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"The show came out beautiful. The teachers were so supportive and the children were aware of that support as it gave them great confidence in their performance."
"My children didn't know what to expect but on the first day they came home excited. By the end of the first week my son told me he's having the most fun he's ever had in his life!"
"This was my son's third year at Shakespeare Camp and he had a blast! He keeps wanting to go back each year."


Spring 2015 Intersession Shakespeare Camp (ages 7-13)
Spring Intersession Shakespeare Camp meets April 6-17, 2015, weekdays from 9 am - 3 pm (optional aftercare until 5:30 pm) at Burlingame United Methodist Church, 1443 Howard Avenue, Burlingame. The Intersession Shakespeare Camp replicates our popular summer camps and is scheduled to coincide with the intersession break of schools on a year-round academic calendar. Camperes at this session will stage an abridged version of Shakespeare’s magical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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2015 Summer Shakespeare Players (ages 7 to 13)
Players Camps meet for two weeks, Mon-Fri, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; optional aftercare available until 5:30 pm. Materials and supplies all included for $524 for both weeks (with aftercare, $664).
- Enroll online
- Download the enrollment form

Session 1B: June 8-19, 2015
• San Francisco - Unitarian Universalists of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin Street

Session 2: June 15-June 26, 2015
• San Francisco - TBA
• San Mateo - Odyssey School, 201 Polhemus Road
• Palo Alto - First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Avenue

Session 3A: July 6-July 17, 2015
• San Francisco - St Aidan's Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive
• Alameda - St Joseph Notre Dame High School, 1101 Chestnut Street
• San Mateo - Odyssey School, 201 Polhemus Road

Session 3B: July 13-July 24, 2015
• San Francisco - St John's United Church of Christ, 501 Laguna Honda Blvd
• Piedmont - TBA
• Burlingame - Burlingame United Methodist Church, 1443 Howard Avenue
• Cupertino - TBA

Session 4A: July 20-July31, 2015
• San Francisco - Park Presidio United Methodist Church, 4301 Geary Boulevard
• Berkeley - John Hinkel Park, Southampton Place & Arlington Avenue
• Pleasanton - Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road

Session 4B: July 27-August 7, 2015
• San Francisco - St Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk Street
• Los Altos - TBA

Session 5: August 3-August 14, 2015
• Berkeley - John Hinkel Park, Southampton Place & Arlington Avenue
• Fremont - Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway

Summer 2015 play titles are TBA. Summer 2014 Shakespeare Players staged the following plays:
- the youngest group performed Adventures of Christopher Sly.
the middle group performed an abridged version of The Taming of the Shrew, our show for Free Shakespeare in the Park.
- the oldest group performed The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's rollicking tale of of chaos and confusion caused by two sets of twins.
Please note: Plays performed are subject to change. Sessions with lower enrollment numbers may only do one or two of the above.

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.

Shakespeare Camps are fun and engaging!
Teaching artists at Bay Area Shakespeare Camps are devoted to making the camp experience enjoyable and fun, as well as enriching and informative. The program aims high in its commitment to involve students in a true learning process. The students benefit from this professional atmosphere of creativity, heightened literacy, and self-expression, all of which are integral parts of the program.

Each two-week session presents a series of structured, performance-oriented workshops under the guidance of trained Shakespeare Festival staff. Each camp finishes with a mini performance of a Shakespeare play, staged and acted by campers for an audience of family and friends. The performances conclude with a celebratory cast party. These educational camps are appropriate for first timers as well as more experienced young actors.

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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Shakespeare Camps for ages 7-13 meet Mon - Fri, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, for two weeks.
Materials and supplies are included in the camp fee: $524 for two-weeks; optional aftercare from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm is $140 for both weeks.
Download the Intersession registration form (pdf) for Bay Area Shakespeare Camp
Download the Summer registration form (pdf) for Bay Area Shakespeare Camps
Download the emergency form (pdf) for Bay Area Shakespeare Camps (required for enrollment)
  Download the behavior agreement (pdf) for Bay Area Shakespeare Camps (required for enrollment)

Below: 2008 San Mateo Intersession Camp production of Pericles

Support the Bay Area Shakespeare Camps

Festival donors ensure that camp fees are kept at a price that is affordable for the most participants and not dictated strictly by "what the market will bear." Camp fees are well under the cost of most other summer camps and well below the price of normal childcare. Your support today will help ensure that camp fees remain low and supports our mission to ensure that Shakespeare is truly accessible to all by removing barriers to cultural participation.

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