Next Session: To Be Annouced

“This is the happiest I’ve been since quarantine began. My friends asked me, why are you so happy, and I told them Cal Shakes!”

 ~2020 Online Summer Conservatory Student

Our team of intrepid teaching artists have been busy developing lesson plans and strategies to make our online Shakespeare Conservatory the most fun you’ll have in front of a screen this summer! Students (ages 8-18) 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 an online performance!

If you have questions,  please contact the Artistic Learning Dept. at

Students performing via Zoom
Conservatory students work on a monologue from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Want a taste of Conservatory? Watch a teaser from our first session.


Noble Knaves (8-10 years of age):
Monday-Friday, July 6th – 17th
$300 tuition

Final performance: Much Ado About Nothing

Fortune Artists (11-13 years of age):
Monday-Friday, July 6th – 17th
$450 tuition

Final performance: The Comedy of Errors 

Queens’ Own (14-18 years of age):
Monday-Friday, July 6th – 17th (added due to popular demand!)
$600 tuition

Final performance: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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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