Updated April 14, 2020

Dear US Performing Arts Family, Past, Present and Future, 

We have Hope and Expectation for Summer 2020!

We continue to be hopeful that as summer arrives our summer camps and intensives will be able to run safely as originally planned.

Although there continues to be a lot of uncertainty with regards to the coronavirus/COVID-19, there is currently no disruption to our summer camp schedule! We are in close contact with our host universities and, at this time, only one has decided to close their campus to residential programs this summer.  The others are planning at this time to remain open for the summer while implementing stricter cleaning and disinfecting regimens for all public spaces.

It goes without saying, the number one priority of both USPA and its host campuses is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, their families, and the community at large. We will continue to closely monitor the reports from the World Health Organization, the CDC, our host universities, and the state and local health officials where we operate. At this time, we are expecting to move forward as planned but are also developing alternate plans in case there is a change.  As we continue to confer with our universities, we will re-evaluate our plans for the summer at the end of April. As we have all seen, dramatic changes have happened rapidly. We want to be able to make the most prudent and right decision at the right time.


As we all have been “hunkering down” and “sheltering in place” it’s important to keep our dreams and passion alive.

Our dream for you is that you stay safe and healthy.  Our passion is to nurture your dream and stoke your passion.  To that end we’re working remotely to establish a creative and beneficial learning environment that will promote your dream and benefit your craft.

Our faculty is eager to work with you, whether it’s in person or remotely. We’re reaching for the stars and developing a podcast for you.  Our web developers are creating a hosting platform for our students to share their writing, films, favorite monologues, songs, and more. It is the arts community, people like you, who have always lifted humanity by shining your light on our darkest days.  We are nurturing our USPA community with virtual hugs until we can once again have a big group hug!

We know that there will be financial hardships for many families this year.  We will work with everyone to make sure your dreams to attend a USPA workshop are attainable.

The saying goes, “This too shall pass.”  It will, and life will go on. Let’s be ready.  Let’s plan for our future together. Plan to attend a US Performing Arts Camp/Workshop this summer!

Stay safe, be well,

Signed, Judith Patterson
Judith Patterson