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Online Weekly Acting Camps

Students rehearsing at acting camp



Our award-winning Acting for Young People summer camps are an excellent opportunity for students with any level of acting experience. In a fun, high-energy online environment, we will help students build self-confidence, learn new skills and connect with fellow students while learning from working professionals in the theater and film industries.

Each session will have a unique theme, which will inspire the week’s activities! Multi-week and returning campers will meet new creative challenges throughout the summer. Actors will learn a wide variety of acting techniques, methods and theories, geared specifically for their age range and developmental levels, working with familiar AFYP instructors and special guest artists. (Note: Adult guidance and technology support may be required for younger students)



Ages:  5–18 years (groups divided by age)
Dates:  June 22–26  |  June 29–July 3  |  July 6–10  |  July 13–17  |  July 20–24
Times:  9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST  OR  1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST (M–F)
Tuition:  $175
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
Sibling Discount: $5 off for each additional enrolled family member and/or each additional session attended!


Sample Daily Schedule
Each day will include one snack break.

Acting • Voice • Movement • Improvisation
Acting • Voice • Movement • Musical Theater
Acting • Voice • Movement • Improvisation
Acting • Voice • Movement • Musical Theater
Acting • Voice • Movement • Special Workshop • Recording of Final Presentation




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Weekly Session Dates & Themes:






Group 1 Instructor: Lisette LeCompte
Read about Ms. LeCompte

Lisette LeCompte has taught with AFYP since 2001 and is a founding member of the AFYP faculty. She has an extensive background as a freelance performer, including work on Washington, D.C. and Maryland stages. Ms. LeCompte has also taught with Imagination Stage. She holds a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Maryland College Park, and teaches for Montgomery County Public Schools during the school year. 

Group 2 Instructor: Justin Sumblin
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Justin Sumblin holds a BFA in Theater from George Mason University with a concentration in performance, and a minor in dance. He has been a teaching artist with AFYP since Spring 2014. He is a resident actor with the company, and choreographs and co-directs the Young Actors’ Showcase program. In his time at Mason, Mr. Sumblin was seen in many productions, favorites of which were Bazzard/Philip Bax in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” Roget in “An Experiment with an Air Pump,” and Cook in “The Merchant.” Mr. Sumblin is also the theater teacher and director at Poe Middle School. Alongside being a Zumba instructor and a crochet enthusiast, Mr. Sumblin loves the opportunity to work with students to sharpen their skills and broaden their mindsets.


Group 3 Instructor: Mimsi Janis
Read about Ms. Janis

Mimsi Janis is a faculty member and Head of Theater Education for the School of Theater at George Mason University. As an actor in the Washington, D.C. area, she has performed with Studio Theater, Signature Theater, Washington Stage Guild, The Kennedy Center, South Dakota Shakespeare, NextStop Theater, Chesapeake Shakespeare, Maryland Shakespeare, and many others. Ms. Janis has been a teaching artist and educator with AFYP for over a decade and taught middle school theater for Fairfax County Public Schools. She holds a B.A. in Theater from Principia College, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University, and an M.F.A. in Acting from Catholic University.

Group 3 Instructor: Michael Burgos
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Michael Burgos is an internationally acclaimed writer and performer. For the past four years, he has been traveling on an international tour of his one-man shows “The Eulogy” and “Tiramisu.” He holds a Diplôme from École Philippe Gaulier (Paris, France), where he studied movement and clowning, and holds a B.A. in Theater from George Mason University. In addition to studying with theater guru Philippe Gaulier, Mr. Burgos trained with master teacher Dody DiSanto, a teaching protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq. Mr. Burgosl is a graduate of Washington Improv Theater’s Training Program and has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. He has taught theater with AFYP since 2010. Mr. Burgos also holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music and has toured with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.


Group 4 Instructor: Katie Brumberg
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Katie Brunberg graduated from George Mason University in 2015 with a B.A. in Theater and a Graduate Certificate in Theater Education. She is an accomplished actor, director, and theater technician, with a special interest in scenic painting. She is the theater teacher and director at Annandale High School. Ms. Brunberg has taught with AFYP since 2009. She has a passion for education and loves helping her students discover the amazing things they are capable of doing! 

Group 4 Instructor: Rebecca Wahls
Read about Ms. Wahls

Rebecca Wahls has worked with AFYP since 2012 teaching for after school, summer camp, and showcase programs. She has appeared in AFYP’s touring shows “A Penny Saved” and “The Adventures of Polly Pedestrian” and directed the production for Pre-K audiences, “Swings and Slides.” Some recent professional directing work includes “Pippin” at the Monumental Theatre Company; “Spills, Midnight Tracks” and “We Found the Wild Things” at Who What Where Theater Collective, where she is co-founder and co-artistic director; and “Billy Shakes and the Big Screen” at AFYP, director and playwright. Ms. Wahls holds a BFA in Acting and Directing from George Mason University where she graduated as Most Outstanding in the Major and received the Students as Scholars Excellence Award for her undergraduate research work on “Dido, Queen of Carthage.”


Group 5 Instructor: Ashley Promisel
Read about Ms. Promisel

Ashley Promisel is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Theater Education at Mason. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from CNU, with a focus on acting and lighting design. Ms. Promisel is the theater teacher and director at Key Middle School. Recently, she was seen in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Gogol’s Nose” at GMU, and directed “10 x 10 x 10” in the Mason Players’ Originals! Ashley has been teaching and directing for AFYP’s after school, showcase, and summer camp programs since 2017.





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