First Annual Shakespeare Summer Camp at The Elite Theatre Company

WHAT: First Annual Shakespeare Summer Camp at The Elite Theatre Company

WHEN: July 29-August 9, 2019 (Monday-Friday, 1-5pm)

COST: FREE to students, ages 13-20 (by reservation)

WHERE: Elite Theatre Company
2731 Victoria Avenue Oxnard, CA 90305
Info: (805) 483-5118

STAFF: Instructor Bill Walthall
Artistic Director/Producer L.J. Stevens

The Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard, California, announces its inaugural Shakespeare Summer Camp,running Monday through Friday, for two weeks July 29 through August 2, from 1 – 5 pm. This camp will be run by Shakespeare director and actor Bill Walthall. Open to students 13-20 years of age, this camp is FREE.


“So much of public schools’ educational approach to Shakespeare is based on simply reading certainworks and titles. But this ignores the key,” says Bill Walthall of, “PLAY! These works were never meant to be just read (particularly not silently on one’s home as homework), they were meant to be performed. We’ll be getting students out of their seats and onto their feet, exploring Shakespeare from a performance perspective.”

Over the course of the two-week period, students will learn Shakespearean history, scansion, and performance tips, as well as perform in scenes and monologues. Working in pairs, groups and individually, students will be taught scene study skills that work beyond the works of Shakespeare and will have the opportunity to develop monologues that can be used as audition pieces. The camp will culminate in a performance on Saturday, August 10.

Bill Walthall has taught English and Drama at local high schools, coaching students to award winning presentations. An actor, writer and director, he taught a Shakespeare for Actors class for adults in 2018 at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, where he directed As You Like It earlier this year.

The Elite Theatre Company’s two-week Shakespeare Summer Camp will take place July 29 through August 2, Monday through Friday afternoons, from 1 – 5 pm. Taught by Shakespeare director, actor and educator Bill Walthall, this FREE camp is for students 13-20 years of age. For more information, visit; to sign up, contact Bill Walthall at [email protected].

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