Chip & Jack's Theatre School

Chip & Jack's Theatre Camp to open this June 14-17.  It's directors are Jessica Chipman and Jackson Grove.  

(Alexandria, MN)  Award winning high school theatre teacher Jessica Chipman and a former student, Jackson Grove have partnered to offer a new theatre camp for Lakes Area youth.  Chip and Jack's Theatre School is hosting a camp this summer from June 14-17th. Their program is dedicated to skill-building, knowledge-building, and confidence-building in acting and performing for students going into grades 5-12.  It is open to aspiring young actors grades 5 through 12.  Grades 5-8 will meet in the morning of the camp from 9:00am until noon.  High schoolers in grade 9-12 will meet from 1:00pm until 4:30pm.  The camp is located at 422 Broadway Street. 

With a combined 25+ years of teaching experience, Chip and Jack use best practices in arts education to specialize in individualized instruction, acting and scenework strategies, improvisation games, dance and movement, and audition techniques. They emphasize their commitment to helping students grow and learn in a secure and joyful environment.


Jessica (Chip) is a K-12 Certified Theatre Educator, director and playwright.  She says, "We've been discussing starting a camp like this for a couple of years, so we're thrilled that it's finally happening. We can't wait to build relationships with students and cheer on their growth!"

 Additionally Jessica has directed over thirty-five productions for educational programs, community theater, and was invited to direct at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has created improv groups, alumni productions, and twenty-four-hour theatre festivals. As a playwright, her plays have been produced across North America by community and university groups. Recognizing Jessica's work are Lake Region Arts Council (Individual Legacy Grant), The Willa Cather Foundation (option for stage adaptation), Actors Theatre of Louisville (Heideman Award Finalist), Concord Theatricals (pilot production of Tuck Everlasting), Breaking Character Magazine (publication), Eldridge Plays and Musicals (publication), Minnesota State High School League (State One Act Play judge), Hennepin Theatre Trust (Spotlight Education Outstanding Overall Production), Perpich Center for Arts Education (Regional Arts Teacher-Leader), Communication Theatre Arts Minnesota (Board of Governors), Iowa High School Speech Association (Richard Riggleman Young Speech Coach Award), and Iowa State Education Association (Favorite Teacher of the Year Finalist). Under her direction, the Alexandria Area High School Theatre Department currently holds the Minnesota State High School League longest streak for the Wells Fargo Award of Excellence, or "Star" award, for One Act Play (2017-present). Jessica earned an MFA in Directing from University of Idaho (ABD) and MA in Theatre Production from Central Washington University. www.jessicachipman.info.


Jackson (Jack) is an actor, singer, dancer, teacher and choreographer.  He says he is beyond excited to be returning to Alexandria to teach this summer. Jackson earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from Boston Conservatory, one of the nation's top five Musical Theater programs. He also holds an Emphasis in Dance, and his choreography is featured in the Boston Conservatory Dance Emph Showcase. Additionally, Jackson recently choreographed a production of Clare Barron's DANCE NATION, and was slated to appear in Alabama Shakespeare Festival's production of CINDERELLA before the pandemic began. The previous summer, Jackson returned home to Minnesota to be the Swing in a new production of 42ND STREET that went up at the Ordway Center of the Performing Arts in 2019. Other awards and honors: 2018 NHSMTA/Jimmy Awards Best Actor Nominee, 2016 and 2017 Spotlight Education Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, 2016 Midwest Starz Dance Competition Best Choreography Award, 2016 Masquerade Dance National Title Holder, 2015 Dance Awards Best Dancer Finalist. Jackson is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. www.jacksongrove.info.

Chip and jack say that the participants will participate in developmentally-appropriate theatre games and activities focusing on developing skills in:

*imagination
*confidence-building
*teamwork
*character creation
*voice and articulation
*acting techniques
*story devising
*scene study
*audition techniques
*dance and movement
*theatre arts terminology and best practices

At Chip and Jack's Theatre School, two of their educational drivers are growth and process, not finished product. For that reason, there will be no final performance.

Masks will be required for youth participants, staff, and adults who drop off participants.

Our staff has participated in recent trainings on anti-racism/DEI, trauma-informed teaching, cultural competency, and first aid.

To register or learn more, scan this QR code or email them at chipandjackstheatre@gmail.com

Chip and Jack QR Code