ASC Theatre Camp Residential & Directing Assistant

American Shakespeare Center

Staunton, VA

Work Location: In-office

Performing Arts Center

  • Seasonal
  • Staunton, VA
  • Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Website asctheatrecamp American Shakespeare Center

ASC Theatre Camp Residential & Directing Assistants (RDAs) are more than just camp counselors: they are teachers, directors, supervisors, cheerleaders, role models, friends, and fellow students. For the 2021 ASC Theatre Campers’ Renaissance Session, we are seeking two RDAs to join the camp bubble with Camp Director Lia Wallace, Camp Life Coordinator Aubrey Whitlock, and 15 campers. Both RDAs will wear multiple hats, fulfilling the Camp Life responsibilities of their assigned Residential Role (Social or Wellness) and the artistic responsibilities of their assigned Production Role (Stage Manager or Dramaturg — see detailed breakdown below).

Application deadline: 11:59pm on Friday, April 16


  • July 10 – August 9, 2021 (Campers’ Renaissance Session runs July 11-August 9, performance on August 8)


  • $2000
  • Housing and all meals provided

ASC takes seriously the demands issued by We See You White American Theatre, including the directive that hiring practices “employ intentional and honest effort in establishing consistent, meaningful, long-term relationships with BIPOC artists.”  We recognize that the theatre industry has historically excluded practitioners from marginalized groups, most notably the BIPOC community, and that change begins at home.  In an intentional and honest effort to enrich our collective community and change the trajectory of our long-broken industry, we encourage BIPOC theatremakers to apply for these positions.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Experience performing, directing, producing, and/or teaching Shakespeare
  • Experience supervising and/or working with high school students
  • Exhibits dependability, punctuality, patience, teamwork, self-control, and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrates appropriate behavior at all times
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record (preferred)
  • Rich, diverse background in theatre arts (preferred)


  • Supervise campers throughout the duration of their stay
  • Escort campers to and from rehearsals, meals, classes, and activities
  • Serve as positive role models for healthy behavior
  • Work amicably and cooperatively with all staff members
  • Observe and promote all rules and regulations of ASC Theatre Camp

SOCIAL LEADER: In charge of coordinating camp life events as well as maintaining camp’s social media presence.

Event coordination

  • Create and execute themes for camp life events (e.g. Masquerade Ball, talent show)
  • Inventory and maintain event supplies (e.g. sunscreen, bug spray, decorations, etc)
  • Coordinate prep for camp field trips

Social media

  • Coordinate daily posts on ASCTC social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Coordinate daily blog entries about camp life activities on the ASCTC blog

WELLNESS LEADER: In charge of all camper health and wellbeing needs not requiring the assistance or intervention of trained medical personnel


  • Assist with the logistics of bubble maintenance, including collecting daily symptom checks and enforcing social distancing protocols
  • Assist campers with daily medications as needed and able
  • Create and maintain first-aid kits at all camp locations
  • Provide transportation (in company vehicle) to urgent care as needed
  • Organize and supervise extracurricular athletic activities for campers based on need and interest (e.g. morning runs)


  • Provide emotional support for campers as needed and qualified (e.g. sitting with a camper experiencing anxiety, taking a walk with a camper who needs a break, etc.)


As members of the artistic team for the camp company directed production of Henry V, both RDAs will:

  • Attend production meetings with artistic team throughout camp
  • Attend daily training sessions in the first week of camp
  • Attend or lead classes and workshops as assigned and qualified throughout camp
  • Attend auditions and serve as a member of the staff casting panel
  • Attend all rehearsals
  • Work individually with campers on line memorization, choreography, music, and other production elements outside of rehearsals as needed/requested



  • Maintain prompt copy of performance script
  • Take blocking notes
  • Write and send official daily rehearsal reports
  • Coordinate costume and prop check-out, organization, maintenance, cleaning, and strike
  • Keep time in rehearsal


  • Create dramaturgy packet of information about the play
  • Assist camp company with script preparation process during the first week
  • Serve as general expert on the play with final say on related questions (e.g. textual variance, pronunciation) in the rehearsal room
  • Serve as general outside eye and advocate for the play throughout the rehearsal process, providing regular feedback to the camp company on questions of staging and clarity

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