2022 registration is now open for our popular Shakespeare Camp for Youth & Teens!
DATES: Jun 20th – July 1st, Monday through Friday (performance on the final day)
TIMES: 9am to 2pm
LOCATION: History Park San José
AGES: 8 – 18 years old
PLAY: Romeo and Juliet
REGISTRATION: $350 per camper (discounts and scholarships available)
Open to campers aged 8-18, our in-person summer camp takes place outdoors in History Park San José. Students spend two weeks rehearsing a production of a Shakespeare play ( Romeo and Juliet for 2022), abridged for length (around 35-40 minutes) and maintaining Shakespeare’s 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.
Camp helps kids build confidence as public speakers, collaborate as artists and thinkers, and develop learning skills that will continue to serve them well after the summer’s fun is over.
Not familiar with Shakespeare? Not to worry! Students of all experience levels are welcome!
And for 2022, we are thrilled to announce the Richard T Orlando Scholarship Fund, providing full scholarships for up to six campers each year. See below for details and how to apply.
Please note our COVID protocols:
- All campers must be fully vaccinated (at least two weeks past their final dose by the first day of camp) and must provide proof of vaccination status prior to the first day.
- Each morning of camp, participants must submit a daily online health-check form before arrival.
- Camp is typically held entirely outdoors, but should campers go indoors at any time (for example, to use the restroom), masks must be worn. We also welcome masks outdoors, especially when in close proximity to others (such as rehearsing the play).
- Our camp instructor will take regular COVID tests during camp.
- Should it become necessary, our instructor is experienced with Zoom teaching and can pivot to an online camp.
- We will always prioritize the health and safety of our participants, and will continue to monitor local COVID safety requirements and recommendations, and will update our guidelines accordingly.
Questions? Email Education Director Melissa Jones.
Donors Circle Discount
Those of you in our Donors Circle get a 20% discount on registration! *
Multiple Enrollment Discount
Enroll multiple children and save 10% on each additional child. Donors Circle get a 20% discount.*
* Donors Circle discount available for Baron level and higher.
Starting in 2022, we are thrilled to announce the Richard T. Orlando Scholarship Fund, which will provide full scholarships for up to six campers each year. To apply, please email Education Director Melissa Jones with a short “essay,” written by your child, answering the following three questions:
Why do you want to attend camp?
What do you hope to learn from camp?
Why is Shakespeare cool?
The length of their responses (and how much you help 😊 ) can be appropriate to your child’s grade level. (And if your child wants to handwrite or draw their own answers, feel free to email a picture of their responses instead!)
Since our Summer Camp’s inception, SVS has been proud to offer partial scholarships to campers as needed, and occasional full scholarships thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors who believe in the life-changing power of arts education.
The Richard T. Orlando Scholarship Fund is made possible by the generous donation of a local community member who wants to see kids thrive, and is in honor of the late Richard T. Orlando, who transformed the lives of thousands of artists, patrons, and students in Silicon Valley during his lifetime. SVS is eternally grateful to all the arts educators and arts supporters in our community who pay it forward and pave the way for our next bright generation of theatremakers eager to learn and grow.
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.
Merav Berger – Instructor
Merav is an expressive arts-based Jewish educator and consultant who supports teachers in cultivating creative and person-centered classrooms, offers leadership development for Jewish youth and teens, and facilitates enrichment programs for families, teens, and youth in synagogues, preschools, and Jewish day schools. With a background in theatre, therapy, and education, Merav is currently finishing up her doctoral studies exploring expressive arts therapy-based methodologies as pedagogy. She also works with telehealth practitioners and secular educators to enhance and promote creative online and in-person connections in their work. An actor who loves Shakespeare, Merav has played in and directed various Shakespeare productions with adults and children around the bay area and nation. Merav was the 2022 IEATA Conference chair and sits on its board of directors as the PR & Publications chair. She also sits on the board of directors for NewCAJE (the New Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education). She is a chapter advisor in the international youth movement, BBYO, mentoring and empowering young Jewish women in the Bay Area. A mother of two young adult children, Merav’s secret superpower is her ability to connect with animals and her guilty pleasure is bad reality tv. https://www.meravberger.com
In keeping with our founding mission to provide financially 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 and investing in our future theatremakers.