An iconic romance of star-crossed lovers ignites when Romeo and Juliet meet at a masked ball. But with hatred and disapproval dividing their families, can their love find its way? In a play filled with passion–from its breathtaking poetry to thrilling swordplay–Shakespeare holds the mirror up to life as we see the tragic consequences of choices fueled by hate. Silicon Valley Shakespeare presents a traditional take on an abridged version of this timeless tragedy that still rings true today.
Started in 2010, our Shakespeare Camp shines a spotlight on budding young talent, both on stage and behind the scenes. Students dive headfirst into acting, improvisation, technical support, and stage management.
Our instructors provide structured experiences that focus on building creativity, teamwork, self-reliance, mutual respect, self-esteem, and fun! Shakespeare Camp includes instruction in acting, unarmed stage combat, and in-depth study in scene work in one of Shakespeare’s plays. Students who prefer a supporting role receive training in various areas behind the scenes, including the design and creation of costumes, props, set pieces, and more.
Camp culminates with a performance of an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet. Campers of all experience levels are welcome. We hope your child can make a scene with Silicon Valley Shakespeare this summer!
Students must be between 8 and 18 years of age.
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.*
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.