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Our Mission: To sing, dance and act in one of the best musical theater performing arts camps in Dallas!

In this four-week Musical Theater & Performing Arts Intensive we teach the fundamentals of theater, music and dance – all in the process of creating a production of a hit musical. Join us as we fuse a traditional summer camp philosophy with a top-notch performing arts program. Our specialty staff are theater professional superheroes ready to ensure our campers shine from the inside out!

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  • Morning workshops: acting, voice, and dance
  • Specialty workshops: Songwriting, Costume Design, Lighting and Sound and Acting Business 101: Agent Perspective
  • Production rehearsals
  • Special event: Battle of the Stars

Sign up for Camp!

Camp registration is NOW open  – you must be a J member or join as a Camp Friend to register for summer camp.

Camp StarQuest begins with a morning POW-WOW, then campers spend the morning doing specialty activities which include Voice, Acting and Dance.  After Lunch, campers participate in a daily group meditation and then spend the afternoon in rehearsals.

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AGES:

Kids entering grades 3 -9

SESSION DATE: 

  • 4-week session: June 7 – July 2

HOURS: 

Regular Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Extended Care options available for an additional fee
AM: Beginning at 7:45 am
PM: Ending at 5:45 pm

PRICING: 

Regular Registration Fee: $1,646
March 2-May 1

Late Registration fee: $1,762
After May 2

Click here to view Extended Care Options & Pricing

AM Extended Care 
Hours: 7:45 am until camp starts at 9:00 am
Registration fee: $120 

PM Extended Care 
Hours: 4:00 pm until 5:45 pm
Registration fee: $200

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Alise Robinson has pioneered JPAS into one of Dallas’ top year-round educational and performance-based programs for children and teenagers. Alise Robinson brings more than 20 years of experience working with youth in a variety of facets including producing children’s musical productions, coaching youth in personal development, teaching preschool, creating awarding-winning toy lines and consumer goods, licensing children’s entertainment and developing and branding children’s intellectual properties. Her accomplishments include JPAS receiving “best theater classes for aspiring actors” in Dallas Child Magazine, being named one of License! Magazine’s “top 40 under 40” licensing executives, she authored the children’s book series “Space Craze” and has won more than 45 prestigious national toy design and production awards. Alise has also appeared on national and international television as a spokesperson for a variety of brands including ELLE magazine. The common thread throughout Alise’s career has been her dedication to making a positive impact on children’s lives. Her quest to combine her love of working with children together with her branding expertise, on-camera experience and passion for theatre has led Alise to spearhead the J Performing Arts Space and to pioneer Camp StarQuest and Camp StarPower, the Dallas JCC’s Musical Theatre and Performing Arts Camps.

Alise Robinson has pioneered JPAS into one of Dallas’ top year-round educational and performance-based programs for children and teenagers. Alise Robinson brings more than 20 years of experience working with youth in a variety of facets including producing children’s musical productions, coaching youth in personal development, teaching preschool, creating awarding-winning toy lines and consumer goods, licensing children’s entertainment and developing and branding children’s intellectual properties. Her accomplishments include JPAS receiving “best theater classes for aspiring actors” in Dallas Child Magazine, being named one of License! Magazine’s “top 40 under 40” licensing executives, she authored the children’s book series “Space Craze” and has won more than 45 prestigious national toy design and production awards. Alise has also appeared on national and international television as a spokesperson for a variety of brands including ELLE magazine. The common thread throughout Alise’s career has been her dedication to making a positive impact on children’s lives. Her quest to combine her love of working with children together with her branding expertise, on-camera experience and passion for theatre has led Alise to spearhead the J Performing Arts Space and to pioneer Camp StarQuest and Camp StarPower, the Dallas JCC’s Musical Theatre and Performing Arts Camps.

Linda Leonard has directed at the JCC since 2000. She has been a professional director, choreographer, teacher, actor (AEA,SAG/AFTRA), singer, and dancer for over 45 years, here in the Metroplex and in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and abroad. Linda was in the Broadway national tour of Cats. Linda has directed or choreographed for WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Echo Theatre, CitiRep, and Theatre Three to name a few in Dallas and Fort Worth. Linda was the Education Director for WaterTower Theatre (3 years), is a professor at KD Conservatory, and her credits include award-winning roles such as Ann Richards (Critics Forum and Column Awards) and Aurora in The Kiss of The Spiderwoman (Leon Rabin, Column and Critics Forum Awards). Linda also has numerous credits in film and television, and is represented by The Horne Agency in Dallas/LA, and directed a web series about autism, “Saving Hope”, which premiered in March of 2019. Linda is dedicated to the process of creativity, nurturing, and empowering young artists in every aspect of the arts. She resides in Dallas with her talented husband, actor Bill Jenkins. She is grateful to Alise Robinson for all her wonderful work with JPAS.

Kristin is so excited to be joining the incredible team at JPAS this summer!

She is a professional music director, actress, singer, and voice teacher. Her music directing credits number over 60 shows at theatres including Circle Theatre, the summer youth camp at Theatre Three, Plaza Theatre, Mainstage Irving Las Colinas, and OhLook Performing Arts. She has also music directed for a number of high school theatre programs including J.J. Pearce HS, Nolan Catholic HS and Arlington Heights HS. Kristin is also at home on the stage. Favorite roles include Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! and Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. One of her greatest joys is seeing her students grow into confident, fearless, empowered, singing story tellers. Abundant thanks to Alise Robinson for inviting her to join this exciting journey!

Avra Aron is a writer, actress, and teacher. A graduate from the Stella Adler Conservatory at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she spent the last eight years working abroad in London where she directed various plays and musicals, including one which was shown at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She also directed students in preparation for London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts examinations. Her writing has been published in literary journals, including one which was listed as a Notable Special Issue of 2018 by ‘The Best American Essays 2019.’ She was a finalist for the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize.

Skylar Duvall is so proud to be back for her fourth year with JPAS! She is a graduate from KD Conservatory and is currently teaching dance at Dance Company of Wylie. “I feel so fortunate to get to work with, not only the amazing kids in our JPAS program, but also the incredibly talented staff. I’m so happy that I get to call my passion, my job,” Skylar says.

General Counselors

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Logan Beutel is a sophomore at Southern Methodist University majoring in Theatre and is double minoring in Musical Theatre and Health Management. He also works as a professional ballroom dancer and instructor. Logan is elated to be a part of this experience teaching young artists!

Grant is thrilled to be working with this incredible program this summer! Grant grew up spending his summers in similar camps and they truly are some of his best memories. He is a recent graduate of Parish Episcopal school where he was a frequent actor, designer, and director of many productions. He just completed staging his first two-act play entitled “Caged”. Grant has also been involved in local community theatre including East Dallas Arts, The Rotunda Theatre Series, and is a former employee of North Texas Performing Arts. Grant intends to pursue a theatre education in college.

Megan Muscato is a current student at SMU majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and minors in musical theatre and education. Outside of school, she teaches partner and ballroom dance lessons at Lone Star Ballroom in McKinney. Performance Art has always been a huge part of her life so she is so grateful to Alise and the JCC for the opportunity to be a part of the StarQuest team!

Camp StarQuest’s Summer Production

The big reveal awaits!

So excited for this summer’s camp show on Tuesday, July 2. Click the button below to learn more and buy tickets!

Meet Our Team

Camp Director