2017 Camps: Summer Arts Connection


Explore the Arts: Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts…  all combine into fun filled weekly themes – learn something new EVERY DAY!

No week is ever the same.
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Early Arts (2-3 yrs)

Click here to view the 2017 Camp Brochure.

2017 Multi-Arts Camps

The “I don’t want to choose, I want it all” program. Week-long half or full day camps infuse visual arts, dance, music, and theater into weekly themes. 

IMG_5587For ages 3-10 yrs… Each theme uses the arts as a platform for exploration and innovation to grow critical thinking skills and discover how powerful the imaginative voice can be. Camps are led by Professional Teaching Artists who are chosen for their knowledge of their art form and their great skill as teachers. We also have special guest teachers throughout the summer that bring expertise in other fields that are not typically thought of as connecting to the arts. (all teachers listed below are subject to change without notice)

Weekly Rate:

Full Day Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM:  $225 ($210 members)
Half Day Monday -Friday  9:00 AM-12:30 PM or 1:00 PM -4:30 PM $155 ($140 members)

To Register online, click on name of camp or print and mail registration form.




August 14- 18

DSC_0423SA04 AM Shiny Things and other Distractions
Glittering gold, silver sparkles, music and… squirrel! This camp will feature the things that distract us and fun that living in the moment brings.

SL04 PM The Great Escape
Patterns in the escape room? We are on our very own adventure this week as we challenge ourselves through musical, artistic and movement clues that reveal our final reward.

SS04 Full Day All Week  8:30 AM-4:30 PM (combines both themes above)


Theater Performance & Visual Arts

Specialty Camps for ages 10-15 (Broadway Jr. for 8-15)

See description for times, dates and number of weeks

To register online, click on name of camp or print and mail registration form.

Programs that focus on skill building in addition to rehearsal through performance process. Work with Professional Directors, Actors, Dancers & Artists who are highly skilled in their art form, as well as, their teaching ability.  


Week of 14-Aug

SV03 Great Escape – CLOSED
Create Escape rooms, riddles and clues to solve. In this free form camp, all will have the opportunity to focus on the art forms that interest them the most.  9:00-12:30 $155 ($140 members)

SH03 Improv and Sketch Comedy
It’s playtime! Dive into Improv and Sketch Comedy. Explore your wacky side!  Learn techniques to create believable characters and moments onstage.  Find ways to make your audience laugh and connect with you. On the final day of the workshop, we will hold an evening of Improv for your family and friends to join the laughter. 1:00-4:30 $155 ($140 members)
SH03 Full Week, Combines both Camps Above, All Day, 9:00-4:30 $215/$195 members


Early Arts for 2-3 years

DSC_0003Children’s favorite books inspire, art projects, music, movement and theater games. Our youngest campers create in a nurturing and caring environment in our drop-off program. Held primarily in a preschool room, our Early Childhood Campers experience everything the multi-arts camps have to offer. Led by Miss Tammy for their daily experiences and art projects, she is supported by and aide and Teaching Artists that come to the children for music, theater and travel with them to a dance studio for creative movement and out to the playground. Professional staff combines the art forms to promote socialization, early literacy skills and a lot of FUN.

Weekly, Monday- Friday 9:00-11:30AM $130 ($120 members)
August 14- 18 ST04 Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw  – CLOSED

Summer Arts Core Teaching Faculty

Tammy Updegrove, Twos & Threes/ Visual Arts – is a designer/painter specializing in murals, set design, decorative paint finishes and the drawing and painting of animals. She has studied at Anvil Art Studio and Kutztown University and is an experienced instructor of children and adults. At the Institute she teaches children’s classes and outreach programs.

Ann Burkot, Dance – is a 2011 Kutztown University graduate with her BA in Dance Production and Management, and already received her Dance Certificate. At Kutztown, Ann was on the Lenhart Dance Company for two years, as both a dancer and choreographer. The company worked with professional choreographers, such as Karen Fuhrman, of Grounded Aerial and Roger Prince of the Ailey School. Ann demonstrated college level ballet classes and a yoga class for Prof. Joyce Campbell.

Christine Cieplinski, Theater –  M.Ed . is an avid educator, performer, and comedian, who has worked Off-Broadway, regionally and locally. She currently performs in a touring two-woman comedy wherein she plays 14 different characters. Ms. Cieplinski is the President of Cherry Herring Entertainment Company for which she directs and produces stage shows geared towards young actors and audiences, as well as, plays that serve as major fundraisers for local, regional, national and international non-profit organizations.

Kristina Dennis, Dance – graduated from Cedar Crest College in 2007 with a B.A. in Dance. She was a member of the Cedar Crest College Dance Company, performing in the modern, ballet, tap and jazz ensembles. She also performed in five student companies as well as having her own. Kristina was a founder and the president of the CCC chapter of Nu Delta Alpha (a dance education honors society). She has taught dance to all ages in a variety of styles, since the age of 16. She also choreographed a musical at Raub Middle School in Allentown, PA. Her routines were performed and honored at Cedar Crest College and she continues to earn overall high scores and choreography awards at dance competitions!

Joel Gori, Theater – is the Artistic Director of Metamorphosis Performing Company, and resident theater artist at the Institute. He is a movement theater performer and is involved in workshops, seasonal classes and both directing and performing in several Primary Stages Productions. He is a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts-In-Education and does theater residencies throughout the state.

Greglynn Gibbs –  will be a guest teacher this summer for Chemistry Creations, with our partnership with PSU Berks Chemistry Department. Greglynn served as Lehigh Valley Public Relations Chair of the American Chemical Society (attending ACS Sparkle Communications training), as the Lehigh Valley unofficial Student Chapter Liaison, and as an ACS Science Coach to Muhlenberg High School. Greglynn has mentored and advised the Penn State Berks Chemical Society, including planning major volunteer activities, finding speakers, as well as networking, attending local networking events, and building partnerships with a dozen organizations. She held résumé, career/internship/REU, and scholarship workshops for students, as well as assisting with grad school, REU, internship, scholarship and other applications.

Janet Klimowski, Music, Dance, Theater– teaches music, theater, dance and choreographs.  Her primary position in the summer is as the Musical Director for Broadway Junior. She is a Philadelphia based professional actress, choreographer, and teaching artist.  Janet is in the process of opening her own theater company in the Philadelphia area; Play it Forward Theatre Company.  The mission is to take educational theatre pieces to schools to allow children to play, explore and learn through the joys of live theatre.  She holds a BFA from The University of the Arts.

Debbi Silas, Broadway Junior Show Director – has spent her life doing what she loves best: working with children. As a Theater professional she has directed, acted and choreographed in numerous productions.  For more than 10 years, she has thoroughly enjoyed directing young people locally at Yocum Institute, Alpha Omega Players, Genesius Theatre, and Reading Community Players (RCP). She most recently directed productions at Reading Civic Theatre (Cinderella) and Fleetwood Community Theater (Children of Eden). In 2009 she was the Theatre for Young Audiences director at Gretna Theatre where she produced five childen’s shows in five weeks. Debbi has accompanied two award winning casts of young actors to the Music Theatre International’s Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Onstage, Debbi’s favorite roles include: Mrs/ Shoemaker in the Elves and the Shoemake (Primary Stages), Ernestina in Hello Dolly (Gretna Theatre), Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol (Reading Civic Theatre), Guido’s Mother in Nine (Alpha Omega Players) and Jennyanydots in Cats (Genesius Theatre). In 2010, she retired from a 35 year teaching career, at the same school, in Exeter, as a Life Skills teacher.

Julianne Michalik, Music – graduating Westminster Choir College with a degree in Piano and Music Education, Julianne has been instrumental (along with Erinn Sensenig) in making the music component integral to the arts camps.  Not just sing-alongs, the camper will make their own instruments, go on musical scavenger hunts and create new music.