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Check out our AMAZING new programs for 

another Summer of fun at RuminariLive Arts!

Summer Camp 2021

Whether you want to have fun with us at the studio in the morning, come by for some afternoon excitement, or stay for a whole day of laughs and learning - there is something for everyone this July! 

Check out what we have in store for kiddos of all ages!

The Ticking Time Bomb

July 5th - 9th from 9 AM - 12 PM

Ages 12+

Travel through time as we interview influential figures and explore stories long forgotten! Campers will get to engage with their curiosity and work together to take bizarre real life stories and bring them to life on stage. "The Ticking Time Bomb" camp runs alongside the "Theatre Design EXPLOSION" camp with Danna-Rae Evasiuk. Participants from both camps will bring their work together and showcase their talent in a shared presentation for family and friends on the final day. Sign up for both for a full week of creation and fun!


Theatre Design EXPLOSION

July 5th - 9th from 1 PM - 4 PM

Ages 12+

Theatre isn't just about acting - come tell a story through lighting and sound! This camp is for anyone who's interested in expressing themselves through colour and music. It's for anyone who would rather work the spotlight, not be caught in it. It's for anyone who is the least bit curious about these two aspects of theatre. Join Danna-Rae Evasiuk in a crash course of not only how lighting and audio work, but how to create with them.

This camp is ideal for youth who are interested in music, visual art, and/or technology. No previous experience is necessary. "Theatre Design Explosion!" runs alongside "The Ticking Time Bomb" camp with Jenn Townsend. Participants from both camps will bring their work together and showcase their talent in a shared presentation for family and friends on the final day. Sign up for both for a full week of creation and fun!


Theatre FUN-damentals

July 12th - 16th from 9 AM - 12 PM

Ages 7-13

This week, we will discover what it takes to tell stories onstage! Through games and exercises, campers will learn how to harness their voice, their ability to move, and the world around them, creating compelling characters for the stage. At the end of camp, we will present a final performance for friends and family to enjoy.


All That Jazz

July 12th - 16th from 1 PM - 4 PM

All Ages

5, 6, 7, 8...and All That Jazz!

Have you ever seen a musical, and thought, "I wish I could dance like that"? Well, here is your opportunity to learn how!

Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced performer, we have a fun & challenging Theatre Jazz dance class that will be perfect for you! You'll dance to upbeat songs while working on basic dance vocabulary. In addition to learning a full dance number, you'll develop rhythmic awareness and individual expression while honing your Theatre Jazz dance technique. All this will be performed in a fantastic dance piece for parents and friends at the end of camp!


The Bard Game

July 19th - 23rd from 9 AM - 12 PM

Ages 7-13

Does your child have a dramatic imagination? Love to perform? Want to give them an unforgettable experience to meet new friends while exploring with a group of talented young theatre-lovers? With a unique format, children ages 7-13 will have the opportunity to explore five of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in five days! Each day campers read an abridged play, create scenes and play games! At the end of the camp we will show our families and friends what we’ve been working on in a final Shakespeare Showcase!

Whether you’re new to Shakespeare or you know the plays by heart, here’s your chance to bring the language to life with YOUR imagination, YOUR big questions, and YOUR voice. 


The Magic of Puppetry

July 19th - 23rd from 1 PM - 4 PM

Ages 7-13

This camp is sure to be an unforgettable week of fun! Master Puppeteer Ken Bishop, A.K.A “PK” of Friends Forever Puppets will teach you how to entertain with puppets, and even make your own puppet characters as you find your own puppet style through practice and play. The week will end with campers showing off their new puppet friends in a lip-sync performance!



July 26th - 30th from 9 AM - 12 PM

All Ages

OOOO YAH! WE ARE GOING TO GET MESSY! In small group settings everyone is encouraged to get their creative juices flowing in fun and crazy ways! They may get messy but their end products are always beautiful and unique to each camper. We have plenty of topsy-turvy surprises in store for you! SPLAT Summer Camp will be constantly evolving and offers us the opportunity to try something new and discover uncontrollable laughter with new friends along the way! We will ensure a truly creative and fun holiday camp experience. Sign up for SPLAT art camp and enjoy creating for 5 days during the summer of 2021!



July 26th - 30th from 1 PM - 4 PM

All Ages

We will all become MAD SCIENTISTS in this week long camp! Filled with fun science experiments, IT’S ALIIIIVE will have us creating kooky characters that are ready to show the world their epic experiments.


The Calendar


Program Costs

Pricing is for 1 week of Camp, Monday - Friday

1/2 Day

9 AM - 12 PM OR 1 PM - 4 PM


Full Day

9 AM - 4 PM


Our Team

Meet the Program Directors of RuminariLive's 2021 Summer Camp! 

Nikki Barran

All That Jazz

Nikki Barran is an actor, dancer, and singer, originally from Calgary. She has lived in several cities, including Hollywood, Toronto, and now Edmonton. Nikki has been trained extensively in jazz, tap, and ballet, with supplementary training in several other dance forms. She has created most of her choreography in Calgary, for several different theatre companies, including Storybook Theatre, and Broad Minds. One of her proudest accomplishments was choreographing 80 high-school students in the play, Footloose, for Summer Stock Theatre in Calgary. While in Edmonton, she is very excited for the opportunity to hold a dance summer camp for RuminariLive Arts.

Ken Bishop

The Magic of Puppetry

Ken has performed at various venues throughout Canada, the US, and Mexico. He also performed over close to 4,000 shows at West Edmonton Mall with his Kenuppets (now known as Friends Forever Puppets). For five years Ken also starred, with his over 350 puppets, on Storytime which was seen across Canada on the CTV network.

He has written over 100 scripts for television, had over 350 puppets, has done numerous music videos on TV and on YouTube, taught and performed in schools, festivals, libraries, and festivals.

Starting his puppetry career in college, he now has decades of experience and loves to pass on his creative knowledge to others.

Danna-Rae Evasiuk

Theatre Design EXPLOSION

Originally from Fort McMurray, Alberta, Danna-Rae is an audio and lighting designer and composer based in Montreal, Quebec. She's a graduate from the Red Deer College Technical Theatre Design and Production program, and co-founder of Theatre; Just Because in Fort McMurray. In the past, she was an artist/educator with the Royal Conservatory's Learning Through the Arts program, working in both Alberta and Toronto, Ontario. Some of her credits include: Eco-anxiety (Lighting Designer, Imago Theatre), Steel Magnolias (Sound Designer/Composer, Keyano Theatre), and The Most Massive Woman Wins (Lighting Designer/Composer, Theatre; Just Because). She has worked in theatre for over 15 years, and enjoys collaborating with others and learning from their different perspectives. When she's not in a theatre, you could easily find her gardening or taking photographs of nature.

Hunter Gates

The Bard Game, Splat!

The founder of RuminariLive Arts - Hunter Gates! Hunter is a director, actor, stuntman, theatre-maker, and educator. She specializes in movement as well as devised theatre performance. Hunter has 30+ years of experience in professional and community theatre, film, and television. She trained in physical theatre at the School of Physical Theatre in Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre philosophy, a Pedagogical certificate in Physical Theatre, and a certificate in Stunt Performance and teaching. Hunter also has extensive experience in stage combat.

Her performance and teaching experience abroad includes work in Egypt, Greece, South Africa, and the Caribbean. She has also performed and taught across Canada. She launched her post-university theatre career in Montreal at the Just for Laughs Festival. She was the founding artistic director (1996 to 2016) of The Hunter Gates Academy of Physical Theatre, a school specializing in training, new-play creation, and international collaborations. Dr. Gates provides artistic innovation and dedication to the voice and spirit of the community.

Hunter specializes in the creation of programs for seniors, adults, and at-risk youth.

Aidan Spila

Theatre FUN-damentals

Born and raised in Edmonton, Aidan has been a dedicated theatre artist since his first drama class in 2012. Now having finished his studies at MacEwan, all he wants to do is make more theatre - and hosting a summer camp is a great way to make that happen.

Aidan has been a part of many shows and musicals including Legally Blonde, The Crucible, Pippin, Spring Awakening, Follies, Blue Stockings, RENT, and many more.

Jenn Townsend

The Ticking Time Bomb, It's ALIIIVE!!!

Driven by an artistic passion deeply rooted in her being, Jenn has been pursuing theatre for over a decade. Placing equal importance on every facet of theatre has made her well versed in many aspects of the stage. Be it directing and devised creation, stage performance, dramaturgy, or stage management, Jenn is at home when involved in any production. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, and has worked for theatre companies Geordie Theatre (Montreal, QC) and Theatre; Just Because (Fort McMurray, AB). Jenn continues to work as an educator of young artists and workshop leader of all ages. She is also currently the Artistic Director of Mask Mime & Mayhem Productions. Her favourite moments of theatre are those magical, imaginative instances that surprise the audience while uplifting the soul. On the off chance you find her doing something unrelated to the theatre, she would probably be hanging out with her very judgmental cat.