FLYING ANVIL SUMMER CAMPS – with the Hammer Ensemble and Great American Child

Teaching confidence, courage and compassion!

Learn from professional performers and teachers

in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere.



FOR KIDS AGES 8 – 13Summer Acting Camp – Anvil Kids

Do you have a budding actor or playwright in your family? If so, Anvil Kids summer acting camps are the perfect opportunity for young actors between the ages of 8 and 13.

Campers will learn improv, basic stage skills and work together to write a play they will perform on the stage at the Flying Anvil space for family and friends at the close of each camp week. Each performance is free and open to the public.

Cost per week is $190 per child.

Session One – June 19th-24th

Session Two – July 24th-28th

Each daily camp session begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Children are asked to bring a lunch.

Space is limited to the first 20 children who sign up. Scholarships are available.


One-Day Theme Camps – All ages

Your children will be immersed in their favorite books, stories and characters. Our one-day camps celebrate the great stories of our day. And pizza is included!

Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character based on the theme. Loads of fun games and creative activities based on the themes will be taught throughout the day.

July 1st – Star Wars Day  Free Your Inner Wookie!

July 15th – Princess Day  Tiaras expected!

August 5th – Harry Potter Day Bring your wand!

Camps run from 9am-1pm.

Cost – $30/child, including pizza and drinks.


Carey Parham has been seen on several stages in them Knoxville area, including The WordPlayers productions of Anne of Avonlea and Ragtime. Carey also stage managed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown with The WordPlayers, but her passion is teaching children and youth to love the theatre and acting. She directed numerous summer camps with the Baton Rouge Little Theater (now Theatre Baton Rouge), and has been the director for acting camps at the Bijou Theater for the past four years. 

Jay Apking is the president and creator of Great American Child, which focuses on books and programs teaching all children to be well-rounded. He has been directing and performing for children since 1996, having worked at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival and the Barter Theater in Virginia, as well as touring the eastern U.S and Russia with children’s productions. He had his own children’s theatre company called The Janus Project in Cincinnati, OH. He also is the director of The Bijou Awards, which celebrates the best of area actors and singers in East Tennessee.

Discover Your Inner Genius! Camp – Ages 7 – 11

A summer camp by Anvil Kids and Great American Child

  • Does your child get bored doing the same thing all week?
  • Are you looking to raise a well-balanced child?
  • Are you looking for a fun, diverse, and rewarding summer experience led by licensed educators (teachers and counselors)?

June 26th-30th. 9am-3pm $200

Includes Spanish, fit kids, writing and poetry, self-awareness and problem solving, journaling and more.

*Option to pay for individual classes this week (1.5 hour classes each day for 5 days: $50) Scholarships available.

Space is limited to the first 15 children ages 7 – 11.

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Lunch is NOT provided. However, hands-on healthy snacks are!

*Please contact coordinator, Sarah Hamilton, school counselor and mom,  for more information.


THE HAMMER ENSEMBLE – 4 week camp camp for teens 14 – 18

through Friday 5:30 – 7:30 and Saturdays, 10 – 12.Theatre can be more than entertainment.  It can make a difference – exploring social, ethical and cultural differences in order to find common ground. Led by professional actor, John Forrest Ferguson, this four week intensive actor training workshop for socially engaged high school students will develop an original play to be performed at the workshop’s conclusion.

June 1 – July 1, Tuesday

Final performance for family and guests on Saturday July 1 at 11:00.  Snack provided.

Four week workshop –  $400 per student.  Scholarships are available.


John Forrest Ferguson has taught extensively in classes ranging from creative dramatics, to middle and high school drama programs, to college and professional theatre training. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in theatre, John acted and directed in Atlanta at the Alliance and Academy theatres, Theatre in the Square, Theatrical Outfit, Theatre Gael, and Seven Stages among others. His one-man show, Rab the Rhymer, toured extensively across the Southeast including the Spoletto Festival in Charleston, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, as well as a Georgia Public Television special.  He has also performed in bilingual performances at the Avignon Theatre Festival in France. John was a company member at the Clarence Brown Company for 8 years. For 12 years, he served as the Director of Theatre for Youth at Georgia’s oldest resident theatre company, the Academy Theatre. John is the current artistic director of The Hammer Ensemble specializing in issue-oriented work, a wing of Knoxville’s Flying Anvil Theatre and also is the professor/director of theatre classes and productions at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, TN.


Download application here: Summer Camp Application and email with check to:

Or mail to: Flying Anvil Theatre 1300 Rocky Hill Rd, Knoxville, TN 37919-8072

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