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San Francisco
Shakespeare
Festival

Celebrating 42 years of Access, Engagement, and Education

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access

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s mission is to make the words and themes of Shakespeare accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status or level of education. By lowering practical and perceptual barriers, we encourage broad participation in the arts and make these activities a part of community life.

engagement

The Festival serves as a catalyst for audience development by reaching thousands of people who otherwise do not attend live theater or may have never experienced it at all. Our programming represents the plays in their finest light, demonstrates their relevance to today’s society, and inspires our students and audiences to seek out additional theatrical experiences.

education

We are dedicated to arts education, using our programs to foster a life-long appreciation of learning and the arts. We offer day camps and classes for children age 7 to 17, as well as in-school residencies and playshops.

what's shakin'

free shakespeare in the park
july - september 2024

Get all the info you need, including dates, times and locations, to attend this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest.

shakespeare camps
july - august

Experience welcome but not required for our  Bay Area Shakespeare Camp programs for ages 7-13.  Sign Up Now for the 2024 session at Santa Clara University!  (The San Francisco sessions for ages 7-13 are filled to capacity.)
The Advanced Shakespeare Workshop (in San Francisco,  ages 12-18, audition required) is currently accepting applications.

shakespeare on tour
February - May 2025

Bring the magic of live theater and the beauty of Shakespeare’s poetic language to YOUR location. Send your booking requests NOW for this popular title!

gala and auction
april 20

Our annual gala fundraiser returns April 20, 2024 with All The World’s A Stage at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. Celebrating our 42 years of Shakespeare, there will be dining, a live performance of As You Like It, and everyone can participate in the auction to make donations and bid on wine, travel, experiences, and more.

LET'S TALK ABOUT
The Tempest

aUGUST 19 @ NOON VIA ZOOM

The August 19 panel conversation will feature cast and company members from this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest in conversation with SF Shakes Board Member Dan Rabinowitz and Artistic Director Carla Pantoja.

Register now to join us for these behind-the-scenes perspectives on the show and pose any questions you may have!

Let's talk about
The Tempest

recorded panel discussion

The July 8 conversation featured Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper, the incoming Director of The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC.

Board Member Dan Rabinowitz hosted this third discussion, in which he and SF Shakes Artistic Director Carla Pantoja engaged in conversation about The Tempest with Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper. The discussion explored and examined her deeply thoughtful analysis of race, gender and otherness in The Tempest, along with a radical reappraisal of society in Elizabethan London, the backdrop from which Shakespeare’s plays emerged and against which they were presented.

Let's talk about
The Tempest

Recorded Panel discussion

The June 17 conversation featured this summers’ Free Shakes in the Park Director Rotimi Agbabiaka in conversation with SF Shakes Artistic Director Carla Pantoja and was hosted by SF Shakes Board Member Dan Rabinowitz.

Dan and Carla engaged in lively and insightful discussion with Rotimi, who shared his directorial perspectives on this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest and his intent to highlight the themes of forgiveness and recovering from loss.

Let's talk about
As You Like It

recorded Panel discussion

We’re delighted to share a recording of this fascinating panel conversation (that took place on March 25), featuring Dr. Will Tosh, Head of Research at Shakespeare’s Globe, London in conversation with SF Shakes Artistic Director Carla Pantoja and hosted by SF Shakes Board Member Dan Rabinowitz.

Dan, Carla, and Will touched on a wide variety of the remarkable features and the artistic and historical context of this wonderful comedy. They see it as a remarkable social commentary that is just as relevant today as it was in 1599, as Shakespeare’s great implicit feminist statement, and as a play that touches on and implicates gender issues more broadly in ways that resonate with our audiences.

shakespeare's heartbeat
Engaging Students on the autism spectrum

Shakespeare’s Heartbeat uses the Hunter Heartbeat Method developed by Kelly Hunter of Flute Theatre, utilizing the iambic pentameter (heartbeat rhythm) of Shakespeare’s words and the physicality of his characters to engage with students on the autism spectrum. Geared towards grades 4-12. 

saturday classes for teens
Oct 21 - Dec 9

Saturday Upstart Crows classes are physically and mentally engaging weekend sessions where students age 11-18 deepen their skills and knowledge through a comprehensive rehearsal process that explores language, history, voice, movement, text analysis, and play.

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How can we build healthier communities, as people, as artists, as friends, as a country? 
Hundreds of artists working together in 18 cities across America are going to find out.

In Oakland on July 27, Edutainment for Equity (https://edutainmentforequity.com/) hosts “No Place Like the Town”.  

This event will take place at Frank Ogawa Plaza by Oakland City Hall and is part public dialogue and part interactive art exhibition, featuring musicians, visual artists, activists, healers and appreciators of art coming together to make art, to demand more from our city, to collectively affirm what we want and deserve for ourselves and our city. This ceremony will be held outdoors on the plaza from 12 - 4 pm.
https://www.artsforeverybody.org/oakland-ca
#ArtsForEveryBody

How can we build healthier communities, as people, as artists, as friends, as a country?
Hundreds of artists working together in 18 cities across America are going to find out.

In Oakland on July 27, Edutainment for Equity (edutainmentforequity.com/) hosts “No Place Like the Town”.

This event will take place at Frank Ogawa Plaza by Oakland City Hall and is part public dialogue and part interactive art exhibition, featuring musicians, visual artists, activists, healers and appreciators of art coming together to make art, to demand more from our city, to collectively affirm what we want and deserve for ourselves and our city. This ceremony will be held outdoors on the plaza from 12 - 4 pm.
www.artsforeverybody.org/oakland-ca
#ArtsForEveryBody
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Theres still time to register for todays awesome conversation at noon (PST) with Ramie Targoff, author of ‘Shakespeare’s Sisters’, in conversation with Dr. Philippa Kelly
Presented by Orinda Books, and co-sponsored with Cal Shakes and Mechanics’ Institute.
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2024 – 12:00pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ramie-targoff-author-of-shakespeares-sisters-tickets-914783581317

This remarkable work about women writers in the English Renaissance explodes our notion of the Shakespearean period by drawing us into the lives of four women who were committed to their craft long before anyone ever imagined the possibility of “a room of one’s own.

There's still time to register for today's awesome conversation at noon (PST) with Ramie Targoff, author of ‘Shakespeare’s Sisters’, in conversation with Dr. Philippa Kelly
Presented by Orinda Books, and co-sponsored with Cal Shakes and Mechanics’ Institute.
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2024 – 12:00pm
www.eventbrite.com/e/ramie-targoff-author-of-shakespeares-sisters-tickets-914783581317

This remarkable work about women writers in the English Renaissance explodes our notion of the Shakespearean period by drawing us into the lives of four women who were committed to their craft long before anyone ever imagined the possibility of “a room of one’s own.
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Join us for an enchanting journey to a remote island where spirits roam, and fate weaves its spell. Directed with passion and performed with skill by our talented cast, The Tempest invites you to witness love, betrayal, and ultimate redemption unfold beneath the open sky in Cupertino’s Memorial Park. This evening (July 21) @ 6pm
Details and the full summer schedule: https://sfshakes.org/performance/free-shakes/tempest

Join us for an enchanting journey to a remote island where spirits roam, and fate weaves its spell. Directed with passion and performed with skill by our talented cast, "The Tempest" invites you to witness love, betrayal, and ultimate redemption unfold beneath the open sky in Cupertino’s Memorial Park. This evening (July 21) @ 6pm
Details and the full summer schedule: sfshakes.org/performance/free-shakes/tempest
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