Day Camp

For campers entering Grades 3-9
Five-week program
July 5 - August 4, 2023
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM


Step into the spotlight this summer! If you are a curious kid who loves to shine, then Performing Arts Camp (PAC) is the place for you!

Entering its 32nd year, PAC offers children a truly unforgettable summer experience, filled with opportunities for growth, learning and fun.

Under the guidance of our talented, fun-loving staff, campers flourish as actors, playwrights, musicians, dancers, singers, set-designers, and friends.

In five weeks, campers grow by leaps and bounds. Not only do they become skilled and confident performers, they also become members of a community, and their friendships last long beyond the summer.

The energy and excitement builds daily and culminates in August with butterflies and wide smiles. At the PAC Finale, campers act their summer plays, perform music on their instruments, share dance routines, show off their costumes and sets, and reap the joyous rewards of collaboration and creativity.

Performing Arts Camp Staff

Camp Director
Cynthia Babak

Professional actor, director and playwright; BFA Drama, NYU; master teaching artist with Roundabout Theater Company; Poly Prep: Performing Arts faculty; Director of the Grade 9/10 Play.

Musical Director
Laurie Uguccoine

Composer of film scores, musicals, and operas, Attended NYU’s program in musical theatre composition, Taught at 92nd Street Y and the Third Street Music School

Dance Director
Ashley Hacker

Poly Prep faculty member, BFA Dance, MA Dance Education from NYU, International teaching and choregraphy experience, Performs with NYC Based company, Aries in Flight

Drama Instructor
Chris Heller

Professional dancer and performer, and renowned NYC teaching artist. Former artistic director of Brooklyn Children’s Theatre, M.A. in educational theatre from New York University

Assistant Musical Director/Voice Coach
John Bowen

Nationally recognized musical director and keyboard player

Strings Instructor
Ellen Gronningen

Juilliard Graduate, BA and MA, Teaching artist, Brooklyn Conservatory, Tenured member of Oakland Symphony in CA, Faculty member, various chamber music festivals

Woodwinds Instructor
Jay Rodriguez

Grammy nominated saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, film composer, producer and arranger.

Performing Arts
Day Camp Divisions

poly summer campers performing arts stage performance

Junior Theater Makers

Through this camper-centered program led by professional teaching artists, kids joyfully create original scripts, learn musical instruments, dance and sing…

Grade 3 - Grade 7
July 5 - August 4
Park Slope location
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poly summer camper

Musical Theater

Older campers produce a Broadway Jr. musical while perfecting their craft on stage and behind the scenes with musical theater…

Grade 8 - Grade 9
July 5 - August 4
Park Slope location
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poly summer camp camper and counselor on tennis court

Counselors in Training (CIT)

The Counselor in Training (CIT) program trains teens as they transition from campers into future counselors. Application required.

Grade 10 - Grade 11
July 5 - August 4
Park Slope location
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After three years in the camp’s instrumental enrichment program, my daughter was awarded a music scholarship to a local high school.  We are thrilled! Diana, mother of Group E camper
This camp is such a joyful, collaborative, and confidence building experience for kids.  My twins are counting down to summer. Carline, mother of Group B campers
The best kept secret in Brooklyn!  You get amazing results in such a short period of time. Tom, father of Group A camper
My sporty kids LOVED Performing Arts Camp which in my book is the highest praise there is! They have already asked to attend next summer. Garrett W., 2022
All of the collaboration and creativity seemed to take away any pressure to be “a performer”. There appeared to be a lot of support and encouragement among the campers. She cried a lot on the last day! Maria R., 2022

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