Camps/Classes

Shakespeare for Junior Actors

Session 1: July 12–18; Session 2: July 19–25; Session 3: July 26–August 1

Professional actors and educators lead this week-long, in-residence theatre camp. Students gain invaluable acting skills through workshops including voice, stage combat, improvisation, and scene work. The week culminates in a student-acted public performance on one of the Festival’s stages. 

Actor Training I

Session 1: July 12–20; Session 2: July 24–August 1

Specifically designed for older high school students and college undergraduatess, this eight-day intensive camp develops skills needed for auditioning and acting in Shakespeare’s plays. Professional Festival actors and instructors Ann Tully and Larry Whitesell immerse students in text analysis and performance techniques. 

The camp experience culminates in a student-acted public performance on one of the Festival’s stages.

Actor Training II

July 12–20

Because an actor’s training is never finished, this eight-day intensive camp is an advanced study of Shakespeare’s works, expanding on techniques learned in Actor Training 1. Under the direction of professional educators, Ann Tully and Larry Whitesell, students receive college-level training in the art of scene work, text analysis, voice, and stage combat, among others.

Coaching by professional actors enhances the experience, culminating in a student-acted, public performance on one of the Festival’s stages.

Tech Camp

July 26–29

Festival technicians guide students through a hands-on learning experience of designing, building, and running a production. Insights into lighting, costumes, sets, and stage management are punctuated by working alongside our technical crew. 

Students even have the rare opportunity to watch Festival productions from backstage!

Advanced Tech Camp

July 29-August 1

This camp is almost exclusively hands-on and designed to provide an excellent atmosphere where advanced students can experience and obtain a deeper knowledge of a few select skills. 

Specific skills have not been determined but possible skills include welding, soldering, DMX protocol, rigging, and stage management.

Students even have the rare opportunity to watch Festival productions from backstage!

Theatre Methods for Elementary

July 2015

Festival Education Director Michael Bahr explores methods of developing and implementing Shakespeare and theatre arts programs as a tool for varied elementary curriculum. Topics include instructional games, script adaptation, and how to mount a play with limited time and resources. Tuition includes a ticket to a Festival Production, classroom materials, and special sessions with Festival actors.

Theatre Methods: Secondary

July 16-18

Festival Education Director Michael Bahr explores methods of developing and implementing Shakespeare and theatre arts programs as a tool for varied secondary curriculum. Topics include script adaptation, acting techniques, costuming, technical theatre, and learning about fresh approaches to language.

Tech Camp for Teachers

July 21-23

An essential class for any educator or director! Learn the secrets and acquire the tools necessary to present a play from the technical aspect. Festival technicians create a hands-on learning experience of designing, building, and running a production.

Acting for Directors

July 24-August 1

Designed for educators and directors who are interested in studying acting and directing of Shakespeare’s works. Noted instructors Ann Tully and Larry Whitesell guide participants through the preparation and performance of Shakespearean monologues, scenes, and directing labs.

Shakespeare's Plays

June 25-September 5

A very popular self-paced class, Shakespeare Plays enables almost anyone to earn college credit by seeing all six plays at our summer Festival!

Shakespeare's Forum

June 25-September 5

A variation on our Shakespeare Plays class, Shakespeare Forum allows patrons to select individual plays and receive partial credit for each. Additionally, participants attend play-related orientations, seminars, and The Greenshow,and submit feedback on provided forms.