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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'

shakespeare on tour
February - May 2024

2024’s Shakespeare on Tour brings a one-hour version of As You Like It to schools and public venues across California.  Included are curriculum materials for educators. Optional playshops also available for students. Limited dates available.

See our list of performances open to the public!

shakespeare camps
july - august

Experience welcome but not required for our summer day camp programs for ages 7-18.  Sign Up Now for the 2024 session in Santa Clara! (San Francisco is filled to capacity.)

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.

free shakespeare in the park
july - september 2024

Our 42nd season of Free Shakes returns to the parks in 2024 with our production of The Tempest, directed by Rotimi Agbabiaka.  Dates, times, and locations for live performances (July-September 2024) will be announced soon. Meanwhile, check out our photo gallery for images from summer 2023!

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. 

Let's talk about As You Like It
recorded Panel discussion

We’re delighted to share a recording of this fascinating panel discussion, 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.

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.

Next artistic director
carla pantoja

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is proud to announce Carla Pantoja as its next Artistic Director. Pantoja will provide artistic vision, strategic direction, and passion to build on SF Shakes’ 40-year commitment to changing lives through accessible Shakespeare-based performances, education, and engagement.

support sf shakes

Your gift keeps Shakespeare accessible to all.
Donate today to make a difference.

Events

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Food AND drink? Sign me up for one of each! 
Bid now and treat yourself while supporting SF Shakes. Check out the array of fabulous activities and treats - browsing is half the fun. But dont miss out - the auction ends this Saturday, April 20 at 8pm!
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Food AND drink? Sign me up for one of each!
Bid now and treat yourself while supporting SF Shakes. Check out the array of fabulous activities and treats - browsing is half the fun. But don't miss out - the auction ends this Saturday, April 20 at 8pm!
sfshakes.org/gala
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Fancy a night out? Heres just a few of the items that you can bid on to support our programs... but dont delay! Auction ends this Saturday, Apr 20 at 8pm. See the entire array of tempting treats and activities at https://cbo.io/bidapp/index.php?slug=sfshakesImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

Fancy a night out? Here's just a few of the items that you can bid on to support our programs... but don't delay! Auction ends this Saturday, Apr 20 at 8pm. See the entire array of tempting treats and activities at cbo.io/bidapp/index.php?slug=sfshakes ... See MoreSee Less

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All the worlds a stage this Thursday, April 18, at SF Shakespeare Festival’s touring production of As You Like It.  

Performance takes place at the Campbell Library, 1 W. Campbell Ave, Campbell at 7pm followed by Q&A with the cast at 8pm. No ticket or reservation needed - just come and enjoy the show! 

Cant make this show? See the list of upcoming dates: 
https://sfshakes.org/performance/tour/#schedule

All the world's a stage this Thursday, April 18, at SF Shakespeare Festival’s touring production of 'As You Like It'.

Performance takes place at the Campbell Library, 1 W. Campbell Ave, Campbell at 7pm followed by Q&A with the cast at 8pm. No ticket or reservation needed - just come and enjoy the show!

Can't make this show? See the list of upcoming dates:
sfshakes.org/performance/tour/#schedule
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