NYU Steinhardt News

Acting Manitou Celebrates 10th Summer!

NYU Steinhart graduate Steve Borowka and his co-owner Tim Brownell celebrate the tenth summer of their theater camp, Acting Manitou. Acting Manitou, an overnight summer theater camp for students ages 11-18 is located in Waterville, Maine and its Artistic Staff includes other Steinhart graduates Ami Formica and Kristan Mancini.

The program started in the summer of 2003 as a ten-day camp, with 11 campers and 2 staff members. Over the years, Acting Manitou expanded enrollment and inaugurated and brand new performing arts campsite and now runs as a six-week program with 165 campers and 40 staff members. Acting Manitou first produced 2 40-minute productions, with little production value. Now they produce 10 fully designed plays and musicals per summer utilizing four different performance venues on their campgrounds.

Acting Manitou offers classes in acting, playwriting, directing, comedy improvisation, slam poetry, puppetry, Shakespeare, and scenic design, to name a few. The shows for production fall within a wide range of theater: contemporary, cutting edge material, as well as classic plays, musicals and Shakespeare. This past summer shows included You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Assassins, Up the Down Staircase, and Romeo and Juliet. They have also produced two original musicals, commissioned for the camp.

Acting Manitou's mission is to create great theater and offer high quality training, while focusing on an inclusive, ensemble-based environment of compassion and friendship. They seek to offer campers from cities the chance to rehearse and create theater in the natural, picturesque surroundings of Maine.

Acting Manitou has touched many lives over the years and in celebration of their tenth anniversary, they are hoping to raise awareness of their program. For more information check out their website at www.actingmanitou.com or email program@actingmanitou.com