In the words of William Shakespeare, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” And with that in mind, the Butler Community Arts School will be offering Theatre Camp 2: Focus on Shakespeare for the first time this summer for students in grades 9-12.

The camp—one of 16 arts- and music-related camps being offered on the Butler University campus this summer—will meet July 9-14. For more information on this and all the summer camp offerings, visit

Butler Community Arts School“The focus on Shakespeare is a niche we believe nobody else is serving in Indianapolis, and we have the expertise on our faculty to offer a high-quality experience in Shakespeare,” said Karen Thickstun, Director of the Butler Community Arts School, which provides high-quality, affordable instruction in music, theatre, and dance to Indianapolis and the surrounding area. “This is high school only, so it gives the more serious high school theatre campers a high-quality experience with their own age.”

Butler Community Arts School camps are taught by Butler faculty and Butler students. Camps for students ages 12 and up have both residential and commuter options, and need-based scholarships are available.

“We encourage anybody who’s worried about the finances to fill out the scholarship form,” Thickstun said. “We try to serve as many as we can with the grant funding we get for the summer. Especially for commuters, we’ve been able to reduce the costs as much as 60-70 percent.”

Deadlines to register for all camps except Ballet Summer Intensive is May 1. The deadline for Ballet Summer Intensive was March 15, but late applications will be accepted for as long as there is space.

The Shakespeare camp is the second theatre camp the Butler Community Arts School (BCAS) will offer this summer. Other camps are:

Percussion Camp, ages 12-18 (June 11-15)

Bass Camp, ages 12-21 (June 11-16)

Snare and Tenor Camp, ages 12-21 (June 16-18)

String Scholars Camp, ages 12-18 (June 18-22)

Piano Camp 1, ages 12-18 (June 18-23)

Theatre Camp 1, ages 12-18 (June 18-23)

Jazz Camp, ages 12-18 (July 9-14)

Voice Camp, ages 15-18 (July 16-21)

Ballet Summer Intensive, ages 13-18 (July 9-29)

Brass Camp, ages 12-18 (July 16-20)

Woodwind Camp, ages 12-18 (June 25-29)

Ages 7-11 only:

Piano Camp 2 (9:00 AM to 12:30 PM daily, June 26-30)

Strings Camp (9:00 AM to 12:30 PM daily, July 17-21)

Arts Camp 1 and 2 (1:30-to 5:00 PM daily, June 26-30 and July 17-21)


Big Band Workshop (evenings, June 4-9)

Thickstun said the camps are an opportunity for students to get a campus experience, whether they live at Butler during the week or commute.

“They’re here on campus all day, and Butler students play a large part in the instruction of each camp,” she said. “Each has a faculty artist director, but many have Butler students running sectionals and small group instruction.”


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Marc Allan