Camp Shakespeare is a two-week University of Texas residential summer camp for young people, ages 11-17,* 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, 2022.)
All 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 and playing with others is. Each session will be composed of 14 students.
Camp Shakespeare will offer two sessions for Summer 2022:
Session 1: Sunday, June 12 – Sunday, June 26, 2022
Session 2: Sunday, July 3 – Sunday, July 17, 2022
Session 1: As You Like It
Session 2: Macbeth
Three public performances of each play for each Session:
Friday June 24 3:30pm Crystal Theatre, Gonzales, TX
Saturday June 25 3:00pm La Grange ISD, Performing Arts Center, La Grange, TX
Sunday June 26 2:00pm Winedale Barn, Winedale, TX
Session Two Camp Shakespeare Performances Canceled
The Camp Shakespeare performances of Macbeth on July 15th, 16th, and 17th have been canceled due to COVID.
The cost of Camp Shakespeare 2022 is $1,700. Some scholarships are available.
The site of Camp Shakespeare 2022 is Farmstead B & B in Round Top, Texas. Farmstead 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.
219 FM954, Round Top, Texas
Daily Schedule and Activity
Campers begin their day quite early, at 6:30am with cabin-cleaning and other assigned duties before meeting in groups or with the staff to work on lines, characterization, or a scene at 7:00am. A brief period of physical and vocal exercise follows. Then breakfast. Morning and afternoon work/play sessions (from 8:15am - 4:00pm) take place in the Theater Barn at Winedale and the air-conditioned Windy Knoll in Round Top. Every lunch is a picnic, prepared and set out by campers. Late afternoon sessions (4:00pm - 6:00pm) 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.
For a full description of Camp Shakespeare's staff, daily schedule, application process, and more, please download the full Camp Shakespeare 2022 Information Packet.