Registration for Shakespeare Summer Camp 2021 has closed, but check back next year for more information about Summer Camp 2022!
Camp typically takes place the two weeks before 4th of July, Mondays through Fridays from 9am to 2pm.
Our in-person camp takes place outdoors in History Park San José. Students spend two weeks mounting a production of a Shakespeare play, abridged for length (around 35-40 minutes) but maintaining all of the original text. Every student is cast (or can choose to work backstage/crew instead), and the final day culminates in a free performance for friends and family. Not familiar with Shakespeare? Not to worry! Students of all experience levels are welcome! And, as always, scholarships are available (see below for details).
For 2021, camp is once again being hosted online, using video-conferencing platforms and other distance-learning technologies to bring students an engaging mix of live online instruction and independent projects. Rather than shrink the scope of camp, we expanded it to deepen the campers’ experience.
In addition to studying Twelfth Night to learn the entire
playmaking experience—from acting to costuming to hair/makeup, set design to props, lighting to music—campers are also exploring facets of video performance, including:
-Learning how to record and submit audition tapes and online performances
-Slating, framing, and lighting yourself
-Ensuring good sound quality
-Using your body for video vs. in-person performance
On the final day of camp, students will present a final project in their chosen area of focus with a showcase video shared during a live online viewing party with family and friends.
Open to students aged 8 – 18 and located anywhere in the world, our camps allow students to dive deeper into different theatre disciplines.
Questions? Email Education Director Melissa Jones.
Partial scholarships are available to students with an annual household income of 80% or less of the Median Household Income for Santa Clara County and who demonstrate a desire to participate by submitting a short essay on why they want to attend the camp. For more information, email Education Director Melissa Jones.
In keeping with our mission to provide financially and geographically accessible performing arts experiences to our community, we strive to maintain an affordable camp option and generous scholarships. As such, part of our program is subsidized by our overall fundraising efforts—from our individual donors, corporate sponsors, intermission raffle, performance ticket sales, and more, a portion of all our earned and contributed income goes toward providing affordable arts access to the next generation of theatremakers.
* Donors Circle discount available for Baron level and higher.
Sarah Thermond – Instructor
Sarah has been working in theatre education in the South Bay for over a decade. She taught summer conservatories for nine years through the California Theatre Center, and also directed after-school shows at elementary and middle schools in Saratoga, Campbell, and San Jose. Sarah holds Bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and Literature from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of San Francisco.