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Camp Shakespeare 2014

Camp Shakespeare is back for its fourth year! Camp Shakespeare features exciting theater games, acting workshops, and a special camp production!

This year, campers will play clowns, villains, and soldiers in one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies: Much Ado About Nothing!

Session I (Ages 13-17): July 7 – July 18
Session II (Ages 7-12): July 21 – August 1
Session III (Ages 7-12): August 4 – August 15

Camp will run Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm with options for early drop off and late pick up.

More about Camp Shakespeare:

Having attended many theater camps as kids, we see Camp Shakespeare as the dream camp we always wanted. Camp Shakespeare is unique in many ways—not just because of the focus on Shakespeare:
-Camp is outdoors in a beautiful setting at the UC Davis Arboretum (unlike most indoor-only theater camps)
-We focus on many different aspects of theater not just performing; campers are encouraged to be creative as they design their own sets, make their own costumes out of recycled materials, write their own poetry using Shakespeare’s poetic form, and even create their own music!
-We play lots of games! Including capture the flag, dodge ball, and many many theater games.
-Camp is not just about rehearsing for a final show for parents. While there is a performance at the end of the two weeks, the goal of camp is for campers to learn about and appreciate the many aspects of theater, while having as much fun as possible!
-Oh…and of course, we learn about Shakespeare too!


GIA BATTISTA (Head Counselor) is happy to be back with Camp Shakespeare as a Head Counselor for the fourth year! Her other teaching experiences include teaching Shakespeare to K-12 students through the Mondavi Center’s ArtsBridge Program, DSE’s 2012 Winter Workshops, DSE’s Romeo & Juliet workshops at various schools in Yolo County, mentoring at North Coast Repertory Theater School’s Summer Shakespeare in San Diego. One of Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s founding Artistic Directors, Gia has directed five productions, written three, and performed in seven. Gia wrote and directed Nightingale last September at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, where it was awarded “Best of Fringe” by the EXIT Theater and “Best Fusion Piece” of 2013 by San Francisco Theatre Pub. Gia received her BA in English and Dramatic Art from UC Davis.

ROB SALAS (Head Counselor) has been a Head Counselor at Camp Shakespeare since its first year in 2011. Other teaching experiences include teaching DSE’s 2012 Winter Workshops, DSE’s Romeo & Juliet workshops at various schools in Yolo County, assisting various theater classes and teaching Directing at UC Irvine, mentoring at North Coast Repertory Theater School’s Summer Shakespeare in San Diego, and tutoring high schoolers. A founding Artistic Director of Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, Rob has directed six productions over the past three seasons including last summer’s As You Like It. Rob has also directed at New Village Arts in San Diego, Dramatic Adventure Theater in New York, and Harvard University, as well as Assistant Directed at many prestigious theaters including Oregon Shakespeare Festival for their 2013 production of The Taming of the Shrew. Rob received his BA in English and Dramatic Art at Harvard University and his MFA in Directing at UC Irvine.


Click here for an article from Davis Enterprise about Camp Shakespeare 2012 (includes pictures)!


“Our children spent two weeks this summer having the time of their lives at Camp Shakespeare under the able guidance of Rob Salas and Gia Battista in the beautiful surroundings of the UC Davis Arboretum. They learned to appreciate Shakespeare’s wit and influence on our culture, and had a great time learning acting skills and developing their own confidence to learn and create. The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and Camp Shakespeare are a gift to Davis.”

- Madhavi S.

“Camp Shakespeare was amazing, we loved it! My son came home each day happy. He really enjoyed the games, the crafts, and of course the acting. I loved how they used all recycled materials and lots of creativity to build their own costumes and props. The kids’ production was just amazing, so much talent and enthusiasm shown. We’re so lucky we could be a part of it.”

- Caitlin V.

“My daughter absolutely loved this camp! It was by far her favorite experience of the summer and she is already looking forward to next year. This was her first real exposure to drama and the world of Shakespeare and she is now hooked!”

- Ben F.

“Camp Shakespeare is the best camp experience in Davis! Where else can a child learn to appreciate great literature AND play capture the flag in an environment that looks like a fairy garden? I was extremely impressed with both the professionalism of the staff and the thought that went into the camp’s daily activities. It is no exaggeration to say that I only saw smiling faces on Camp Shakespeare kids. My son loved the Shakespearean insult contest, crafting his own costume for the final performance, and the many new varieties of tag he learned. As a parent, I got a big kick out of the raging debate among the younger campers as to whether the fellow who visited the camp every day in Elizabethan garb was actually Shakespeare, or merely the director of the camp in fancy clothes. If that isn’t an example of the magic of theater, I don’t know what is!”

- Stacia L.

“The staff of Camp Shakespeare did a great job at making Shakespeare accessible for the kids – they really seemed to get immersed in it. One of my daughter’s favorite activities was the sculpture activity – we also thought that was ingenious too – a clever way to get the kids to really understand what was happening in a particular scene and how they were going to act it out. My daughter said it was one of her favorite camps this summer!”

- Rachel R.

“Camp Shakespeare was the highlight of our two daughters’ summer! They especially loved the Shakespearean insults, the various acting exercises, the dancing, creating the costumes, and of course the final production of The Tempest. The setting for the camp was beautiful and the counselors are not only remarkably talented people but warm and encouraging too!”

- Malia M.

“I wanted you to know that my daughter and I were chatting one day after camp, and out popped this gem from her mouth: “I can’t imagine what life would be like without Shakespeare!” What a gift you’ve given my daughter – she had a great time in camp and learned so much!”

- Beth P.