Why Play Makers?
An approach to teaching in which students build and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form to another subject and meets evolving objectives.
Each session has a STEM theme to keep our campers academically engaged.
Using Theatre Skills to Learn STEM Concepts
My 6 year old is extremely shy and refuses to participate. Your team was able to bring her out of her shell and she loved it!!! The experience has reminded me that I need to balance curriculum and the arts in all of our lives!!
Our campers are grouped together by age and grade. It is important that they are registered for the correct group. Our spring break groups are arranged by their current grade levels. If you have signed your camper up for the wrong age group we will have to switch them to the proper age group. That may require your camper to be put onto a wait list, which does not guarantee a spot. Please contact us if you need to switch your group.
Campers joining our K-1 group need to be potty trained, at least 5 years old, AND have regularly attended a half- or full- day, long-term, age appropriate social group such as pre-school, learning-focused day care, or something similar for at least 6 months. We may request proof. If this is not the case, your child will not be able to continue camp and no refund will be issued.
Both of my kids enjoyed this camp and are so much more confident in front of an audience.
Shoes: Campers should wear closed-toe shoes. NO flip-flops, sandals, or any other
type of shoe that can easily and accidentally come off.
Clothing: Campers should wear clothes that
will let them move easily and comfortably. Skirts are welcome as long as leggings or
bike shorts are worn underneath.
Hygiene: We work closely with our ensemble, and proper hygiene is imperative. Please ensure that your older kids have properly deodorized and recently bathed. Please ensure that your younger kids have clean, food-free faces before sending them into camp. A clean camper is a happy camper!
Back Ups: Please pack an extra change of clothes and underwear for your younger (K-1) campers. Accidents sometimes happen and when they do, we want kids to be clean and comfortable to continue all activities. These clothes can be kept at the campsite for the 2-week session.
Alley Theatre will not be responsible for any lost items or clothing.
So appreciative of all the extra efforts, passion and creativity of your team making this a great experience.
First Day Check-In
*Remember to bring a hard copy of your release forms on the first day of camp.*
Check-in will begin at 8:30am. A parent or guardian will need to accompany each camper to the check-in table on the first day so we can ensure that we have all forms and emergency information.
Campers registered for before-care may enter at 8:00am.
Once campers are signed in, our staff will escort campers to the warm-up room where their Play Makers journey will begin!
Last night,our son wanted to show us "something." Next, he began to act out the first 5-6 lines of Goodnight Moon, their devised play. We clapped and were so proud of his achievement.
Daily Drop-Off &
If you are signed up for extended care, drop off begins at 8:00am, not a minute earlier. Please wait with your camper until a staff member opens the door and checks them in.
For the regular camp day you may drop off your camper as early as 8:45am.
You may pick up your camper at 3:00pm. unless you have signed up for extended care.
At the end of the regular day, a Play Makers staff member will come to your car to check you in for pick-up. Parents are to remain in their vehicles. Adults coming to the door to take children is not only unsafe, it slows down the process for everyone.
We lock the doors at 9:00am. If you arrive after 9:00am, you must have to wait with your camper until someone can let you in. Please call the Camp Administrator at 713.298.4691 to be let in. This may take up to 15 minutes depending on the time of day.
If you need to pick up your camper early, please notify the Camp Administrator by 9:00am either in person, via text at 713.298.4691, or via email. We cannot accommodate early pick ups after 2:30pm. If you mean to pick up before 2:30pm and still arrive after 2:30pm, you must wait until our entire camp dismisses at 3:00pm.
If you arrive after 3:15 p.m. you will need to come inside to pick up your camper. Your camper will be sent to after-care and you will be charged $10.
Late Drop Off & Early Pick Up Policy
She loved it. She felt accepted and felt valued by her peers and teachers. She loved interacting with kids her own age.
The Open Workshop is an opportunity for campers to share all of the skills they have gained. This is an informal presentation of plays. dances, and games that campers have put together with their groups. Our focus is on process rather than product.
All open workshops begin promptly at 1:30 p.m.
There is no extended care after the open workshop.
Spring Break 2020
Friday March 20th @ 1:30pm
Bad Weather Policy
Alley Theatre Play Makers Camp will close for a full day or part of day because of bad weather or emergency conditions. When such conditions exist, the Camp Administrator will make the official decision concerning the closing of the facilities. When it becomes necassary to open late or release students early, you will receive an email notification.
Please do not bring your children in if you feel it is unsafe to get to camp.
What Do We Do?
Campers learn basics of theatre and improvisation, vocal projection, and making specific choices.
Campers learn about spacial awareness, making creative choices with their bodies, and communicating without words.
Campers create a devised piece based on the STEM topic of the session.
The Open Workshop is an opportunity for campers to share all of the skills they have gained. This is an informal presentation of plays, dances, and games that campers have put together with their groups. Our focus is on process rather than product.
I could witness some transformations even in the short 2 weeks such as them being less inhibited when on stage.
What To Bring
Snack & Lunch Food: Please pack one snack and a well-balanced lunch for your child, along with a bottle of water. If your child is staying for Afternoon Extended Care, please pack another snack. Remember to pack cutlery with your child's lunch. Please limit the amount of sugary items in your child's lunch. Microwaves and refrigerators are not available. Camp staff cannot accommodate food delivery for campers. We do not have extra snacks, and we do not encourage sharing among campers.
NO PEANUTS or TREE NUTS.
It is imperative that you inform us of any food allergies on the emergency contact form.
Blankets & Books: We schedule time for our
K-1 campers to enjoy listening to a story or quietly read to themselves. Many find that a blanket keeps them cozy and comfortable in the chilly air conditioning during this time. These items can stay at the camp for the 2-week session.
DO NOT send tablets or electronic devices.
It says a lot that there was never a day she didn’t want to come to Play Makers!
What To Bring On Day One
Completed Camper Forms
Extra Change of Clothes
What to Bring Every Day
One Daytime Snack
Appropriate Shoes & Clothing
What To Leave At Home
Stuffed animals and toys
She enjoyed the games, particularly Splat. Her first day she came home and said, "they want me to be crazy!" She appreciated that.
Prepaid Extended Care is available mornings and/or afternoons with your camp registration. Extended Care can be also be purchased “a-la-carte” at $10 per shift.
Morning Extended Care takes place from 8:00am to 9:00am. Parents who arrive before 8:00am will need to wait with their child.
Afternoon Extended Care takes place from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. All students must be picked up by 5:00pm.
Parents need to enter the building to pick up their child. If you arrive after 5:00 p.m., you will be charged $5 per 10 minutes, and your camper will not be able to attend until that balance is paid.
If you think you will be arriving after 5:00pm please call or text the Camp Administrator at 713.298.4691.
*There is NO after care following the Open Workshop on the final Friday of your camp session.*
My child would come home and re-enact some of the games and sayings at home. I think he really enjoyed learning
Emergencies & Medical Needs
Medication may be kept at camp, however Play Makers staff members are unable to administer any type of medication. Campers must be able to administer their medication themselves. Parents can also arrange for someone to come to the camp site to administer the medication.
The only exception to this is in the case of an emergency allergic reaction.
Illness: We want your child to have fun with us every day, but please keep your child home and notify the Camp Administrator if your child has been sick with any of the following within the last 24 hours: vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, eye infection or pink eye, ear ache, fever, persistent cough, runny nose, head lice, or any other contagious illness not mentioned.
**CAMP STAFF ARE FIRST AID/CPR/AED CERTIFIED**
Every day was fun. She enjoyed the games. She gave me a very sophisticated definition of acting. You expanded her vocabulary greatly.
We love our campers almost as much as you do, and we want to make sure that all of our campers feel safe, have fun, and get the most out of our program. Sometimes there’s a mix of personalities that clash, sometimes a camper is having a bad day, or something else, and they might do something or react to something in a way that makes others uneasy. We want to give them an opportunity to learn and grow from their mistakes.
Each Teaching Artist introduces the class to their own classroom expectations. A system of warnings and quiet times will be used with minor discipline problems. Further action will be determined in consultation with the Camp Administrator and Education Department Administrative office. Alley Theatre enforces a zero-tolerance policy for some behavior and/or items. Weapons, controlled substances, substances illegal for minors, theft, and behavior interpreted by the Education Department staff as violent, disruptive, destructive, inappropriate, harassing, bullying or aggressive will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the program without a refund. This includes taking pictures or recording videos, or pulling up inappropriate material from the Internet on mobile smart devices. (These items are best left at home.)
All of our campers need to demonstrate that they want to be there and to participate in the activities. Those campers who repeatedly show that they are not interested will be dismissed from camp without a refund.
Tax & Receipts
Tax ID Number: 74-1143076
Receipts: You must request a receipt if you 'd like one. Please be prepared to wait up to 5 business days to receive your receipt once you request it.
Stay Informed: If you would like updates from camp via email, please include your best email address. Please use an email address that you check as we will be sending information to that email address. Please add anyone else who would be interested in knowing what’s going on at camp.
MARA MCGHEE is a theatrical actor, director, producer, improvisor, and educator. She has a BFA in Acting Performance, and a MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She used her experience and education to co-found the Milwaukee-area theatre company All In Productions, which is still performing and thriving today. One of her favorite projects is TIM: The Improvised Musical, where she got to make up stories, songs, dances with her fun and funny friends. Mara is currently the ECE Programs Coordinator for the Alley Theatre, where she manages the Play Makers Camp, runs the On-Site Tours and Workshops program, and supports the on-site and in-school programming for the Alley. She is most excited to give people an opportunity to find and cultivate their passions, just like she got to do at a young age.
Teaching Artist: Play Making
ANNIE WILD a native Houstonian, is excited to join the Teaching Artist team at The Alley Theatre. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. After living and acting in NYC for four years, Annie moved back to Houston in 2016 to be a part of the incredible arts community. Besides acting regularly in Houston, she is the private acting coach for the fine arts academy at St. Stephens Episcopal School.
Teaching Artist: Acting
DAYNE LATHROP is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. Dayne has several years of experience with the Alley Theatre as a Teaching Artist, utilizing his training in specific areas of theatre to help aid in his execution of the curriculum. He has also had previous experience with teaching at the YMCA.
Teaching Artist: Movement
CARIAN PARKER is thrilled to be working another year as a Teaching Artist with the Alley Theatre. She has previously taught at Stages Repertory Theatre for the Young Actors Conservatory. She has worked two years for a local preschool. She is also a Houston actress and is excited to bring Staging STEM to many different classrooms this year!