About Us

Spotlight on the Arts About UsSpotlight on the Arts Summer Camps was founded in 2004 by Rob Tessier to meet the need of many Catholic families in Northern Virginia who seek excellent training in Theatre and Art for their children within an environment they can trust. Only hosted by and advertised within Catholic Churches, Spotlight exclusively employs highly-qualified instructors who are both Catholic and artistically accomplished.

Well-received by pastors, families, and children, the camps continue to grow and expand. However, Spotlight insists on a small teacher-to-student ratio and, in addition to the excellent instructors, the founder, Rob, personally teaches at each theatre camp every day.  The Art Camps are also taught by professional Catholic Art Teachers.

It’s the goal of the entire Spotlight team to foster a love for the arts and help young people develop skills that will help them for a lifetime.  

WHAT OTHER PARENTS SAY ABOUT OUR CAMPS

Obviously, we are a bit biased when it comes to Spotlight. 🙂 That’s why you shouldn’t just take our word for it! Instead, read what other parents like YOU have to say about our camps…

“My daughter loves Drama Bootcamp, which is why we will be coming back again this summer. She had fun and I was impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm of the camp counselors. Well done and thank you!” – Lisa Phillips, Chantilly


“My daughter has gone to this camp for years and is excited every time. Even though we offer her different choices for summer camps, she always chooses this one. To her, it’s a safe, fun, physical and educational camp where she can meet and make good friends. Something that she will talk about and remember it as part of her childhood.” – Christine Nguyen, Manassas


“When I asked my daughter what camps she wanted to do this summer, your Broadway camp was the first and only one that she mentioned.  My family is looking forward to seeing what they have learned when we join you for the Performance Showcase.  These camps are perfect for those that love to sing and dance, and is a great outlet for the dramatic child in all of them.” – Mary Foyes, Burke


“We love Spotlight on the Arts!  The experienced instructors use kind, constructive ways to help the young people gain confidence and grow as young actors/actresses.  We look forward to each year and the success my child achieves from these camps!” – Rebecca Shields, Manassas


I have watched my daughter transform from a shy little girl into a confident young lady who loves the stage after taking your Theatre Camps camps last summer. Her peers were SO encouraging to her every day, every moment, every skit. She embraced the positive environment that your camps provided. This year, not only are we returning, but her little sister will attend as well!  Thank you for giving my daughter the confidence and positivity for life on and off stage!” – Angela Cronan, Dumfries


These camps are a MUST for any child who has a talent and interest in theater or arts! Because of my daughter’s experience with the top-notch professionals in the area of acting, dancing, and singing, she was able to land her first role in a local community theater production and has continued to perform in several roles since. What she learned as far as audition techniques and etiquette as well as the perfect audition song was invaluable! She has attended for 3 years and has learned new and valuable skills each year. It wouldn’t be summer without Broadway camp for my girl!” – Kate Downes, Gainesville, VA


“These camps are an exceptional value! Our sons have attended Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps at All Saints Church in Manassas since 2010. The camp staff are industry professionals who bring out the creativity in all my kids. They look forward to it every year!” – Norm & Rizza Villacorte, Manassas, VA


“My daughter had a blast at Broadway camp. She came home every day from camp
and practiced her lines for hours! She was truly inspired from working with the
professional staff who were beyond encouraging of her. I would recommend the Broadway camp to anyone, and I do!” – Nicole DeMiglio, Ashburn, VA


“All our kids have enjoyed and learned so much at Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps! The teaching is very good, the staff is friendly and professional, and the activities are creative and fun. The best part? Learning the Theatre Arts, as well as Arts and Crafts, in a wholesome Catholic environment. We are fortunate to have an excellent summer program like this in Northern VA. Thank you, Rob and staff, for blessing our kids with the gift of these camps!” – Shelley Daez, Sterling, VA


Spotlight on the Arts Camps are a highlight of my girls’ summer for four years. The professional staff provides a warm and encouraging environment. My girls improve their singing, dancing and acting skills each year. They reach beyond their comfort zones… I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a professionally run and organized camp that will allow your child to grow and have fun at the same time.” — Andrea Albanese,


“We have sent our children to both Drama Bootcamp and Broadway Spotlight over the years, and have been very impressed with the curriculum and the staff.  Our children have come away with more confidence in their performing abilities, as well as making new lifelong friends. We’ve been astounded by the performance at the end.  It’s truly amazing to see such a quality and entertaining show.  We highly recommend this.” — Dave & Stacey Morgan, Manassas, VA


Spotlight on the Arts Camps are a highlight of my girls’ summer for four years. The professional staff provides a warm and encouraging environment. My girls improve their singing, dancing and acting skills each year. They reach beyond their comfort zones… I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a professionally run and organized camp that will allow your child to grow and have fun at the same time.” — Andrea Albanese


“We’ve sent our kids to Spotlight on the Arts camps for over 12 years! We continue to send them because they receive a joyful Camp experience from talented and experienced instructors. They make great friends and learn skills that are useful not only in musical theater and art but also for public speaking and personal presentation. They learn to cooperate and be a part of creating something bigger than themselves.” — Pat & Camille Karcher, Manassas, VA


“I cannot thank you enough for the hard work you dedicate yourself to on behalf of the children who enroll in and benefit from these camps. For the last 3 years, they have been the highlight of my grandson’s summer vacation! — Bonnie Czekanski, Alexandria, VA

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

A father of nine children, including one with special needs, and with decades of professional experience in the arts, Rob Tessier, has a deep understanding of what kids need when it comes to arts instruction.

As an undergraduate theatre student at Miami University, Rob was invited by a number of community center organizations to teach at or design their curriculum for drama. In those early years, he also founded the St. Mark Theatre Ministry for Youth and Young Adults seeking a way to merge both faith and drama. From college, Rob was selected to attend the highly-competitive Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College where he continued to receive a performance education from the top professionals in the world. He was hired to travel with the Greatest Show on Earth and even to this day is called on to do special events.

Following the Circus, Rob felt a strong calling to Youth Ministry so he left his performance career to become a parish Youth Minister in the Arlington Diocese. God has continually inspired Rob to integrate his theatrical training within his Youth Ministry which eventually led to his founding of the premier Upper Room Theatre Ministry and a few years later, the Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps.

Please join us this year and see the difference the arts will make in YOUR child’s life!

All “Spotlight on the Arts” staff are approved to work with young people through the Child Protection & Safety Program sponsored by the Arlington Diocese. Our camps are fully licensed and insured.

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