This is no ordinary summer camp! At Cal Shakes Summer Shakespeare Conservatories, our students spend their days working with professional theater artists from a wide range of disciplines, having fun and making lifelong friends while developing skills vital to becoming articulate, self-confident people.

We are launching a special, invitation-only two-week intensive program for a very limited number of young actors. This will be an opportunity for our most advanced students to dive deeply into material in a smaller group, with more one-on-one time with our teaching artists. For the first time ever we’ll be holding our summer program at the Cal Shakes Rehearsal Hall, during our regular season! Students will not only immerse themselves in the study of acting, stage combat, and Shakespeare; they will also be immersed in the exciting atmosphere of our theater in the full swing of Summer—surrounded by our visiting artists, stage managers, and company members producing our 2020 shows! This will culminate in a final performance of one of Shakespeare’s most popular titles.

To sign-up, please contact the Artistic Learning Dept. at 510.809.3293 or


Masterclass Conservatory

Heinz Rehearsal Hall

701 Heinz Avenue

Mon. – Fri. 9am-3pm

July 6 – July 17

Tuition: $1,000

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.


  • Acting
  • Stage Combat
  • Movement
  • Voice
  • Shakespeare History/Text

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

California Arts Council
This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.  Learn more!
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