The Hippodrome Young Filmmakers Competition is open to all young filmmakers ages 12-18 and is FREE to enter.

Films will be judged based on narrative strength, strong characters, and filmmaking skill.

Shorts can be submitted in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary or Animation. The theme is “What’s Your Story?” Be creative! Theme is open to interpretation. 

First place prize: $50
Second place prize: Cinema pass for two

Films should be no longer than 5 minutes long. Films longer than 5 minutes will not be shown.

To enter more than one film, you MUST use separate entry forms. Each film must be submitted with its own form via email to –– this includes submissions from schools.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 20.
Films will be screened Thursday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hippodrome Cinema

Spring Break Camp 2020

The Hippodrome’s Spring Break camp gives students an opportunity to explore various facets of the performing arts: Improv, storytelling, costuming, prop making, voice, movement, acting for theater and film, and much more. This week long camp culminates in a performance for family and friends!

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The Hippodrome and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding present a groundbreaking new six-week adult course at the Hippodrome called “Theatre and Self-Discovery.”


The focus of Theatre and Self-Discovery is in what lies below the surface, how self-esteem impacts people and people’s needs list. In theatre, actors ask of their character: what drives this person’s behavior?


This course bridges the mediums between non-violent communication work and theatre in a non-threatening way, a way to step away from your own self in creating a character that is not you. One of the goals of this collaboration between the River Phoenix Center for Peace-building and the Hippodrome Theatre is peace-building within oneself.


Through this 6 week intensive adult theatre class, participants will explore the nuance of relating human behavior to the craft of a theatre artist. First, participants will go below the surface of these characters with writing. The initial classes will be facilitated by Heart Phoenix of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, and Gabrielle Byam, of the Hippodrome Theatre and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.


Then participants will bring the writing to the stage with real theatre artists, Matt Lindsay and Cameron Pfahler of the Hippodrome Theatre, and the course will utilize these introspective discoveries with a focus on character development and scene construction. Each individual will create and write a monologue that reflects the experiences accumulated throughout the course; the class will culminate with a showcase of student monologues.


A bit about the course leaders: Heart has been facilitating workshops for non-violent communication for 15 years. Gabrielle has worked at the Hippodrome Theatre for 20 years and has been facilitating workshops for non-violent communication for 8 years. Matt Lindsay is a theatre director, and a teacher at the Hipp for 10 years. Cameron has worked at the Hipp for several years, has a degree in psychology and has had work featured at a local playwrights festival.


6 sessions — Mondays, April 9 – May 14
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.


To best provide a personalized experience for participants, class size is limited.

Sign up here or call Gabrielle at 352.373.5968 x230 for more information.

Spring Break Camp
Ages 7 – 17

March 26-30, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

The Hippodrome’s Spring Break Camp explores various facets of performance: improv, storytelling, costuming, prop making, voice, movement, acting for theatre and film, and much more. At the end of the camp, family and friends are invited to a reception and showcase highlighting scenes and artwork the campers created.

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JAN 29 – MAR 5 | Mondays 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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Hippodrome Company member Matthew Lindsay has utilized his talents from onstage and off to develop a new offering for the Hippodrome Education department! This class is designed for anyone who wants to improve their business and/or interpersonal communication skills. Each session will focus on a different aspect of these and will work to develop them into strengths. Students will learn how improv can help them unlock creative potential, solve problems, listen and react, and make more effective decisions.
This class is accessible to all skill levels.
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About the Hippodrome’s Education Programs

The Hipp provides quality arts education for all ages. The region’s most dynamic and experienced teachers lead our camps and classes. Children are supported as an individual in a non-competitive, enriching environment through a spirit of inclusion, acceptance, and positivity. The Hippodrome also offers Hipp-provisation classes and a Spring Play Observership for adults.

The Hippodrome has also introduced such innovative programs as the New Play Reading Series, the Teen Playwright Festival, Theatre Arts Series and has hosted more than 200 visual arts exhibits, artistic residencies, master classes, festivals, and guest artist presentations.

Through all of its combined programs, the Hippodrome serves more than a quarter of a million patrons annually.

Want to learn more and register? Visit the links below for specific program information and registration forms. To contact the education department, call 352.373.5968 ext 241 or ext 230 or email

Summer Spectacular Camp: A Week with the Masters

June 4-8, 2018

This week-long intensive gives students the opportunity to explore the technical aspects of the stage, with exclusive access to the Hippodrome’s Mainstage artists that they don’t normally get during a larger Summer Spectacular camp.

It will cover a wide range of topics, including directing, dramaturgy, production management, lighting design, sound design, costume design, structural design, scenic design, acoustics, theatre engineering, and more. In addition to the Hippodrome’s staff of teaching artists, we will be joined by Artistic Director, Lauren Warhol Caldwell and Lightning Designer in Residence, Robert P. Robins.


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Summer Spec Tech Track
Ages 13 – 18

Session 1 June 11-29, 2018 – FULL

Session 2 July 9-27, 2018 – ONLY A FEW SPACES REMAIN

Teens enrolled in the Tech Track will take on the technical aspects of the Junior and Teen productions of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe after receiving hands-on instruction from the Hippodrome’s professional production team in lighting and sound design and stage management. They will participate in some of their age group’s workshops, but they will break off into their own sessions to take on the roles of sound & light crew, stage manager and assistant stage manager; and will help design, set cues and operate the technical aspects of the camp productions.

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Summer Spec Youth Ensemble: Ages 5 – 6

Session 1 June 4-15, 2018
Session 2 July 16-27, 2018

Full-day | Half-day 

With baskets full of costumes and a trunk full of props, children in this summer camp are encouraged to imagine whole worlds and bring stories to life. During each half-day or full-day camp, your child will be able to paint their stage sets and design their costumes, as well as work together to create their own play! Parents and friends will be invited to the ensemble’s showcase on the second-to-last day of camp. Drop-off is at 9:00 a.m. Pick-up is at 2:00 p.m. for half-day campers and 5:00 p.m. for full-day campers.

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