Shakespeare at Winedale

Camp Shakespeare 2018

Camp Shakespeare is a two-week University of Texas residential summer camp for young people, ages 11-16,* dedicated to exploring Shakespeare through performance.  “Exploring” and “performance” are key words here.  They suggest that we are finding our way not through rehearsals but performances.  Every moment is performance.  Campers are challenged to play out their interpretative discoveries on stage.  

 (*The younger applicants must have reached 11 by January 1, 2018. )

All of the elements of the program are intended to promote an understanding and appreciation of the works of Shakespeare, and of their extraordinarily complex and penetrating vision of human life. Campers develop, test and transcend their sense of self through their exploration of Shakespearean characters. What we pursue here is the conviction that anyone can live life more fully through a personal encounter with Shakespeare’s art.

Camp Shakespeare seeks kids who work well with others, who are inventive, elastic, eager to play, explore and take risks, and are ready to rumble when they arrive.  

Camp Shakespeare accepts applications from candidates anywhere, in public, private, or home schools.  Experience with theater or with Shakespeare is not necessary. Commitment to working long hours daily at play with others is. Each session will be composed of 14 students.

Daily Schedule and Activity  

Campers begin their day quite early, at 6:30 with cabin-cleaning and other assigned duties before meeting in groups or one-on-one with the staff to work on lines, characterization, or a scene at 7:00.  A brief period of physical and vocal exercise follows. Then breakfast. Morning and afternoon work/play sessions (from 8:15- 4:00) take place in the Theater Barn at Winedale and the air-conditioned Henkel Hall in Round Top.  Every lunch is a picnic, prepared and set out by campers. Late afternoon sessions (4:00-6:00) are busy with Journal writing, relaxation exercises, quiet time, painting, mask- making, lines, and preparing for the evening.  Improvised “problem-solving” exercises, singing, dancing, and free improvisational play follow supper. The day concludes with film sequences of Shakespeare’s plays and Cabin Time, wherein campers “unwind” and exchange responses to accomplishments of the day. 
Lights out : 9:15 p.m.  

Camp Dates

Camp Shakespeare will offer two sessions for Summer 2018:

Session 1:  Sunday, June  10 – Saturday, June 23 

Session 2:  Sunday, July 1 – Saturday, July 14

The Plays

Session 1: The Comedy of Errors

Session 2: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Public Performance Schedule

Campers will be performing at the following dates and venues:

Session 1: The Comedy of Errors

Thursday, June 21, at the Crystal Theater in Gonzales, Tx, at 3:30pm

Friday, June 22, at the Austin Scottish Rite Theatre in Austin, Tx, at 2:00pm

Saturday, June 23, at The Winedale Historical Center’s Theater Barn, at 1:00pm

Session 2: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday, July 12, at the Crystal Theater in Gonzales, Tx, at 3:30pm

Friday, July 13, at Henkel Hall in Round Top, Tx, at 7:00pm

Saturday, June 23, at The Winedale Historical Center’s Theater Barn, at 1:00pm

For ticket reservations, please email Doc Ayres at jayres@cvctx.com.

Camp Fee

The cost of Camp Shakespeare ’18 is $1,100. Some scholarships are available.

Questions of any kind should be directed to Doc Ayres at jayres@cvctx.com

For a full description of Camp Shakespeare's staff, daily schedule, application process, and more, please download the full Camp Shakespeare 2018 Overview Packet.

Camp Site

The site of Camp Shakespeare ’18 is Briarfield B & B Retreat & Conference Center, near Round Top, Texas.  The Inn provides a comfortable country and historical setting for the experience: students enjoy the privilege of using and the responsibility of caring for these beautifully-restored 19th century Texas buildings which serve as dormitories, dining, and gathering spaces.  See briarfieldatroundtop.com.

Application Procedure

Each session will be composed of 14 students. The application process requires prospective campers to send:

  1. the completed Registration Form
  2. the completed Application with an essay by the applicant
    (a) introducing herself/himself and
    (b) explaining why he or she wishes to participate in Camp Shakespeare '18, exploring expectations/hopes/goals
  3. two letters of recommendation from teachers. Applications from former campers do not require teachers' letters.

 

Please note:

The application process and deadlines have changed slightly from years past.

 

Please email all application materials, including letters of recommendation for new campers, to Doc Ayres at jayres@cvctx.com. We will no longer be accepting applications that have been mailed to the PO Box. All applications must be received electronically.

Application process for NEW CAMPERS

  • Part One: Registration Form
    Due: ASAP to register your intent to apply. 
    Must be received by March 31st, 2018.

            New Camper Registration Form

  • Part Two: Application and Essay
    Due: March 31st, 2018
    (Plus 2 Letters of Recommendation)

            New Camper Application and Essay Form

  • Part Three: In-person or Phone Interview
    Between March 15th  and April 1st

  • Final selections will be announced on or around April 1st, 2018  

NOTE: Applicants cannot be considered for acceptance unless all application materials have been submitted before the deadlines listed above. We strongly encourage applicants to get their materials in as early as possible. Please email all application materials to Doc Ayres at jayres@cvctx.com.

 

Application Process for FORMER CAMPERS

  • Part One: Registration Form
    Due: ASAP to register your intent to apply.
    Must be received by March 31st, 2018

            Former Camper Registration Form

  • Part Two: Application and Essay
    Due: March 31st, 2018  
    Final selections will be announced on or around April 1st, 2018 

            Former Camper Application and Essay Form

NOTE: Applicants cannot be considered for acceptance unless all application materials have been submitted before the deadlines listed above. We strongly encourage applicants to get their materials in as early as possible. Please email all application materials to Doc Ayres at jayres@cvctx.com


Please note: The application process and deadlines have changed slightly from years past. The new application dates and applications will be made available on-line by November 6th, 2017. Please email jayres@cvctx.com or robingracesoto@gmail.com with any questions.