Dixie State Conferences and Workshops

Act Up Summer Theatre Camp: Age 9-13

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Get into the Act!


ACT UP Theater Camp is unique from most of the other performance camps in Southern Utah. It will be an intensive workshop that will strictly focus on acting - not on musical theatre, singing or dance.


It is the perfect summer activity for all kids who love theatre.


Act Up offers 10 day summer youth classes for different ages and skill levels, indulging the just-for-fun campers and serious campers who want to strengthen their acting skills culminating in a performance showcase on the final day to which parents and family are invited to attend.


It will be a two-week theatre camp with a focus on techniques of acting which will help campers:

  • Utilize different acting method and technique through instruction and theatre play

  • Build self-esteem and self-confidence

  • Help improve stage presence and body movement

  • Improve social, communication, and listening skills with fellow actors

  • Encourage individual growth as a performer

  • ...and more

Camp Dates – June 12 - June 23 Showcase Friday, June 24 @ 2 pm         

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 11:30 am for children aged 9-13

Monday - Friday, 12:00 pm-2:30 pm for youth aged 14-18


Camp Enrollment – May 1 - June 3, 2017  



**Early Bird Registration - $199.00 until June 1st!**

After June 1 - $219


Space is limited to 25 campers/class

Contact Information - actupworkshop@gmail.com



The mission of Act UP is dedicated to nurturing the growth and development of children ages 10–18 with all skill levels, through participation in techniques of acting, including performance, workshops, technical elements, community involvement, and apprenticeships.

Our vision is: to create extraordinary theatre experiences to educate, challenge and inspire young theatre artists with a focus on imagination, creativity and acting techniques, + much more.

Our values are: imagination, excellence, respect, and inclusion.




  • Providing a safe, educational experience for participants.

  • Inclusion of all levels and skills in developing acting techniques.

  • A structured daily schedule of activities including theatre games. Improvisation, audition monologue and scene work

  • Instruction by a professional theatre staff in a professional environment.

  • Elevate the level of support to creative organizations and individuals dedicated to fostering creativity and providing arts training programs for youth

  • Giving children the opportunity to maintain learning opportunities when school is out of session



  • Camp t-shirt

  • Daily Bottled Water (Campers should bring a snack each day)

  • All materials and supplies.




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Russ Saxton

Russ Saxton retired after 30 years as a Theatre Teacher in secondary education at Dixie High School. He holds degrees from BYU (1982) and SUU (1998).  He’s directed, designed and built over 120+ shows throughout his career. Russ enjoys working with youth and sharing his love of theatre.  In the fall of 2016 he began the second act of his career at Dixie State University, teaching Theatre Methods to students preparing for careers as Theatre educators.

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Heidi Anderson is a professional actress, singer, writer, director and private vocal and acting instructor, with over 25 years of experience, and who has performed Off Broadway and all over the U.S.  Heidi is a member of the professional theatre actors union, Actors Equity Association (AEA). She studied acting, speech and music at Dixie State University, Southern Utah University and the University of Utah.  In New York City, Heidi studied acting at the well known American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA), SB Studios and Weist-Barron Studios (Film Acting). While in New York, she studied vocal technique with renowned New York Singing Teacher's Association (NYSTA) President and Pavarotti International Competition Winner, David Sabella. Heidi is best known in Utah for her performance as Ursula the Sea Witch in the 2011 U.S. Regional Premiere of Disney's The Little Mermaid at Tuacahn Center for the Arts and was asked to reprise this role in their 2014 production. She has also been seen in many other roles in 7 Seasons at Tuacahn since 2005. Heidi has written and directed many plays, musical reviews, comedy sketches, and also directed the Broadway West Theatre production of 1776 here in St. George, Utah.  Heidi has taught vocal and acting workshops with different schools and organizations including the Tuacahn Summer Institute in 2016. She loves working with youth to help them reach their potential as performers. To learn more about Heidi go to: www.heidianderson.net

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