Youth Education

GRSF Education Classes & COVID-19

To our community of students and supporters of our education programs:
We want to say thank you to all who have reached out with interest and continued support, and to give you an update on our plans for this summer. While we believe that it is too soon to decide precisely what Will’s Creative Dramatics, Will’s Power Players, Shakespeare for Young Actors, Shakespeare for Young Designers, and Shakespeare for Young Filmmakers will look like this season, we want to assure you that they will happen.

We are busy strategizing the best options for our programs, including in-person, pivoting to an online model, or a hybrid of both.

We are excited to connect with you, learn, explore, and continue to make art! This season may look different, but it will not be diminished. If we can’t replicate exactly what we’ve done in the past, then we will enthusiastically build something brand new.

We are currently strategizing additional curriculum while looking for ways to partner with teaching artists locally in Winona as well as from across the country.

Adjusting to new circumstances may give us opportunities to delve into a greater variety of Master Classes, allow for cross-over collaboration between programs, deepen our connection with Shakespearean Youth Theatre, host viewing parties and virtual events, and most of all, spur us to create works of art that will be unique to this season.

While there is much that is still unknown, what we can say for certain is that the health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number one priority. We will continue to adhere to the advice and guidelines of the CDC, HHS, WHO as well as local Winona partners in determining how and where our classes will take place. The dates for all our summer education programs remain the same. For details please see below.

Finally, while we will be taking this time to gain understanding of how best to proceed, we promise to have a clear plan of action by June 1. We thank you for your patience. We are so grateful, as always, for your continued interest in and support of arts education. One way or another, we promise, we will see you this summer.

Stay safe and be well,
Jenn Oswald | Director of Education
Tarah Flanagan | Associate Artistic Director


Youth Education at GRSF

GRSF provides extensive formal training programs for a wide variety of ages. Our focus is not only on theater production but on the development of human character. At GRSF, we believe that part of becoming a great artist is becoming a great person. We are a company of artists, and we are part of a community. We value respect, empathy, and compassion every bit as much as we value excellence, authenticity, and innovation.

All of GRSF’s education programs are supported by a grant from the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.

Summer Programs for Grade School Students

Will’s Creative Drama (Age 4 – 2nd Grade)

June 29 – July 3: 9am to 12pm

This program offers four half-day creative dramatics classes for students for students from 4 years of age through those entering 2nd grade in Fall 2020. Children will have a blast playing theater games to learn collaborative performance skills and group dynamics. They will explore ways to use their voices and bodies as tools for storytelling working with simple stories and poetry. Students will also have a basic introduction to Shakespeare through simple scenes and sample performance videos.

Tuition: $150/student


Will’s Power Players
(Grades 3 – 6)

Session 1: July 6 – 11, 10am to 4pm
Session 2: July 13 – 18, 10a, to 4pm

This program gives students who entering 3rd through 6th grades in Fall 2020 a chance to build a foundation of skills in acting and performance while exploring the wonders of Shakespeare. Students will explore voice, movement and imagination, in addition to monologue and scene work while practicing listening and speaking skills and building confidence–all essential acting traits. This fun, active program will culminate in an informal performance by all participants.

Tuition: $195/session; $290/both sessions


About the Instructor

Kacie Mixon has taught dramatics for young people for over 20 years. She holds a BFA in Acting from Rutgers University, and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Montclair State University. She served as Education Coordinator at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and has taught and mentored young actors at ASF, George Street Playhouse, the Omega Institute, Princeton Montessori, and with her husband, GRSF actor Chris Mixon, created the Creative Dramatics for Homeschoolers program in Montgomery, Alabama. Kacie teaches literacy and runs an afterschool program which incorporates theater for at-risk students in Newark, NJ. Her son Jackson is a young actor in GRSF’s SYA program.

Summer Programs for Middle and High School Students

These programs are for students who have completed 6th-12th grade to grow as young artists and learn new skills while engaging with professional company members. Acting students learn to approach Shakespeare’s text the same way our professional actors do: applying principles of scansion, acting technique, and text analysis. Design students work alongside professionals to develop their own approach to sets, costumes, and lighting. Film students will take part in the creation of a fully-produced short film, acting as a director, camera operator, sound/lighting technicians, and other on-set duties. On July 26th, the community attends an evening of film premieres, design presentations, and a performance of As You Like It – all created by students in our programs

Shakespeare for Young Actors

SYA students will focus on basic principles of acting and acting technique, principles of scansion, meter, and text analysis to Shakespeare’s plays in the same way our professional actors do. Led by GRSF teaching artists, this class culminates in a performance of As You Like It on July 26th, 2020.


Shakespeare for Young Designers

This program incorporates elements of the professional design process, giving students the opportunity to create their own text-based design. The program culminates with a presentation of students’ designs at the Young Artist Showcase on July 26th, 2020. 

Shakespeare for Young Filmmakers

SYF students work daily with film professionals to write, film and edit their own film throughout this two-week program. They will also take part in the creation of one of GRSF’s summer films. Students will get to screen their films at the Young Artist Showcase on July 26th, 2020.

Summer Youth Classes are made possible with the support of Dan & Pat Rukavina