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SINCE 2000!


Thank you for an Awesome 2013 Summer!

Check the Improv Playhouse and Improv Playhouse Performing Arts Camps

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or Call the Office: 847.968.4529


(Registration and policy  Info on this page still applies to 2014 camps. 

Look for updates soon)


"With regards to my own child, I think you should know that in one summer you fully and completely corrupted her :-).  Kayleigh will be attending Elmhurst College in the fall with a Theatre Arts scholarship and an intent to major in Musical Theatre.  Her summer at IP's Beauty and the Beast camp was her first foray into the world of musical theatre and it became her passion.  I think the nurturing and fun environment you provided at camp played a key role in opening her up to the possibility of performing on stage, and it also provided her with new friendships.  Thanks to Facebook, they are still in touch with each other!"     Karen A. 

REGISTRATION Mid-Winter 2014!

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

"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



Camp Registration Form click here

Tri-Fold Camp Brochure


Grades 5-8 (10-13yrs) & Grades 8-12 (14-18yrs)

More info Toward the bottom of page





GRADES 3-9 (Some exceptions may apply)

Monday - Friday 9:00a-3:00p

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 the last two days of camp with the exception of Friday Field Trip days!

Performances will be held on local stages in proximity to the camp facilities.  Unless otherwise noted:  Our Music Theatre Camps serve campers grades entering 3rd - 8th.  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.

LIBERTYVILLE:  Highland Middle School, 310 W. Rockland Rd.

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



SESSION ONELibertyville: 6/9-6/27 Show:6/27

SESSION TWO: Highland Park: 7/7 – 7/25, Show:7/25

Ever want to perform the current hits on Broadway? Do you dream of being Elphaba, Eponine, or The Phantom? This is the summer to fulfill those dreams! iP's getting ready for its biggest summer yet, and it'll begin with Improv Playhouse presenting our Wicked Musical Theatre Intensive!" With the help of our finest directors, we have selected numbers from the most popular shows of today: Wicked,Phantom of the OperaRENTHairsprayThe Lion King, and more! Campers will audition in the very beginning of camp to have a chance to play the biggest roles on The Great White Way (that's Broadway folks!). Everyone will perform as a soloist in our final showcase, but only preparation and dedication leading up to the audition will decide what your role will be! 


Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAMP!"  (3-weeks)  $775.00


SESSION ONE:  Highland Park: 6/16 – 7/3 , Shows: 7/3

SESSION TWO:  Libertyville: 6/30 - 7/18, Shows: 7/18
Disney's newest musical will be coming to iP's stage this summer! Join us on Alice's magical journey down the rabbit hole as she meets a variety of interesting friends on the journey to find her way back home. Filled with the enchanting songs from the original animated film there will be terrific opportunities for solos, ensemble songs and a cast of characters including The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, The King of Hearts, The Cheshire Cat, The March Hare, The White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, The Caterpillar, Alice and many more!!

"gLee BOOT CAMP"   (2-weeks)  $510.00



Libertyville:: 7/21 - 8/1, Shows: 8/1

Highland Park:  7/28 – 8/8, Shows 8/8

Full or Half Day Sessions

Full Day: 9:00-3:00

Half Day:  9:00-Noon or 12:00-3:00HP: 7/21 - 8/1, Shows: 8/1

Calling all pop-culture experts! This will be one of the most fun and memorable weeks of your summer!  It's your turn to collect your favorite pop songs of then & now and create your own story based on the hit show GLEE! Hear a song on the radio you've been dying to sing? Know how it would tell your story in a musical? Now's your chance! Get ready to be challenged as an artist!



LIBERTYVILLE:  At our theater:  735 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Session One (6/9-6/20) (2-weeks each session)

Session Two (6/23-7/3)

Session Three (7/7-7/18)

Session Four (7/21-8/1)

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

Session One (6/16-6/27) (2-weeks each session)

Session Two (6/30-7/11)

Session Three (7/14-7/25)

Session Four (7/28-8/8)

3rd-9th Grade Camps

Full Day $510

or Half Day Sessions $265

Full Day: 9:00-3:30 or

Half Day:  9:00-Noon or 12:30-3:30

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?".  Improv will build up each camper's spontaneity, self concept, poise, stage presence, outward focus and commitment to their comedy-performance team.  Our pro-Improviser Counselors will foster a sense of play in the artistic process of theatre where improvisers will develop original comedy sketches.  The final showcase will have you roaring with laughter!



Film Making - Fashion Modeling - On-Camera Acting

FILM MAKING CAMPS  (2-weeks each session)

TWEEN:  Grades 5-8 (10-13yrs)  $570

TEEN:  Grades 8-12 (14-18yrs)  $595

(Full Day Option Only))

LIBERTYVILLE:  116 Lake Street (our original studio)

Session One:     TWEEN Film Camp 1   (6/9-6/20) (2-weeks each session)

Session Two:     TEEN Film Camp 1      (6/23-7/3)

Session Three:  TWEEN Film Camp 2   (7/7-7/18)

Session Four:    TEEN Film Camp 2      (7/21-8/1)

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

Session One:     TWEEN Film Camp 1   (6/16-6/27) (2-weeks each session)

Session Two:     TEEN Film Camp 1      (6/30-7/11)

Session Three:  TWEEN Film Camp 2   (7/14-7/25)

Session Four:    TEEN Film Camp 2      (7/28-8/8)




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 teach our campers important 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.


8/4-8/8 2014

only $275/wk

  (GRADES 5-10)

print and modeling camps

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

Back with us for another summer!  Directed by Sherrie Gearheart, Miss United America 2011, crowned Miss Southern Illinois 2012, NISP Achievement Queen, Tiara Magazine President & Editor in Chief · Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Tiara Magazine is a pageantry, modeling, and talent publication. Sherrie is also the founder of the Live Out Loud Charity, a non profit organization focused on suicide awareness, and prevention through core character development.

August 4-August 8

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.

For Young Ladies & Males 10-16yrs



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.


8/11-8/15 Grades 4-8

(1-week session) $275

ON-CAMERA MOVEMENT:  It’s all in the eyes!  How do you move in front t\of the lens and project that “it” attititude!

COMMERCIAL TV & FILM:  If you watch the modeling “shows” you know that you have to have a personality in front of the camera.  You’ll be coached, taped, taught how to audition and review what you’ve learned as you watch your work on our monitors.

HEADHSHOTS:  You’ve learned everything you need to turn that photo shoot into the poses needed for your headshot.  IP works with several of the most sought after fashion photographers in the region.  We’ll set up a “mock” photo” session and you’ll have a chance to schedule your own location shoot with this renowned “Headshooter”.

COMMERCIAL AND ON CAMERA ACTING SHOWCASE:  The piece de la resistance!  End camp with an on camera showcase highlighting everything you’ve learned through the week.  Chciago based agents will be present to help assess and give feedback on your audition presentation.


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 abd will remain on file through the camp season.  Your credit card will be used fi 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 MARCH 1:  3-Week  Camps/$50 discount.  2-Week or 1 Week Camps/$30 discount. 1/2 day Camp/ $25. 
  • (2)  PAY FULL TUITION BY APRIL 1:  3-Week Camps/$40 discount.  2-Week or 1 Week Camps/$20 discount. 1/2 day Camp/ $15. 
  • (3)  PAY FULL TUTION BY MAY 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.

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.



•  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

highland park office/studio: 1991 Sheridan Road, Suite B

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