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July 24-28, 2023 (*Two sessions — Girls 9-12 and Girls 13-16)
Cost: $285, includes GirlSpring t-shirt and lunch . Financial aid available. Email [email protected] for more information on financial aid or other questions.
Location: Artplay | Time: 9AM – 4PM
Taught by SheCamp co-creator Jessica Antes and her assistant. Both have extensive experience as actors, writers, comedians, and teachers, and both trained or have worked at Chicago’s prestigious The Second City (where many SNL actors, and noted comics and girl power icons Tina Fey and Amy Poehler trained!). See Jessica’s and Catrina’s bios below.
While the two sessions are similar in mission and goals, the older group will tackle more advanced comedic styles and activities while the younger group will be more imagination/play/and team work focused. Both sessions will conclude with a final virtual showcase open to family and friends.
SHE Camp for ages 9-12 is designed to empower girls to make confident choices, encourage team work and inclusion, a positive self-image and teach leadership skills- all while celebrating their imaginations, unique sprits, interests and comedic voices. Activities include improvisation, storytelling, dance, crafts and hands-on activities, group discussion and plenty of laughs!
SHE Camp for Teens 13-16 is dedicated to empowering young women who are navigating the middle school and high school years to make confident choices in their lives, as well as voice their unique interests and point of view through comedy and satire. Over the course of the week, they will learn improvisation, sketch comedy, and stand-up comedy accompanied by dance, crafts and hands-on activities, group discussion, and plenty of laughs! SHE Campers will gain tools they need to build confidence in themselves, the importance ensemble and working as a team, assertiveness, positive self image, and self expression.
**Jessica Antes is an actor, writer and teacher with a BA in Film from Columbia College Chicago, as well as a graduate of the Second City Training Center’s Conservatory, Comedy Writing Program, Music Conservatory and has also trained at iO Chicago. She is currently teaching Improv, On Camera Acting, Comedy Writing at The Second City in Chicago. She performs with her iO Harold team Daffodil and her sketch groups Just the Tip, The Comic Thread, and American Girlz.
Catrina Hughes (she/her) is faculty at Second City in their Wellness, Youth/Teen, and Improv 1-5 programs. She loves to perform, write, produce, but most of all teach. She has trained in the Second City Conservatory (Chicago, IL), Annoyance Theater (Chicago, IL), and got her start in comedy at her home away from home, Vermont Comedy Club (Burlington, VT). She has been teaching improv since 2019 and continues to learn in the field of therapeutic improv via “Camp, Yes And” (Indiana University) and the “Yes, And Brain” curriculum (Lacy Alana, LCSW). By day, she is a licensed speech-language pathologist (MS, CCC-SLP) and brings her unique perspective and skillset to all of her classrooms at Second City. Catrina has a passion for supporting youth and adults to grow in their social connections, emotional-regulation, and self-determination goals, incorporating the principles of improv whenever she can. Catrina is neurodivergent and views improv as her daily dose of self-regulation via mindfulness and play. Through comedy, she believes that communities can grow towards building a sense of belonging for all; with deeper connections and more vulnerable self-expression. Not to mention, if we all said “yes, and” to each other and ourselves more, there’d be so much more joyful whimsy!