FAQ

Admissions

Yes, transportation is available at all sites, but only to specific airports. Call 1.888.497.3553 or 415 924-6442, check the website for details, or see the Travel Page for transportation details before making travel arrangements.

Many of our campers take multiple camps. Campers may choose to enroll in as many additional camp weeks as they would like to maximize their learning experience and fun! There is an additional fee of $135 per night for resident campers who stay for the weekends between consecutive camps. This fee covers room, meals and supervised activities. Campers staying over between sessions are fully supervised and participate in organized activities.

US Performing Arts Camps are located on the finest campuses in the country. The residence halls offer up-to-date, clean and safe rooms for our campers’ accommodations. Most of our accommodations are double occupancy although occasionally we will group students in a triple room due to the number of campers and gender breakdown. Campers can request a roommate and we will attempt to honor the request.

Please see our Registration/Cancellation Policy for details.
USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.

Tuition includes program, room, and meals. Commuter tuition (where available) includes program and lunch.

The fastest way to register for a program is online. Here’s how:
Search for the program you want to attend.
Click on the button and follow the onscreen instructions.
You can also register over the phone by calling us toll-free at 888 497 3553 OR 415 924-6442.

General

US Performing Arts is the operator of US Performing Arts Camps, Inc. and was founded in 2001. We have partnered with America’s top universities since the summer of 2002 to give you a combined history of many years of providing young people with access to the training and skills they need to perfect their craft.

I was so impressed with the professionalism this camp had to offer. My daughter, Carolyn, has been to other acting camps, but this one goes a step beyond any others encountered. It was completely organized, in a safe and clean environment with great accommodations and food, in addition to top-notch training, all well worth the investment.

Dorothy Cannon Madans, Charlotte, NC

Our family’s experience with the US Performing Arts camp was superb! Our daughter attended the Dance camp on the UCLA campus. It was very professional, well-organized, kid-centered and tons of fun.

The Lowe Family, San Rafael, CA

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We have limited amount of partial financial aid available. For details, please email us at info@usperformingarts.com

Yes, we offer a 10% discount to the families of those in active military service.

Yes, we offer a discount of 5% when registering for 2 or more programs.

Parental

The safety and well-being of our campers is a top priority of our directors and staff. Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The mentor staff lives in the residence halls with the campers and joins in all their evening activities.

All electronics are welcome, but US Performing Arts is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Students are allowed to bring cell phones to camp. However, unless an instructor requests that cell phones be used as part of the class instruction, students will be asked to leave their cell phones secured in their room or with a mentor during the day.  No exceptions. Students will have access to their cell phones in the evenings until lights out.  Students may not use their phones after “lights out.” This policy is for the students safety and is to ensure that there are no distractions or interruptions during class.

If an emergency situation arises, parents may contact the resident director at the number provided in the information packet.

Drugs, alcohol, smoking, and sexual activity are strictly forbidden at all US Performing Arts Programs. US Performing Arts staff has the right to search for illegal substances. Students who violate this policy, or commit general misconduct, will be immediately expelled from the program without a refund.

Campers found in violation of the code of conduct will be dismissed immediately from the program and housing. Parents will be responsible for all fees, arrangements, and transportation immediately following dismissal.

All of our college campuses offer a wide variety of exceptionally outstanding food. Every camper should be able to find good nutritional choices that they will enjoy eating.  Please contact us when you register with any special dietary needs.

No, students can not meet friends/family off campus in the evening during the week. Activities, homework, and rehearsals are scheduled in the evenings and the students need to be present to fully participate.

The is a very individual decision. Our experience suggests about $60 for the week. This will include any souvenirs, or special activities and a camp picture. Students often like to make purchases at the Student Bookstore. Campers staying over the weekend to attend another camp will have the option of pre-registering and paying for special weekend activities. Movie money for anyone staying over the weekend is also recommended.

Yes, some of the camps will publish a list of items (clothes, shoes, and equipment) that they would like their students to bring with them. For example, the Playwriting/Screenwriting Camp recommends that each student bring a laptop computer and tape recorder with them. The acting and musical theater camps also suggest their campers bring a small tape recorder. Other camps may also list some requests in their Registration Packet.

Programs

US Performing Arts faculty are carefully selected award-winning artists from Hollywood and Broadway with teaching, coaching or mentoring experience.  In addition, our faculty is often augmented by highly distinguished faculty from the schools where we are located. All our directors and faculty are selected for their artistic and professional accomplishments as well as for their teaching and mentoring skills.

Directors and Faculty are subject to change without notice.

Our ratio of faculty/mentors to camper is 1 to 10.

In some classes students will be grouped by ability and experience. In those classes where students benefit most by a collaborative experience and peer interaction there will be an array of abilities. Students attending dance classes will be assessed and grouped on technique, not years of experience. The low faculty/student ratio will enable the instructor to give individual attention to each camper.

Immediately after registering you will receive an email confirmation that you are registered in the camp of your choice. In late May or early June you will receive an Information Packet that will include all of the particulars for your specific camp. It will contain all the information you need for arriving at camp, performance and certificate ceremony, camp phone numbers, health forms, transportation needs, policies, checklist of things to bring, travel form, roommate request, and any other particulars the director may need you to know. It will also include airport arrival and departure instructions.

Yes, some of the camps will publish a list of items (clothes, shoes, and equipment) that they would like their students to bring with them. For example, the Playwriting/Screenwriting Camp recommends that each student bring a laptop computer and tape recorder with them. The acting and musical theater camps also suggest their campers bring a small tape recorder. Other camps may also list some requests in their Registration Packet.

Yes, some of the camps will be taking curriculum-enhancing field trips. These trips will be completely supervised within our faculty/student ratio in safe vans or buses with approved drivers. Some camps will also include fun day-trips to area attractions.

Each of our residential campsites offers full recreational facilities, including swimming, for use by our campers. Campers will have time to enjoy these supervised recreational activities.

Students and their families are responsible for obtaining any required visas. Due to the brief period of time of our programs, international students should obtain a short stay Tourist Visa, (not a Student Visa), from the American Embassy or Consulate in their home country

Age and Grade requirements vary by location. Grades listed for each camp are the grades students will be entering in the fall of the next school year.

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