Lincoln Memorial University

Appalachian Youth Preforming Arts Camp


2018 Appalachian Youth Performing Arts Camp
Grades 3-8

July 16-21
Instruction 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

July 21
Public Performance 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Cumberland Gap Convention Center
601 Colwyn Avenue
Cumberland Gap, TN 

Arts in the Gap, in collaboration with the Middlesborough Little Theatre, will reprise the Appalachian Youth Performing Arts Camp July 16-21, 2018. This one-week day camp, which includes workshops in acting, singing, dance, stage makeup, costuming, and stage choreography, will culminate in a performance of the work on Saturday, July 21st, at 2:30 p.m. in the Cumberland Gap Convention Center. (Participants must attend the full week of camp in order to perform.) 

Thirty slots are available for children rising to grades 3-8. 

The cost is $50 per child, including lunch, and some scholarships are available.

For information about the camp or about scholarships, contact Joe Gill @  


To register, click here.

Director/instructor: Mississippi native Amy Oden Simpson serves as director of the Middlesborough Little Theatre and Professor of English and Theatre Arts at Southeast KY Community & Technical College, where she has taught since 1997. In 2013, she received her MFA in writing with a playwriting emphasis from Spalding University in Louisville. In 2014, Simpson produced her adaptation of Candida Sullivan’s picture book Zippy’s Club, which was subsequently published by Shade Tree Press. She has also written and staged four full-length local history plays, most recently Cakewalk in the Sky: The Story of Ragtime Founder Ben Harney (2015). Simpson was nominated for the UK Library’s 2012 Medallion Award for Intellectual Achievement, and she was nominated by Spalding faculty for the 2014 Kennedy Center Playwrights’ Workshop. Amy Simpson lives in Middlesboro with her husband Bill and two children Corley and Sidney.



co-instructor: Born in New York and moved to Los Angeles at age 19, Joe Gill has worked in theatre all over the country and is now planting roots in Tennessee. Joe is the new Director of the Arts in the Gap as well as LMU’s professor of Theatre.  He holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a Master Degree in Theatre (emphasis in Directing) from California State University Los Angeles.  Over the last 25 years he has directed, performed and produced in many Los Angeles and New York venues. In Los Angeles, Joe co-founded Mijo Productions and is also a member of Moving Arts, Shumka Dance/Theatre Company and before moving to the Gap, he recently worked with Denver’s Curious Theatre.   Joe has studied Viewpoints with Mary Overlie, Theatre of the Oppressed with Augosto Boal and has directed shows such as THE CRUCIBLE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, EURYDICE and GLIMPSES…THE RISING DAWN (devised work created in response to the Aurora Shootings).  Joe has also facilitated many theatre  workshops focused on self-scripted performances: working with urban children in Los Angeles, Homeless women in downtown Los Angeles, and young men dealing with substance abuse in Boulder, CO.



Appalachian Youth Preforming Arts Camp



423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752