Bay Area Shakespeare Camps

...went virtual this summer!

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Thank you to all who made Virtual Shakespeare Camp a success! 

Until it is safe to gather and share stories in shared space again, this new way to help fulfill our mission of making Shakespeare available to all was a successful alternative! We'll post information about upcoming programs as soon as it's available. To get updates as soon as possible, sign our contact list and indicate which program(s) you are interested in. Please email our Education Department. if you have post-season questions about Virtual Shakespeare Camp.

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Virtual Shakespeare Camps used Zoom and other distance-bridging technologies to provide a mixture of live online instruction and offline projects for a full-day Shakespeare Camp experience. Campers enrolled in Shakespeare Players Camp or Upstart Crows Camp received tailored and carefully crafted programs to move their bodies, challenge their minds, and ignite their imaginations. As always, camps ended with a performance on the final day -- this time, from the comfort of your own home. Plus, friends and relatives from outside the area were able to log in and see the performances! Camps were scheduled from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday, for two weeks. Aftercare activities were not available for virtual camp sessions.

Students (ages 7-18) learned about Shakespeare's theatre in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Campers were taught by theatre practitioners who led interactive classes in Shakespeare's poetry, clowning traditions, and stage combat. The camps culminated in a final performance of an abridged Shakespeare play for family and friends. More info on our FAQ page.

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Shakespeare Players Camp (ages 7-13)

Our two-week Shakespeare Players Camp offered students the chance to stage a classic Shakespeare play. For summer of 2020 Shakespeare Players staged online productions of The Witches' Brew and Macbeth. There were five two-week virtual camp sessions, starting in June and ending early August.

Upstart Crows Camp (ages 12-18)

Teen actors delved deeply into the world of Shakespearean performance in our Upstart Crows  programs.  For the summer of 2020, SF Shakes offered teen camps throughout the Bay Area that culminated in a student production of King Lear.  Over the the Fall of 2019 and Spring of 2020, we offered Upstart Crows Saturdays , a 10-12 weeks in San Francisco that culminated in the production of a Shakespeare play. 

Advanced Shakespeare Workshop (Ages 13-18)

The Advanced Shakespeare Workshop (ASW) is our audition-based summer conservatory program that features advanced training in acting methodologies. Classes meet Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. Please email or add your name to the updates list to receive notice of future sessions.