Hosted virtually for Summer 2021 at
Stanford University

Palo Alto, CA

In adhering to all local regulations, following all national, county, city, and campus guidelines, and in concern for the needs of their college student body, Stanford University has made the early decision NOT to host residential summer workshops for Summer 2021. US Performing Arts will offer the same outstanding workshops, at a reduced tuition, during the same weeks as originally planned for the in-person workshops at Stanford this year. Should anything change between now and the start of these virtual workshops, USPA enrolled students will be the first invited to attend in-person. We know that a virtual workshop is not your “first choice.” We promise that our virtual workshops will not be a second-choice option, but rather a result of being nimble and willing to pivot when necessary. Our virtual workshops will be small, interactive, and give each student the opportunity to work closely with our renowned faculty and with their peers. Should we be able to pivot once again to holding these workshops on campus students enrolled virtually with have the first option to attend in the order in which they applied.  Please review our “No Risk Enrollment Policy” for more information.



Location Overview

US Performing Arts offers excellent locations and facilities for the training of actors and screenwriters, and provides an outstanding background for the scenes our actors will present. Students will enjoy great weather and the use of recreational facilities in their free time.

This camp is located 30 minutes south of San Francisco. The campus offers excellent facilities for the training of writers and actors, and provides an outstanding background for filmmakers. Students will enjoy great weather and the use of Stanford’s recreational facilities in their free time. US Performing Arts is located on Stanford campus which is home to the Hoover Tower, Stanford Memorial Church, and the Cantor Arts Center. Minutes away, students will also be able to visit downtown Palo Alto, complete with many shops and restaurants.

Residence Hall

US Performing Arts has been housed in several different houses and student dormitories over the years. This year we expect that students will be located in one of the Row Houses on the Stanford Campus. 

An announcement of our location and a description will be coming soon!

Health & Safety

Travel Safety

In light of security measures being implemented by the airline industry for all arriving and departing air travel, US Performing Arts Camps is taking every step possible to make your child’s travels safe and simple this summer. Please take special note of the pickup and drop off procedure for all US Performing Arts campers traveling to camp by air. Also, as a reminder, per airline regulations, children age 12 and older must present a valid photo I.D. or birth certificate to board any flight. Please make sure your child is carrying some form of identification.

Camp Safety

All students attending a US Performing Arts Program are required to fill and bring the following forms to camp. Students will not be admitted to a program without these forms.

Forms Available May, 2020

Additionally, You MUST print, sign, and fax/mail the following Stanford Release form to our office. Students will not be able to check in at Stanford unless we have this form on file!

Forms Available May, 2020



Students check-in between 2 and 3:30pm on the first day of camp.


Airport transportation is available to and from San Jose International Airport for $60 EACH WAY.
Flights should arrive into San Jose International Airport (SJC) on the first day of camp prior to 12pm.
Flights should depart from San Jose International Airport (SJC) on the last day of camp after 5pm.

ALL RESIDENTIAL students attending a US Performing Arts program are required to submit a travel form no later than 2 weeks prior to their program start date. If you plan on driving your student to camp, please check the NO TRAVEL REQUIRED box.

The travel form may be completed online when you log in to get your information packet.

*An additional $150 will be charged to your account for arriving/departing outside our specified time.

Information Packets

Camp Information Packet Available May, 2020

Required Forms

The following forms are required for camp. Please print, fill out, and BRING THEM TO CHECK IN. Students will not be admitted to camp without the forms. The forms may also be downloaded online when you log in to get your Information Packet.

Forms Available May, 2020

Typical Weekday

Typical Day Campers are busy with classes from morning until evening. Weekly highlights can include guest speakers, a catered party, or a chaperoned fieldtrip.

A typical day schedule looks like this*:


7:30 – Wake Up

8:00 – Breakfast

8:30 – Mentor Meetings/Warm Ups

9:00 – Workshop I

10:30 – Workshop II

12:00 – Lunch/Rest


1:30 – Workshop III

2:30 – Workshop IV

4:00 – Group Work

5:30 – Dinner


6:00 – Lecture/Video/Evening Activities

8:00 – Homework/Rehearsal

10:00 – Campers to Room

10:30 – Lights Out

*This is a generic schedule to give you an idea of how your day will be spent. All programs have time scheduled for recreational activities, special events, a party activity, and general fun!


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Phil Ramuno

Phil Ramuno


Rick Hawkins

Rick Hawkins

Screenwriter & Producer


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