Performing Arts: Camp StarQuest

Step into the spotlight, the stage awaits!

Camp StarQuest now has a wait-list. If you are still interested, please click the button below to fill out the online form. You may also contact Alise Robinson at arobinson@jccdallas.org if you would like more information.

Camp StarQuest is a four-week Musical Theater and Performing Arts Intensive that teaches the fundamentals of theater, music, and dance – all in the process of creating a fully-staged production of a hit musical. Students will have access to professional lighting, sound and dressing rooms in our state-of-the-art theater. Taught by industry professionals from broadway to DFW, we fuse a traditional summer camp philosophy with a top-notch performing arts program designed to keep our campers invigorated, engaged, challenged, and happy!

NEW This Summer

  • A main-stage musical production: this summer’s musical is guaranteed to offer our campers various ways to shine and show their talents on the big stage!
  • AMAZING professional instructors and staff from all over DFW. Our staff are very carefully selected and are the best of the best of what Dallas has to offer within the performing arts. Linda Leonard, our performance director, is a veteran of the stage and has been seen on both TV and in national touring companies.
  • Workshops that include music and songwriting, costume and production design, lighting and sound, audition technique, Acting Business 101: Agent Perspective and more…
  • Focus on the mind-body connection – we will have daily meditation before rehearsals and engage in yoga workshops.

You must be a J member or join as a Camp Friend to register for summer camp.

Meet the Staff

Specialty Staff

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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.

General Counselors

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Cate Ginsberg just finished her first year of college at American University in DC studying musical theater. This will be her fourth year working at Camp StarQuest and she is so excited to be back! Camp StarQuest has been her happy place each summer. She always looks forward to it, and she can’t wait to share that same level of excitement with all the StarQuest campers. Her favorite part of camp is watching how quickly all of the campers grow, and she is thrilled to play a part in that again this summer!

Dalton Glenn is a rising Sophomore in the BFA Acting program at SMU and he’s very excited to be returning for his second year at Camp StarQuest! He has been working with the JCC and JPAS since the 2018 production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. and was an Assistant Stage Manager for Wizard of Oz, Young Performers’ Edition! He has been acting since he was seven years old and loves to see kids get so excited about the incredible world of theater and hopes to become an acting teacher so that he can pass on his knowledge and his love for theater.

Grace Nobles is a rising sophomore in the musical theatre program at Manhattan School of Music. She is also a proud graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy’s musical theatre program, where she made her directorial debut with “Piggy and the Cocktail Dress” and played Bebe Benzenheimer  in “A Chorus Line”. Other favorite roles include Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes” and Suzy Hendrix in “Wait Until Dark”. She loves tacos, running, and horseback riding. Even though she considers herself a New Yorker now, she’s thrilled to be back in her home state of Texas for an exciting summer with the JCC!

Rachel Smith is a soon-to-be junior in college, studying theatre and education. Recently she performed in The Addams Family and Footloose. Rachel also choreographed The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, and Once Upon A Mattress. She worked as dance captain for Fiddler on the Roof, Willy Wonka, Madagascar, and assistant-choreographed The Wizard of Oz. This is her third summer with Camp StarQuest and she is very excited to be back and can’t wait to have fun with her group (the best group at the JCC)!

Camp StarQuest's Summer Production!

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

Sign up for Camp!

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

  • Morning Pow-Wow
  • Rotation of specialty training and workshops
  • Community lunch
  • Get in tune with YOU: confidence building, finding your voice
  • Production rehearsals and stage preparations
  • Special events: Battle of the Stars competition, visiting guest artists

We often include specialty workshops and guest speakers: audition technique, scene study, costume and production design, lighting and sound, song-writing, acting business 101.

Four Weeks: Tuesday, June 11 – Friday, July 5

Hours: 9 am – 4 pm

Extended care: 7:30 – 9 am and/or 4 – 6 pm

Entering grades 3 – 9

Early Pricing

Register on/before March 1

$1,396

Regular Pricing

Register between March 2 – May 1

$1,536

Late Pricing

Register after May 1

$1,620

Bundled pricing is available when combined with other camps; see registration form for details.

Time Activity
8:45 – 9 am Campers arrive
9:05 am POW-WOW
9:25 am Campers transition
9:30 am Specialty activity 1
10:15 am Campers transition
10:20 am Specialty activity 2
11:05 am Campers transition
11:10 am Specialty activity 3
11:55 am Campers transition
12:00 pm Lunch and creative time
12:50 pm Daily group meditation
12:55 pm Campers transition
1:00 pm Rehearsals
3:40 pm Transition to carpool and aftercare
3:45 pm Carpool and aftercare
4:00 pm Camp over

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Meet Our Team

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Alise Robinson
Camp Director