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.

Sign your child up for Conservatories!

We offer a theater experience rooted in the same passion for artistic exploration and excellence that guides our award-winning Main Stage productions. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students to set aside limits: to be courageous and open to surprise as they immerse themselves in the drama, immediacy, and power of Shakespeare’s plays. A few of our Conservatory alumni have gone on to productions at the Bruns and beyond, and many more continue to return to camp year after year to experience the joy of working intensely on theater fundamentals.  Tuition $1,600. Registration is not yet open.



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


  • Dialects
  • Beatboxing
  • Theatre for Social Justice
  • On-Camera Acting
  • Stage Makeup
  • Acting

Conservatory participants receive complimentary tickets to at least one Cal Shakes production as well as discounts to other productions. Get your parent packet here.

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