Shakespeare Players (7-13)

The PLAY'S the thing!

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Ages 7-13

Summer 2017 Players Campers will be performing productions of Ghost Stories, Hamlet, and Twelfth Night.

Bay Area Shakespeare Players Camps meet Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm for two weeks. A showcase performance for family and friends is presented on the final day of each session, followed by a celebratory cast party! 

Players Summer Camp costs $594. All materials and supplies provided. Scholarships available for families in need.

Shakespeare Campers benefit from a professional atmosphere of creativity, heightened literacy, and self-expression, with ample doses of swordplay and stage combat, theatre games, set building and costuming. Each camp finishes with a mini performance of a Shakespeare play, staged and acted by campers for an audience of family and friends. These educational camps are appropriate for first timers as well as more experienced young actors. 

Summer 2017 Shakespeare Players Camp

Session 1B: June 12-23

  • San Francisco: Park Presidio United Methodist Church, 4301 Geary Blvd. 

Session 2: June 19-30

  • San Francisco: First Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin St.
  • San Mateo: Odyssey School, 201 Polhemus Rd. 
  • Palo Alto: First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave.

Session 3A: July 10-21

  • San Francisco: Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave.
  • Alameda: St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, 1101 Chestnut St. 
  • San Mateo: Odyssey School, 201 Polhemus Rd. 

Session 3B: July 17-28

  • San Francisco: St. John's United Church of Christ, 501 Laguna Honda Blvd.
  • Burlingame: Burlingame United Methodist Church, 1443 Howard Ave.
  • Pleasanton
  • Los Altos: Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Rd. 

Session 4A: July 24 - Aug 4

  • San Francisco
  • Berkeley
  • Cupertino: Union Church of Cupertino, 20900 Stevens Creek Blvd

Session 4B: July 31 - Aug 11

  • San Francisco: St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church - 2097 Turk St.
  • Brisbane

Session 5: Aug 7-18

  • Berkeley
  • Fremont: Temple Beth Torah - 42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy.

Shakespeare Camps are led by trained teaching artists!  The teaching artists at Shakespeare Camps are working actors, stage managers, directors, and designers. Most have extensive teaching experience in other camps and programs. About a third have postgraduate degrees in theater. All our teaching artists attend our classroom management and curriculum training sessions. At least one per site is certified in First Aid and CPR. We do criminal background checks on all teaching staff. We are very proud of the quality of our teaching artists and curriculum.

Campers at each session are introduced to three key facets of drama and theater:

  • Discovering Shakespeare introduces campers to the beauty, versatility and meaning of Shakespeare's language and to what life was like in Elizabethan times. Students work in-depth on a shortened version of a Shakespeare play and learn how to create characters and on-stage relationships.
  • Voice and Movement challenges students to learn and use the power and expressiveness of their voices and bodies when conveying thoughts, moods and character traits. They learn theater games, vocal projection techniques, and improvisation skills.
  • Production and Design teaches students the basics of the technical side of theater. The students learn about costuming, props, and set design. They collaborate on the set design and construct costumes and props for their showcase performance on the final day of camp.

Below: 2015 San Mateo Intersession Shakespeare Camp rehearsal of Henry the Fifth.