Cal Shakes Online

Furthering artistic practice and deepening community connections online.

A Gathering Space for the Bay Area and Beyond

Cal Shakes Online is a multi-channel digital platform designed to virtually unite artists and audiences during this unprecedented time. Though we cannot convene in person, we at Cal Shakes want to continue serving our community from afar by offering resources and programming to bring solace, entertainment, and joy. If you’d like to learn more about or 2021 Season: Read more here

Truth and Meaning at Play

What does a dramaturg do? What can a dramaturg be? In one-on-one sessions with three transformative dramaturgs, Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly asks Faedra CarpenterMartine Kei Green-Rogers and Finn Le Fevre to explore the exciting question of how dramaturgy helps re-frame and expand the way we see theater today. 

Shakespeare In-Depth

Consider how Shakespeare’s masterpieces invite us to explore ambition, justice, betrayal, greed, loneliness, and abandonment, as well as issues that are urgently relevant today: climate change, global poverty, the political and personal effects of power, the capacity of life itself to offer miracles and second chances. Classes begin February 23! 

Direct Address

Direct Address is a live series of panel discussions, interviews, and webinars offering industry and community support as well as behind-the-scenes insight.  In June we began a series on Allyship and Anti-Racism and in September began Resisting Shakespeare Check out our recent conversations on YouTube


From Emilio Delgado (above) to Stacy Ross to J. Alphonse Nicholson to students from Edna Brewer Middle School, members of the Cal Shakes community far and wide explain why they are Cal Shakes. Catch up on your favorites and feel free to send us your own #WeAreCalShakes video to

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Cal Shakes Online Events
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More for Our Friends at Home

Run The Canon
Cal Shakes Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly is “running the canon” offering a 10-minute video lecture on all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and never miss a lecture.

The amount of streaming theater available online is endless.  Check out what we watched in 2020 and find a list of what else is playing around the globe and where to find your next play. 

Inspired by Trinculo’s line from The Tempest, #ShelterHereabouts are a series of “micro-commissioned” monologues performed by Bay Area actors.

A curated list by members of the Cal Shakes Artistic team to support arts workers affected by the health crisis. The list includes grant and financial aid opportunities, unemployment resources, guides for virtual tools, and more.

Mystery Shakespeare Theater 1592
Inspired by Mystery Science Theater 3000Mystery Shakespeare Theater 1592 is a live watch party of a filmed version of one of Shakespeare’s plays on Zoom! Sign up for a mystery film that won’t be revealed until the event begins and join in as four panelists provide hilarious and insightful commentary throughout the screening creating a fun evening at home but not alone.  Called the “best Zoom party ever” by Theatrius. Stay tuned for our next watch party! 

To support students, teachers, and parents during school closures, Cal Shakes is offering access to all its study guides. Dive into Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, black odyssey, and many more!

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