Kids Summer Camp Performances
Every day, since 1968, Usdan's series of Festival Performances have offered campers the opportunity to experience a range of art forms live on stage. The series has hosted professional artists from around the world including dancers from the Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey Dance Companies, musicians from the New York Philharmonic and International Contemporary Ensemble, mimes, puppeteers, spoken word and Broadway performers, and, in the very first season, an 11-year-old cello prodigy named Yo-Yo Ma. Repertoire for the daily Festival Performance includes traditional and contemporary art from a culturally diverse group of performers. These performances bring art to life for campers in thrilling new ways to further delight, surprise, and inspire our students. All of our professional performers hold a workshop or master class on the day of their performance with students from a related class or department.
In a typical summer, the series alternates days between professional artists, faculty performers, and student performers, showcasing the talent and commitment of Usdan’s incredible campers and offering a glimpse of the artistry created in the studios throughout the summer. Complimenting their in-studio performances, their Festival showcase exemplifies the value of performing for different sized audiences and with different levels of formality. By participating in the series, performing arts students learn what it means to come together as a group to produce an artwork, to take risks, and be supported by faculty and their peers on the big stage.
The Festival Performance series includes a combination of professional and student performances each week, to ensure every student is able to be wonder-filled by both groups.
Download our 2019 Festival Performance Calendar
Download our 2018 Summer Calendar.
Download our 2017 Summer Calendar.
Download our 2016 Summer Calendar.
Outdoor Performance and Rehearsal Venue Rentals
Usdan's campus consists of 140 acres of natural beauty, peppered with winding paths, gardens, and outdoor artworks. The grounds feature more than 70 studios and theater spaces including the year-round Maurice B. Hexter Center and the 1,000 seat Andrew and Lily McKinley Amphitheater, an award-winning state-of-the-art performance space. Additionally, the campus features four modern tennis courts, three large outdoor swimming pools, two yoga platforms, and a recreational area.
For more information on outdoor venue rentals on our wooded campus, please visit: www.usdan.org/about-us/venue-rental.
Inspiring U is a collection of creative content and resources to help our community stay creatively engaged. This ever-growing collection includes original, archival, and borrowed creative content such as prompts and activities to do at home, virtual Festival performances, amazing resources from other arts and culture organizations, and instructional videos created by Usdan faculty. The collection covers Usdan’s departments of Art, Chess, Creative Writing, Dance, Discovery (K & 1st graders) Music, Nature & Sustainability, and Theater.
Here, we offer ways to create meaningful connections through art, no matter where you are.