Teen & Adult Classes
A Learning Space for the Bay Area and Beyond
Due to the huge success of our virtual classes, Cal Shakes is proud to offer an expanded series of online and socially distanced classes for teens and adults looking to learn from some of Cal Shakes’ most beloved artists.
On Guard! Learn the basics of theatrical sword fighting safely outdoors on the beautiful Bruns Amphitheater grounds this summer with Cal Shakes’ Fight Director Dave Maier. This course will cover techniques for creating the illusion of violence with the weapons traditionally used in Shakespeare’s plays: the medieval Broadsword and the renaissance Rapier & Dagger.
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. Join Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly for this popular lecture series!
Structural Design for the Stage
Cal Shakes’ Technical Director Steven Schmidt is offering a three-part foundational course on how to approach structural challenges in theater. Designed for all technical staff —from seasoned technical directors to emerging technicians—the class seeks to provide an understanding of why “sets stand up” in order to safely meet the increasingly complex and challenging scenic designs of today’s industry.