Join us in the summer of 2018 when we present Shrek Jr. The Musical!

Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps for the community.  For over 20 years, camps have taken place at St. Francis of Assisi on Leesville Road in Raleigh. This camp has 75 students, 10 professional staff and 15 high school and college counselors. Campers are placed in age appropriate groups.  Every morning, each group rotates to classes taught by area arts professionals, which include Art, Creative Drama, Youth Certified Yoga, Dance and Music.  Every afternoon is spent rehearsing the show and attending classes. The camp culminates in a fully mounted production with costumes, lights, set and music.

At the St. Francis camp, an average of $6,000 in tuition assistance is awarded each summer during the 3 week camps. Families must apply by April 15 each year, fill out a statement of need, and provide proof of income.

The second half of the summer is spent at the beautiful Emily K Center in Durham. JTP was the first camp to provide summer programming the year they opened in 2006.  An average of 70 campers attend the two week program.  $7,500 in tuition assistance is awarded via JTP through the Emily K staff each summer. The structure of the camp is the same as the St. Francis camp, with professional classes in the morning and afternoons spent in rehearsals. This camp also culminates in a fully mounted production.

All performances are free and open to the public.


Summer camps do fill up in advance each year.  Scholarship applications must be received by April 15th each year.


EMAIL US FOR YOUR APPLICATION FORMS: THEJUSTICETHEATERPROJECT@GMAIL.COM or fill out this form and we'll email you an application. Scholarship applications due by April 15th. Couselor applications due by APRIL 1st. No exceptions.

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Summer of 2018 Camp Information:

  • The Raleigh "Shrek Jr."  camp takes place the weeks of July 9, 16 and 23, 2018 and is now for rising 2nd grade to rising 9th grade.

JTP counselors now begin with rising 10th grade students. Applications due by April 1 of each year.

  • Locations:

St. Francis of Assisi Summer Camp, The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, Clare Hall, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, 27613. 

  • TWO WEEK MINIMUM at the Saint Francis Camp. We suggest you attend all 3 weeks due to the process and effort of putting on a fully mounted "The Lion King, JR.". THREE WEEK CAMPERS WILL BE GIVEN FIRST PRIORITY IN THIS YEAR'S CAMP.

  • $240 First week payment due during application. Balance due 30 days before camp begins.

  • St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. Clare Hall.
  • Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with before and after care available for$25 per student, for mornings and $25 per week for afternoons. ($50 total a week for both)
  • You may pay on a weekly basis for morning and afternoon care, per your schedule.

Emily K Center in Durham: Weeks of July 30 and August 6, 2018. Please contact the Emily K directly for campers, scholarships and enrollment.


Campers are placed in age appropriate groups.  Every morning, each group rotates to classes taught by area arts professionals, which include Art, Creative Drama, Youth Certified Yoga, Dance and Music.  Every afternoon is spent rehearsing the show and attending classes.

Students should bring a bag lunch. No electronic toys or phones should be used between 9a.m. and 4pm. Campers may bring those for before and after care.

Please wear close-toed shoes. No candy or soda at camp. Yoga mat required.

The camp ends with two evening performances. All campers will perform in both performances. Those dates are July 28 and 29. Invite your family and friends to join you! Free.

Your campers stays with us for dinner those two nights. Parents attend ONE performance, by alphabet, last name.  Your camper performs both nights. There is no fee for family, friends and neighbors to see the performance.

We recommend your child attends all three weeks to experience the entire process of putting on a fully mounted production.  If you can only attend two weeks, we recommend that you attend weeks 2 and 3 so your child can be in the end of camp evening performances. THREE WEEK CAMPERS WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY IN BOOKING CAMP. Three week campers will also benefit from being able to audition for the challenging lead roles that take all three weeks to prepare for. Two week campers are not normally cast in lead roles.

Please call us if you want to talk about the camp, and the shows. 

JTP's camps are non-denominational and are not religious based. We strive to provide a nurturing environment where no child is a star, and all campers learn the importance of team work and collaboration.



Parents will attend by first letter of their last night, and be divided into two viewings. Campers attend both night and we will provide dinner for them.

Camp phone number:   919-264-7089

TO REGISTER FOR THE ST. FRANCIS CAMP, email us for the registration forms.

Send them in with your deposit check of $240 to secure your spot.  (No credit cards are accepted for the deposit, due to fees)

If you have any questions or concerns please email

Email us for an application and mail your application along with your $240 deposit check to our office at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ:

  • The Justice Theater Project mailing address:    8208 Brownleigh Drive   Raleigh, North Carolina 27617

    Payment in full is due 30 days before the camp begins.

  • Registration is handled through

Scholarship applications available until April 15th. Due to the demand for assistance, no requests will be accepted after 4/15 each year.

For any Summer Camp questions, please call us at:   919-264-7089




Thank you for the OVERWHELMING amount of counselor applications this year. All applicants were contacted by the end of April. Questions?  THEJUSTICETHEATERPROJECT@GMAIL.COM

Rising 10th grade to college age students can apply before April 1 each year for a counselor position.   They must complete an application form and an essay each year.  Only first year applicants need to pay the $50 application fee.  If you have a financial hardship and can not pay the fee, please email us for a waiver.

NOTE: Counselors 18 years of age and older who are employed by JTP MUST complete the Safe Environment Training.  Counselors in this category not completing the training will not be allowed to work for JTP. 

Medical Form/Emergency Contact form also required.

Why the $50 Counselor Application Fee?

First time applicants to our counselor programs are asked to write an essay, fill out an application, and submit a one time application fee.

The fee offsets the long term administrative commitment that The Justice Theater Project makes to all of our counselors.  As mentors and theater/non profit professionals, we are making an often long term investment in the potential counselor.  We are often asked to write college and job recommendations, create unique non profit opportunities for the teen, and sponsor them in future endeavors.  Additionally, we provide a safe and enriching experience at all three of our camps for the counselors.

This is not a typical summer job.  We do not hire all applicants, and we carefully chose applicants that want to serve the community, be an exemplary role model to the campers, and be a part of a family of devoted mentors and youth that typically lasts for many years. The counselor makes a commitment to excellence by deciding to work with our staff and campers, and we make a similar commitment to the counselor.

The fee may be waved due to economic hardship.  That decision is made by theater management upon request. Thank you.

Briar Patch Farm Scholarship Fund

The Briar Patch Farm Scholarship Fund financially assists children who want to attend JTP's camps each summer. It honors the father and mother of JTP's Artistic Director, Deb Royals, and the family farm her parents purchased for their seven children to have a place to play, work and become. Growing up on Briar Patch Farm was an experience in the magic of farm life and profoundly influenced Royals and her six siblings. While they did not have a lot of money, they were so lucky to be able to swim, fish, climb trees, hike through the woods, go sledding on the hills across the lake, attend to the animals, play in the barn, prime tobacco, put hay up in the fall, ride on tractors, act out plays and sing on the screen porch and eat fresh food from the family garden.

Royals believes that this same type of magic can be tapped through the world of theater each summer at the JTP Performing Arts Summer Series when children can take on characters and act out stories that transfer them to other places.

If you would like to donate to this fund you can send a check made out to The Justice Theater Project with "Brier Patch Farm" on the memo line.  All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt for your use.

The Mission of JTP:

The mission of The Justice Theater Project is to produce compelling theater experiences that create community dialogue and give voice to social concerns.

The Vision of JTP:

The vision of The Justice Theater project is to connect, inspire and impact our community through engaging performing arts outreach, education and advocacy.

Core Values of JTP:

•    Diversity, inclusion and equity

•    Dignity, humility and respect

•    Mindfulness of mission

•    Artistic excellence and integrity of process

•    Community engagement and collaboration