California Shakespeare Theater

Berkeley, CA
Cal Shakes is inspired by an expansive vision of the role theater can and should play in society, as expressed in our mission statement: With Shakespeare’s depth of humanity as our touchstone, we build character and community through authentic, inclusive, and joyful theater experiences.
Now in our 41st season, we offer 100 performances annually, attracting 44,000 theater-goers from throughout the Greater Bay Area to our Theater—described by the Wall Street Journal as, “One of the most beautiful outdoor performance spaces in America.” Our Main Stage season runs from May to October, and in 2015 includes Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz’s adaptation of Life Is a Dream, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca; The Mystery of Irma Vep, by Charles Ludlam; and Shakespeare’s King Lear
Cal Shakes’ Artistic Learning offers 10-week arts-integration residencies and our Student Discovery program. Residencies engage 1,150 students in 46 or more classrooms annually, with more than half of those in schools that have little or no funding for arts programming. Student Discovery presents matinee performances (two of Twelfth Night, and five of King Lear in 2015) engaging thousands of students in multifaceted programing at our theater and in classrooms. Two-thirds of participating students, and all chaperones, attend for free; with many also receiving subsidized travel to and from our Theater.
Finally, Cal Shakes’ Triangle Lab explores ways to bring together theaters, artists, and communities to meet community-defined needs. This fall, the Lab’s All the Bay’s a Stage tour will present Shakespeare’s The Tempest at homeless shelters, Juvenile Hall, and organizations that serve low income communities.

California Shakespeare Theater will present student matinees of King Lear directed by Amanda Dehnert, as part of their Student Discovery program. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, residencies, teacher training, and a teacher's guide. They anticipate reaching 50 schools from California.