Camps and Classes

Shakespeare U: Staging Shakespeare's Language

July 25, July 27, July 31

Josh Innerst, a member of the Festival acting company, will teach this two-hour workshop with other actors helping at times. Text will be pulled from this season's shows. Participants will observe first and then get in on the action and try it themselves. The class will discuss the staging that Shakespeare embeds within his text by working and reworking scenes from various shows. Staging Shakespeare's Language is for all skill levels, but children must be proficient readers.

Shakespeare U: The Art of Mask Making

July 24, July 31, August 2

This two-hour workshop is an introduction to thermal plastics taught by Rosa Lazaro, costume crafts supervisor. Participants will get hands-on experience working with thermal plastics (veraform plastic). They will create a mask for themselves, and if time permits, they will also paint the mask. The mask is theirs to take with them. Participants ages twelve and younger need to have an adult with them who is willing to help them. This workshop is for all skill levels.

Shakespeare U: Stage Combat

July 28, August 1

These one-hour workshops, are taught by Festival actors Brandon Burk (July 28) and Tracie Lane (August 1) and are designed to teach the fundamentals of stage combat. Participants will have a chance to learn the basics of safe weapon combat, and then to actually engage in a stage fight with other participants.

Junior Actor Training

July 8–14

Taught by professional Festival actors, this week-long camp is for all emerging thespians wanting experience in voice, stage combat, improvisation, and scene work. Tuition includes dormitory accommodations, all meals, and tickets to six plays.

Actor Training

July 16–21

This week-long camp taught by professional Festival actors is focused on developing auditioning and acting skills in Shakespeare, including text analysis and performance techniques. Tuition includes dormitory accommodations and tickets to six plays.

Advanced Actor Training

July 16–21

Taught by Festival actors, this intensive week-long camp provides an advanced study of Shakespeare, including training in scene work, text analysis, voice, and stage combat. Tuition includes dormitory accommodations, all meals, and tickets to six plays.

Theatre Methods for the Classroom: Elementary

July 12-14

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

Theatre Methods for the Classroom: 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 curriculum. Topics include instructional games, script adaptation, and tips on how to mount a play with limited time and resources. Tuition includes classroom materials, special sessions with Festival actors, and a ticket to one play.

Directing Shakespeare

July 23–25

Directing Shakespeare is designed for educators and directors who are interested in studying acting and directing of Shakespeare’s works. Noted instructors guide participants through the preparation and performance of Shakespearean monologues, scenes, and directing labs. Tuition includes tickets to three plays.

Shakespeare Plays

June 28–October 13

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 Forum

June 28–October 13

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.

Teaching Shakespeare

July 9–12

Teaching Shakespeare is aimed at providing active and engaging classroom approaches to language arts teachers and others who teach Shakespeare’s text. The class will help you get out from behind the desk and explore theatre techniques to hook student engagement with Shakespeare’s text. Tuition includes tickets to four plays.