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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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Friday, June 9th, 2023 - 1:00pm
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

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The LifeScape Center for the Arts and Black Hills Playhouse produced Camp Bravo: All-Ability Performing Arts, at Joy Ranch, near Watertown, SD, June 16-21, 2019.


Camp Bravo was designed for children and young adults of all abilities, ages 9-21. Campers spent the week exploring performing skills in a traditional outdoor camp setting while making memories to last a lifetime! Also included: horseback riding, wagon rides, archery, pontoon rides, fishing, campfires, and games - all in a completely accessible environment for campers!

Theatre classes include movement, music, and theatre – all of which were adapted to meet the needs of each participant. The week culminates with a camp performance for family and friends.