Civic At Home : The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Academy of Theatre Arts

Civic at Home

Due to COVID-19 and our commitment to the safety and health of our students, our July and August camps and classes have been converted to a virtual format.


Are you a future director, actor, screenwriter or editor? The Five Day Film Festival is an opportunity for students of all levels to practice the art of filmmaking.

The rules are simple:

  • Grab a sibling, close friend or neighbor and sign-up as a team! If partners are not in the same household, the household registering the students will be responsible for payment for both students.
  • Genre Selection: The first day of camp teams will participate in an online drawing where your films genre such as: Comedy, Action, or Western and Sub-Genre like: Fantasy, Thriller or Musical are selected at random.
  • What is your team's goal? To make a short film using the styles selected in just one week!

The Five Day Film Festival will test you and your partner's ability to work together, create, and make a 3-minute movie. The sense of accomplishment is tremendous and you will be celebrated as we debut YOUR FILM- first with the online community and then on The Kalamazoo Civic Mainstage!! (Future Date TBD)

Dates: August 10 - 14 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Requirements:Ages 9-14
Class Fee: $50 per team
Student Maximum: 12 students
Teaching Artist: Tony Humrichouser

Screen Time: 2 hours daily. Teams will begin each day with instruction from teaching artists and discussion about parameters, ideas and then challenges as the week continues. Remainder of the class is spent hands-on creating your film with your teammate while our teachers remain online to give advice, answer questions, and provide guidance live!

Special Requirements: Students must register with a partner in advance, as we will not be matching students with partners. Parental check-ins and supervision are required.

Technical Requirements: All team members must have access and use of video recording devices and laptops with their preferred version of editing software.

*Sensitivity Guidelines for Film Submissions: Instructors will work with students to ensure content and perspective is presented in an inclusive and respectful manner. Any film content or subject matter that is not in alignment with this statement may be edited or not publicly presented.


This on-camera class gives actors the unique introduction to the world in front of the camera. Performers will be walked through the process, exploring various on-camera techniques, while using scenes and audition sides from a television show as source material. This course is conducted by Stephen Wallem from the Emmy Award Winning Television series 'Nurse Jackie' and the upcoming Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson film 'Marry Me.' Don t miss this wonderful virtual opportunity to learn what it takes to be on TV and in film!

Date: August 6 - 27 (Thursday evenings)
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Ages: 16 and up
Screen Time: 1.5 hours
Camp Fee: $85
Teaching Artist: Stephen Wallem
Student Maximum: 12 Students

*To ensure that students get the best interactive online instruction possible our class size is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration Information

Important Information for all camps/classes:

  • Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis online.
  • Class sizes are limited!
  • Once you have registered, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address used to register.

Computer Requirements: Students will need to have a Zoom account, solid internet connection and a computer, laptop, or digital device with a webcam.

Zoom Links: Students will receive an email with all Zoom meeting links for each day of camp in advance. Emails may also include music, activity sheets, and other materials for camp sessions.

Recording: We plan to record each teaching session as we have thought of the possibility of computer issues or schedule conflicts and still value each student s participation, in whatever form.

Registration Deadlines:
August Camps: Friday July 31st by Noon 12:00 pm

Financial Aid Deadlines:
August Camps: Friday July 24th by 5:00 pm. Recipients contacted Wednesday July 29th by 5:00 pm.

Contact and Questions:
For more detailed information or questions please contact our Director of the Academy of Theatre Arts: Lesa Dencklau
Phone: 515-570-7987