Main Street Theater Camp
Houston, TX, 77005
Now in its 35th season, Main Street Theater’s Education & Youth Outreach Department provides year-round creative opportunities for ages 4 – high school at our theater and at area schools, libraries, and community centers.
Our 2024 Summer Camp: Find Your Voice runs all summer long for ages 4 –18 and takes place at 5 locations around Houston:
Rice Village (Main Street Theater),
Museum District (Italian Cultural Center),
Bellaire (Bellaire Parks & Rec), and
Midtown (MATCH – Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston), and
NEW THIS YEAR: Montrose (University of St. Thomas).
Our camps are a performing arts playground where imaginations are sparked as students collaborate to create an original play and dance piece.
Students take charge of all aspects of performance while professional teaching artists provide guidance and know-how support to students.
Your child already has the tools he or she needs to love the arts and to create theater: a voice, a body, and an imagination!
One- and two-week sessions for ages 4 – 14 are available for our general camps.
We also offer one day "Turbo Camps" (ages 6 - 11) at different times during the summer: sign up for as many or as few days as you wish!
Before/After-Care available for our general camp sessions in Rice Village and at the MATCH.
We also offer Summer Shakespeare for older students (through age 18): a 3-week course culminates in a full production open to the public.
Questions about camps or classes?
If your questions are not answered in the Policies or the FAQ, please email Jonathan Minchew-Gonzalez in the Education Department or contact by phone, 713-524-7998.
Main Street Theater (MST) produces innovative, thought-provoking plays for adults and children as well as classes, camps, and theater arts education/integration programs.
The theater’s three core activities – MainStage, Theater for Youth, and Education Department activities for children and teens – all share the goal of providing as many opportunities as possible for the enrichment and engagement of Houstonians of all ages.
The MainStage, located in the heart of Rice Village, receives national attention and offers compelling and engaging stories from the most insightful and articulate writers for the stage.
The professional Theater for Youth program, which performs at the MATCH in Midtown, produces plays based on children’s literature for ages 3 and up, including Sensory-Friendly, ASL Interpreted, and Audio Described performances for those who may need such accommodations.
MST’s Education & Integration Department provides creative opportunities – classes, camps, school residencies, and after-school programs - for youth ages 4 – high school.
We value ALL students and want to collaborate with families to ensure a great camp experience. Please let us know if there is anything we should be aware of regarding your child: food allergies, learning difficulties, chronic medical conditions, etc.
We offer Need-Based Scholarships for those students who qualify and if space is available. Please visit this link for requirements and more information.
Main Street Theater’s mission is to create theater that challenges its audience to think and its artists to grow. We accomplish this by presenting an articulate and compelling product in an intimate setting, creating significant employment for Houston-based artists, and memorable theatrical experiences for audiences of all ages.
Main Street Theater History
Founded in 1975, Main Street Theater produces innovative, thought-provoking plays for adults and children, and theater arts education/integration programs tailored to the needs of each school and community partner. We celebrate the human experience and spark open-minded conversations between the artists and the audience. We strive to create moments that allow for genuine connection between community members, visitors from outside of Houston, and our artists. We are committed to sharing compelling, thought-provoking and engaging stories from the most insightful and articulate writers for the stage – and to making our productions accessible to any and all who wish to take part. Main Street Theater’s three core activities – MainStage, Theater for Youth, and Education Department activities for children and teens – all share the goal of providing as many opportunities as possible for the enrichment and engagement of Houstonians of all ages.
Founding Artistic Director Rebecca Greene Udden established a collective of theater professionals in a temporary home at Autry House, the Episcopal Diocese’s community center on Main Street. Encouraged by critical acclaim and audience growth, in 1981 the company moved MST to larger quarters in Rice Village where the theater developed our intimate playing style in its 99-seat house. The MainStage now receives national attention and regularly draws audience members from other cities and states. In 2015 we completed a total renovation of our MainStage theater building, bringing our physical facility up to the high standards that have been on our stage for years.
In 1996, MST opened our second space, a 250-seat theater in Chelsea Market, dedicated to our professional Theater for Youth program (the most-attended in Houston) and to the presentation of large-scale MainStage classics and musicals. We outgrew Chelsea Market, and as of October 2015 our resident Theater for Youth productions now take place at the MATCH, the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.
Our Arts Education & Integration Department provides creative opportunities – classes, camps, school residencies, and after-school programs – for youth ages 4 – high school at our two locations and at numerous area schools, community centers, and libraries.
- Website: http://www.mainstreettheater.com
- Age Range: 4-17
- Type: Theater