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Summer Camps & Programs

Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA)

The Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA) is a truly unique experience for artistic exploration and expression. It began in 2005 as a partnership between Authentic Community Theatre, Inc. and the Washington County Board of Education and has grown into a partnership with the Washington County Parks & Recreation Department and the Maryland Theatre!

Our camps sell out EVERY YEAR so make sure you register as soon as possible!


Performing Arts Academy

Ages:  Students entering grades 1-12 + graduating seniors (Ages 5-18)
2022 DATES: July 18-23, 2022
Location:  The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown, MD
Cost:  $275

Each year, students bring a new and exciting theme to life on The Maryland Theatre stage.  Students will explore many styles of dance, drama and music while celebrating the performing arts industry with pieces centered around this summer’s theme.  Students will have fun preparing scenes, songs, and dances all while learning vocal technique, stage presence, acting, and choreography under ACT’s talented instructors. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and hard work to their family, friends, and community at the end of the week (at the fabulous Maryland Theatre) on Saturday.

Art Camp

wk 1 art show 16Ages:  Students entering Grades K-8
2022 Camp Dates: July 11-15, 2022

Location:  Authentic Community Theatre, 1000 Florida Ave, Hagerstown, MD
Cost:  $275

Kids crank up their creativity through hands-on activities and art projects taught by professional and local artists.  Students will experience a wide range of arts techniques, including sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, painting, drawing, collage, and ceramics.  Art projects will be tailored to the skill sets in each age range. Students will get the chance to show off their masterpieces in an Artist Showcase on the last day of camp at 3:30 PM.

ACT 2 Week Production Camp 




Each summer, Authentic Community Theatre, Inc.'s Creative Arts Team brings an original "storytelling" to parks in Washington County. Authentic Community Theatre is also continuing its partnership with the Washington County Free Library System to present these original storytelling performances in several library branches to promote their Summer Reading Program! The performances are free to the public and geared to audiences of all ages!

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