Learning to Own the Stage
Join director Robert Stoddard and playwright Orson Scott Card for intensive theatrical training in an LDS environment, focusing on the skills required for outstanding auditions and standout performances. The camp will also include a workshop on performing Shakespeare at the faithfully reconstructed Black Friars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia. By the end of the camp, all students will have auditions ready for competition, with prizes that include a theatre scholarship for Southern Virginia University.
Each day, you will train directly with Professors Stoddard and Card and their aides. You will work on:
- How to choose and prepare audition pieces
- Performance styles, including stage and film
- How to deal with cold readings and new scripts
- Stage combat
- Multi-actor scenes
At the end of the camp, you’ll take part in a mock audition, and the top male and female students will be awarded scholarships to Southern Virginia University along with other prizes. (If you come with one or more one-minute monologues selected and memorized, you’ll be that much more prepared to take advantage of the training, but monologues can be changed during the week as you learn more about choosing monologues to show your skills.)
About the Instructors
Orson Scott Card
Best known as the author of the novels Ender's Game, Pathfinder, and The Lost Gate, often used in schools, and more than fifty other books, Card has directed dozens of plays in professional and academic theaters in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Provo, Greensboro, and at Southern Virginia University. His original plays and adaptations, including his freshening of Shakespeare’s plays, have been received enthusiastically by audiences since the late 1960s. He has also scripted hundreds of audioplays, and regularly takes part in audiobook productions.
Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. He lives in Greensboro NC with his wife, Kristine Allen Card; their three children are actively involved in theatre, audiobooks, film, comics, screenwriting, and videogame design.
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A., University of Utah, 1981
Robert Stoddard joined the faculty in 2003. With frequent collaborator Orson Scott Card, he has written several popular musicals, including Stone Tables, the score of which was eventually recorded and released on CD by Shadow Mountain. Their musical, Father, Mother, Mother, Mom was performed at Robert Redford's Sundance Theatre and throughout the intermountain west. Professor Stoddard's musical, "Giraffe Story," for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics, won the Utah Fine Arts Playwriting Contest and has been produced nationally. A collection of his Christmas carols were recently released on CD as "December Tales." He has also written music for television ("Border Town"); music, lyrics and sketches for stage revues ("Wasatch Boulevard"), and songs for other recording artists (Adelaide Sinclair and Charlotte Smurthwaite). In Los Angeles, he directed the world premiere of the musical "Innocents Abroad" at the Gene Dynarski Theatre.
Stoddard teaches acting, directing, playwriting and general theatre classes and directs three of the five annual Southern Virginia theatre productions.
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1973; M.F.A., University of Utah, 1986
Dates: June 25-28
Area of Study: Theatre & Literature
Program Director: Professor Robert Stoddard
Approximate Cost: $275
- 4 days of class and individual instruction by Robert Stoddard, Orson Scott Card, and staff.
- Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA (travel and workshops).
- All Meals
- Lodging on Campus at Southern Virginia University
- Full-time Adult Guidance
$100 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration. Full payment due 3 weeks prior to the start of the program.
Lodging & Food
Students will stay in the dorms at Southern Virginia University. All meals will be provided by the Southern Virginia dining hall. Meals during trips will be purchased as students travel to and from destinations.
For the safety and convenience of student travelers, there will be full-time student assistants supervising at all times. Assistants are current Southern Virginia students in good academic standing and current ecclesiastical endorsements. They will serve as class aides, guides on trips, and resident assistants at night.
There are separate residence buildings for males and females. The opposite sex is never allowed in the bedrooms. Each dorm has a common room where students of both genders may mingle. Students must be in their own rooms by 10:30 p.m. Students will not be allowed to stay in the dorms during class time.
Students will be expected to live by the Southern Virginia Code of Honor while attending this program. Violations of the Code of Honor will result in immediate expulsion from the program without refund.
Travel to and from Southern Virginia University is the responsibility of the participant. During the program, students will ride in buses chartered by Southern Virginia (included in the cost of the program).
Program fees include all transportation (except airfare/travel to and from Southern Virginia University), lodging, meals, all entrance fees for planned excursions, and the cost of supervision and instruction. Students will be responsible for any additional personal expenses (souvenirs, snacks, etc.)