Discover history through hands-on arts

Back by popular demand! Exploratory, hands-on arts workshops for kids are where SHAK began in 2005. We have a variety of programs for age 6 through teen.

The World of Shakespeare


Where: University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Who: Age 8-14 (age 7 by agreement -- please inquire if interested). 

Full tuition: $220*

*Registration includes admission to family concer

See below for financial aid & gender diversity scholarships

In this half-day camp for students aged 8-14, discover the delights of the English Renaissance era! Learn and perform our favorite excerpts from plays by Shakespeare and his lesser-known colleagues, along with other hands-on arts from the English Renaissance -- songs, dances, and crafts known to people of the time. 

This class is taught by SHAK faculty regulars – stage director Carmen Mettler (drama) with Jacob Breedlove and Shulamit Kleinerman (music, dance, and crafts), with a special guest visit by favorite Seattle soprano Danielle Sampson. With a maximum of 12 kids in SHAK’s signature “one room schoolhouse” atmosphere, participants of mixed ages thrive together in exploring their interests and discovering new things. No special background is required.


All participants are invited to make a guest appearance onstage with Shula and Jacob to demonstrate material from the class as part of our family concert of English Renaissance music. Free admission for the student and one parent is included with each registration.



Gender diversity scholarship:

These days, boys are often underrepresented in drama, dance singing. We encourage you to come and give these historical arts a try! SHAK programs tend to draw together creative, strong-minded, curious young individuals who enjoy a sense of community together. Boys and gender-nonconforming kids attending a theater, dance, or singing program for the first time are invited to take 15% off your tuition level.

Need-based financial aid:

First-time applicants inquire here; returning students contact us.


At SHAK we know that everyone benefits when our programs are accessible, diverse, and welcoming! 

Enroll online

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Seattle Historical Arts for Kids is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike. Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.