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Education: Youth Academy

2018 Youth Classes

Summer Drama Camps | Young People’s Camp | Youth Drama Saturdays
All classes held at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, weather permitting.


Youth Drama Camp Shakespeare

Experience the magic of YDC! Children collaborate, create, and build confidence in a nurturing, child-centered environment. Our expert teaching artists and caring group leaders engage your child in Fencing, Stage Combat, Improvisation, Voice/Speech, Elizabethan Song and Dance, and more! Culminating in a performance of a Shakespeare play. An exuberant celebration of all that they have learned!

replaceDATES: Mon-Fri, June 18 – July 6
No class 7/4
TIME: 9am – 3pm
Final performances 7/7 or 7/8 9am-2pm

(curtain 12pm)
AGES: 8-14

ENROLL in Youth Drama Camp: Shakespeare

Youth Americana Music Camp

Sing, dance, and tell stories during this celebration of American Folk music. Children learn the songs of legends like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as well as the historical events that inspired them! Experienced teaching artists engage your child in all the elements of performing these great folk songs as they discover the strength of working in a creative ensemble. Sing along with your children during their moving final performance and discover, through music, the journey America has taken to become mindful, kind, and inclusive.

muzecampDATES: Tues-Fri, July 10 – July 20
TIME: 9am – 3pm
Final performance 7/20

AGES: 8-14

ENROLL in Youth Drama Camp: Americana Music


Young People's Camp

9 sessions specially designed to introduce young children in the imaginative world of Shakespeare and classical theatre. Experienced teaching artists and caring group leaders engage your little one in Commedia dell’Arte, Theatre Games, Stage Combat, Music, Puppetry, Elizabethan Dance, and more! They learn to play as a team while developing their individual creative thinking. Their final performance will have you smiling for days!

daxDATES: M/W/F, July 9 – July 27
TIME: 9am-12pm
Final performance July 29 
(during camp)
AGES: 4-7

ENROLL in Young People’s Camp


Winter Session: Combat Intensive

Does your student love to duel? Then this is the class for them! Children learn the secrets behind fencing, combat, and stage falls that keep performers safe and audiences amazed. Choreographed fights from Shakespeare plays are performed at the final class!

fencing2DATES: Sat & Sun, Feb. 10 & 11
TIME: 10am- 1pm
AGES: 8-14

Enrollment for this class is now closed. Please check back soon for more opportunities, or email Youth Programs Coordinator Ciny Kania at

Spring Session: Playwriting & Performing

Students collaborate to create their own play! An expert teaching artist leads them through improvisation, theatre games, and creative writing exercises to help them craft, rehearse, and perform their original work. Students also work together to investigate and perform a Shakespeare soliloquy. Both are shared at a culminating performance on the last day of class.

SatClass15189DATES: Saturdays, March 3 – April 28
No class on 3/31
TIME: 10am – 1pm
Final rehearsal/performance Saturday, April 28

(Curtain: 12pm)
AGES: 8-14

ENROLL in Playwriting & Performing

Fall Session: Improvisation

Improvisation is the ultimate confidence builder! Our experienced teaching artists engage your child in theatre games that hone their ability to collaborate and think creatively. Each student is also coached in an edited Shakespeare monologue, hand-picked for them! The final performance is a celebration of ensemble and Shakespeare.

Screenshot (68) DATES: Saturdays, Sept. 15 – Nov. 3
TIME: 10am – 1pm
Final performance Nov. 3
 (during class)
AGES: 8-14

ENROLL in Improvisation

For more information about our Youth/Teen Camps or Classes, contact Cindy Kania Guastaferro at or leave her a message at 310-455-2322 x228.

For more information about Young People’s Camp, contact Elisa Schultz-Richardson at or leave her a message at 310-455-2322 x305.

A minimum, non-refundable 50% deposit is required.
Full payment is due 5 days prior to first day of class.
Your space is NOT guaranteed until FULL PAYMENT is received.
All payments are non-refundable.

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