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bay area shakespeare camp

Summer day camp for children of all experience levels, ages 7-13

Whether this is your first time at a theater summer camp or you’re returning for another awesome summer with us, our camps have something for everyone. During these 2-week sessions, campers study Shakespeare’s theater in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Professional theater practitioners lead interactive classes in Shakespeare’s poetry, clowning traditions, and stage combat. The camp culminates in an abridged Shakespeare play for family and friends on the final day.

Camp sessions are weekdays from 9am to 3pm, and a typical camp day begins with a half hour of warmups followed by breaking up into smaller groups to rotate between three one-hour classes with a half-hour lunch break.  The afternoon concludes with a two-hour rehearsal for the final performance.  Aftercare is available until 5:30pm at the San Francisco campsite, and until 5pm at the Santa Clara campsite, and is included in the price of enrollment, as are all scripts, costumes, and supplies.

  • Through a partnership with San Francisco Rec & Park, residents of SF zip codes 94112, 94124, and 94134 are eligible to enroll in camps at the McLaren Park venue for a substantial discount of 64% off the enrollment fee.
  • Scholarship Assistance is available for families in need, and discounts are available through our Camp Family Referral Program.
  • Learn about our current Health Safety Policies.
  • Additional camps locations and sessions may be added as needed and when possible.  Sign Up to be notified.
  • For answers to common camps questions, check out our Shakespeare Camps FAQs.
  • Meet our current roster of Teaching Artists.
  • For other age groups and skill levels, check out our other Camps.
  • Scroll down for a list of camp sessions and to Enroll.

BASC 2024 sessions

Additional locations and dates may be added.  Sign Up to be notified of new sessions.

july 8 - july 19

san francisco

McLaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater
50 John F. Shelley Dr, San Francisco

2 weeks ( 10 camp days )
Weekdays 9am – 3pm
Aftercare 3pm – 5:30pm

Early Bird Enrollment Fee : $960
This session is currently at capacity.

*Residents of ZIP codes 94112, 94124, and 94134 Enroll Here For Discount.

july 22 - AUG 1

san francisco

McLaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater
50 John F. Shelley Dr, San Francisco

2 weeks ( 9 camp days )
Weekdays 9am – 3pm
Aftercare 3pm – 5:30pm

Early Bird Enrollment Fee : $865

*Residents of ZIP codes 94112, 94124, and 94134 Enroll Here For Discount.

july 8 - JULY 19

OAKLAND

Oakland School for the Arts at Sweets

Oakland School for the Arts, Sweets Ballroom
1933 Broadway, Oakland

2 weeks ( 10 camp days )
Weekdays 9am – 3pm
No aftercare available at this site

Early Bird Enrollment Fee : $960

july 8 - july 19

santa clara

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

2 weeks ( 10 camp days )
Weekdays 9am – 3pm
Aftercare 3pm – 5pm

Early Bird Enrollment Fee : $960

july 22 - AUG 2

santa clara

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

2 weeks ( 10 camp days )
Weekdays 9am – 3pm
Aftercare 3pm – 5pm

Early Bird Enrollment Fee : $960