Theater education and production in Northfield Vermont


STORYTELLING FOR THEATER (suggested ages: 5-8) | July 5-9 (Full, waitlist available)
ACTING AND IMPROVISATION (suggested ages: 9-12) | July 5-9 (1 spot available!)
PLAY PERFORMANCE CAMP (suggested ages: 9-16) | July 19-23 & 26-30 (Full, waitlist available)

Acting and Improvisation – 1 spot available! The Storytelling for Theater and the Play Performance camps are currently full, but if you are interested, we encourage you to fill out the registration form and we will add you to the waitlist.

We will follow current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines in all of our camps. As of now, this means that we will require campers to be masked and socially distant. 

If you have any questions about placing a child in a camp outside of these suggested age ranges, please get in touch with us at




You may submit payment by clicking the PAYPAL link beside each class, or mail a check made payable to Dirt Road Theater to 1662 W. Hill Rd. Northfield, VT 05663.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DEADLINE – June 1st – payment plans are available, please contact us at


STORYTELLING FOR THEATER (suggested ages: 5-8) (Taught by Maren Langdon Spillane)

July 5-9 at Memorial Park in Northfield, 9am-12pm
Cost: $125

This fun and playful camp is a great introduction to theater and acting, as well as an excellent way to further the learning of those with some previous experience! In addition to learning basic theater terms and concepts we will explore the process of creating characters using the powerful tools of our bodies and voices, and we will emphasize working as an ensemble to build cooperation and communication skills. Through games, songs, stories, and other activities we will learn that theater is a fantastic way to express yourself, make friends, and gain confidence!

ACTING AND IMPROVISATION (suggested ages: 9-12) (Taught by Maren Langdon Spillane)

July 5-9 at Memorial Park in Northfield, 1pm-4pm
Cost: $125

Through improvisation games and activities we will build confidence and discover our own innate ability to be funny and tell stories! In this fun and energetic camp we’ll develop improvisational techniques that will help us become stronger performers and more effective communicators. We’ll practice essential performance skills such as character creation and development, utilizing body and voice, and working collaboratively, and explore the many ways in which improv helps support more traditional stage work.

PLAY PERFORMANCE CAMP (suggested ages: 9-16) (Taught by Maren Langdon Spillane and Dominic Spillane)

One two-week session: July 19-23 & 26-30 at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, 9:30am-2:30pm
Sliding Scale: $300 – $350
REGISTER | PAY FULL $350 WITH PAYPAL | PAY OTHER AMOUNT WITH PAYPAL (sliding scale or payment plan)

Join us for two weeks of jam-packed theater fun as we rehearse and perform an original play, “The Mother Goose Portal.” This play was developed and virtually performed by one of Dirt Road Theater’s winter classes, and will be getting its in-person debut this summer! This camp will focus on exploring and developing the skills needed for performance, focusing heavily on character development, communication with fellow actors and other members of the production team, and building a tight-knit ensemble. While we will spend the majority of our time working on the play itself, there will still be plenty of room for acting and improvisation games that will both help us explore skills and have fun! Our two-week session will culminate with a fully staged performance of our show at the Valley Players Theater.

In addition to The Valley Player’s inside performance space, we will have access to an outdoor space behind the building for rehearsals and even performance, which we will utilize as needed based on current COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

Please note that participants must be able to memorize lines fairly quickly, and be willing to do this work outside of camp time. Unforeseen circumstances aside, no more than one day of camp can be missed, and all actors must be present for the first and final two days of the session. The first day of camp will be dedicated to getting to know each actor and holding informal auditions, and roles will be assigned prior to the second day.

The Mother Goose Portal synopsis: This play takes the audience on an adventure with Max, Melody, and Milo, kids from the future, as they stumble through a portal into the Land of Nursery Rhymes. There they meet a cast of curious characters and find themselves fighting the ultimate villain in an attempt to free their new friends and spread the idea that everyone deserves to make their own story.