Classes & Camps

Both the Bothwell Arts Center and Bankhead Theater are operated by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and offer a wide-range of programs providing access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond.

Summer Art Camp:

July 30 – August 3
Half Day $135 each; Full Day $350 each


Summer art at the Bothwell is sure to be your child’s summer highlight! These crazy creative art lessons are taught by professional artists at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. Each week has a different theme, and many different media will be used: watercolor, acrylic, collage, mixed media, clay, chalk, pencil—oils and spray paints for the older group, some craft projects included for the younger group. Multiple fun projects will be created: canvas, paper, sculptures, fabrics, murals, and more! Fridays culminates with an exhibition of the completed works. These classes are fun for the serious artists as well as the budding artists.

4-6 year olds:  half day and full day camps are available
7-10 years and 8-17 years:  full day camps are available
Half day times are 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Supplies and Snack are provided
**Sibling discount available.  Please call or visit the Box Office at the Bankhead Theater to take advantage of the $30 discount.**


Animation Summer Camps at Livermore Downtown
Mon – Fri 9:00am – 12:00pm | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

July 9 – July 13 MOTION GRAPHICS

Camps are geared towards age 10+. Equipment and Software will be provided.


Change the way you communicate and captivate people with your vision! Join our camps to learn Computer Animation!

– Discover the know-hows of Visual Communication and learn how to express your ideas with Animation
– Build in-demand skills that you can apply in your School Projects & Presentations
– Learn from a professional animator with multiple AAA game credits

Location: The Camps will be held at BITS BYTES PIXELS.
Located at iGate 1911 Second St., Livermore Ca 94550


Creative Writing Camp Dates:
July 9 – July 13
One Week Session: $150


Every great story has its ups and downs. Campers explore the concepts of story structure through micro fiction, storyboarding, comics and more. Then they apply their new understanding and inspiration to their own creations.

Introduce genres • Write in past, present, and future tense • Diagram sentences • Distinguish between fragments, sentences, and run-on sentences Incorporate vocabulary words into writing • Generate ideas from life experience • Write personal narratives • Analyze drafts to make changes and additions • Write a variety of sentences • Create a narrative arc • Share final drafts with an audience.

Class time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Ages 8 to 17 years  (Grade levels 3rd – 12th)
Supplies and Snack will be provided

**Sibling discount available. Please call or visit the Box Office at the Bankhead Theater to take advantage of the $30 discount.**


Shakespeare “Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them”
Camp Dates: July 16 – July 27
Two Week Session:

Cost $500


The “Some Have Greatness” summer theater camp, presented by Teaching Artists from Livermore Shakespeare Festival, offers a special blend of skill building and performance for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8, in a 2-week afternoon course Building on the success of the So Wise So Young second grade program, we will branch out from literacy to performance, building confidence and collaborative skills, expressivity and creativity along the way. For kids entering grades 3 – 5, there will be time spent crafting the costumes and props and age appropriate theater games. For students entering grades 6-8, time will be spent delving deeper into script analysis and character development with activities designed to help the students relate the character’s stories to their own lives and experiences. Theater games and improve exercises will also be a part of the curriculum. The Teaching Artists will lead students to a final presentation for family and friends.

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Ages 8-10 and 11-14 years

Scholarships available, please contact Kiran Guleria at 925-373-6100 ext. 112 for more information.


Musical Theatre Camp with Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT)
Madagascar Jr.
Camp Dates: July 30 – August 10
Two Week Session: $715


This fast-paced musical theatre camp takes students entering second – eighth grades through daily fun and engaging rehearsals as we prepare for a fully produced show. Working with a director, choreographer, and music director, campers learn vocal technique, basic dance vocabulary, and storytelling. Staff place an emphasis on building a strong ensemble who support each other on and off stage and use the craft of theatre to help campers build life skills such as creative thinking and problem solving, empathy, and self-confidence. In addition to rehearsals, campers play theatre games and have outdoor breaks for snack and lunch.

Performances: August 9th and 10th at 7 pm
Performances will take place at the Bankhead Theater


Music Workshop with Derik Nelson and Family
Workshop Dates: July 9 – July 13
One Week Session

Cost $400


Derik Nelson & Family’s signature sound features velvety three-part harmonies only a family can deliver. In a week-long workshop, Derik, Riana and Dalten will work closely with students offering a priceless opportunity to build their singing, songwriting, and performance techniques. At the end of the week, students will showcase their talents in a special concert for family and friends.

This workshop is designed for teens through college age students.

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Scholarships available, please contact Kiran Guleria at 925-373-6100 ext. 112 for more information.

And don’t miss the show! Derik Nelson & Family will take the stage Friday evening, July 13, with a multi-media performance of their acoustic jazz and folk infused music.

Venue: Bankhead Theater

How getting involved in performing arts can help your child

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At Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, we strive to not only provide incredible entertainment but also to enrich the minds of our audience. Part of that includes grabbing the attention of young people.

Studies have shown that involvement in the arts is associated with improvement in math, reading, critical thinking, problem-solving and more. The benefits don’t end in the classroom, however.

  1. Those that enroll in the arts, whether music, dance or drama, tend to have more advanced self-presentation skills than their peers. In turn, that leads to greater confidence and poise in stressful situations.
  2. The arts offer an ideal platform for self-expression. For example, children that play an instrument often find their music to be therapeutic. That means that while they may not be mature enough to talk yet about emotions like an adult, they can still express them in a highly effective manner.
  3. Performing arts makes great exercise. Think about how physically fit a singer must be to hold notes for an extended period of time!
  4. Problem-solving and perseverance can come from being involved in the arts. Let’s say that your child is involved in a play. From start to finish, they will have to learn collaboration and develop a number of reasoning and critical thinking skills, in addition to motivation and concentration.
  5. Being a part of the arts can promote empathy and compassion. You might be thinking to yourself that all of the previously mentioned benefits can be attained by getting your child into sports. That may be true, but performing arts can also grow your child’s interpersonal skills. As opposed to winning and losing, the arts deals primarily with working toward a performance goal, as well as the child’s individual development throughout the process.


Educational Outreach

We want to provide every student in the Tri-Valley with a chance to experience the arts through educational activities. That’s why LVPAC presents performances at schools and at the Bankhead Theater and provides free monthly events, workshops, master classes with visiting artists and so many more fun opportunities.

As you’ll see on our Educational Outreach page, LVPAC funds The Easy Bay Jazz All-Stars, as well as other programs in the area. Students can enjoy tickets to the family-friendly Bankhead Theater events for just $16.

Recent Educational Outreach Events

  • Run Boy Run concert – In November, our audience enjoyed a performance by the winners of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest. Folks of all ages loves the sound of the traditional style of the Appalachian South.
  • A master class with Scottish vocalist, Julie Fowlis, whose voice was featured in Disney’s Brave.
  • Family holiday performance – This event included performances by Livermore-Amador Symphony, Cantabella Children’s Chorus and Valley Dance Theatre. Children were also invited to get up close and personal with the musician’s instruments following the performance.
  • Christmas ornament craft workshop – LVPAC hosted this event Dec. 14 and it was a huge success as children and their parents created homemade ornaments for the holiday season.

If your child is interested in the performing arts, LVPAC has plenty of opportunities for them to get started. Feel free to contact us for more information.

And don’t forget that 2017 will be filled with unforgettable operas, ballet, theatre, concerts, holiday events and more.

Three Gold Medal Winning Livermore Wines Supporting Arts Education

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wine-box_250x300This unique gift box features three Gold Medal-winning Livermore Valley wines in the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; packed in a natural pine wooden box with the Livermore Arts Bankhead Theater logo. Includes one bottle each of Mia Nipote 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1846 by Nottingham Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, and Cuda Ridge Wines 2013 Malbec. All proceeds support the LVPAC Education Fund.
Purchase must be picked up at the Bankhead Theater lobby between 12 noon – 6 pm.



How to Contribute

Help us share the performing arts with children. To learn more about these programs that support school and family performances and student tickets or to donate by phone or mail, please contact our development staff at 925-583-2305 or email us for assistance.

Support for Education Programs (PDF)

 International Yoga Day
, June 21 at 5pm – 7pm

Join us for 3rd annual International Yoga day on the Shea Homes Plaza from 6-8pm for fun events and an hour-long yoga session.. The yoga instructors from Dragonfly Yoga + Wellness and Joyayoga Livermore for an hour-long, all level class accompanied by live music from Phil Didlake & Friends. Wear comfortable clothing, and invite family and friends to this special community event!

Theater Etiquette

How does a student know what is expected of him or her if that student has never before attended a live performance? To help answer that question and provide a road map for proper theatre etiquette, download this helpful guide.

Theater Etiquette PDF (English)

Etiqueta de Teatro PDF (Español)

Upcoming Events

Sat 18

Art & Wine Intertwined

Sat, August 18 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sat 18

Keiko Matsui

Sat, August 18 @ 8:00 pm
Mon 20

Asleep at the Wheel

Mon, August 20 @ 7:30 pm

Call 925.373.6800 or email for tickets and information