Performing Arts Intensive

Build Confidence on the Stage

Participants will spend two weeks (1-week option available) mastering skills as they relate to dancing, acting, and technical theater. Participants will choose between a track that combines both Dance and Theatre courses, or they can focus on just Dance or just Theatre for the entirety of the two weeks. Each week intensive will culminate with a participant performance featuring both dance acts and theatre scenes.

Participants will work on developing original text, while also use pre-existing works. The intensive is designed to exercise the participant's physicality and imagination.

In both the theatre and dance track, participants will experience a range of multiple classes from ballet to improvisation, jazz to voice work, and directing to choreography, among others. Expert instruction combined with creative and innovative workshops will ensure that dancers will leave Mercersburg’s state-of-the-art Burgin Center for the Arts with a renewed passion for dance. Participants will gain skills in improvisation, stage presence, body movement, vocal techniques, character developments, ensemble work, and problem-solving, in addition to being exposed to the technical elements of lighting, sound, make-up, and costume design.

2021 Dates Coming Soon!

Open To:
Ages 11–16, coed

1-Week Tuition:
Residential: $875
Commuter: $700

2-Week Tuition:
Residential: $1,620
Commuter: $1,220


What to Expect

Mercersburg's Performing Arts Intensive is designed to create a fun but rigorous experience. Outside of the theatre, participants will participate in a variety of activities which may include campfires, trips to the pool and water parks, and talent shows. Participants will also have the opportunity to see a professional performance at one of the many nearby theatres. 




Living at Camp

This is overnight camping?

Attendees live in a modern, air-conditioned dormitory with with 2-4 participants per room. Carpeted hallways lead to tiled bathrooms, with showers that have privacy curtains.

Bring your trunk and personal necessities, and you are set for dorm life, Mercersburg style.

Counselors live in adjacent rooms and our open-door policy ensures comfort and safety for every attendee. An emphasis on respect, courtesy, cooperation, and consideration enables campers to live and thrive with others to make dorm life enjoyable for all.

Weekend Stayover 

A weekend stayover option is available for the weekends in between sessions for campers who enroll in multiple sessions of camp. The cost of this weekend is $250. The weekend stayover is not an opportunity for participants to arrive early for the program. We prefer that participants arrive on the advertised start date of the program.


Financial Assistance

Our financial assistance provides students displaying strong desire, high merit, and financial need the opportunity to attend our programs. Download the Financial Assistance Checklist and Application along with your registration. Contact our office if you have any questions via email or phone.