June 14-25
July 26-August 6

Our Shakespeare Conservatory will take place safely outside at the Bruns Amphitheater this summer for grades 6-12! Students will develop and improve their performative skills by studying with Bay Area experts in such areas as Acting, Voice, Movement, Text Analysis and more, all while rehearsing one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays for a performance on the Bruns stage!

Conservatory sessions will be held in person, outdoors, following social distance guidelines as outlined by the Contra Costa County Health Department and the CDC. Registration will be limited to two stable “casts” of no more than 15 students each during each session. Read our full COVID-19 protocols here.

Registration will open shortly. 


Session 1:
Monday-Friday, June 14 – 25
9 am-3 pm
$1000 tuition

Final performance: June 25 on the Bruns Stage for a socially distanced audience.

Session 2:
Monday-Friday, July 26 – August 6
9 am-3 pm
$1000 tuition 

Final performance: August 6 on the Bruns Stage for a socially distanced audience.


Limited financial aid is available. Please fill out this form if you’re interested. 
Shuttle pass from Orinda BART to Cal Shakes available on a limited basis for $50

Tuition: $1,000 due in full by June 1 

Non-refundable deposit $100 due upon registration

50% refund minus $100 deposit if cancelled by May 17 for Session 1 or June 28 for Session 2

No refund if cancelled less after May 17 for Session 1 or June 28 for Session 2


Participants spend the morning playing and creating in a wide variety of theater disciplines, taught by working theater professionals. They then spend their afternoons in rehearsals, cultivating, crafting and putting their newly-acquired skills to the test in fully-staged Shakespaere performances. The experience culminates in Shakespeare performances for family and friends at the end of the program.


Conservatory participants receive complimentary tickets to at least one Cal Shakes production as well as discounts to other productions. Parent packet coming soon. 

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, and the Dale Family Fund.

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