Katherine and Elana met in grad school at Columbia University while they were both studying theatre; Katherine is a theater director and Elana is a theater producer. They began creating theater together, always focusing on the art they make as not just a play or event, but a total experience. When the pandemic hit, Katherine and Elana, like many others, suffered from a lack of human connection. Their isolation inspired them to build a virtual world where people could come together and experience joy as a community.
The first iteration of Camp Joy was a week-long summer camp for adults. Campers logged on for 30 minutes a day to participate in creative activities that were designed to heighten morale, boost productivity, and build new connections. After a week of running camp, Katherine and Elana ambitiously decided to turn Camp Joy into an official endeavor. They knew that the product was joy, and their job was to find the most innovative way to bring it to people.
Attending Camp Joy made me intentionally create space for fun in my busy work day, and the exploration of happiness caused a ripple effect throughout my life.
Jennifer, Brewery Owner & Manager
What is Camp Joy and who is it for?
Camp Joy is for everyone! Camp Joy creates custom virtual events to celebrate the moments that matter most for companies, families and communities. Joy is for everyone and we are determined to share it by connecting and uplifting communities through shared meaningful experiences.
What kind of activities will I participate in at Camp Joy?
It depends on which camp you attend! Camp Joy uses existing joy models from our in-person lives (Summer Camp, Birthday Parties, Happy Hour, Trivia, Family Vacations, etc) and translates them into a virtual space. Think: Sandwich Making Contests, Letter Writing, Virtual Escape Room, Name That 90s TV Theme Song, and much more!
My company could use a joy boost. Do you work with companies?
We work with companies of all shapes and sizes! We require a minimum of 6 employees to attend from your company and have packages that can reach up to 100 people. Take our quiz to decide which camp would suit you best!
Can my kids participate in Camp Joy?
Most Camp Joy events are designed for adults (those 18 and over) unless you have booked a Custom Event and have notified us. If you are looking for awesome virtual camp experiences for your kids, check out this list HERE.
Meet the Joy Team
Co-Founder & CEO
Elana is a producer, educator and experience curator. Theatre producing has been at the forefront of Elana’s career over the past decade while working for companies such as Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Playwrights Realm, Manhattan Theatre Club & Jackalope Theatre Company. Elana spent three years working for the National Student Leadership Conference at Yale University where she developed a pre-college program for high schoolers interested in Acting. Elana has dedicated her career towards providing opportunities for community building through conversation, socialization, and sharing of spaces.
MFA, Theater Producing, Columbia University
BFA, Theater Management, University of the Arts
Co-Founder & Director of Experience
Katherine is a director, producer, and experience designer based in Brooklyn. Katherine has spent the last decade creating new ensemble-driven content and performance throughout the US and abroad, including Australia, India, Japan, Greece, Mexico, and England. From 2011-2016, Katherine served as the Marketing and Business Coordinator for South Pacific Software Services, an account and payroll software company based in Australia and the South Pacific Islands. For SPSS, Katherine developed, and organized large-scale educational experiences for clients in different countries, building and motivating corporate teams across multiple time zones.
MFA, Directing, Columbia University
BA, Communications, UNC Chapel Hill
Camp Joy is committed in principle and practice to maintaining an environment which prohibits discriminatory behavior and provides equal opportunity for all persons. Camp Joy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our participants, collaborators, and staff.