Camp Shakespeare

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Camp Shakespeare Update: December 7, 2020

Dear Camp Shakespeare Students and Families,

The STC Engagement and Education team is eager to safely welcome you back to our spaces this summer. We are hopeful that the coronavirus pandemic will improve by June 2021, allowing us to explore Shakespeare’s plays in-person. Come what may, we are committed to providing you with a joyful camp experience that complies with guidance and regulations set by Mayor Bowser and ReOpen DC.

Virtual Camp Shakespeare proved that despite physical distancing, our resilient families and innovative Teaching Artists can successfully use technology to stay connected through meaningful projects and performances. For our long-distance learners, and families who prefer to remain online this summer, we are offering a virtual session for each age group. If necessary, in-person sessions will switch to virtual sessions with 30 days’ notice.

The health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority. Updated policies and procedures for monitoring symptoms of illnesses and cleaning of shared materials and spaces, along with detailed session information and a link to permission and emergency contact forms will be emailed to all registered campers by May 21, 2021.

Looking for a fun, online learning experience this winter? New sessions of Classes for Youth and Teens begin on January 19, 2021 and include access to STC Affiliated Artist Patrick Page’s one-man show All the Devils Are Here—a splendid study of Shakespeare’s villains. Students will examine themes and characters from the show while rehearsing and performing in a virtual scene showcase that can be shared with friends and family!

Please email with any questions or for further information regarding Camp Shakespeare 2021.

Wishing you health and happiness this holiday season,

Julane Havens
Camp Director

Every summer, Shakespeare Theatre Company gives students between the ages of 7 and 18 the chance to dive into the world of one of the most celebrated playwrights in history: William Shakespeare. For summer 2021, our popular in-person camps are returning to Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Virtual Camp Shakespeare sessions are also available for each age group.

We offer one-week sessions for Poppets (ages 78) and two-week camps for Groundlings (ages 911), Young Players (ages 1214), and King’s Company (ages 1518). For returning Young Players and King’s Company, we offer a three-week Intensive. Our age groups are based on the optimum peer groups for creating positive, collaborative ensembles.

At Camp Shakespeare, students will:

  • Transform into Shakespeare’s characters through voice, movement, and imagination
  • Unravel Shakespeare’s plays with text analysis
  • Develop fundamental acting skills
  • Learn the basics of stage combat
  • Perform for friends and family onstage at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Our Commitment to Inclusion:

Virtual 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.

Age Groups

If you have any questions regarding Camp Shakespeare, please contact New Generations Manager, Julane Havens, at