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Performing Arts: Camp StarQuest

Camp StarQuest has limited spots available

Please fill out the Waitlist form and or email arobinson@jccdallas.org if you would like to sign your camper up for StarQuest this summer.

Please note: our two-week performing arts camp, Camp StarPower, still has spots available. To learn more about Camp StarPower, click here.

If you have any questions please contact Alise Robinson at arobinson@jccdallas.org.

Step into the Spotlight, The stage awaits!

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

  • Day trip to see Dallas Summer Musicals’ Frozen at Fair Park

Step Into the Spotlight

  • 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 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.

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 is a junior musical theater major at American University in DC (ask her about her favorite monument). Recently she had the opportunity to work on The Birds, which totally changed her life, as well as multiple student-written works. When she’s not onstage, you can usually find her reading, making tik toks, eating tacos, or biking. This is her 5th (!!) summer at Starquest and she’s excited to be back! See you soon!

Dalton Glenn is a rising Junior in the BFA Theatre Studies 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 The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers’ Edition and The Lion King, Jr! He has been acting since he was seven years old and loves to see kids get so excited about the incredible world of theater. Dalton looks forward to becoming an acting teacher so that he can pass on his knowledge and his love for theater.

Grace Nobles is a rising junior 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. This will be her second summer with JPAS and she couldn’t be more excited!

Alison Thieberg is so excited to be returning to Camp StarQuest this year! She started out as an intern last year and fell in love with the kids and the program. Alison is a rising senior at Greenhill School and plans to study dance in college. She has been dancing and doing theatre since she was twelve and has performed at The Firehouse Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater, and The Pocket Sandwich Theatre. She can’t wait to meet the campers and teach them some traditional Broadway choreography!

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!

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: Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 24 (No Camp July 3)

Hours: 9 am – 4 pm

Extended care: 8 – 9 am and/or 4 – 5 pm

Entering grades 3 – 9

  • 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: Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 24 (No Camp July 3)

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

$1,592

Regular Pricing

Register between March 2 – May 1

$1,688

Late Pricing

Register after May 1

$1,772

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

Meet Our Team

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Alise Robinson
Camp Director