SHE Camp | A Summer Camp For Girls!

Camp for Girls

SHE CAMP 2021 was a great success! Check back in January 2022 for details about next year's camp!

Thanks to our camp sponsors:

Thanks to the Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Company for supporting SHE Camp!

Thanks also to all of our SHE Camp supporters: Mercedes-Benz U.S International, The Joe and Cornelia LaRussa Family Charitable Fund at the Chicago Community Foundation, Tacala, LLC, Ashley Mac’s, Bud’s Best Cookies, and Fresh Market. 

June 28-July 1 (*Two sessions — Girls 9-12 and Girls 13-16)

Cost: $250, includes GirlSpring t-shirt and lunch . Financial aid available. Email [email protected] for more information.

Taught by SheCamp co-creator Jessica Antes and Julia Diferdinando. 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 full bios for both teachers 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.

Ages 9-12

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!  

Ages 13-16

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. 

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TEACHER BIOS

**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. 

**JULIA DiFERDINANDO is an actress, comedian and writer. She studied Theater and Spanish at The University of Vermont before moving to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a career in comedy and writing. She arrived in Chicago with an internship at the prestigious The Second City and from there she has thrived working in the comedy community. While continuing to study improv at other prestigious comedy theaters like iO and The Annoyance, Julia honed her skills as a comedian and writer while performing with independent teams. Upon returning to Chicago, she continued teaching improvisation at The Second City, and she served as a permanent understudy for Second City’s e.t.c. stage. She also toured, collaborated and wrote for the corporate division of the company creating and performing content for businesses all over the United States.

In 2016, Julia began the long process of breaking into screenwriting. With the help of many others, Julia wrote and co-produced independent film projects, which would become her true passion outside of improvisation. In 2018, she won Best Actress at the London Short Series festival for her role in The Coat Room, a web series she wrote and starred in. Soon after, she relocated to her hometown to be the Creative Director of the Vermont Comedy Club. In her position, Julia has creative control of the Training Center, all artistic content, and corporate offerings. She continues to teach, perform, and explore new areas of comedy and what they can bring to the Burlington community.