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Join us for a summer of theatrical learning and creative fun with more performance opportunities than ever.

Summer camp programs will continue at the Playhouse’s mainstage theatre complex in Eden Park/Mt. Adams, as well as Mason Community Center. New this summer are Performance Academies at Ignite Institute in Erlanger, which will further broaden our reach to serve more Greater Cincinnati families.

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OUR MISSION: To encourage creativity through awesome stories.

We believe theatre can be created by any person at any age. That’s what makes camp so exciting! Guided by passionate camp staff, our campers work together to make connections with audiences, each other and themselves, while learning skills that show up onstage and in real life. They learn performance techniques including musical theatre, stage combat, acting, rehearsal and performance — while at the same time exploring their individuality. In our inclusive and artistic environment, campers gain confidence, get moving, form new friendships and tap into their creativity while belting out showtunes and bringing awesome stories to life.

Purchase early and save

Early bird prices through Feb. 29, 2024:

  • Tuition for one-week camps, showcases and intensives at the Playhouse is $300.
  • Tuition for two week-Performance Academies at the Playhouse and Ignite Institute is $645.

Price increases on March 1. See individual listings for details, including pricing for Mason camps.

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This year’s camps include:

Campers in a Shareformace


Incoming first- through 10th-graders

During each week, campers focus on the fundamentals of creating theatre. Each camp has a unique theme which focuses on specific theatrical skills, like stage combat, musical theatre, writing, acting, improvisation and more.

One-week theatre camps end with an informal Shareformance to share with family and friends a snapshot of what campers have learned.



Incoming first- through 12th-graders

Intensives are designed for rising first- through 10th-graders, while showcases are designed for rising sixth- through 12th-graders.

Campers explore theatrical skills with an emphasis on performance and storytelling techniques. More time is dedicated to rehearsal and performance and skills learned are applied through the lens of a single story, musical or performance style.

One-week performance showcases and intensives conclude with a showcase (without sets, props or costumes) to show family and friends a selection of work campers focused on.




Incoming first- through 12th-graders

Camps for rising first- through sixth-graders focus on growing basic theatrical skills.

Camps for rising sixth- through 12th-graders dive more deeply into the source material with a longer final production.

Campers work together to produce a single play or musical from start to finish, while focusing on theatrical skills and rehearsing daily.

Performance Academies conclude with a final performance, complete with sets and costumes.

Everyone who registers receives a role, and prior experience in theatre is not required. Roles are cast in the first few days of camp, and lead roles may be double-cast.


Full- and partial-tuition scholarships are available to campers who demonstrate financial need. Scholarships are limited, and awards are determined based on need and space available. The deadline to apply for scholarships online is May 3, 2024. Applicants will be notified of awards no later than May 13. Submit your application here. Please contact with any questions.

Before Care and After Care

Before Care and After Care are available for purchase for all locations and can be added to your camp registration. Prices listed cover a full week and cannot be prorated.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Ignite Institute

  • Before Care: 8 – 9 a.m. ($40 per week)
  • After Care: 4 – 5:30 p.m. ($60 per week)
Please note: extended care ends at 5:30. If campers are picked up late, there is a charge of $5 for every 10-minute increment past closing time.

Mason Community Center

  • Before Care Mason: 7:30 – 9 a.m.
  • After Care Mason: 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Mason Before Care and After Care is run by and sold through Mason Community Center. Rates are determined by Mason Community Center and can be found while registering for Mason Camps. Registration for camps at Mason Community Center begins Feb. 16, 2024, for Premiere Members and Feb. 19 for the general public.

Launch Pad Accessibility Program

The Playhouse is committed to increasing accessibility to all its programs. To further this commitment, we created Launch Pad. Launch Pad is a program that allows campers with developmental disabilities, neurodivergences and sensory challenges to participate in camp and be a part of the camp community while having their unique needs met. Space is limited and scholarships are available. Please visit the Launch Pad page for more information.

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Purchase summer camps held at the Playhouse and Ignite Institute before March 1 for early bird pricing!

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