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 2018!

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! Previous acting experience welcome but not required.

All scripts, materials, and supplies for the performance included for $635 for BOTH weeks! Optional aftercare available for $140 for both weeks.
Need-based scholarship
 assistance available.

2018 Dates and Locations

June 11 - June 22

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

June 18 - June 29

  • San Francisco: First Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin St
  • San Mateo: Odyssey School, 201 Polhemus Rd

July 9 - July 20

  • Oakland: [Oakland School of the Arts / SESSION FILLED; Email or call 415-558-0888to be added to the wait list ]
  • San Mateo: Odyssey School, 201 Polhemus Rd

July 16 - July 27

  • San Francisco: St John's United Church, 501 Laguna Honda Blvd
  • Burlingame: United Methodist Church, 1443 Howard Ave
  • Los Altos Hills: [Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd / SESSION FILLED; Email or call 415-558-0888 to be added to the wait list ]

July 23 - Aug 3

  • San Francisco: St Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk St
  • Cupertino: [Union Church of Cupertino / SESSION FILLED;  Email or call 415-558-0888 to be added to the wait list ]
  • Oakland: Oakland School of the Arts, 530 18th St.
  • Pleasanton: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Rd

July 30 - Aug 10

  • San Francisco: First Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin St
  • Brisbane: Lipman Middle School, 1 Solano St

Aug 6 - Aug 17

  • Berkeley: Glendale La Loma Park, 1310 La Loma
  • Fremont: Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Pardre Pkwy

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.