording audio books for family from a very early age while growing up in New Boston, IL. Joanna received a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Dance from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 2012, followed by an MFA in Acting from Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2015. Since then, she has been working to find different jobs in her field. From commercials for radio and television, voice over narrations, and theatre, to private acting lessons and teaching at Davenport Junior Theatre, Joanna has been expanding her abilities to use her degree. Her most recent roles in the area have been in "Madagascar, A Musical Adventure" at Circa 21 and "Baby" at The Blackbox Theatre. 

Lighting Styles and Design  (Zach Meyer)

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Class Description: This class focuses on lighting basics and design elements. Students will be introduced to types of incandescent lights, LEDS and moving lights. Students will learn how to create light plots and design lights to tell a story in combination with a song of their choice.  Students will learn how lighting sets mood, tone and intensity for storytelling. (If you are afraid of heights, never fear; we will not require anyone to be on the catwalk).

Instructor Bio: Zach started his theatre career by learning lighting from DJT Performing Arts Supervisor, Daniel Sheridan. He worked as a Junior Staffer through his high school years. Zach received his BA in Theatre from St. Ambrose University in 2016, where he designed in the studio theatre. He now works at Junior Theatre as the Facility Coordinator, Production Manager and designs lights for the mainstage.  Zach has also designed at the QC Theatre Workshop and West High School.  In his off time he enjoys World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons, and crafting wooden swords from scrap lumber. 

Musical Theatre Dance (Stephanie DeLacy)

Class Description : This class will focus on basic jazz dance technique and musical theatre-style movement. Students will learn the skills needed for a successful dance audition, jazz terminology and how to apply it, and will build confidence in their movement abilities.  Class ends with a mock dance audition and performance of a musical theatre dance number. (No dance experience necessary!)


Instructor Bio : Steph has been involved in the arts since age 5, focusing on both theatre and dance while growing up in Clinton, Iowa. Steph received her BA in Theatre from St. Ambrose University in 2009, and since then has taken on various roles as dance instructor, director, stage manager, choreographer, and most recently, theatre coordinator for Davenport Junior Theatre. When not at DJT, Steph can be found choreographing for several local high schools as well as Quad City Music Guild. Steph will be choreographing her 20th musical this summer, Shrek the Musical.