Summer Youth Camps

PCPA offers week-long summer camps that teach young actors to find the “play” in The Play!

These highly interactive and fun camps will give young actors the chance to exercise connection, curiosity, and play – through theatre games, improvisation, movement, dance, and music. Explore the basics of on-stage interaction, learn a group song and choreography, use your body and voice expressively, develop dynamic imagination, and have a wonderful time! Young actors will work directly with current PCPA performers.

No experience is required.

All camps will be held at PCPA Theatre on the Allan Hancock College Campus.

1st STAGE: Ages 8-12

Monday-Saturday, June 19-24, 9am-12pm

This week-long camp is perfect for young, budding actors! Campers will use their creativity, imagination, and sense of play to explore several elements of theatre including acting, singing, dancing, improvisation through theatre games, playwrighting, and character exploration. All levels of experience are welcome to join in the fun!

The camp will culminate in an invited sharing for family and friends on Saturday, June 24.

Cost of camp: $250

2nd STAGE: Ages 13-18

Monday-Saturday, June 26-July 1, 9am-12pm

Whether you have been in every high school theatre production or if you’ve never stepped foot on a stage, this week-long camp has something for you. 2nd STAGE is a great opportunity for teen actors to reignite their imaginations, creative curiosity, and play through several elements of theatre including acting, musical theatre, improvisation, character exploration, self-scripting, and audition techniques. 2nd STAGE campers will also be invited to see a performance of PCPA’s Emma at the Solvang Festival Theatre featuring their own camp instructors.

The camp will culminate in an invited sharing for family and friends on Saturday, July 1.

Cost of camp: $250

Teatro PCPA: Ages 8-12

Monday-Saturday, July 24-29, 8am-3pm

Teatro PCPA is a Spanish-language camp offered in partnership with Artists Ink, This week-long, full-day camp teaches students a variety of theatre-related skills to help tell their stories, build confidence, and find their voice. Campers will work together to collectively create a piece that reflects their own interests and stories.

The camp will culminate in an invited sharing for family and friends on Saturday, July 29.

A small breakfast and lunch will be provided daily to Teatro PCPA students.

Smooth Inc. will be providing transportation between Guadalupe (Little House by the Park) and PCPA. This transportation is provided at no cost to Teatro PCPA campers due to the generosity of our sponsors.

Campers must have a strong understanding of Spanish in order to participate in Teatro PCPA.

Cost of camp: $30

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register my student for camps?

Please fill out this form and make payment to complete your camp registration.

Can my camper register for more than one session?

It depends. If your student is between 8 and 12 years of age, they are able to register for both 1st STAGE and Teatro PCPA. Note that Teatro PCPA campers must have a strong understanding of Spanish.

Does PCPA provide any funding support for students?

Teatro PCPA, our Spanish-language camp is provided at a highly subsided price of $30. We do understand that everyone’s circumstances are different. If you have any concerns about the cost of the camps, please contact Kristina Melsheimer,

Do you have a cancellation policy?

At this time, we are unable to offer refunds for cancellations.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Where are the camps held?

All camps will be held at PCPA Theatre on the Allan Hancock College campus.
Building D
800 S. College Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93455

What is your pick-up and drop-off policy?

Campers should be dropped off and picked up in front of the main doors of the Marian Theatre on the south side of Building D. Campers must be picked up and dropped off by an approved contact. If your camper is in Teatro PCPA and is being bussed in, PCPA Outreach staff will ensure that your camper disembarks and boards the bus at PCPA. Please make sure to pick your student up from the Lompoc or Guadalupe location on time as there will not be a PCPA Outreach staff member present at those sites.

How early can I drop my student off?

Please do not drop off your student any earlier than the windows listed below.
1st and 2nd STAGE
DROP-OFF: 8:45am-9:00am
PICK-UP: 12:00pm
Teatro PCPA
DROP-OFF: 7:45am-8:00am
PICK-UP: 3:00pm

What should my camper bring each day?

Campers should come wearing close-toed shoes and clothing they can move in. Included in the cost of the camp is one camp t-shirt. We encourage students to wear the t-shirts each day. Campers should also bring a refillable water bottle, a small snack, and a sense of play!

Health and Safety

What is your COVID-19 policy?

PCPA Outreach will be following the guidelines set forth by the California Department of Public Health. Please visit their website for more information.

Does my camper need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate?

We strongly encourage all campers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, however it is not a requirement. As stated on the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website, “The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks.”

What happens if my student tests positive for COVID-19?

If your camper feels ill, please have them stay at home.
If your camper tests positive for COVID-19, they must stay at home. Please contact Kristina Melsheimer,, to inform PCPA of your campers positive test. We then encourage you to follow the guidelines set by the state.

What happens if a staff member or other camper tests positive for COVID-19?

PCPA Outreach will notify families of any potential exposures that may happen in our camps. Campers will be encouraged to test 3-5 days after exposure. PCPA reserves the right to cancel camps at any time and for any reason.