2016: Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy!


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

Ascend, Oakland
Berkeley City College, Berkeley
Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland
California High School, San Ramon
Campolindo High School, Moraga
Dougherty Valley, San Ramon
Downtown High School, San Francisco
E. C. Reems, Oakland
Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland Envision Academy, Oakland
Fruitvale Elementary, Oakland
Glorietta Elementary, Orinda
Howard Elementary, Oakland
KIPP King Collegiate, San Lorenzo
KIPP King SF Bay, San Francisco Leadership Public Schools, Hayward
Madison Middle School, Oakland
Manzanita Middle School, Richmond
Montessori Family School, El Cerrito
Northern Light, Oakland
Oakland High School
Oakland Technical High School Oakland Military Institute
Orinda Intermediate School
Parker Elementary, Oakland Redwood Day School, Oakland
Skyline High School, Oakland
St. Anthony School, Oakland
St. Cornelius Catholic School, Richmond
St. Jarlath, Oakland
St. Michaelís, Livermore
St. Perpetua, Lafayette
University High School, Fresno
Wilson Elementary School, Richmond


Artistic Learning Programs Manager Beverly Sotelo
510-809-3293 or bsotelo@calshakes.org

Residencies in at-risk communities are underwritten by numerous individual contributors and generous support from the Dale Family Fund, Dodge & Cox, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Thomas J. Long Foundation, the MCJ Amelior Foundation, and the Ida and William Rosenthal Foundation.