See you THIS summer!  Take advantage of discounts!

SINCE 2000!




One Week Pre-Camp JUNE 6-10

Regular Camp Season Begins JUNE 13

Camp Season Ends AUGUST 5


One Week Pre-Camp JUNE 13-17

Camp Season begins JUNE 20

Camp Season Ends AUGUST 12


Camp Season begins JULY 11

Camp Season Ends JULY 29

Registration and policy  Info on this page. 

Look for updates soon!

Register Early: Enjoy helping your camper select a session to attend and please register as early as possible. Some sessions fill up very quickly. See you at camp this summer.







Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camps (ACA accredited) involve your child in fun filled, local summer programming with stellar professional staff at prices for families looking for flexible choices and discriminating budgets.  Each camp session will offer unique training and each camper will have the opportunity to explore and focus upon new paths of creativity in the Performing Arts. Improv Playhouse emphasizes an environment that nurtures every child as an individual artist, challenges aspiring actors and inspires theater beginners. All levels are encouraged to enroll. Programming will not be duplicated from mornings to afternoons where applicable.

- We work to provide a non-competitive, nurturing and  fun environment for our campers.
- All roles in the workshops are assigned to the children by our staff. Campers are not  required to do cold readings or prepare memorized audition pieces.
- We reserve the right to determine casting at our discretion.
- Any special clothing, costumes or dress is provided by the parents.  Our camp shows are only $5 (to cover special rental of the stages) and open only to the friends and family members of our campers.


Fun Times! Great Friends! And More!

Descriptions, Registrations and Locations Below


Performing Arts Camp Quotes

"Dear David...First, I wanted to express my gratitude to you and your wonderful staff for a fabulous camp experience for my daughter.  Anna blossomed at Camp Glee and she is now excited to improve her skills and get involved in classes and productions,  Thank you for drawing her out and building her confidence.  You are all amazing!"  Lesley Demartini

"I was so impressed by the whole camp...really blown away. Such talent, dedication and the directors were so completely invested in the productions..." 

Angie Campe, Parent

"We've never done a camp like this before, and we were pleasantly surprised. My daughter is signed up for a different camp later this summer, but she now wishes she could stay at Improv Playhouse for another session!'

Bari K., Parent

"Thanks to you and the teachers for the past two weeks. I know Ari enjoyed it, and it has been nice for me to see the extra added bit of self-confidence he now exhibits as a result of his experience."

Robert Rand


2016 LIBERTYVILLE & HIGHLAND PARK Camp Registration Form (click here)

2016 LIBERTYVILLE & HIGHLAND PARK Tri-Fold Camp Brochure (click here)

2016 SUMMER STOCK PRODUCTIONS Registration Form (click here)

2016 ROUND LAKE BEACH Camp Registration Form (click here)




IP ELITE (Grades 6-12)

The Exceptional Level for Intensive Theatrical Experiences

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Libertyville only

Rehearsals: June 21 - July 31

Tech Week & Performances: July 25- 31

$395 (Tuition due before first rehearsal)

Click here for audition music: Fantine, Cosette, Thenardiers, Gavroche & Beggars, Javert, Valjean

LES MISERABLES: Winner of over 100 international awards, seen by over 70 million people worldwide, and inspiring a triple-Oscar Award winning movie, Les Misérables is an epic and inspiring story about the survival of the human spirit. Now adapted for high school performers, Les Misérables School Edition features an iconic score and carefully maintains the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written.

I.P. ELITE: This new component of Summer I.P. is an auditioned and referred repertory ensemble of outstanding teen and high music theater school students from throughout the Lake County region. Members of I.P.-Elite tend to be triple threats who wish to improve their performing skills while working with other serious musical theater actors seeking the challenge of developing their craft.  The ensemble will seek to provide the highest quality in professionalism and performance bringing various genres to the stage.  I.P. Elite will register, audition, assess and rehearse full length, ensemble based musicals with those students who have been cast for this challenging training and showcased production. 


A.C.T. (Grades 6-12)

Acting Conservatory for Teens

Tuesday & Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Libertyville only

Rehearsals: June 14 - July 14

Performances: July 19th & 21st

$295 (Tuition due before first rehearsal)

ROMEO & JULIET: William Shakespeare's iconic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, tells the timeless tale of two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays today. Adapted for teen performers while retaining Shakespeare's original poetic language, this production is a challenging and moving experience for actors and audience alike.  

ACTING CONSERVATORY FOR TEENS: Acting Conservatory for Teens is an intensive program designed to challenge, nurture and foster young actors who desire a more focused training and rehearsal regimen culminating in an ensemble performance piece or production.


GRADES 1-3 & 3-9

Monday - Friday 9:00am-3:00pm (Half Day options available for grades 1-3)

Focus on Musical Theater productions or showcases Broadway style with concentrations in acting, voice, choreography and dance, sparking a young person's imagination, building their communication skills and instilling a sense of discipline, responsibility and dedication. Final performances are generally on the final Thursday or Friday!  Performances will be held on local stages at the camp facilities.  Unless otherwise noted:  Our Music Theatre Camps serve campers grades entering 3rd - 9th, with two-week full-day or half-day options for campers entering 1st - 3rd.  Accommodations will be made to segregate younger campers from older campers giving focused attention to age groups though they are combined in rehearsals, field trips and final showcases.


1st - 3rd Grade Camp: Rockland School, 160 W. Rockland Road

3rd - 9th Grade Camp: Highland Middle School, 310 W. Rockland Rd.


All Camps: Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road-Lower Level

PRE-CAMP SESSION (1 Week, Grades 3-9)

Performing Arts Showcase and Audition Camp

$265 Full Day, $150 Half Day (check for early bird and other discounts)

Choices of Acting, Musical Theater Scenes, Voice and Movement, Improv 

Libertyville: June 6-10

Highland Park: June 13-17

Your introduction to Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camp.  This ONE WEEK Showcase Workshop will not only introduce your child to several disciplines of the performing arts, but will culminate with a showcase of the skills, fun and focused training they've engaged in during the week.  Audition skills will also be a focal point of this super fun week with IP staff!

BROADWAY BOUND - SESSION ONE (2 Weeks, Grades 1-3)


$530 Full Day, $265 Half Day (check for early bird and other discounts)

Libertyville: June 13-June 24

Highland Park: June 20-July 1

Minions Camp is a “Minion Dance/Song Party” and kids will bust a move to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and other Minion faves.  Each camp starts with story time and dance, then kids dive into a craft project inspired by the hit Despicable Me and Minions movies.  After lunch (which is BYO), it’s movie time. Watch a little bit of the featured flick every day. Then it’s on to more dance and singing  with crafts and games built in. Another story tied into the weekly theme caps each day before campers go home to have sweet Minion dreams.



$530 Full Day, $265 Half Day (check for early bird and other discounts)

Libertyville: June 27-July 8

Highland Park: July 5-July 15

lt might be hot outside during summer camp, but an eternal winter has been unleashed at IP Summer Performing Arts Camp. We will learn songs from the hit Disney movie, act out some scenes, and learn the dances of Arendelle. Each student will receive a camp t-shirt, a script, and an incredible two-week experience of all things Frozen.




 $795 Full Day (check for early bird and other discounts)

Libertyville: June 13-July 1

Highland Park: June 20-July 8

It might be hot outside during summer camp, but with IP Musical Theater Camp going to the ocean, we'll journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in The Little Mermaid, adapted from Broadway's production and the movie featuring the enormously popular Academy Award winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics.  Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, this is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance through incredible songs and dances you will remember forever!




$795 Full Day (check for early bird and other discounts)

Libertyville: July 5-22

Highland Park: July 11-29

Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin JR. is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. 

When the street urchin Aladdin vies for the attention of the beautiful princess Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin JR., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and the power of love.  An ensemble of townspeople, shop owners, harem girls, and princes give each camp actor spotlight opportunities to shine for their family and friends.


"Triple Threat Boot Camp"   


$530 Full Day (check for early bird and other discounts)

Libertyville:: July 25-August 5

Highland Park:  August 1-August 12

Glee Showcase Camp is all about Acting, Dance & Pop-Rock Vocal Technique. This two week camp will be the final piece of your triple threat summer at Improv Playhouse, unless of course you join another camp!  Receive a T-shirt and perform in a Final Show with pro-orchestrated trax, our unique customized script, incredible staff, and you're ready to go to that next audition...or just have fun!!


Improv and comedy summer fun!  Improv Camp creates a sense of play through the theatre games made famous by the TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and the main stage improv theaters in Chicago.  Each camper will build spontaneity, poise, stage presence, outward focus and commitment to their comedy-performance team.  The final showcase will have you roaring!  Our Pro-Improv staff of counselors are great with kids and are performers in the Chicagoland Improv Community.

3rd-8th Grade Camps

Full Day $530 9:00-3:30 Half Day $275 9:00-12:00, 12:30-3:30

LIBERTYVILLE:  IP Black Box Theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Avenue

(2-weeks each session)

Camp 1 - June 13-24
Camp 2 - June 27-July 8 (NO CAMP Monday 7/4)
Camp 3 - July 11-22
Camp 4 - July 25-Aug 5

HIGHLAND PARK:  Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road-Lower Level

(2-weeks each session)

Camp 1 - June 20-July 1
Camp 2 - July 5-15  (NO CAMP Monday 7/4)
Camp 3 - July 18-29
Camp 4 - Aug 1-12


Film Making ~ Fashion & Modeling

Click here for Film Camp Registration

Click here for Fashion Camp Registration

FILM MAKING CAMPS  (2-weeks each session)

TWEEN:  Grades 4th-7th  $530

TEEN:  Grades 7th-12th    $575

(Full Day Option Only))

LIBERTYVILLE:  116 Lake Street (our original studio)

Tween Film Camp 1 - June 13-24
Teen Film Camp 2 - June 27-July 8 (NO CAMP Monday 7/4)
Tween Camp 3 - July 11-22
Teen Film Camp 4 - July 25-Aug 5

HIGHLAND PARK   Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road-Lower Level

Tween Film Camp 1 - June 20-July 1
Teen Film Camp 2 - July 5-15  (NO CAMP Monday 7/4)
Tween Film Camp 3 - July 18-29
Teen Film Camp 4 - Aug 1-12


Filmmaking campers will gain knowledge in every aspect of filmmaking. Our Filmmaking Camp Directors are chosen from professional ranks and some of the top film making schools in the country.  They instruct our campers inimportant elements of pre-production, production and post-production, where our campers learn hands on filmmaking technique through digital technology and professional software.  Campers will be immersed in story boarding, shot list creation, casting, shooting and digital film editing.

Pre-Production: The camper's pre-production planning will involve developing scripts, storyboards, location scouting, set design and casting.

Production:Young filmmakers will work closely with seasoned professionals and or college film strudents in specific crew positions, using props, wardrobe and set dressing if not on location shooting exterior scenes.

Post-Production: Our young filmmakers will study and evaluate each shot and select the best takes based on camera work, composition, continuity, sound quality and other criteria that we will dicuss as a group.

Screenwriting:  Our young filmmakers will work with honing their ideas into scripts ready for production. Campers will be encouraged to bring in their stories for consideration, but it is not necessary.
Acting for Film with Script and Improv: Our young filmmakers with act themselves, but also with other performing arts campers when available. They will learn to do the best to live truthfully within their scenes. They first sharpen their listening skills and then work improvisationally, learning to concentrate, trust and collaborate with their teammates. They will get plenty of on-camera experience.  Film campers will be encouraged to bring their digital video cameras if available.  All professional equipment, software, digital tape and a duplicated copy of the final edited project(s) on DVD are included in camp fees.



For Young Ladies & Males, Grades 4th -7th (Tween) & 7th -12th (Teen)

Only $195/wk


Tween Camp July 25-July 29 &

Teen Camp August 1-August 5


A full "How To" week of Fashion and Print Modeling

Accommodations will be made to segregate younger campers from older campers giving focused attention to age groups though they are combined in rehearsals, field trips and final showcases.

Develop Confidence, Style and the Appropriate Image for fun or as a career.

Do you dream of becoming a model?  Did you know that it’s a fun career and a performing art?!  This is an exciting and glam “boot camp” that will leave you with a ton of knowledge on how to take the next big step.  Young ladies and men will be taught everything they need to know about the competitive fashion, print modeling and pageant industry in a week filled with runway technique, role playing, a healthy self concept, visits from pros and a final fashion showcase. What fun!  Each day will focus on new activities that build upon each other.

RUNWAY:  What’s our FASHION WEEK BOOT CAMP without Runway Training!?  Turns.  Pivots.  It’s all choreographed and we’ll teach you the right way!

FASHION WEEK SHOWCASE:  The piece de la resistance!  End camp with a fashion show highlighting everything you’ve learned through the week.  You’ll strut in style and confidence down the runway dripping in the latest “looks” supplied by a our local Serendipity/Latitude Clothing Libertyville.



The Improv Playhouse Theater is committed to providing a safe and positive creative environment for our students, and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religious affiliation, or any other factor in the registration of students or the hiring of staff. As deemed necessary or desirable by IP staff, however, Improv Playhouse Theater reserves the right to withdraw or refuse registration of, and to expel, any student or students who conduct themselves in a manner that is not conducive to a safe and positive creative environment. Students are expected to be courteous and respectful at all times to other students, IP teachers, IP staff, and IP property. IP is not responsible for any injuries sustained on its premises.

Parents, please keep in mind: Improv Playhouse Theater cannot be responsible for children before or after class time. It is the responsibility of the parent to be at the Center on time to pick up their children. Teaching staff is not on site outside of class hours.

Registration Policy

  • REGISTER EARLY:  Enjoy helping your camper select a session to attend and please register as early as possible. Some sessions fill up very quickly. See you at camp this summer.
  • FULL PAYMENT: Must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to camp session, required in full for any posted discounts and for your camper's participation in any camp session.
  • REMAINING BALANCE DUE: 100% of the remaining balance due is automatically charged to the credit card on file on the camp's due date. 
  • REGISTRATION AFTER DUE DATES & LATE FEE:  Any registrations received after the camp's balance due date must be paid in full at the time of registration and must pay an ADDTIONAL $25 LATE FEE for each camper registered.  No discounts apply to late registrations.
  • CREDIT CARD FILING REQUIREMENT:  Credit Card is required for our files and will remain on file through the camp season.  Your credit card will be used if your camper's tuition has not been paid by required scheduled due date.  You may pay your camper's tuition by check or cash. 

Discount Options:

  • (1)  PAY FULL TUTION BY FEBRUARY 1:  3-Week  Camps/$50 discount.  2-Week or 1 Week Camps/$30 discount. 1/2 day Camp/ $25. 
  • (2)  PAY FULL TUITION BY MARCH 1:  3-Week Camps/$40 discount.  2-Week or 1 Week Camps/$20 discount. 1/2 day Camp/ $15. 
  • (3)  PAY FULL TUTION BY APRIL 1:  3-Week Camps/$30 discount.  2-Week or 1 Week Camps/$15 discount. 1/2 day Camp/ $10. 
  • (4)  FOR ALL CAMPERS ATTENDING MORE THAN ONE CAMP:    We offer a $10 discount off each additional camp.  
  • (5) FOR SIBLINGS we offer a $10 discount for each additional sibling registered.    
  • **Only One Discount option of (4) or (5) above applies. 
  • Need-based Scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Please inquire about payment plans.  
  • You may also pay through our barter affiliates: IMS, ITEX and AOB!  Only Retail pricing for barter.  No discount applies.

Deposit and Cancellation Policy

  • FULL DAY CAMP DEPOSIT:  $150.00 required upon enrollment.
  • 1-WEEK CAMPS and 1/2 DAY CAMP DEPOSIT: $75.00
  • CAMP DEPOSIT of the camp fee is non-refundable.
  • If cancellations occur within 3 weeks prior to session start date the entire tuition, including deposit, will be forfeited.   
  • After the three week deadline the only exceptions considered will be proof of medical or family emergency with documented proof from physician or other verifiable documentation.
  • Cancellations received after the camp's balance due date will be charged the full remaining balance.
  • All cancellations must be made in writing and submitted to office@improvplayhouse.com prior to the camp's balance due date.
  • CANCELLATIONS DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS must be verified in writing by the attending physician.  Tuition (less $150 processing fee) will be issued upon receipt of physician verification.  Medical cancellations must be verified within 30 days of cancellation to receive full refund (less $150 processing fee).  After 30 days, only half tuition will be refunded (less $150 processing fee).
  • The Camp Director reserves the right to dismiss any camper whose behavior affects his/her ability to participate or is detrimental to the members of the camp. No refund will be made for absences, dismissals or withdrawals before the end of the session. In cases of withdrawal during camp based on doctor’s orders, remaining tuition may be refunded less a $150 processing fee.
  • Due to the limited enrollment and popularity of the Improv Playhouse Summer Camps Programs, there are no refunds for any session once the session has begun.

Scholarship Application

Applications for financial assistance must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to your camp session in order to be considered.

Make-up class policy

Due to the cohesive ensemble we form in each class and production, if a student misses a class, there are no make-up classes. The student cannot come to a similar class on a different day to attempt to make up the missed class, and there are no refunds or pro-rating. If a class is cancelled due to weather, no make-up classes will be scheduled & no refund will be offered.

Special Needs

Our classes are fairly physical and highly interactive. If your child is not able to participate in these normal class activities with or without reasonable accommodation, please advise. Our staff is not responsible for, nor are they trained to support children with special needs.  Without exception parents or guardians of potential students within the spectrum of special needs are required to  submit health related documents which may include a request for their child’s IEP (Individual Education Program).  Improv Playhouse Theater administrators hold the right to accept or refuse students based on this criteria so as to support the organization’s training center guidelines.  If you need additional information about our classes to make this assessment, please call the IP Studio Office at 847-968-4529.

Rules (for credits for medical reason)

  • Credit is non-transferrable except to a direct sibling
  • Extended care fees can be credited (100% credit) for one year or refunded minus a 10% fee.
  • Once the camp session begins, there are no refunds (full or pro-rated) or credits.

Credits for Non-Medical Reasons (Non-transferrable except to a direct sibling)

  • Within 1 week of start date of camp, transfers & credits are not allowed.
  • Once the camp session begins, there are no refunds (full or pro-rated) or credits.

Transferring From One Program To Another OR Transferring To Another Week(s)

If you wish to transfer your child(ren) from one Camp program to another. Transfer rules are the following:

  • The camp program must be available and not sold out (see website or call office for availability).
  • Transfer requests must be completed no later than one week prior to the start date of the original camp program.
  • If there is an increase in tuition, parent is responsible for paying the difference of the camp tuition.
  • If there is a decrease in tuition, parent is not eligible for a credit from the difference in the balance.

Registration Confirmation & Email Communication

Once you register and pay for your camp program(s), you will receive a camp confirmation email. For your own records, please hold onto this confirmation until the first day of camp. You will not receive a phone call or any USPS mailed confirmation. You will, however, receive an email the week before your session(s) of camp. This email will clearly explain any up-to-date camp information along with all necessary carpool, directions, and what to bring to camp information.

Completing Appropriate Camper Health Forms, Identity Forms & Paperwork

All campers must complete the necessary camp forms in order to participate in Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camps. These forms are required by both the County and the State—depending upon the location your child will attend camp. Please send the forms back to the Improv Playhouse Office no later than June 1.

Policy on Electronics, Toys, Trading Cards & Pins

Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Day Camps strives to provide a program free from video games, cell phones, audio players, toys and other distractions. Please do not permit your child to bring any of these items to camp as they will be busy throughout the camp day and these items also tend to get lost or misplaced when brought to camp.

Reporting Illnesses & Absences Due to Illness

Improv Playhouse should be notified by phone (847) 968-4529 or E-MAILi if a child is ill, especially if the illness is communicable. The Improv Playhouse Camps staff will post a notice of communicable illness (confidentiality is respected) to notify the parents of all children that may have been exposed. Families are still responsible for paying tuition for the day of the absence. 

Discipline Policy

Improv Playhouse Performing Arts staff uses the positive techniques of guidance, including logical or natural consequences applied in problem situations, redirection of children to more acceptable behavior, anticipation of and elimination of potential problems and encouragement of appropriate behavior rather than comparison, competition or criticism. Consistent and clear rules are established. Staff members encourage children to solve problems rather than imposing solutions. Our counselors help children to recognize and respect one another’s feelings. Counselors encourage pro-social behavior such as cooperation, helping, taking turns and constructive verbal communication to solve problems. The goal is to help children internalize rules and become self-directed in their behavior.  Improv Playhouse Performing Arts reserves the right to dismiss a child for consistent behavior that makes it difficult or impossible for the staff to meet his/her needs and/or the needs of other children in the group. This will occur without a refund (or portion thereof) or credit towards a future program. This will occur only after parent/staff discussion has occurred.

Image Release

Improv Playhouse will be taking photos and video at our events, classes, workshops and camps and posting them at our web site, YouTube and other social media on the web.   If you don’t wish to be included, please inform the photographer or film maker.  With this udnerstanding our families and students grant to Improv Playhouse, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs of its sudents and their property in connection with Improv Playhouse events, workshops and classes.  You authorize Improv Playhouse its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically.  You agree that Improv Playhouse may use such photographs with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content. If you don’t wish to be included, please inform the photographer or film maker.  With this udnerstanding our families and students grant to Improv Playhouse, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs of its sudents and their property in connection with Improv Playhouse events, workshops and classes.  You authorize Improv Playhouse its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically.  You agree that Improv Playhouse may use such photographs with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content.

Cell phones, texting and beepers
The use of cellphones, texting AND beepers are strictly prohibited during camps. If you have a cell phone or beeper, please turn it off or put it on vibrate during each day of your session. Cellphone use and texting is NOT permitted during camp time under any circumstances




•  AIR CONDITIONED Theaters, Classroom w/fridge at all facilities..

•  STAFF SUPERVISED: The school playground and fields for picnic lunches, outdoor rehearsal and recreation.

•  STAFF SUPERVISED: Dairy Queen! Smoothies! Wraps! Downtown Libertyville, Highland Park activities!

•  Programming directed by entertainment business professionals.

•  Classes taught by mature, gifted, nurturing drama specialists.

•  If available:  Behind the Scenes Field Trips to The Marriott Theater and Sound Stages

•  Each child will receive ONE FREE Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camp T-Shirt. Additional T's $10.


office/studio: 116 W. Lake, Libertyville, Illinois 60048 •

847.968.4529 • 847.968.4530 fax
theatre: 735 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville, IL 60048

highland park office/studio/rehearsal space: 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035

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