Education & Outreach

The Garfield Center For The Arts runs Educational Outreach programs throughout the year, offering seasonal workshops for youth and adults.  

A Youth participant involved in Garfield Center programming is referred to as a PLAYMAKER.
GCA educational programming engages the whole PLAYMAKER- physically, mentally and artistically – providing practice in the areas of improvisation, movement, character development, self presentation, script building, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving.  

2 FANTASTIC Summer Programs:  Theatre Camp & MUSICAMP

Playmakers Summer Theatre Camp at The Garfield Center For The Arts is provided for children ages 8-15. The summer camp program runs four weeks, culminating in two evening performances and a matinee performance that includes all participants. Children ages 8-10 will make up the chorus and supporting characters, while the 11-15 year old campers will play the lead roles. There will also be three cultural performances for the campers during the four weeks of camp.

Playmakers Summer Camp 2015:
July 6 – August 2
Ages 8-10 $345
Ages 11-15 $385

Program runs: Monday – Friday 10am-2:30pm

Announcing Our 2015 Production: PETER PAN!

Final Production Dates:
Friday, July 31 @ 7pm
Saturday, August 1 @ 7pm
Sunday, August 2 @ 3pm
$5 suggested donation

Hedgelawn Performance Series and PLAYMAKERS: Each week, exciting multi-cultural performers introduce Playmakers to a variety of theatrical arts. Playmakers interact with Professional Artists who provides three Fridays of interactive entertainment, plus conversion, interaction and education directly with Playmakers.

Hedgelawn Performance Series and THE COMMUNITY: These shows are open to everyone, so friends and family can attend too!  Dates: TBD (Tickets are $5 for non-campers)

Note: The Federal government provides a dependent care tax credit for items like day camps.  IRS Publication number 503 may be downloaded via the IRS web site at  In addition, IRS Form 2241, “Child and Dependent Care Expenses,” which needs to be completed along with your IRS Form 1040, provides information on calculating the amount of your federal credit.


If you would like to contribute to the Playmakers Scholarship Fund to help send a child to Playmakers Camp we will happily accept your donation!  Donations in any amount can be made out to Garfield Center for the Arts – please be sure to specify in the memo that the donation is for Playmakers Camp.  Or you can make a donation online via PayPal by clicking on the donation button below:


– Directed by Julie Lawrence & Team-

AUGUST 10-14
Program runs: Monday – Friday 9am-3:30pm
Registration fee: $180
Ages 8-14

MUSICAMP is an intensive one week program for students aged 8-14 that will allow students to experience all parts of being in a musical!  Campers will participate in acting, singing, movement, set design, and costume creation.  Camp will run Monday through Friday 9a.m. to 3:30p.m. and culminate in a performance on Friday evening .  Because of the concentrated form of this week, campers MUST attend every day of the 5-day Camp as well as Friday evening.




The Garfield Center for The Arts collaborates with Kent County Public Schools  to provide after school enrichment programs for elementary and middle school students. The semester-long sessions include practice with improvisation, character development, movement, script-work, teambuilding, critical thinking and communication skills. Each student group prepares a public performance for family and friends.

Playmaker collaborations with other local schools include Wye River Upper School, Kent School and Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.


Some Playmakers are active in the Prince Theatre’s Teen Theatre Troupe. The troupe’s first project, Stories of Our Elders, engaged teens in collecting stories from community elders and devising theatre pieces to share the stories with audiences.

The Prince Theatre also engages Playmakers in collaborating with community groups on individual performance projects. Past collaborations include programs with the Kent Family Center, Phenomenal Women, C-300, African American Heritage Day and most recently in our Improv Night Showcase and First Friday events.


Adults interested in playwriting meet in the Kohl Lobby on the first Monday of every month to participate in the Live Playwrights’ Society which creates a workshop environment for testing and improving scripts (

Novice and experienced adult actors are encouraged to participate in our Improvisation Workshops. Workshops are offered free of charge.


The Garfield Center for the Arts has a troupe of actors and musicians who are available for outreach programming. Contact Lucia for more information about contracting adult or youth Playmakers for off-site events (


Youth programming is supported in part by funding from: 

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