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The Expanding Stage

Inclusive. Empowering. Extraordinary.

Through innovative partnerships, teaching artists of the Black Hills Playhouse are transforming lives through theatre programs inclusive of people of all ages and abilities.

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2024 Dates To Be announced at a later date.
Edith Mortenson Theater on the campus of Augustana University
2001 S Summit Ave, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD
Free to the Public


The LifeScape Center for the Arts, in conjunction with the Dakota Players (Black Hills Playhouse) are thrilled to resume Camp Bravo for the summer of 2023!

Camp Bravo is an all-abilities performing arts summer day camp for performers ages 9-21!

Camp Bravo will allow the performers to create a full-scale stage performance, learn from professional theatre professionals, participate in break out sessions where we do games, arts/crafts, designing, dancing, and there's even a runway show of costumes! Camp will culminate with a performance of "Space School Musical" a fun upbeat show with lots of great music and great characters! Unlike Camp Bravos of the past, this year we will be able to perform on a real theatre stage under the big lights!


Since 2013, the Playhouse has partnered with the LifeScape Center for the Arts to develop programs which are accessible to children and adults with disabilities, and also inclusive of those without disabilities.


During rehearsals, teaching artists encourage creative thinking, teach participants to work in groups and help them improve communication skills. Cast members are guided through invigorating sessions which teach theatre arts in an interactive environment. 


We have witnessed life-changing moments on and off the stage and how these creative processes, performances, and connections affect the lives of the cast and crew long after the curtain has closed.  ​

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Two times a week, teaching artists from the Black Hills Playhouse head to Dakotabilities and work with adults with disabilities. These sessions are packed full of laughter, movement, and joy. 


Participants' choices are integral in this groundbreaking theatre education program which provides opportunities for people to become more confident in their communication and performance skills.


Three times a year, family, friends, and community members gather to celebrate the work of each class as they perform.

A note from Joe Dvorak, Director of Day Services

Donate to Program 

Our specialty programming that allows for people of all abilities to experience and enjoy theatre depends on the support of generous patrons. All donations are greatly appreciated


Learn more → 

Volunteer Opportunities 

Volunteers are always needed in order for our specialty programming performances and rehearsals to run as smoothly as possible. Please consider helping us out!


Volunteer Form → 

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