In-School Residencies

Cal Shakes In-School Residencies partner classroom teachers with teaching artists to get students engaged and involved. more

Workshops & After-School Classes

Classes and workshops for youth and adults; after school programs and more.

Summer Shakespeare Conservatories

Camps rooted in the same passion for artistic exploration that guides Cal Shakes' Main Stage productions. more

Student Discovery Matinees

Main Stage productions presented for student audiences, including pre-performance activities, and post-show Q&A with the actors, and more.

For Teachers

Cal Shakes is an excellent resource for educators. We offer a variety of Professional Development trainings for both classroom teachers and Teaching Artists. more


Our Professional Immersion Program offers training for young adults in arts education, arts administration, and all aspects of theater. more

“Cal Shakes provided us with a teacher’s workshop that we attended as well as in-class workshops with talented teaching artists for our kids. It was the single most amazing teaching experience of my life; I’ve never seen kids so engaged. The high-level reading had them bursting with pride, the Bard’s bawdy words had them rolling with laughter, and the experience of traveling together in their community had them cooperating with each other and acting very grown-up.  They really grew with this experience—and I did as well.” —Jana Maiuri, English teacher at Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland

In all of our Artistic Learning Programs, 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 in which our students can set aside limits: to discover, through the thrilling relevance of Shakespeare’s plays, uniquely creative skills that empower them academically and socially

In 2013, Cal Shakes teaching artists partnered with classroom teachers for 54 residencies, serving 1,400 students in Oakland, Lafayette, Orinda, San Ramon, Hayward, El Cerrito and San Francisco. Of those students, 800 attended underserved schools. The majority of students in our Oakland partner schools are from high-poverty communities; we are often the only exposure to the arts that the students experience in the course of a year.

We also engaged 302 young individuals in our Lafayette and Oakland Summer Shakespeare Conservatories, where they learned stage combat, text analysis, voice, movement, Shakespearean history, and other professional theater skills from working actors and directors, culminating in a full performance of a Shakespeare play. 42 of these students were on scholarship.

Our Student Discovery Matinees bring students to the Bruns to watch full performances of our Main Stage productions, engaging students with the magic of live theater. In 2013 we offered five matinees of A Winter’s Tale, serving 53 schools and 1,500 students—including 400 at no charge.

Teen Nights are special events for ages 13–18, including a backstage tour at the Bruns, pizza party, and interactive pre-show engagements with a Cal Shakes Teaching Artist, all leading up to a performance of our Main Stage production. 2013’s Teen Nights brought 360 students to the Bruns, 120 of whom were from underserved communities.

Artistic Learning programs are supported by generous contributions from the numerous donors to our annual Gala Make-a-Difference Fund and the following foundation and corporate sponsors: Dale Family Fund, Dodge & Cox, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation, Thomas J. Long Foundation, MCJ Amelior Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Foundation.