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Shakespeare Camp

Monday to Friday: July 10 – 21, 2017

Summer 2016 Shakespeare Players Camps now enrolling!

Ages 7-13

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 $574. 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 2016 Players Campers will be performing productions of The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, and The Adventures of Pericles.

For further details visit San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Shakespeare Camp

About Bay Area Shakespeare Camps

The Shakespeare camps began with a single session of 30 campers in the summer of 1993 under the title of Midsummer Shakespeare Camp. At that time, the Shakespeare Festival saw a real need to offer young students the opportunity to study Shakespeare in a fun, supportive atmosphere and teach them the necessary skills to perform his work. The Bay Area Shakespeare Camps now serve over 700 young people, ages 4 to 18, throughout the Bay Area, with sessions in San Francisco, Berkeley, Piedmont, Pleasanton, Fremont, Pacifica, Burlingame, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Los Altos, San Jose, and other locations.

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.


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