Shakespeare Camps are led by trained teaching
artists - 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.
For summer 2013 Shakespeare Players will stage one of the following plays:
youngest group (7-8 year-olds) will perform The Withches Brew, a collection of scenes from Macbeth.
- the middle group (9-10 year-olds) will perform an abridged version of Macbeth, our show for Free Shakespeare in the Park.
- the oldest group (11-13 year-olds) will perform Shakespeare's comedy, Twelfth Night. Please note: Plays performed are subject to change. Sessions with lower enrollment numbers may only do one or two of the above.
NOW ENROLLING: Summer 2013 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.
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:
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.
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: $489 for two-weeks; optional aftercare from
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm is $140 for both weeks.
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form (pdf) for Bay Area Shakespeare Camps (required for
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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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Shakespeare Festival and support the Bay Area
Shakespeare Camps today!