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.

Oak Park camps are located in Austin Gardens:
167 Forest Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60305


Rebel Girls Fight Back (Oak Park)

July 9-13
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.

Shakespeare Comedy Camp (Oak Park)

July 16-20
Taught by Emma and Carlyle

"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
Guest Artist: Workshop with Improvised Shakespeare Company

Scholarships are available! Click here to apply.