Camp Bill

“A lot of English classes teach Shakespeare like it’s just a book that you read from. Experiencing it and watching it play out on stage is so different – that’s how it was meant to be shown. Camp Bill gives kids that experience of really living Shakespeare.”

– Camp Bill Graduate

Spend your summer with Shakespeare!

Seattle Shakespeare offers a varying selection camp programs each summer. Get an introduction to Shakespeare’s works and basic acting concepts in one of our one-week acting camps. Our “Production Intensive” camp is ideal for middle and high school students who want to create their own full productions. These three-week camp experiences led by teaching artists are where students not only in rehearse and performance, but also design and build the set and costumes for their production! There’s something for almost every age and level.

Shakespeare's
Fantastical Creatures

In this one week camp for elementary age students, we will be exploring some of Shakespeare’s most famous fantastical creatures, bringing them to life through group movement games and Shakespeare’s poetry. Fairies and witches cast their spells and curses in Shakespeare’s plays – how do they move? How do they speak? What sort of masks and costumes do they wear? We will work together to explore these creatures and bring them to life!

  • For students entering grades 3-6
  • July 11-15, 2022
  • 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island
  • Enrollment fee: $375

Please note: In the comments section during checkout, please include your student’s name and date of birth.

An Introduction to
A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this one week camp for middle school students, we will be introducing students to Shakespeare’s beloved play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With feuding fairies, bewitched lovers, and a comedic set of actors, students will get to work on scenes and monologues – as well as acting technique and movement games – as we dive into this play. We will finish camp with a showcase of scenes and monologues, and an optional group outing to watch the Wooden O production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • For students entering grades 6-9
  • July 18-22, 2022
  • 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Showcase July 22, 2-3pm.
  • Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island
  • Enrollment fee: $375

Please note: In the comments section during checkout, please include your student’s name and date of birth.

Camp Bill Production:
Macbeth

Students will be cast in a full production of Shakespeare’s spookiest tragedy – Macbeth – and spend three weeks doing games and text work, rehearsing the show, and helping to design the world of the production. Led by director Samara Lerman, it all culminates in two performances at the Luther Burbank Amphitheater over the weekend after camp wraps up.
  • For students entering grades 6-12
  • August 1-19, Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Performances August 20th and 21st at 1:00pm
  • Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island
  • Enrollment fee: $750

Please note: In the comments section during checkout, please include your student’s name and date of birth.

Please note:

During camp, students will be split into groups of approximately 10-12 students for most activities, and smaller groups for scene work.

In the event of heavy rain, we may shift camp to being online-only for the day. For intermittent light rain, we will provide pop-up canopies for rain shelter and ask students to dress appropriately for the weather.

We’ll be adhering to the CDC and Governor’s guidance at the time of camp regarding mask-wearing, physical distancing, and other safety procedures. Our final sharing may be in person, or it may be video recorded to share virtually, depending on current safety recommendations. In the event that Seattle parks close to summer camps this summer, we will be moving this back to a virtual camp and refunds will be available.