July 17th, 2012 — 1:04pm
A 2011 student in performance; photo by Jay Yamada
Summer Shakespeare Conservatory performances—abridged plays performed by youth age 8 to 18—are a wonderful, low-cost way to introduce younger theatergoers to Shakespeare.
The schedule for the remainder of the 2012′s performances is below, along with ticketing and other information.
FIVE-WEEK CONSERVATORY PERFORMANCES
Location: Bentley Upper School, 1000 Upper Happy Valley Rd, Lafayette
Tickets: $8 each, or $5 for students and seniors in advance ($2 more day of); you may also purchase an all-day performance pass for $25. To purchase, click here and select your performance from the drop-down menu. Performances are sorted by the number of weeks in the conservatory session.
Friday, July 20
Merry Kinsmen in The Tempest 10am
Noble Knaves in King Lear 11:30am
Riotous Knights in Hamlet 1pm
Fortune Artists in The Tempest 2:30pm
The Queen’s Own in A Midsummer Night’s Dream 6pm
Saturday, July 21
Merry Kinsmen in The Tempest 10am
Noble Knaves in King Lear 11:30am
Fortune Artists in The Tempest 1pm
Riotous Knights in Hamlet 2:30pm
The Queen’s Own in A Midsummer Night’s Dream 5pm
THREE-WEEK CONSERVATORY PERFORMANCES
Location: Holy Names High School, 4660 Harbord Drive, Oakland
Tickets: $8 each, or $5 for students and seniors in advance ($2 more day of); you may also purchase an all-day performance pass for $15. To purchase, click here and select your performance from the drop-down menu. Performances are sorted by the number of weeks in the conservatory session.
Friday, July 27
Merry Kinsmen in The Comedy of Errors 10am
Riotous Knights in Macbeth 11:30am
The Queen’s Own in A Midsummer Night’s Dream 1:30pm
TWO-WEEK CONSERVATORY PERFORMANCES
Location: Bentley School, 1000 Upper Happy Valley Rd, Lafayette
Tickets: $8 each, or $5 for students and seniors in advance ($2 more day of). To purchase, click here and select your performance from the drop-down menu. Performances are sorted by the number of weeks in the conservatory session.
Friday, August 3
Merry Kinsmen in Romeo and Juliet 10am
Noble Knaves in King Lear 11am
Riotous Knights in The Comedy of Errors 12pm
Fortune Artists in Hamlet 1pm
The Queen’s Own in Macbeth 2pm
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February 17th, 2012 — 12:44pm
New Cal Shakes Board President Paul L. "Buddy" Warner
California Shakespeare Theater today announced the election of San Francisco attorney Paul “Buddy” L. Warner as President of the Board of Directors. Mr. Warner, who joined the board in 2010, replaces outgoing president David Goldsmith, who served five one-year terms.
“My goal is to build on the important work done by David and his predecessors which has assisted our professional staff in making Cal Shakes a nationally recognized theater company,” said Mr. Warner. “Cal Shakes will continue to present the highest quality performances of both Shakespeare and the classics. We will also continue and expand our Artistic Learning program which provides a valuable theater learning experience to many underserved communities in the Bay Area”
Mr. Warner is a partner with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, with a practice specializing in commercial litigation and trials. He is the author of numerous articles on civil procedure, class actions, arbitration, and legal ethics and tactics, and was named one of the Top Attorneys in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers 2004-2011. Mr. Warner lives in Berkeley, and also sits on the board of Tehiyah Day School. He and his wife Jodi are long-time Cal Shakes supporters who, according to Mr. Warner, “have not missed a production since Cal Shakes moved to Orinda in 1991.”
“I am so grateful for the steady and sure guidance that outgoing President David Goldsmith provided over the past few years — a period of national economic turbulence,” commented Managing Director Susie Falk. “Cal Shakes has emerged with a renovated home, and greater organizational and financial stability, We are now poised for our next chapter of growth, and I am thrilled that Buddy will be at the helm with his significant board experience, professional expertise, and irrepressible enthusiasm for the organization. I know our board is in excellent hands.”
The 2012 slate of officers and their cities of residence are as follows:
- President: Buddy Warner, partner with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (Berkeley)
- Vice-President: Kate Stechschulte, architect (Berkeley)
- Vice-President: Alan E. Schnur, Ph.D., founding partner of Schnur Consulting Group (Orinda)
- Vice-President (ex-officio): Jonathan Moscone, Artistic Director (Oakland)
- Vice-President (ex-officio): Susie Falk, Managing Director (Berkeley)
- Secretary: Jean Simpson, retired educator and civic worker (Piedmont)
- Treasurer: Jay Yamada, civic leader (San Lorenzo)
- Immediate Past President: David Goldsmith, business consultant/health care management, (Orinda)
Newly-elected members of the Cal Shakes’ Board include:
- Ellen Dale is a long-time civic leader whose passion for the arts was instrumental in the creation of Cal Shakes’ permanent home at the Bruns Amphitheater in 1991, and most recently in the 2010 capital campaign to renovate the site. A native San Franciscan, Ms. Dale graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology. She and Joffa, her husband of 45 years, have lived in Orinda since 2000 in a home designed by their daughter. Prior to 2000, they lived in Moraga for 28 years where they raised their three children.
- Erin Jaeb is a commercial photographer with a background in fashion, beauty and architecture, and a current emphasis on fine art photography. She serves as artistic director for the marketing materials of her family-owned business, Emerald Packaging, Inc., one of the largest produce packaging suppliers in the United States. Ms. Jaeb, her husband, and their three children make their home in Oakland, CA.
- Marshall Kido holds a B.A. in journalism from San Francisco State University, has worked in the banking industry in California since 1977, first with Home Savings of America, followed by eight years as Area Sales Manager for Citibank. He currently serves as the Division Segment Manager at City National Bank in Walnut Creek.
Additional members of the Board are:
- Terry Bush, Director, Q Builders (Walnut Creek)
- Michael Cedars, M.D., Plastic Surgeon, Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center (Orinda)
- Phil Chernin, Certified Public Accountant (Lafayette)
- Joshua Cohen, Attorney, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP (Walnut Creek)
- Ed Del Beccaro, Managing Director, Grub and Ellis (Danville)
- Joseph DiPrisco, Ph.D., author/educator (Berkeley)
- Sonetta Hanson, yoga instructor and clothing designer (Orinda)
- Tony Kallingal, Vice President/Region Manager, Mechanics Bank (San Ramon)
- David Lawrence, retired, Private Client Services Manager, City National Bank (San Ramon)
- Richard E. Norris, Partner, Archer Norris (Walnut Creek)
- James Roethe, Arbitrator/Mediator, J. Roethe ADR Services; former General Counsel of Bank of America, and partner Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (Orinda)
- Michael Ross, Adjunct Professor, University of California and University of Virginia Schools of Law (Orinda)
- Michelle Runyon, Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Wells Fargo Private Bank (Orinda)
- John Ruskin, Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. (Lafayette)
- Sharon Simpson, civic leader (Orinda)
- Frank Starn, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Pharmaceutical, McKesson Corporation (Lafayette)
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December 2nd, 2011 — 5:02pm
December 2, 2011
Cal Shakes builds community. Our work—whether onstage, in classrooms, or in community settings—helps people of all ages discover and develop vital imaginative tools that improve lives and strengthen our society.
By giving to Cal Shakes this year, you will directly impact individuals and communities, many of whom desperately need creative resources to survive, let alone thrive. You make a difference when you invest in Cal Shakes. You became a fundamental partner in our distinctive service: Fostering a vital culture of creativity that makes the Bay Area the most innovative, inclusive, and interesting super-neighborhood in our country.
Cal Shakes needs a major influx of donations in order to successfully meet our financial goals this year, and to ensure that we’re in the strongest position to meet the challenge of fulfilling our mission in 2012.
As government funding for the arts and arts education continues to decrease, many people are less and less able to access the creative tools and experiences that connect us as people and help our communities thrive. That’s where Cal Shakes comes in. And that is why I need your help, as our partner, to sustain and expand the work we do: building community through theater.
With your support for our Annual Fund, we can:
- Respond to the ever-growing demand for Cal Shakes arts education programs, and serve more Bay Area students.
- Ensure that future generations of artists and theatergoers—including your children and grandchildren—will be able to experience the beauty and power of Shakespeare and the classics.
- Create new outlets for marginalized voices, as Cal Shakes makes new American plays in collaboration with members of disparate Bay Area populations.
Your support makes the work of this Theater—your Theater—possible, and impacts thousands of people, many of whom would not have access to the arts or arts education without you.
Your investment in our work is an investment in building our community. Please make a 2011 contribution today.
Thank you for all that you do.
P.S. Click here to make your gift online; or to speak with someone personally, contact Donor Relations Coordinator Ian Larue at 510.548.3422 x107. Gifts can be made in installments.
P.P.S. By giving $100 or more in a 12-month period, you become eligible for benefits as a Cal Shakes Champion. If you’re already a Champion, increasing your gift may make you eligible for additional benefits.
Photo by Kevin Berne.
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August 5th, 2011 — 1:55pm
A loyal Cal Shakes supporter recently came to us with a challenge: She told us that if we can attract 250 new donors this season, she will donate an additional $10,000 to Cal Shakes!
Why would a longtime donor issue such a challenge?
Here’s why: Cal Shakes continuously breaks new theatrical ground, with acclaimed productions such as our recent first-ever staging of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and the world premiere of The Verona Project; and we make these innovative productions accessible to thousands of young theatergoers through a huge variety of free and/or low-cost programs.
Our supporter—the person who believes in Cal Shakes so much she’s offering this $10,000 challenge—knows that we’re simultaneously serving disadvantaged communities and creating new generations of theatergoers. She also knows that in order to continue to open our doors to everyone, we need the help of new donors like you.
Will you help us meet this inspiring challenge?
Gifts of all sizes matter. Whether you give $25 or $250, your gift will make a difference, and your engagement will count toward our goal of attracting 250 new donors.
So do it for the first time: Become a Cal Shakes donor by October 31, and help make great theater accessible to all.
Pictured: The cast of The Verona Project; photo by Kevin Berne.
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February 24th, 2011 — 12:08pm
Congratulations to Kayla Moreno, who presented the most charming case for being our Valentine during a contest we held on our Conservatory Facebook page; Kayla will be attending the dress rehearsal of her choice this summer at the Bruns. Here’s the love letter she wrote us on Facebook:
Why should I be your Cal Shakes Valentine? Oooh … where do I begin? Three years ago I joined the Conservatory just for the sake of something to do over the summer. The end result was something to do over the summer for the next (at least) four years. My favorite summer is hard to pick, because they’re all so awesome!! I anticipate each newsletter, expecting it to be registration time. Why? Because it means that I am just THAT CLOSE to being back with all my Cal Shakes besties!
I can honestly say that most of my best friends are from the Conservatory. What I love most about them is that I can tell them (well, my closest ones!) anything from my biggest fears to my deepest fantasies. They’re the people that I know won’t laugh when I tell them that I wanted a pet unicorn when I was a kid and actually thought that my unicorn stuffed animals would come to life. OK, so, maybe they’ll laugh. But in a friendish way! They’re the people that I can anticipate auditioning for American Idol with next year when I’m of age ;) lol you know who you are.
When the second semester rolls around, I always start up a Countdown to the Conservatory and hang it up on my wall. I’m a little slow on that, but I’ll get to it tomorrow, I promise! :)
Cal Shakes has been a part of my life since I was just starting middle school and it’s helped me through all the twists and turns of just starting to become a teenager, in a strange way. I know that I won’t be scared for high school next year because I’ll have had such a great summer that thoughts of fear won’t even have time to cross my mind. My self esteem is never higher than those five weeks of summer. The Conservatory is a place for someone like me to be able to just be herself without the worry of someone judging her for being a theater geek. Because, hey, it’s a camp MADE of and for theater geeks! :)
SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER!!
Happy Valentine’s Day :)
Summer Shakespeare Conservatories are enrolling now in Lafayette, Oakland hills, and San Francisco.
Pictured: Sandy Serwin, Kayla Moreno, and Margaret Williams in the 2010 conservatory production of The Comedy of Errors; photo by Jay Yamada.
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