Shakespeare Players (7-13)

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

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Summer 2017 Shakespeare Players (ages 7-13) will be performing Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's Ghost Stories.

Shakespeare Players camps meet Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm for two weeks. A performance for family and friends is presented on the final day of each session, followed by a celebratory cast party! Experience welcome but not required.

Shakespeare Players Summer Camp costs $594. Optional aftercare is available for $140 for two-weeks. All materials and supplies provided. Scholarship assistance available for families in need.

Shakespeare camp provides training in:
• Shakespeare’s rich language
• Acting and improvisation
• Voice and movement technique
• Stage combat
• Set and costume design and more!

Summer 2017 Shakespeare Players Camps

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.
  • Los Altos Hills: Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd.
  • Burlingame: Burlingame United Methodist Church, 1443 Howard Ave.
  • Pleasanton: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Rd.

Session 4A: July 24 - Aug 4

  • San Francisco: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St.
  • Berkeley: John Hinkel Park, 2 Southampton Place
  • 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: Mission Blue Center, 475 Mission Blue Dr.

Session 5: Aug 7-18

  • Berkeley: John Hinkel Park, 2 Southampton Place
  • 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.