The Viola Project welcomes all youth ages 10-16 who culturally identify as girls and women.  Our students are welcomed regardless of their race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation or ability.  

We do not turn away youth who require financial assistance!  Please email SCHOLARSHIP to to get your application started or click here to fill out a scholarship application!

All camps run from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday unless otherwise noted.

City Lit camps are located in the Edgewater Presbyterian Church:
1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

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Speak the Speech V (City Lit)

July 9-13
Taught by Lexi and Evey

“Speak the speech, I pray you, trippingly on the tongue…”

Whether you want to tighten up your acting skills or are prepping for the school play audition, our 5th annual Speak the Speech monologue camp will get you ready to go with two contrasting monologues! Campers will experience performing both male and female characters to dive in to what it means to take up space with your voice. Whether you’re working on Ophelia and Hamlet or Beatrice and Benedict, you’re sure to have some strong opinions on playing gender when you leave -- as well as some killer audition pieces!

Field Trip: Campers will record an interview at StoryCorps.
Guest Artist: Workshop with a Neo-Futurist Ensemble Member on creating original work.

**This intensive is open only to returning students or very serious acting students. Recommended for ages 12-16.**

Scholarships are available! Click here to apply.

Shakespeare Comedy Camp (City Lit)

July 16-20
Taught by Dani and Courtney

"Would that my horse were as fast as her tongue…"

Get your comedy on in this week-long camp on funny ladies spanning from Shakespeare to Chicago! Although women were not allowed on stage in Shakespeare’s comedies, the Bard had the wit to know that ladies can be every bit as shrewd, goofy, ill-mannered, and hilarious as their male counterparts. We’ll take a cue from Beatrice, Rosalind, and our Merry Wives (to name a few) to prove that girls can hold their own in comedy. Join The Viola Project as we explore the age-old tradition of women in comedy while celebrating the great comediennes of today’s Chicago! 

Guest Artist: Workshop with TVP Teaching Artist Jaq Seifert on Commedia Dell'arte
Field Trip: Field Trip to ComedySportz for an improv workshop.

Scholarships are available! Click here to apply.

Rebel Girls Fight Back (City Lit)

July 23-27
Taught by Jaq and Carlyle

"Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?"

This summer we’re offering our first EVER intensive five day fight camp!  Whether you’re inspired by Last Jedi’s Rey or you have a serious devotion to Joan of Arc, this camp will teach you how to fight for glory, love and honor…or at least make it look like you’re fighting!  We’ll pull from Shakespeare’s greatest fights from Macbeth vs Macduff to Montagues vs Capulets.  And what’s more, we’ll be teaching touch consent as the basis for great stage combat so everyone can remain safe, brave and in control of their bodies.

Guest Artist: Workshop on self defense with Thousand Waves.
Guest Artist: Workshop on Special Effect Stage Makeup.

Scholarships are available! Click here to apply.

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The Quality of Mercy: The Merchant of Venice (City Lit)

August 6-10
Taught by Jessica and Tiffany

"If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

Whether you are interested in becoming a lawyer or you just want to make the world a better place, join the Viola Project as we examine justice, mercy and pounds of flesh in one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays. Experience cross dressing lady lawyers as they command a courtroom and get the inside scoop on how the law worked in Shakespeare’s Venice and how it works today. In this week long camp we will tackle the tough questions that come up in Merchant and ponder whether anyone can truly be without prejudice.  

Field Trip: Tour of the Cook County Courthouse and observation of a trial at the Daley Center
Guest Artist: Mikva Challenge

**This camp will tackle difficult questions dealing with bias. Recommended for ages 12-16 or by permission.** 

Scholarships are available! Click here to apply.

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