Cal Shakes In-School Residencies partner classroom teachers with teaching artists to get students engaged and involved in core curriculum subjects such as English and History, using arts-based approaches that support state-mandated curriculum and teacher professional development. We can also partner with teachers in theater-related subjects like Acting and Stage Combat in our Theater Residencies. We receive raves for both programs, and more and more research confirms that arts-based approaches yield powerful results, strongly engaging students. Appropriate for 4–12th graders.

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Arts Integration Collaboration
To support student achievement and teacher professional development, Cal Shakes In-School Residencies bring teaching artists into the schools with the aim of developing students' minds, imaginations, and voices.
These arts integration collaborations support the teaching of required academic curriculum. They partner classroom teachers with Cal Shakes teaching artists to integrate arts-based strategies into core curriculum subjects such as English and History. We deliver customized, arts-based instruction to students during a series of 8–10 sessions. Using a team-teaching approach, Residencies allow students to tap into the artistic experience—and into their own imaginations—while meeting specific curriculum objectives. Theater arts-based activities include performance, playwriting, text, and character analysis, infusing the learning process with fun, and helping students improve a range of academic, creative, and critical thinking skills. Students are more engaged and successful in school, develop their own artistic voices, and enlarge their capacity for community participation.

This approach has yielded proven results, with literacy scores increasing dramatically in just weeks. Appropriate for grades 4–12.

“When we first started our pre-work, the students were really overwhelmed and confused by the twisted plot and the overlapping relationships between characters. It is really cool to see them after the play, not only having a perfect understanding of these attributes but also using the plot and characters as a cultural reference.”
—Andrea Willcox, sixth-grade math teacher at KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy

“Cal Shakes artists have helped me understand how to make Shakespeare come alive for the students. From warm-ups to get energy and community flowing to discussions and acting exercises around character motivation, the teaching artist has given me wonderful tools to work with as I teach the plays each year.”
—Jennifer Dannenburg, teacher at Skyline High School, Oakland
“I am writing in support of the terrific educational programs that Cal Shakes provides for young people. Having had their team work with our students over the past three years, I am convinced that their efforts have had tremendous, positive, and important benefits to our students. We continue to seek every opportunity to work with Cal Shakes and will continue to do so in the future.”
—Bruce Holaday, Superintendent of Oakland Military Institute
“My diverse 7th grade English/World History students of Latino, Asian, African-American, and Caucasian descent were also engaged and captivated by being afforded the opportunity to work with a remarkable Teaching Artist...Almost without exception, my students for three years have reported at the conclusion of this experience that they have had learned to listen better and to collaborate more willingly. These lessons will remain with them as they continue with their studies and ultimately enter a workplace that values these skills.”
—Peter Mates, teacher at Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland

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Acalanes High School, Lafayette
Acorn Woodland Elementary, Oakland
Acts Christian Academy, Oakland
Alameda High School
Albany High School
Alice Birney Waldorf School, Sacramento
Alliance Academy, Oakland
Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton
American High School, Fremont
Anna Yates Elementary School, Emeryville
Ascend Academy, Oakland
Bentley Lower School, Oakland
Bentley Upper School, Lafayette
Berkeley City College
Berkeley High School
Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland
Caliber Beta Academy, Richmond
California High School, San Ramon
Centerpoint Learning, Livermore
Civic Corps, Oakland
Clayton Valley High, Concord
College Preparatory School, Oakland
Contra Costa Family Justice Center, Concord
Corpus Christi School, Piedmont
Crescent Montessori School, Milpitas
Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough
De La Salle High School, Concord
Deer Valley High School, Antioch
Discovery Charter School, San Jose
Downtown Charter School, Oakland
Eagle Peak Montessori, Walnut Creek
East Bay Asian Youth Center, Oakland
Edison Elementary, Alameda
Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland
Envision Academy, Oakland
Foothill Middle School, Walnut Creek
Hayward High School
Hickman Charter School, Oakland
Holden High School, Orinda
Holy Names High School, Oakland
Holy Rosary School, Antioch
Horizons Alternative School, Pleasant Hill
Howard Elementary, Oakland
Independencs High School, Brentwood
Independence High School, San Jose
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, Moraga
John Muir Elementary, Berkeley
KIPP King Colliegiate High School, San Lorenzo
KIPP SF Bay Academy, San Francisco
Las Lomas High School, Walnut Creek
Lazear Charter Academy, Oakland
Leadership High School, Hayward
Liberty High School, Benicia
Life Academy High School, Oakland
Lionel Wilson College Prep, Oakland
Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley
Madison Middle School, Oakland
Making Waves Academy, Richmond
Manzanita Charter Middle, Richmond
Martin Luther King Middle School, Berkeley
Menlo School, Atherton
Montair Elementary, Danville
Montera Middle School, Oakland
Montessori Family School, Berkeley
Mt. Diable High School, Concord
Mt. Eden High School, Hayward
Oakland Charter High School
Oakland Conservatory of Vocal and Inst.Arts (COVA)
Oakland International High School
Oakland High
Oakland Military Institute
Oakland School for the Arts
Oakland Technical High School
One World Montessori, San Jose
Orinda Academy
Orinda Intermediate School
Park Day School, Oakland
Parker Elementary, Oakland
Pathfinders Academy, Fremont
Piedmont Middle School
REALM Charter High School, Berkeley
RES Success, Martinez
Richmond Charter Academy
Richmond High School
Sacred Heart Prep School, Atherton
Saint Martin De Porres Middle School, Oakland
Saklan School, Lafayette
Salesian High School, Richmond
San Lorenzo High School
San Ramon Valley High School
SF State
SIA Tech, San Francsico
Skyline High School, Oakland
Southgate Elementary, Hayward
St Joseph Notre Dame Catholic School, Alameda
St Vincent De Paul, San Francisco
St. Clement Catholic School, Richmond
St. Cornelius Catholic School, Hayward
St. Jarlath Catholic School, Oakland
St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic School, Oakland
St Martin De Porres Catholic School, Oakland
St. Mary's College, Moraga
St. Michael's School, Livermorre
St. Perpetua Catholic School, Lafayette
St. Theresa Catholic School, Oakland
Stone Valley Middle School, Alamo
Athenian School, Danville
Hamlin School, San Francisco
Tennyson High School, Hayward
Thornton Jr. High School, Fremont
Urban High School, San Francisco
University of California Berkeley
Wagner Ranch Elementary, Orinda
Westlake Middle School, Oakland
Wilson Elementary School, Richmond
Ygnacio Valley High School, Concord
Youth Uprising, Oakland


For more information please email or call 510.809.3293.

Residencies in Title 1 schools and schools serving low-income communities are underwritten by numerous individual contributors and generous support from: AOK (Arts for Oakland Kids), Dale Family Fund, Dodge & Cox, Ida and William Rosenthal Foundation, MCJ Amelior Foundation, Sam Mazza Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, with support from the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation for teaching artist professional development and mentorship program.