If you’ve ever heard me ask the question, “How do we do this?”, then you know the answer, “Together!”
That’s how we do everything here at Cal Shakes and, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, we’re reminded of how important that togetherness is. It’s how we got where we are today, it’s how we’ll get to where we’re going in the future and it’s why we put so much energy into cultivating meaningful and long-lasting relationships: with our audiences; with local schools, teachers, and students; and with you.
And it’s also why I’m so excited to invite you to our 2014 Summer Shakespeare Conservatories, in three awesome new locations.
Building on the success of our 12-year partnership with Orinda Intermediate School, I’m delighted to let you know that OIS is the new location for our Lamorinda-area Two- and Five-week Conservatories.
Looking ahead, we want to nurture new connections, too. Our Three-week Conservatory will be held at the prestigious Oakland School for the Arts, at its fabulous downtown Oakland campus; and we are thrilled to better serve our Oakland hills families with our other Two-week Conservatory at Zion Lutheran School in Piedmont.
Thanks to the best group of teachers, directors, and student actors in the Bay Area we anticipate beginning the next 40 years of Cal Shakes history with a summer full of friendships both old and new; building skills as performers and citizens; and creating excellent theater together.
I hope to see you there!
Director of Artistic Learning
"My daughter has gained invaluable insight into Shakespeare that could never be achieved in a classroom alone and that she applies to any live performance experience she is part of.” —Mom Melissa Abbe
"It's fun, inspiring, and packed with creativity. The teachers talk to you as if they're talking to an adult, which I like. It's really different from other camps in that way."
Cal Shakes’ Summer Shakespeare Conservatory for ages 8-18 offers a theater experience rooted in the same passion for artistic exploration and excellence that guides our award-winning Main Stage productions. We foster self-expression and artistic discipline to engage students in the theater-making process: In the dynamic study and physical experience of developing some of literature’s greatest characters, our students also develop their own.
Participants spend the morning playing and creating in a wide variety of theater disciplines, taught by working theater professionals.
Afternoons are spent in rehearsals. The experience culminates in Shakespeare performances for family and friends at the end of the program.
|Five-week session at Orinda Intermediate School||June 23–July 26|
|Two-week session at Orinda Intermediate School||July 28–August 8|
|Three-week session at Oakland School for the Arts||July 7–25|
|Two-week session at Zion Lutheran School in Piedmont||July 28–August 8|
Full details on each location are in the tabbed box below.
Have questions? Reach out to Artistic Learning Programs Manager Beverly Sotelo at 510.548.3422 x127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Conservatory scholarships are underwritten in part through the generous support of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.
Five-week session* at Orinda Intermediate School June 23–July 26
Mon–Fri 9am–3pm; performances Fri & Sat, Jul 25 & 26
Two-week session at Orinda Intermediate School July 28–August 8
Mon–Fri 9am–3pm; performances Fri, Aug 8
Five-week Conservatory* $1425; Two-week Conservatory $600. ($100 nonrefundable deposit due with registration; deposit will be applied to full tuition. Balance of payment is due by the first day of your Conservatory session.)
*First-time enrollment in Five-week Conservatory is dependent on an interview; no audition is required.
See the camp site, meet staff, and ask questions on Monday March 24, 6:30-7:30pm.
Three-week session at Oakland School for the Arts July 7–25
Mon–Fri 9am–3pm; performances Fri, Jul 25
$850 ($100 nonrefundable deposit due with registration; deposit will be applied to full tuition. Balance of payment is due by the first day of your Conservatory session.)
See the camp site, meet staff, and ask questions on Tuesday, March 25, 6:30-7:30pm.
Two-week session at Zion Lutheran School in Piedmont July 28–August 8
Mon–Fri 9am–3pm; performances Fri, Aug 8
$600 ($100 nonrefundable deposit due with registration; deposit will be applied to full tuition. Balance of payment is due by the first day of your Conservatory session.)
See the camp site, meet staff, and ask questions on Tuesday, March 18, 6-7pm.
The online application process takes approximately 20 minutes to complete; if you are unable to complete the application in one sitting, you can save your work and come back to it as needed.
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Cal Shakes uses a third-party vendor for its online registration process; if you require technical assistance with the online form, please call 866-433-4548
Financial assistance is available. First deadline to apply is March 31; applying for this round is strongly encouraged, especially for the five-week session, which fills quickly. The second deadline is April 28, at which point we will award any remaining scholarship funds.
Click here to download or view the financial aid application.
• Cancellation up to eight weeks before conservatory session begins = 100% refund, minus $50
• Cancellation up to four weeks before conservatory session begins = 50% refund, minus $50
• Cancellation within four weeks of conservatory session start date = no refund.