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Our instructors are professional artists, professional educators, and a few exceptional graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in arts training programs. All activities are designed, planned and implemented by these talented instructors. They are supported by upper high school and college student Counselors-in-Training, who serve as classroom assistants.

Camp Arena Stage gives extra time and care to hiring the best artist-educators in the D.C.-Metro area. Staff members are chosen for their experience with young people, warmth, energy, creativity, artistic merit and professional affiliations. Our staff members are devoted to the personal and creative growth of each camper and creating a safe, supportive environment.

The overall camper to staff ratio is 5:1.

Camp staff

Anita Maynard-LoshCamp Co-Director

Anita Maynard-Losh is the Director of Community Engagement/Senior Artistic Advisor at Arena Stage where she leads the theater’s education and outreach programs and serves on the Artistic Team. Now in her 15th season at Arena Stage, Anita directed the world premiere of Our War as part of the National Civil War Project, and has been an associate director and text director on several productions at Arena Stage. Anita trained and taught at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, was on the faculty at Webster University in St. Louis, headed the theater department at the University of Alaska Southeast, and was the associate artistic director of Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska where she directed 21 mainstage productions. Anita traveled extensively with the artist-in-schools program in Alaska, working primarily with indigenous populations within the context of traditional villages. The Alaska Native-inspired production of Macbeth that Anita conceived and directed was performed in English and Tlingit at the National Museum of the American Indian as part of the Shakespeare in Washington Festival. Her essay about the project was published in Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance, Palgrave MacMillan. She has been dialect coach for numerous productions at Arena Stage, including Camp David, and has coached dialects for the Kennedy Center, the Washington National Opera and the Broadway revival of Ragtime. Anita directs and devises ensemble theater with Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program, primarily in partnership with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing working with grieving teenagers to create and perform original autobiographical theater pieces exploring the loss and stigma of grief.  Anita traveled with the Voices of Now program to India in October 2012, and again in January 2014, collaborating on devising original plays addressing social justice issues in Kolkata, New Delhi, Patna, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. In September of 2015 Anita went to Zagreb to devise a piece on acceptance and reconciliation with young adults from Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania.

Rebecca CampanaCamp Co-Director

Rebecca Campana is in her 15th season at Arena Stage as its school programs manager, serving as a teaching artist for the theater’s education programs and managing its ticketing program for D.C. public school students.  She teaches students from pre-school through college and provides professional development and training for teaching artists and teachers. Playing a central role in the development of Camp Arena Stage, she has served as the assistant director and, now, co-director of the camp since its inception. Rebecca stepped into her role at Community Engagement after completing the executive director internship at Arena. Along with a team of teaching artists from Arena Stage, she has taught and directed internationally in Croatia and India at the invitation of the US Department of State. She has a dual degree in English and journalism, and her main arts disciplines are playwriting for the classroom, devising and writing.  She also enjoys improvisation, singing and painting.

What Campers have to say

"Best staff in the world." – CAS Camper

"The staff is also so kind and they are all great role models." – CAS Camper

What Parents have to say

“My favorite thing about CAS is the kind and friendly staff. You can tell they care about each child here.” – CAS Parent

“We love the upbeat and inclusive counselors. Good counselors mean everything.” – CAS Parent

What Staff have to say

“I love campers celebrating in class after they master something they’d been trying to do for a long time.” – CAS Staff

“I had a great group of bright and talented students who loved the work they were doing and were endlessly creative.”
CAS Staff