Every summer, Shakespeare Theatre Company gives students between the ages of 6 and 18 the chance to dive into the world of one of the most celebrated playwrights in history: William Shakespeare.
Camp Shakespeare offers two-week sessions for youth (ages 6–11) and teens (ages 12–18). Returning teens can audition for a three-week Intensive.
At Camp Shakespeare, students will:
Transform into Shakespeare’s characters through voice, movement, and imagination
Unlock Shakespeare’s language through text analysis
Develop acting skills for their level of experience
Learn the safety and storytelling of stage combat
Perform for friends and family onstage at Shakespeare Theatre Company
Our Commitment to Inclusion
Camp Shakespeare provides a safe and supportive environment for everyone regardless of ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, cultural background, national origin, citizenship, faith, ideology, and income. Together we ensure that everyone feels secure and has the opportunity to build confidence in the power of their own voice, imagination, and artistic ability with dignity. We endeavor to create a fully inclusive culture that values equality and fosters respect for all people while we collaborate to explore and perform Shakespeare’s plays.
Director’s Message — Updated December 5, 2022
Dear Camp Shakespeare Students and Families,
It’s been a busy fall for the STC Learning team: we’ve been collaborating with schools across the DMV area on our new Residency
program, welcoming students back to our theatres for Matinees
, and creating a new Moodle
site to enhance our program offerings – including Camp! We are grateful for these opportunities to build meaningful relationships with our community and to create joyful experiences through the power of theatre education.
Summer Intensive 2023
Ages 13–18 (by audition only)
The Summer Intensive invites returning students to experience an actor’s journey from audition to performance. Participants will be challenged in a collaborative and encouraging environment with advanced acting techniques, text analysis, and stage combat. Intensive ensembles produce fully-realized productions culminating in three public performances at The Forum in Harman Hall. Acceptance into the Summer Intensive is through auditions held in April.
Saturday, April 22 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (The Klein Theatre)
Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (The Klein Theatre)
This is a group audition that will last one hour. Campers will be asked to share a memorized 60-90 second Shakespeare monologue. Please email CampSTC@ShakespeareTheatre.org
to schedule an audition.
Placements announced May 1, 2023.
Tuition, Discounts, and ScholarshipsTuition
- Two-Week Camp: Youth 9 a.m.–3 p.m./ Teens 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $850
- Youth After-Care: 3 p.m.–5 p.m. $150 per week
- Three-Week Intensive: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $1,275
- Two-Week Virtual Camp: 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. $395
Full tuition is due upon registration. Registration closes the week prior to the camp’s start date OR once a camp is full. There is a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $250 ($125 for virtual) per registration.
If you are no longer able to attend camp as scheduled, please submit a written request to CampSTC@ShakespeareTheatre.org
. Tuition (minus the non-refundable, non-transferable deposit) will be refunded if registration is withdrawn two weeks prior to the first day of the camp session. Starting two weeks prior to the first day of the camp session, TUITION IS NON-REFUNDABLE
Youth campers (ages 6-11) attending sessions at STC’s Rehearsal Studios: 516 8th Street SE may register for after-care from 3 p.m. –5 p.m. Group activities such as games, Shakespeare-themed movies, and art projects will be led by staff and Student Teachers, however, campers may opt to spend the time reading, drawing, or playing games brought from home. Please note the performance will be held at 4:00 p.m. on the final day of the session.
Camp Shakespeare Teaching Artists create a unique curriculum aimed at optimizing students’ physical, intellectual, and artistic development. All Teaching Artists are classically trained professional actors and educators.
“These Teaching Artists are brilliant. So incredibly patient and enthusiastic. Masters at keeping all the students feeling safe and seen. And really great Shakespeare instruction!” –Virtual Camp Shakespeare Parent
What’s a typical day like at Camp Shakespeare?
All Camp Shakespeare sessions meet Monday through Friday (no camp on June 19 or July 3 holidays). A typical day begins with team building activities and warm-ups followed by voice and movement instruction, during which students practice techniques for character creation and storytelling. The morning continues with acting class, where students explore improvisation and scenes from plays, followed by text analysis, which provides strategies for understanding and communicating Shakespeare’s language. Students also train in the art of safe stage combat. The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to applying what has been learned in rehearsal.
FAQs — Virtual Camp Shakespeare
What’s a typical day like at Virtual Camp Shakespeare?
All Virtual Camp Shakespeare sessions meet Monday through Friday (no camp on June 19 or July 3). Showcases will be recorded during the last hour of Camp, and campers will receive a copy to share with friends and family. Sessions include two 45-minute classes and a rehearsal. Rehearsals will include smaller group sessions and one-on-one coaching. There are plenty of breaks during the day as well as a virtual lunchroom for students to connect and socialize. Attendance is required during daily rehearsals to participate in the recorded showcase.