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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. Date offers will begin soon.

shakespeare camps
july - august

Experience welcome but not required for our summer day camp programs for ages 7-18.  Sign Up Now for 2024 session in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Oakland!

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. 

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.

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The early bird rate for this summers Shakespeare Camps ends Friday. Act now and your camper (ages 7-13) can act later! Convenient locations in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Oakland. 
https://sfshakes.org/bay-area-shakespeare-camp/

The early bird rate for this summer's Shakespeare Camps ends Friday. Act now and your camper (ages 7-13) can act later! Convenient locations in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Oakland.
sfshakes.org/bay-area-shakespeare-camp/
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The Lead Sound Technician is responsible for designing the sound set-up at every Shakespeare in the Park performance location and running the sound for each amplified rehearsal and performance. They will lead the equipment’s pre-production testing, cleaning, and maintenance. They will work closely with the Tech director and Production manager to create location sound plans. 

The Sound Technicians set up the sound system before every performance, check all speakers, monitors, and microphones, mixed mics throughout the performance, and troubleshoot any sound problems with the Lead Sound Technician. They should have strong experience with wireless sound systems, preferably outdoors. 

June – Sept 2024 / $18/hr to $25/hr depending on experience level. More info at https://sfshakes.org/join/seasonal-staff/

The Lead Sound Technician is responsible for designing the sound set-up at every Shakespeare in the Park performance location and running the sound for each amplified rehearsal and performance. They will lead the equipment’s pre-production testing, cleaning, and maintenance. They will work closely with the Tech director and Production manager to create location sound plans.

The Sound Technicians set up the sound system before every performance, check all speakers, monitors, and microphones, mixed mics throughout the performance, and troubleshoot any sound problems with the Lead Sound Technician. They should have strong experience with wireless sound systems, preferably outdoors.

June – Sept 2024 / $18/hr to $25/hr depending on experience level. More info at sfshakes.org/join/seasonal-staff/
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The Master Carpenter assists with construction of the Free Shakes in the Park set.  
Daily/weekly schedules can be flexible but the work will consist of a full 40-hour work week for 3 to 6 weeks.
Report to and work with the Technical Director, at the company shop in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.
Some experience in scenic construction is required, with a primary focus on woodworking. 
Build: April – June 2024. Pay: $20/hr – $25/hr depending on experience. More info at https://sfshakes.org/join/seasonal-staff/

The Master Carpenter assists with construction of the Free Shakes in the Park set.
Daily/weekly schedules can be flexible but the work will consist of a full 40-hour work week for 3 to 6 weeks.
Report to and work with the Technical Director, at the company shop in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.
Some experience in scenic construction is required, with a primary focus on woodworking.
Build: April – June 2024. Pay: $20/hr – $25/hr depending on experience. More info at sfshakes.org/join/seasonal-staff/
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