image description

MADE for Kids

Improve your acting, singing, dancing, and writing skills as we create all-new, fully-staged shows during our one week summer camps.

Call Sarah Grace Shewbert at 503-280-8586 or email for more information.

Summer 2015: Three One-Week Musical Theater Camps

“Orphan Musicals”


Newsies, Jungle Book, and Annie

Who: Kids entering grades 2-8
What: Theater games, improvisation, script development, stage movement, and live performance (including costumes and lights)!
When: Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, July 20th – 24th (Newsies), July 27th – 31st (Jungle Book), and/or August 3rd – 7th (Annie)
Where: Concordia University Theater (Fine Arts Building) at NE 27th Ave & NE Highland St (0.3 miles south of Lombard)
Why: Because musical theater is fun, creative, collaborative, and uses all aspects of one’s mind and body!

Family and friends will be invited to a special, fully-staged performance on the last day of each camp at 2pm in the Concordia University Theater.

Each week’s music, story, and performance are completely independent, so kids are encouraged to attend one, two, or all three camps!

Campers will be provided with morning and afternoon snacks, but will need to bring a sack lunch daily.


The registration fee is $175 per kid, per week. A 10% discount is available for additional family members who sign up for camp OR for single campers who register for additional weeks. Examples: 2 kids, 1 week (or 1 kid, 2 weeks) = $332.50 ($175 + $157.50); 3 kids, 1 week (or 1 kid, 3 weeks) = $490 ($175 + $157.50 + $157.50); 2 kids, 2 weeks = $665 ($332.50 x 2)

Call Sarah Grace Shewbert at 503-280-8586 or email to register or for more information. You can also download the registration form (PDF).

Registration is limited to 32 kids (additional registrations received will be placed on a waiting list pending cancellations). Confirmation will be sent once the registration fees have been received. Checks (made payable to Concordia University) should be sent to:

Sarah Grace Shewbert
MADE for Kids
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman St
Portland OR 97211

Cancellation policy: 100% refund up to 14 days prior to the beginning of camp. No refund within 14 days of the camp’s start date.(Credit toward future camps may be available.)

About the instructors

Mark Steering

Mark has a degree in Performing & Expressive Arts from Ithaca College. He has performed as an actor, singer, and puppeteer and was half of the musical comedy duo, "Humble Divas." He recently played Homer Zuckerman in Charlotte's Web for Oregon Children's Theater. Mark has stage and/or music directed dozens of plays and musical productions and was the Theater Arts Director at Mittleman Jewish Community Center. He stage directed two children's operas for Musical Kids Onstage and has music directed Hair for Radiant Theater. Currently, Mark teaches musical theater classes and directs theater camps for Oregon Children's Theatre and MADE for Kids at Concordia University. He gives private and group lessons in singing and audition prep and has an Interior Redesign/Home Staging business called Fluff It Up Redesign.

Sarah Grace Shewbert

Sarah Grace holds a Ph.D. in Music History from the University of Washington as well as degrees in Music from the University of Portland and Portland State, and Theater for Youth and English from Concordia University. She has served as musical theater instructor and accompanist at Oregon Children's Theatre and has stage and music directed at Concordia University. Sarah Grace is currently an Instructional Designer with Concordia Online Education and has been the Program Director of MADE for Kids at Concordia since 2004.

About MADE for Kids

MADE for Kids is Music, Art, & Drama Education, a community-oriented opportunity for children who live in the Concordia neighborhood and beyond. Established by Concordia University in 1996, the program is designed to encourage children with interactive arts experiences beyond their regular school programs. This intergenerational, interscholastic experiment has been supported through grants from the Pamplin Foundation, Herbert Templeton Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Union Pacific Foundation, and the McMenamin Brothers. Prior MADE activities have included Concordia's own Case of the Broken Zoosafone (presented to eight neighboring elementary schools), Folk Tales and World Legends (presented at Faubion Elementary classrooms by Concordia education students) and the original one-act musical Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall.

MADE for Kids offers low-cost musical theater camps every summer, culminating in fully-staged performances of musical revues, children’s folk tales and poetry, and original adaptations of Aladdin, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and many other Broadway shows. MADE for Kids alumni regularly return as camp production assistants and stage managers.

For more information, contact Sarah Grace Shewbert at