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.
Anita Maynard-LoshCo-Camp Director
Camp Director Anita Maynard-Losh has 30 years of experience in arts education as an instructor and administrator, including summer programs for young people at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and several successful programs in Alaska. She was a full-time faculty member in the theater department at Webster Univ. in St. Louis and headed the theater department of Univ. of Alaska Southeast. Anita came to Arena Stage from Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska, where she was associate artistic director, administered all of the theater’s educational programming, and directed 18 main stage productions. 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. She’s directed readings of new plays at Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center and has been assistant director, dialect coach and vocal consultant on numerous productions at Arena Stage. Anita was the dialect coach on the musical Ragtime at the Kennedy Center and on the recent Broadway production.
Rebecca CampanaCo-Camp Director
Associate Camp Director Rebecca Campana has been an administrator and teaching artist for Arena Stage since 2004. In this capacity, she has planned and taught numerous theater residencies and workshops to participants ranging from preschoolers to adults. Much of this work has been with at-risk populations in D.C. Public Schools. Playing a central role in the development of Camp Arena Stage, she has served as the assistant director and, now, associate director of the campsince its inception. Rebecca stepped into her role at Community Engagement after completing the executive director internship at Arena. Before joining Arena Stage, Rebecca was a home visitor for Even Start, a federally funded family literacy program in Arcade, N.Y. Rebecca spent two seasons with Chautauqua Conservatory Theater Company and three years at Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. She holds a dual honors degree in journalism/mass communication and English from St. Bonaventure Univ. Her primary art forms are writing and devised theater, and she also enjoys directing, 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