Silicon Valley Shakespeare gives all youth (17 and under) in our community free admission to all our productions – at Willow Street Park in San José and our ticketed performances at Sanborn Park in Saratoga!
And SVS has its extensive suite of education offerings…
Our education program is designed to meet the specific needs of Silicon Valley youth with an interest in the performing arts. We are delighted to offer classes designed to help students better understand Shakespeare’s text, better represent themselves as artists, and develop skills to make them stronger actors and technicians. SVS’s offerings include:
- Summer Shakespeare Camp for Youth and Teens — For students ages 8 to 18.
- Takin’ It to the Schools — A variety of modular classes offered in your school, designed to enhance your existing performing arts studies program with experiential learning. Teachers can choose from one or more of our class segments to create the right experience for their students.
- Getting into the Act — Silicon Valley Shakespeare is excited to offer after school theatre performance programs brought to your school. We provide the director, costumes, sets, and technical design staff; your school provides the cast, parent volunteers, and the space!
- Student Performances — We offer special learning opportunities for students at our productions in Willow Street Park in San José.
Shakespeare Camp for Youth and Teens
Silicon Valley Shakespeare offers a summer camp with theatre training just for youth and teens! Students dive headfirst into acting, improvisation, and unarmed stage combat, plus behind-the-scenes action including creating costumes, props, set pieces, and more.
No prior experience is needed, and every student is cast. Whether you’re a beginner to the Bard or already savvy on stage, come make a scene with us this summer!
Takin’ It to the Schools
Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s in-school outreach program brings the excitement of live theatre off the stage and into your classroom.
We offer a variety of workshop topics that have been carefully developed to incorporate the California State Performing Arts Standards, reinforcing and complementing general education goals.
Our individual workshops can be expanded and/or combined into a series of classes, providing a built-in professional staff development component in theatre education for the participating classroom teachers. Our instructors are experienced educators and working professionals in their fields, bringing a unique, invaluable blend of professional expertise combined with a gift for and love of teaching.
Getting into the Act
Are you an educator or school administrator seeking opportunities to bring experiential arts education to your school? Are your students eager to perform on stage? Are staff limitations and budget keeping you from offering performing arts opportunities to your students?
Silicon Valley Shakespeare is here to help! To see how we can bring the Bard to your school for your own students to perform, and cater the experience to your budget, please contact Education Director, Melissa Jones.
Our Education Director, Melissa Jones
Melissa received a B.A. in Theatre from SJSU, with emphases in acting, makeup design, and children’s theatre, and has also trained with ComedySportz in improvisation and with American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in mime and commedia dell’arte. She has been a theatre educator since 2000, and has taught, directed, and developed theatre curriculum for numerous schools and organizations, including SVS, Starting Arts, Children’s Discovery Museum, The Tech Museum, and Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation. Melissa also freelances as a makeup-artist and designer, regularly teaching workshops throughout the Bay Area. In addition to SVS, companies she has worked with include Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Channel UK, Opera San Jose, and West Bay Opera. She is a passionate advocate of the benefits of arts engagement, with its ability to foster personal growth, build communities and cultural awareness, and encourage innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, for students of all ages and at all levels of participation.