Shakespeare Camp 2023

Theater in the Rough is thrilled to offer our first ever Shakespeare Camp: a summer intensive Shakespearean theater course for English-speakers ages 14-17 (going into 9th-12th grade).

The three-week course will culminate in an outdoor presentation of Shakespeare’s magical, mischievous, and beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while emphasizing ensemble work and creative collaboration within a supportive, fun, and age-appropriate learning environment.

Space is limited! Sign up now, or leave your details and we’ll get back to you about any questions.

Shakespeare Camp will be led by Maya Blank (Portia in 2022’s The Merchant of Venice), a theater artist and educator with many years of experience working with kids and teens of all ages, assisted by Yam Drori (co-director of our summer Shakespeare productions), a seasoned director, theater-maker and dramaturg. The artistic team will also include guest teaching artists specializing in Clown, Stage Combat, Music, Voice, and Ecological Costume Design. More info on the team below.

Through theater exercises, rehearsals, special workshops, and lectures, participants will become familiar with all aspects of the theater production and will explore tools in text study, physical theater, voice, teamwork, character building, site-specific work, and more.


July 30 to August 17
Monday-Thursday, 10:00-16:00 (15 days total)
Mostly indoors with outdoor activities, near the Talpiyot Industrial Area, Jerusalem
* The program does not include meals or bussing

August 20-21, in the evening
Two outdoor performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
At an outdoor location in Jerusalem


Full tuition: ₪2,500
Early bird discount (signup before June 18): ₪2,300


Have any questions? Leave your details here and Camp Director Maya Blank will get in touch:

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    photo: Yitz Woolf

    Maya Blank (Camp Director). Maya is a theater artist and educator who was thrilled to play Portia in Theater in the Rough’s recent production of The Merchant of Venice. Maya completed her theater studies at the prestigious Thelma Yellin School of the Arts, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Media Studies from Hunter College and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Living and working in New York City for many years, Maya founded Play Me a Story, a musical storytelling theater company for children. Play Me a Story was warmly received at prestigious NYC establishments such as the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Central Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Battery Park, the 14th Street Y and many more. In New York, Maya also participated in the Lincoln Center Advanced Teaching Artist Program.

    In Israel. Maya performed and directed at prominent venues such as the National Habimah Theater and the Suzannne Dellal Center. Throughout the years, Maya developed programming in Arts Education and has led countless theater and puppetry workshops and courses for children of all ages. Since moving back to Israel Maya has also become a forest educator facilitating exploration and connection with Nature through outdoor classes and gatherings for youth.

    Space is limited! Sign up now, or leave your details and we’ll get back to you about any questions.

    photo: Yitz Woolf

    Yam Drori (Assistant Camp Director). Yam has been a Shakespeare geek since she could remember! Yam joined Theater in the Rough in 2018, working as co-director on a variety of classical and contemporary productions, including the summer Shakespeare performances. In 2021, she co-created the performance Botanic Chorus, a site-specific promenade performance for the Jerusalem Botanic Gardens. Yam has a BA and MFA in Theater Arts from Tel Aviv University, where she worked as a teacher’s assistant, teaching a lab on Greek drama. She is a graduate of the theater program at the Shlomi Center for Alternative Theater, where she also worked as a production assistant and creator on different projects. Between 2017-2018, Yam was the head producer of the Tmu-na Fringe Theater in Tel Aviv. In addition, she has worked as assistant director, actress, dramaturg, acting coach and movement consultant on a variety of productions over the years.


    Please fill out the following form to sign up for Shakespeare Camp (if you can’t see the form, click here).

    We’ll reach out to confirm your submission, and send you a link for payment to complete your registration.

    * Based on minimum registration. Program subject to change based on number of participants.