Play Makers explore a variety of theatrical techniques through performance, music, and dance.
Over the summer, participants create their own adventure as they choose from a variety of 1 and 2-week programs geared towards offering a range of performance experiences. Playmakers should expect to explore their interests, celebrate their talents, gain new skills, and collaborate with peers and professionals. On top of their immersive theatrical experience, Playmakers also participate in outdoor day-camp activities to round out their camp experience.
In this integrated arts program, participants rotate daily through the creative components as they collaborate on a creative showcase that combines all of their artistic experiences. The schedule balances indoor and outdoor activities and gets kids engaged in an immersive and age-appropriate way. Each activity is led by a dedicated team of counselors whose background and passion are in youth development. The bonus of having the opportunity to work with a choreographer, art director, and music director, in the creative components brings an invaluable depth of knowledge and years of experience to this program.
This full-day program operates from 9:00-4:00 daily. Bus transportation is also available.
Page to Stage: No role is too small as you write, act, and produce your own short work of theatre! Experience the journey of a play from idea to performance as you adapt a script, create characters, design sets, and more in this fast-paced class! Through collaboration and creativity, participants in this two-week program will give new life to a printed favorite. Each student will be featured in the performance and explore their skills and interests as directors and designers. This program culminates in a workshop performance that fellow Brooks campers, friends, and family can attend! See the daily schedule.
Disney’s Moana Jr.: Join the cast to bring the heartwarming hit to life on the Brooks Stage! Staff and performers will collaborate to explore, embrace and honor the Pacific Islands’ culture, customs, and history. Don’t miss out on performing in this musical theatre favorite! This Broadway at Brooks experience is a two-week summer theatre workshop for children ages 8 to 10. Participants will gain artistry skills, increasing their ability to execute excellent techniques through our experienced and diverse team of instructors. Hosted in the Brooks School’s state-of-the-art theater, industry professionals with an invaluable depth of knowledge and years of experience in the field provide a meaningful and long-lasting summer experience for our students. Every student will be challenged and take away valuable performing, public speaking, and social skills. This program culminates in a workshop performance that fellow Brooks campers, friends, and family can attend!
Brooks TV: Become a screenwriter, director, and movie star as you write and produce your own short film! From camera angles to cameos, from b-roll to bloopers, this program will give your child the ‘on-set’ experience as they work as a team to take over the big screen. Outside of time on the set, participants will participate in outdoor day-camp activities. Participants will share a bit of their process in a showcase for friends and family, and the final films will later be distributed via email. Have you taken BrooksTV before and want to join again? Awesome! This class is designed to be repeated. No two films are the same, and it’s possible to participate in a new area of focus each summer. See the daily schedule.
About the Space
The Brooks Studios and Stages Program provides participants with a variety of activities and spaces that no other local camp can equal. There is plenty of room to run and play, from tennis courts and fields to an archery range and gymnastics center. New for 2023, this program includes swimming for Brooks TV and Page to Stage. In addition to taking full advantage of our 270-acre campus on the shore of Lake Cochichewick, our newly constructed Center for the Arts building will house the creative components.
The newly constructed Center for the Arts opened its doors to students, faculty, and staff for use on October 30, 2018. The $28 million facility has transformed the school, bonding the visual, musical, and performing arts together and placing them on display at the center of campus.
Performances, teaching, and community gatherings have a spacious, comfortable home in the theater, with 387 seats. Its stage connects to a scene shop and a 1,200-square-foot Black Box theater, which provides flexible teaching space and an additional performance venue. A costume shop, changing room, and green room are also included.
A Typical Day
Campers rotate through a schedule that changes daily and will ensure your child looks forward to camp every day. In these time blocks, students collaborate with one another, professional instructors, and counselors. There are outdoor breaks built into the day to allow students to expand their minds and stretch their bodies. Outdoor activities complement and balance the creative components to provide a well-rounded, immersive, and fun experience.
|9:15-9:50||Creative Block 1|
|10:50-12:20||Creative Blocks 2 & 3|
|2:35-3:50||Creative Blocks 4 & 5|
Producing Artistic Director
Megan grew up training horses on a farm in southern Mississippi before graduating magna cum laude with her BA in Theatre Studies and Dance from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she was recognized for Excellence in Acting and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Hill also received a Certificate in Performance Studies and Movement from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance director, actress and coach, she spent several years teaching communication and performance skills to young artists across America and then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for five summers where she created and managed the performance arts portion of the Robert College Summer Program. Prior to joining Brooks School, Hill served as the producing artistic director of Watertown Children’s Theatre and the Mosesian Center for the Arts youth programs, where she developed educational theater programming and high-quality productions. When she’s not in the theater, Hill enjoys spending time with her family, giving new life to old furniture, and learning about holistic healing modalities.
Art Technical Director
Sarah Spollett grew up in the neighboring town of Andover, doing hobby carpentry with her dad and community theater with her mom. She combined her love of both when she attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Fine and Performing Arts, Music, and Theatre. Sarah then spent numerous years doing freelance carpentry for many regional theaters, including stints at the Weston Playhouse, Barnstormers Theatre, Tufts University, and the Watertown Children’s Theatre. She was a carpenter and then shop foreperson at the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, before turning to education. Most recently, Sarah taught technical theatre and carpentry at Emerson College. When she’s not in the theater, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Mass., where they live, and working on their service project: making meals for people experiencing homelessness.
Community Engagement Supervisor
Kenya helps to create and foster a strong sense of teamwork, cooperation, and morale among all staff, campers, and families, as well as provides direct assistance to all program supervisors. For over twenty years, Kenya has been actively involved with the Brooks School Summer Programs as an activity counselor and LIT 1st and 2nd-year Coordinator. Kenya has been part of the Brooks School faculty since 2007, where he has held several roles, including form dean, psychology teacher, and coach, and now serves as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Assistant Director of Admission. Kenya holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a concentration in Psychology and a minor in Legal Studies. When not on campus, Kenya enjoys traveling, cooking, playing trivia, and rooting for all New York teams.
Nicole has a passion for the food service industry. As part of the Brooks School Summer Programs, Nicole supervises the logistics team to ensure all programs remain in compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and North Andover Board of Health. For almost twenty years, Nicole has been involved in school-based nutritional services. She holds industry certifications in ServSafe, Allergy Awareness, CPR, and First Aid. During the academic year, Nicole leads a team of youth development professionals in North Andover’s after-school program. Her hobbies include softball, tennis, and gamming. Nicole lives in North Andover with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.
Health Services Supervisor
Alison directs all aspects of the health center’s operation in accordance with state and local regulations and collaborates with our Health Care Consultant. Alsion strives to ensure that all participants have a healthy and safe experience. She is committed to community health and health care equity. Alison has worked as a pediatric nurse for 17 years and has been a member of the Brooks School Summer Programs since 2018. During the school year, she works with local pediatrician’s offices and as a school nurse. Alison is the mother of three children who enjoy the outdoors. Her family is passionate about camping and boating in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.