Performing Arts Camp (P.A.C.)

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players…” (William Shakespeare)

Welcome to Murray State University’s Performing Arts Camp (PAC). This week-long camp will introduce 9th-12th grade students to the colorful world of the theatre through acting, design and dance opportunities. Our staff is comprised of artists and performers who have worked professionally both for stage and screen. Students will have opportunities to learn and perform while enjoying a fun but still academic atmosphere here on the campus of Murray State University.

The sessions are designed to provide challenging and informational experiences for participants. No high school theater experience is required to attend this workshop. It is a fast-paced, cumulative learning experience for rising 9th grade students through recent high school graduates.

Please check back later for 2019 dates (This camp will not be offered in 2018).

Meet the Faculty

Brent MenchingerBrent Menchinger is a Full Professor of Design at Murray State University. He received his MFA in Design from Wayne State University and has designed and worked tech professionally all over the country.


Daryl W. PhillipyDaryl W. Phillipy is in his 5th year as a professor at Murray State University. He received his MFA in Acting from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is certified in and teaches the Meisner Technique for Actors. He also teaches Voice and Diction, and Stage Dialects and serves as a director for main stage productions in the Department of Theatre at Murray State. Daryl has worked as a professional actor, director, and educator for over 18 years. Daryl is honored to have received the 2015/2016 Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Murray State University.


Cassidy EdwardsCassidy Edwards has been dancing for over 17 years and is a two year alumni of the Rockette Summer Intensive. She has worked professionally as a dance instructor and often serves as choreographer in Murray State University’s Department of Theatre for their musicals.


Lissa Graham-SchneiderLissa Graham-Schneider (Director of PAC) is a Full Professor of Directing at Murray State University. She received her MFA in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Meisner Certified Director who has worked extensively in the field of education and children’s theatre. She has worked professionally as an education director, stage director and film actress.



Typically, resident students will be charged $450 (2019 prices to be announced). In addition to covering tuition costs, this fee will include double occupancy housing in the residential colleges. Students will be supervised by our Residential Counselors and lead them in evening activities that include swimming, games and short local excursions. In addition, evening workshops will cover various topics: e.g. basic stage combat, stage makeup, clowning, audition technique, etc.) It will also include three meals a day, accident insurance and most materials required for the camp.

Non-resident students are typically charged $350 (2019 prices to be announced). In addition to tuition costs this fee will include optional evening opportunities, lunch, accident insurance and most materials required for the camp.

A limited number of scholarships (both partial and full) will be available. Please contact Lissa Graham-Schneider at to apply. Scholarships for students in need will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Click here to register online: Coming in 2020

For information about registration, please contact:
Dan Lavit
Phone: 270-809-2160

For additional information regarding the workshop:
Lissa Graham-Schneider, Director
Phone: 270-809-4635