Shakespeare Players (7-13)

Immerse yourself in the world of play and performance,
under the guidance of trained theater professionals!

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Now enrolling Summer 2019!

Shakespeare Players Summer Camps meet Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm for two-week sessions throughout the Bay Area. A performance for family and friends is presented on the final day of each camp, followed by a celebratory cast party! This summer, campers will perform in Playing the Fool, As You Like It, and The Tempest. Previous acting experience welcome but not required.

Enrollment fee is $660 for the two-week camp. All scripts, materials, and supplies for the performance included. Optional aftercare available for $150 for both weeks. 
Need-based scholarship
 assistance available.

2019 Dates and Locations

June 10 - June 21 (in progress, no longer enrolling)

  • Oakland: School for the Arts, 530 18th St.

June 17 - June 28

  • San Francisco: St Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk Blvd

July 8 - July 19

  • Oakland: School for the Arts, 530 18th St
  • San Mateo: Odyssey School, 201 Polhemus Rd

July 15 - July 26

  • Los Altos: Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road
  • San Francisco: St. John's United Church of Christ, 501 Laguna Honda Blvd

July 22 - Aug 2

  • Cupertino/SanJose: CPAA, 6148 Bollinger Rd, San Jose (near Cupertino) 
  • Oakland: Oakland School for the Arts, 530 18th St.
  • Pleasanton: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Rd (entrance off Golden Rd)
  • San Francisco: St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk Blvd

July 29 - Aug 9

  • Fremont: Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy

Aug 5 - Aug 16

Shakespeare camp provides training in:

• Shakespeare’s rich language
• Acting and improvisation
• Voice and movement technique
• Stage combat
• Set and costume design and more!

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.