Our 2020 summer camp has ended, but check back next year for more information about Summer Camp 2021!
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 2020, camp moved to an online format, 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. They spent two weeks learning multiple facets of the playmaking process—from acting to costuming to hair/makeup, set design to props, lighting to music—all within the framework of an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet. For their final project, campers chose an area of focus and presented their projects on the final day of camp in a showcase video shared during a live, online viewing party of family and friends.
For more information on camp, please 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 at our long-running program in History Park San José. 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 income goes toward providing affordable arts access to the next generation of theatremakers.
* Donors Circle discount available for Baron level and higher.
Sharon Freeman- Head Instructor
Mrs. Freeman received her B.A. and teaching credential in English with a minor in Theatre Performance from SJSU. For ten years, she taught English, film, and drama at Branham High School, and is now Director of Activities at Prospect High School. While Mrs. Freeman was the Performing Arts Chair, Branham High School received the City of San José Champion of Arts Education Award (2009) and welcomed a state-of-the art performing arts center to the campus. She also enjoys acting during her summers away from teaching, and for several years was a member of SVS’s Artistic Ensemble.
Erin Southard- Assistant Teacher
Erin received her B.A. in English (Writing) from Biola University and is a graduate of Foothill Theatre Conservatory. She is also completing her M.A. in Education from Alliant University and currently teaches Language Arts at Bret Harte Middle School. Erin has taught summer and theatre camps/workshops since 2009 over a broad range of subjects (San Jose Parks and Rec., Galileo Summer Camps, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and Silicon Valley Shakespeare) and has worked at the Disneyland Resort and Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. She is a founding member of the Mini Lights Emerging Artists Program at City Lights Theater Company, and is a passionate advocate for arts education for all ages.