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Cougar Actor Training (CAT) Camp

July 10-22, 2023 | 9am - 5pm

  • What is CAT Camp?

    The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance Cougar Actor Training (CAT Camp) is a two-week day camp for high school students that focuses on actor training, audition technique, and technical theatre.

    Throughout the camp, students will train with UH faculty, M.F.A. alumni and Houston-area theatre professionals. Morning sessions will focus on voice, movement and acting technique, while afternoon sessions will consist of guest artist presentations, audition training and showcase rehearsals.

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  • Tuition and Registration Info

    Tuition and Fees: 
    $600 - Commuter participant: includes tuition and lunches 
    CAT Camp is a day camp; housing is not provided. A monitored drop-off and pick-up zone will be available, or students may purchase a $35 parking pass for the duration of the camp from UH Parking.

    (Once your application is processed, we will email you with your invoice and any additional information needed. Invoices with a link to payment will be sent from within 3-5 business days of the registration deadline.)

    Important Dates

    June 10

    First day of camp
    July 10 

    Final Showcase Performance 
    July 22, 2:30pm

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  • Faculty and Staff

    Destyne Miller

    Camp Director and Theatrical Director

    Destyne Miller received her Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Houston in 2017 and her Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Grambling State University in 2008.

    She is in her fifth year leading the theatre department at George Bush High School. She helped lead the Bush Theatrical Ensemble to their first ever state appearance in the 2017 UIL One Act Play contest where they were awarded 1st Runner-up with Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Ruined. They repeated that feat in 2018 with Quiara Alegria Hudes's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Water by the Spoonful and in 2019 with Suzan-Lori Park's Pulitzer finalist play, In the Blood. They won the state championship in 2022. She has been an employee of Fort Bend ISD since 2011 where she taught theatre at Sugar Land Middle School for six years. While there, they were awarded the One Act Play District Championship four times with three of them being back-to-back.

    She has studied theatre in Chicago, New York and at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. She currently serves on the UIL Theatre Advisory Board and has previously served on the Texas Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors as the secretary.

    Luis Muñoz

    Theatrical Director

    Luis is a graduate of Texas A&I University in Kingsville and Southwest Texas State University. He has directed well over a hundred plays. His "Coram Boy" production was selected to perform at the EdTA International Thespian Festival in June 2013. He also participated in the 2015 National qualifier, "Big Fish." After graduating from the SWTSU graduate program, he taught at MacArthur High School in San Antonio, where he took his students to the UIL state finals four times. Winning three seconds and a first in what is now conference 6A. During that time, he also directed two recipients of the prestigious Samuel French Award in acting. He is a past-President of the Texas Educational Theatre Association. TxETA honored him with their Founders Award in 1993 and their Emeritus Award in 2015. Texas Thespians named him to the Texas Thespians Hall of Fame. The American Alliance for Theatre Education honored him with the Loren Winship Award for contributions to Secondary Theatre Education. He retired from his role as Theatre Director for the University Interscholastic League where he oversaw the state One-Act Play and created the Theatrical Design, and Young Filmmakers contests. He continues to serve as the Contest Director for League's Young Filmmakers Film Festival. He currently serves on the adjunct faculty for San Jacinto College Central. 


    Other CAT Camp guest faculty TBA

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Registration Info

To register for the 2023 Cougar Actor Training (CAT) Camp, click HERE

Schedule: Monday-Friday, July 10-22 | 9am – 5pm

Location: University of Houston, School of Theatre and Dance
3351 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77004

(includes daily lunch)

CAT Camp will be accepting priority registrations until June 10, 2023. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis until the camp is full. Based on availability, parents can email to inquire about late registration.   

For other inquiries, please email or call 713.743.3398. 

Faculty and Staff

CAT Camp