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

“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

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Educator Night

Cal Shakes Educator Night is proudly hosted by City National Bank


Also made possible in part by support from Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Professional Development for Classroom Teachers

Our trainings offer teachers easy-to-replicate theater-based strategies that can be used in core curriculum. Trainings are available as part of in-service days at school sites, in the evenings, and on weekends. Past workshops have included a workshop for pre-K through first-grade teachers to teach games to encourage creativity and verbal development, district-wide sessions on Shakespeare in the classroom, and school-wide hands-on experiences in arts-integration games and exercises that can immediately be used in lesson planning.

Professional Development workshops include training by seasoned teaching artists as well as an extensive packet detailing goals, state standards, the specifics of the exercise, and reflection questions.

We also bring in renowned professional trainers from across the country to give workshops. Past workshops have included “From Story to Stage: The Drama in Classroom Literature” with Rosalind Flynn and “Habits of Creative Engagement” with Eric Booth, both co-produced with Cal Performances and the Berkeley Unified School District.

To receive up-to-date notices about workshop opportunities for classroom teachers and teaching artists, click here to subscribe to our email list, or update your preferences by checking the box for “Artistic Learning” on our e-list page.

Ticket Disounts

As part of Cal Shakes’ mission to foster arts education, we offer ticket discounts to teachers and teaching artists who work directly with students in the classroom.

We offer a 50% subscription discount to K-12 teachers at an accredited educational institution and members of Teaching Artists Guild. Tickets are available in select pricing sections for Tue–Thu night performances or Saturday matinees.
K-12 teachers at an accredited educational institution: Please provide the box office with a copy of your school ID or a current paycheck stub (with any personal information blocked out) from with your order. CTA member card is not valid. Limit two (2) educator subscriptions per valid ID.
Members of Teaching Artists Organized: Please provide a copy of your TAO membership card. Limit two (2) educator subscriptions per valid ID. Patrons purchasing educator subscriptions must provide an ID each year to qualify for this discount.

To download the 2016 Educator Discount order form, click here.
To learn more contact the box office at 510.548.9666 or


To buy tickets to Educator Night, please call the Cal Shakes box office at 510.548.9666 or email

For more detailed information about Educator Night and questions about other Professional Development opportunities, contact Director of Artistic Learning Clive Worsley at 510.548.3422 x113 or