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2023 Education Classes at the Festival

Participants perform in Playmakers Summer Camp

By Liz Armstrong 

Shakespeare himself once said, “Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” What better way to gain knowledge than to take an educational class here at the Festival?

There are a variety of courses, targeted toward aspiring actors as well as teachers and simply those who want to get more out of their attendance at the Festival’s shows. These interactive courses allow lovers of the arts to explore the world of theatre while gaining valuable skills and insights. 

Associate Education Director Stewart Shelley noted that the camps and classes for youth students are an extraordinary opportunity to experience intensive training. 

“Our students are able to work with professionals and network with others who share similar interests while fine tuning their individual craft,” Shelley said. “Our teachers are able to earn continuing education credits for re-licensure, and lane change opportunities while adding tools to their teaching toolkit and enhancing their student’s classroom experience.”

For everyone: 

SHAKESPEARE SURVEY
June 21 - October 7, 2023
Tuition: $130 (does not include play tickets) 
Registration closes October 3, 2023. 
Credits: 1 SUU Professional Development credit 

A self-paced, individualized learning course, patrons receive one Southern Utah University credits by attending two plays, pre-show orientations, and post-show seminars. Students will also provide feedback through online forms. Play tickets must be purchased separately. Register here

SHAKESPEARE FORUM 
June 21 - October 7, 2023
Tuition: $260 (does not include play tickets) 
Registration closes October 3, 2023. 
Credits: 2 SUU Professional Development credits 

Patrons complete similar requirements as in the Shakespeare Forum class, but are asked to attend four plays instead.. Students will earn two SUU credits for completing this course. Play tickets must be purchased separately. Register here

SHAKESPEARE SEMINAR
June 21 - October 7, 2023
Tuition: $300 (does not include play tickets) 
Registration closes October 3, 2023. 
Credits: 3 SUU Professional Development credits 

Patrons complete similar requirements as the Shakespeare Forum class, but are asked to attend six plays. Students will earn three SUU credits for completing this course. Play tickets must be purchased separately. Register here

For educators:

THEATRE METHOD FOR THE CLASSROOM—ELEMENTARY
June 28-30, 2023
Age: Educators in Elementary setting 
Tuition: $300 (includes 3 play tickets) 
Registration closes June 26, 2023.
Credits: 3 SUU Professional Development credits
Register here.

THEATRE METHODS FOR THE CLASSROOM—SECONDARY 
July 5-7, 2023
Age: Educators in Secondary setting 
Tuition: $300 (includes 3 play tickets)
Registration closes June 23, 2023.
Credits: 3 SUU Professional Development credits
Register here.

In these professional development courses, topics being taught will include instructional games, script adaptation, and tips on how to produce a play with limited time and resources. It explores methods of developing and implementing Shakespeare and theatre arts programs as a tool for varied curricula. Tuition includes classroom material, special sessions with Festival actors, and tickets to three plays. Those in attendance may also earn three SUU Professional Development credits.

TEACHING SHAKESPEARE
July 17-20, 2023
Tuition: $300 (includes 4 play tickets) 
Registration closes July 7, 2023.
Credits: 3 SUU Professional Development credits 

This course will cover active and engaging classroom approaches to those who teach Shakespeare’s text and explore theatre techniques to aid in student engagement. Tuition includes tickets to four plays, and those who complete the class will receive three SUU Professional Development credits. Register here

TECH FOR TEACHERS 
July 24-26, 2023
Tuition: $300 (includes 3 play tickets and the opportunity to watch post-production changeovers)
Registration closes July 14, 2023. 
Credits: 3 SUU Professional Development credits 

This course offers the opportunity to acquire necessary tools to present plays from the technician’s point of view. Participants will use hands-on experiences to learn to teach designing, building, and running a production. Tuition includes three play tickets, as well as the opportunity to observe post-production changeovers. Those who complete the class will receive three SUU Professional Development credits. Register here.

For youth and teens: 

PLAYMAKERS SUMMER CAMP 
June 12-24, 2023
Age: 5-17 years old 
Tuition: $150 (includes T-shirt and 1 play ticket) 
Registration closes June 2, 2023.

Taught Monday-Friday from 2-4 p.m., this class is a two-week course that concludes with a Saturday performance. Focusing on Shakespearean scene work, music, and dance, it includes lessons on improvisation, collaboration, movement, voice and more. The course also includes a T-shirt and a ticket to a play. Register here. Some scholarships are available, apply here

JUNIOR ACTING TRAINING
July 24-29, 2023
Age: 12-14 years old
Tuition: $1,200 ($600 without dormitory accommodations)
Registration closes July 14, 2023.

Taught by Festival actors and teaching artists, students will experience training in voice, stage combat, improvisation, and scene work. Tuition includes dormitory accommodations, all meals, and tickets to seven plays at the Festival. Register here. Some scholarships are available, apply here

For older students: 

ACTOR TRAINING
July 17-22, 2023
Age: 15-18 years old
Tuition: $1,200 ($600 without dormitory accommodations)
Registration closes July 7, 2023

Taught by professional Festival actors and teaching artists, this course is focused on developing auditioning and acting skills in Shakespeare. The class also teaches text analysis and performance techniques. Tuition includes dormitory accommodations, all meals, and tickets to seven plays. Register here. Some scholarships are available, apply here.  

For questions concerning any of the classes listed above, please email usfeducation@bard.org or call the Festival Education at 435-865-8333.  

For more information on these classes and to register, visit bard.org and click on “About Us” then “Education” and  “Camps and Classes.”

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