Bay Area Shakespeare Camp: NEW: 3-week Shakespeare Camps this summer!

Holiday & Summer Camps
School-Aged, Preteens, Teens

SF Shakespeare Festival's Virtual Shakespeare Camps provide a mixture of live online instruction and offline projects for a fun and flexible Shakespeare Camp experience. Campers enrolled in Shakespeare Players Camp (7-12-year-olds) or Upstart Crows Camp (13-18-year-olds) enjoy tailored and carefully crafted programs to move their bodies, challenge their minds, and ignite their imaginations. As always, camps end with a performance on the final day - using the magic of virtual theatre. (Note: we are starting with virtual camps, but if conditions change we may be able to offer limited in-person camps later in the season. If interested, add your name to the Camp update list.)

We’ve created a new schedule that will make Virtual Shakespeare Camp even better than last year! Along with input from our experienced Teaching Artists, we incorporated helpful parent feedback to make the best use of the virtual format. We are adjusting the hours of this year’s virtual camps to include fewer synchronous Zoom class hours per day, more independent projects, more individual attention, longer breaks and more flexibility. We recognize that the final performance of a full Shakespeare play is an important part of the experience, so we have extended our virtual camps to 3 weeks in order to allow for enough virtual rehearsal time. Campers will have plenty of time to explore acting and movement techniques, Shakespeare’s language, and set and costume design in a way that allows maximum fun, time off-screen, and the sense of ownership of the play that actors are able to develop over a longer rehearsal period.

SF Shakes’ educational values center social-emotional development, community-building, and better understanding of our shared humanity. The focus of our education programs is less on training actors, more on encouraging self-expression, ownership, and interrogation of classical texts. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, we have chosen to explore plays with themes of loss and reconciliation, travel, and reunion with loved ones - Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Twelfth Night.

John Western
sfshakes [at]