Welcome to the Great River Shakespeare Festival

The Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota is the Minnesota’s largest professional Equity theater outside of the Twin Cities and has enjoyed unprecedented success since its 2004 inaugural season. Employing nearly 100 people at the peak of the season, GRSF presents its six-week long season of rotating repertory from late June to early August in the 460-seat mainstage theatre on campus at Winona State University.

In addition to its professional company and staff, GRSF offers internship and apprenticeships to aspiring theatre technicians, administrators, and actors, and annually recruits its interns and apprentices from college and university theatre training programs across the country. The intern/apprentice program experience culminates with performances of a studio theatre production of a play by Shakespeare.

Equity and Non-Equity General Auditions

The Great River Shakespeare Festival completed 4 days of Equity/Non-Equity general auditions for the 2017 season and beyond in conjunction with Park Square Theatre’s general auditions in March, 2017. Auditioners could also opt to be considered for the 2017 Apprentice Actor Training Program (see “Acting Apprentices” tab on the left).

Check back for updates about general auditions during the summer season in Winona and general auditions in Minneapolis/St. Paul in March of 2018.

Ana Marcu, Tarah Flanagan, Stephanie Lambourn, Rob Hancock, Jucoby Johnson, Mark Murphey and Caroline Amos in “As You Like It” (2016, dir. Doug Scholz-Carlson, photo Dan Norman)


Working with Great River Shakespeare Festival

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) in Winona, Minnesota is Minnesota’s largest professional Equity theater outside of the Twin Cities. A professional acting company of 16 actors plus 90 designers, directors, technicians, apprentices and other staff come from around the country to present four productions in repertory, education programs, concerts and other events over a 6 week summer season on the campus of Winona State University. Entering its 14th season, GRSF has gained a national reputation for clearly spoken, dynamic, accessible productions of Shakespeare’s plays as well as musicals and modern classics.

Equity contracts are under a letter of agreement (LOA) based on LORT D. Minimum Equity salary for 2017 was $679/wk.  The 2017 company was 8 Equity, 6 non-Equity and 2 intern contracts. In addition, the Apprentice Actor Training Program will bring 14 early career professional actors from training programs across the country to study with the company. (GRSF.org/apprentice) Dates for the 2018 season are: first rehearsal May 8, first preview is June 22, season closes August 5. All contracts include housing and require residence in Winona, Minnesota for the duration of the season. Equity information for 2018 will be updated when it is available.

Apply Now.

Click below to apply for the 2018 Apprentice Company. After you have completed the application, please email a two page pdf with your headshot and resume (headshot as page 1) to auditions@grsf.org. Please name the pdf and make the subject line of the email: “Your_name Apprentice Application.”

Learn.

The Great River Shakespeare Festival is well known for its commitment to clearly-spoken, thoughtfully developed, classical work. We want our plays to resonate profoundly with a modern audience, but creating dynamic classics requires mastery of stylized text. GRSF is committed to giving our apprentices the skills that will make them stand out in the classical arena – skills that will unlock Shakespeare’s canon, open

Christian Wilson, Mitchell Holsclaw in Henry VI: The Rise of Richard, 2017

doors to future rehearsal rooms and  inspire the creation of their own work.

Risk.

The apprentice program at GRSF is founded in ensemble training: valuing bold choices and confident artists who can bring their hearts, brains and guts into the rehearsal room. This type of engagement requires collegiality – an environment that supports the individual artist, and empowers the collective. At GRSF, that environment is created by a community of artists and audiences. The people you meet during your summer at GRSF, both your fellow apprentices and the artists you shadow on the mainstage, will be colleagues for the rest of your career.

Apprentices perform their understudy roles in a condensed version of Richard III, 2017

Grow.

Moving from an educational space to the professional arena is challenging. The professional training program at GRSF is designed to further your artistic development and skills, but we also want to foster your ability to apply those skills. We keep our eye on product and practical process. Those in the program will apprentice professionals through their experience as understudies. By following one member of the professional company from beginning to end of the rehearsal process, apprentices have the opportunity to observe how an experienced actor handles the challenges of working on Shakespeare in a professional setting. Apprentices then apply what they have learned to their own fully-staged production in The Apprentice Project.

Pursue.

We want to leave apprentices with the skills and resources to audition and perform anywhere in the professional world, empowering them long after they have left the GRSF apprentice program. Throughout the summer, apprentices will participate in master classes focused on the challenges of pursuing a career in the arts, develop goals and receive training  specific to their individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as audition for freelance directors, casting agents and other professional companies.

2017 Intern/Apprentice Production - Henry VI: The Rise of Richard

What happens to apprentices?

GRSF Apprentices have gone on to work in professional theaters across the country, including:

American Conservatory Theatre

American Players Theatre

Arkansas Shakespeare Theater

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Cincinnati Playhouse

Clarence Brown Theatre

Court Theatre

Great River Shakespeare Festival

Guthrie Theater

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Milwaukee Repertory Theatre

New World Stages (Off Broadway)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis

St. Louis Repertory Theatre

Summer Repertory Theatre

Trinity Repertory Theatre

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Williamstown Repertory Theatre Festival

Yale Repertory Theatre

FAQ’s

What qualifications do I need to be an apprentice?

The program is geared towards rising and graduating seniors, MFA students in their first or second year, and young professionals seeking to sharpen their facility with Shakespeare.
Apprentices should possess a keen interest in classical theatre, regardless of their actual experience with Shakespeare. Collaboration is a fundamental component of GRSF  – apprentices should be interested in developing as part of an ensemble and come to the program with clear goals for their artistic or professional development. We seek out intelligent students who work hard, play nice, and are willing to take big risks in the classroom, the rehearsal hall and onstage. We want students who are invested in their own growth, who are looking for a challenge.

What is the time commitment?

Apprentices are expected to start on May 9th and participate in the season through strike on August 5th. Please bring up any conflicts in your application or interview, as we may be able to accommodate them, if we know about them in advance.

How much does the Apprentice Program cost?

Tuition for the 12 week program is $1750, which includes housing. Scholarships are available.

Will I be on a run crew?

No! The primary reason you’re at GRSF is to act and develop your professional theater career. There are two short weeks in the middle of the summer (around tech week) where you’ll work in the shops, as well as observe the show you’re understudying. Other than that, you’ll be focused on acting.

The following are the dates scheduled for video auditions:

January 27
Feb 17
March 17

Those auditioning should prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues, at least one in verse, totaling no more that 5 minutes in combined length.

Once you apply, the directors of the Acting Apprentice Program will be in touch with you to schedule a time and send you instructions.

Apply Now.

Click below to apply for the 2018 Apprentice Company. After you have completed the application, please email a two page pdf with your headshot and resume (headshot as page 1) to auditions@grsf.org. Please name the pdf and make the subject line of the email: “Your_name Apprentice Application.”

Apply Now.

Click the button below to fill out the 2018 GRSF Intern Application.  Please email your cover letter and resume as a single pdf to intern@grsf.org. Please make the subject line of the email and the name of the pdf the title of the internship followed by your name (i.e., “Education: Jane Smith” “Text Coach/Dramaturgy: Lonnie Rodriguez” or “Stage management: Will Shakespeare”)

Connect.

At the Great River Shakespeare Festival, interns learn from nationally known, professional theater artists. The people you work with every day can be the beginning of your professional network and important connections to graduate programs and further training.

Technical Director Megan Morey works with scenic interns.

Learn.

In addition to hands on experience in a professional shop, experienced artists at GRSF offer interns workshops. In 2015, workshops included practical skills like molding, casting, rigging & knots and welding as well as soft skills young professionals need to move a career forward like looking at and applying to grad schools and URTA, creating a winning resume and portfolio, navigating interdepartmental communication, applying for jobs and writing cover letters.

Assistant Technical Director Rachel Lann works in the Scene Shop

Engage.

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.

We all grow as artists by working with other great artists. We are currently in the process of hiring for 2018. Here are the professional theater artists you would have worked alongside in 2017.

Internships Available in All Areas!

Click on the drop-downs to learn more about internships available in all areas of the theater.

Company Management

The company manager of a theatre entails all the day-to-day needs of the acting, design, and technical company members. At GRSF it includes being the liaison with WSU for housing, booking airline tickets and arranging rides from the airport, orchestrating furnishings, and dealing with any special needs and requests. You could also be asked to help with party planning, tech meals, mail delivery, chauffeuring, and being on-call when the company manager is unavailable. We also work very closing with a volunteer organization named Friends of Will who helps up with these various needs. In order to succeed your skill sets should include: working well with other, self-motivation, skilled communicator, and organized. You need to be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and able to spot and solve problems quickly.

Scenic

Scenic internship.

Lighting

Lighting internship.

Props

Props internship.

Costumes

Costume internship.

Sound

Sound internship.

Video

Video interns assist on all aspects of video production at GRSF which extend far beyond the archival and documentary recording done at all theaters. Working under the guidance of experienced professionals from our company like Christopher Gerson (Darwin: The Series) and Benjamin Boucvalt GRSF’s video team has created a YouTube channel with over 300,000 views. Promotional videos include trailers as well as creative projects such at the Real Housewives of Shakespeare and Dumb Ways to Die in Shakespeare. On Facebook, The Great Shakespearean Bakeoff got more than 85,000 views in the final 3 weeks of the 2017 season. Video interns also help with photography, graphic design and social media.

There are two video interns, one paid and the other unpaid. Interns often progress from the unpaid to the paid position or to other positions within the festival. Candidates need familiarity with Final Cut Pro and have experience shooting and editing video.

Box Office/Audience Services

The Box Office staff members are an integral part of the Administration Team, and work closely with the Marketing & Sales Manager to successfully sell tickets and Season Passes to patrons of the festival. Box Office staff members are often the first line of interaction a patron has with the festival, and so are vital to its success. Box Office staff will have the opportunity not only to learn and successfully utilize customer service management software, but also participate in specialized workshops focused on expanding their knowledge of arts administration from marketing to development to finance.  Customer service and retail experience is extremely helpful, but not required.

This internship offers valuable learning opportunities to work closely with festival administrative staff as well as other departments within the theater.

Marketing

The Marketing Intern assists the Marketing and Sales Manager with content creation, sales campaigns, and materials distribution throughout the GRSF season. The Marketing Intern is often entrusted with taking over the festival social media content during the height of the season, and being on-site during events to post or go live when necessary. They will be trained in other administrative duties alongside fellow administrative interns, as well as work closely with the Video Team to create exciting new content for the festival. Successful Marketing Interns are independent self-starters with excellent writing skills, familiarity with Adobe Creative programs, outgoing, and willing to collaborate with other company members.

This internship offers valuable learning opportunities to work closely with festival administrative staff as well as other departments within the theater. The Marketing Intern will also lead the marketing campaign for the Intern/Apprentice Production.

Stage Management

Stage management internship.

Directing

Directing interns assist in the rehearsal hall as needed by the director for each production. Responsibilities include note taking, research and text work. This is largely an observational internship which gives young directors the opportunity to watch experienced professional actors, designers and directors move through an entire rehearsal process and into performance.

Assistant directors develop and present our Pre-show Conversations which give audiences an introduction to the play a half hour before every performance. ADs may also help with understudy work, help create and rehearse our free outdoor, bar and Facebook Live performances, assist in setting up and running season auditions, help develop playbill, website and other educational material about each production, and other duties as they arise in the course of the season.

Dramaturgy/Text Coach

Dramaturgy/Text Coach internship.

Education

Education internship.

FAQ’s

What does an intern do?

Interns support the festival through their hands-on work in various roles, including carpenters, stitchers, electricians, videographers, assistant stage managers, etc.  This includes work in the shops as well as supporting the productions as run and changeover crews in performance. Interns also have the opportunity to design and build the Apprentice/Intern Production.

Through this experience working alongside professionals in each area, our interns gain valuable skills and insight into the professional world.

What qualifications do I need?

Generally interns are expected to have a basic level of skill/knowledge in their area prior to starting at GRSF.  This might include, for example, a basic knowledge of materials and an ability to use standard tools (table saw, miter saw) for Scenic Interns, or a basic ability to sew both by hand and with machine for Costume Interns.

In general, interns will be working at a college or graduate level in their area and have the intention of becoming a professional theater artist.

What is the time commitment?

Interns are expected to start on May 8th or 9th (dependent upon area).  Most contracts finish upon completion of Strike, August 2nd; please contact us if you have specific questions.  If conflicts during the summer arise, we are usually able to accommodate for short absences; if conflicts are known about in advance, please do bring it up in your application or in an interview, as we will often be able to accommodate in advance.

Internships are a full time commitment with regular days off during the employment period.

What is the pay?

Interns are paid a stipend of $175/week.  Housing is provided – each intern will have a single bedroom in a 4-person suite, in which they share a living room/kitchen (between 4 people) and a bathroom (between 2 people).  Internet and cable are provided – you must provide your own computer/TV/cables/etc.  All other standard items such as linens, pots and pans, dishes, etc., are also provided.  Travel is arranged and paid for by the intern.

 

 

Are there other learning opportunities available?

2016 Intern/Apprentice Company production: Coriolanus

2016 Intern/Apprentice Company production: Coriolanus

Interns also have the opportunity at various times throughout the summer to participate in workshops led by professionals within the company. Workshop topics are determined at the beginning of the season, dependent upon the interests of the interns.  Past workshops have included Resume Evaluations, Portfolio Reviews, Molding and Casting, Rigging, Welding, and Paint Techniques.  Workshops are open to all interns, regardless of department.

In addition, interns work as designers and/or lead construction crew in all technical areas for the Intern/Apprentice Production. This production runs alongside the professional company productions for the last week and a half of the season.

 

What is a typical day like?

For production interns, the summer is generally comprised of 3 parts: Build Period (5 weeks), Tech (3 weeks), and the Rep Period (all of July) followed by Strike. 

  • Production Interns begin work in early May for a five-week build period.  During this time the Scenic/Lighting/Sound/Props shop works 6 days per week, 8 hours per day (with standard breaks and lunch hour); hours may adjust slightly depending on needs, but will not extend past the set number per week.
  • Mid-June we enter a three-week period of Technical Rehearsals, during which a typical day may be 10-14 hours, six days per week.  Production interns serve as crews for running all three mainstage productions; examples of crew assignments include Fly-Rail, Deck Crew, Light Board Operator, Follow-Spot Operator, etc.
  • Once all three productions are open (end of June), the schedule shifts to running shows and performing change-overs (one or two per day, 6 days a week).

It is during this Rep Period (all of July) that the interns are also spending their free-time working on the Intern/Apprentice Production (optional), which opens the 3rd week of July.  The season concludes with three days of strike during the first week of August.

What do former interns say about the program?

We can’t speak for everyone, but here is what Avery Regan (Lighting Intern, 2016) had to say to future interns:

To the Future Intern at the Great River Shakespeare Festival,

My name is Avery Reagan, and I served as one of the two Lighting Interns with the Great River Shakespeare Festival during their 13th Season in the Summer of 2016. First off, let me congratulate you for choosing to apply to such a wonderful company. GRSF is truly one of the greatest theatre establishments I had the pleasure of working with so early in my career.

I’m writing to inform you about the process and expectations you will have as an Intern. The GRSF is built upon hard work, long hours, and high standards for theatre. I will not sugarcoat the reality of all the work you will put in throughout the summer. Once you arrive in early May, you work all summer until you move out in August. Be expected to show up early and be held accountable (with donuts) if you’re late. If you choose to participate in the Apprentice/Intern Production later in the season, be expected to work after your normal work schedule. It is not unheard of to work a full day with the mainstage productions and then work several hours on your own production.

Coffee is available, don’t worry.

It should be known that you are an intern and not a professional technician or designer. You will be held to high standards, but not impossible ones. This company encourages education amongst its members. If they wanted to hire professionals to do the work, they would have. While working in the various shops early in the summer, you will undoubtedly be asked to do something you’ve never done before. You will never be asked to do something you’re not comfortable with, but I encourage you to ask questions and learn something new if and when that situation presents itself to you.

Take advantage of every opportunity presented before you throughout the summer. The GRSF provides you with workshops, tutorials, and hands-on experiences to better your skills in the theatre. Basically, be a sponge and soak up as much knowledge as you can. There are other members in the festival besides interns. The company is full of professional technicians, designers, actors, directors, managers, and artistic geniuses who have been working in the industry for some time. They know what they’re talking about. Befriend them and listen to what they have to say.

I would highly encourage you to participate in the Intern/Apprentice Production. This was probably my favorite part of the whole festival. The production is viewed similarly to that of a mainstage production. You will be given a small budget, small inventory items, scheduled deadlines, and weekly production meetings. Some Interns choose to work in a different field than what they were hired (ie. a Costume Intern wants to work as the Scenic Designer), and some choose to try something different in their own field (ie. a Lighting Designer would like to be the Master Electrician). I served as the Lighting Designer for Coriolanus and was mentored by the Festival’s Head Lighting Designer, Lonnie Alcaraz. No matter what field you will be working in during the festival, take the time to get to know the designers. And if one of them offers to mentor you throughout the Intern/Apprentice Production, you take that offer. You can thank me later.

If I could pick one piece of advice I gained from the process of designing Coriolanus, it would be to remain positive and be creative with your inventory. It is easy to look at the size of the budget or the quality of materials you’ll have to work with and immediately think about all the design ideas you can’t do, but I encourage you to look at your inventory and view the possibilities of what you can do. You will be surprised to learn that you won’t end up sacrificing much of your original design.

In my opinion, the Great River Shakespeare Festival is one of the greatest Summer Repertory Theatre Festivals in the Midwest. They respect their workers’ time, they encourage you to stretch yourself and try new things, they support you when work can become stressful, and they go above and beyond to make sure you are gaining something from your experience. Be prepared to work. I promise your payoff will be sweet.

Welcome to the GRSF Family,

Avery Reagan

Apply Now.

Click the button below to fill out the 2018 GRSF Intern Application.  Please email your cover letter and resume as a single pdf to intern@grsf.org. Please make the subject line of the email and the name of the pdf the title of the internship followed by your name (i.e., “Education: Jane Smith” “Text Coach/Dramaturgy: Lonnie Rodriguez” or “Stage management: Will Shakespeare”)

There are no other employment positions available at this time.

Summer Programs for Students

Great River Shakespeare Festival offers an array of programs for students ages pre-K to 18. Click the drop-downs below to view information about a program for the student(s) in your life!

Shakespeare for Young Actors (Grades 7-12)

Dates for 2018 will be announced in early 2018.

Led by GRSF company members, this intensive workshop for students grades 7-12 introduces young actors to the principles of acting Shakespeare.

SYA 1 students work closely with professional actors to understand and interpret Shakespeare’s text.

Students of all experience levels will work together in focusing on basic acting techniques; applying principles of scansion, meter, and text analysis to Shakespeare’s plays; and movement and creative improvisation exercises. All SYA students work with members of the GRSF professional company, get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a professional Shakespeare production, and attend GRSF’s summer season productions. The program culminates in a performance of a production to be announced soon including all SYA students.

All previous experience levels are welcome; all that’s required is an interest in Shakespeare!  Student with previous experience will build on their experience with more advanced work.

SYA students will focus on:

  • Basic principles of acting and acting technique.
  • Applying principles of scansion, meter, and text analysis to Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Movement and creative improvisation exercises.

All SYA students also:

  • Work with members of the GRSF professional company and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a professional Shakespeare production.
  • Attend GRSF’s summer season productions and other festival events.
  • At the end of the workshop, participants will receive a certificate indicating their successful completion of the GRSF Shakespeare for Young Actors training program.

 

Program Details:

Students of all experience levels will work together in focusing on basic acting techniques, movement and creative improvisation exercises. All SYA students work with members of the GRSF professional company, get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a professional Shakespeare production, and attend GRSF’s summer season productions. Summer 2017 will feature two levels of instruction.  For

SYA students practice stage combat for a performance of “Hamlet”, 2017

beginners, Level 1 will offer two-weeks of instruction and a performance of scene work. Advanced students in Level 2 will study and perform Hamlet. For students who completed 6th-12th grade in Spring 2017

Level 1- 2 week session beginning in mid-July with a final performance at the end of the season; Tuition $350

Level 2 – 3 week session beginning in July with a final performance at the end of the season; Tuition $450

Scholarships for students would who would otherwise not be able to attend the program may be available. Please inquire at education@grsf.org to apply for financial assistance.

Program Description:

With differentiated instruction for students with any background and previous experience with Shakespeare and theatre, SYA is perfect for all students who have completed grades 6 through 12 in Spring 2017. All that is required is a desire to learn about Shakespeare’s text!

To be considered for acceptance into the program, students should complete an online application. A link to the application will be posted in early 2018.

  • Classes at the Winona State University.
  • Program fees include tickets to the main stage productions, as well as other GRSF events.
  • Students will provide their own lunch; refrigeration is available.
  • Housing is not provided. Please inquire at education@grsf.org with questions or requests.
  • Guardians must provide transportation to and from the program.

 

Lead instructor: 

Tarah FlanaganTarah Flanagan is a NY based actor and acting teacher. She has performed in more than 50 productions across the country, and has been a company member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival since 2007. She has been involved with SYA since it’s inception; first as a Guest Instructor, then as Movement Teacher and Assistant Director under Andrew Carlson’s leadership. For the past three seasons Tarah has served as Lead Instructor and Director (As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest) of the SYA program. As a GRSF company member, she has worked as an Artist in Residence for the Shakespeare in the Schools program, and has lectured for the Road Scholars and for the Shakespeare Symposium. She has taught Acting and Movement at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, Georgia State University Summer Shakespeare Intensive, and directed Apprentice Solo Mio projects at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Tarah received her training from PCPA Theatrefest, Webster University (BFA) and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (MFA).

Application information for summer 2018 will be available in early 2018.

Shakespeare for Young Designers (Grades 7-12)

Dates for Summer 2018 Shakespeare for Young Designers sessions will be announced in early 2018.

Shakespeare for Young Designers offers an opportunity for students who have completed 6th through 12th grade in Spring 2018 to explore scenic and costume design and production strategies in the context of Shakespearean text.

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. New to the program will be an opportunity to design and construct costume and properties elements for the Shakespeare for Young Actors production, which will perform the same evening as the Design showcase.

Over the course of this intensive workshop, students will experience the following:

  • Three GRSF mainstage productions;
  • Classes in Shakespearean text analysis for designers with GRSF actors and production staff;
  • Learning from GRSF professional theatre designers and technicians in areas of scenery, costumes, and properties;
  • A behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a professional Shakespeare production;
  • Backstage tour of the GRSF mainstage on WSU’s campus;
  • Creation and construction of their own design based on one of Shakespeare’s plays.

No prior experience with Shakespeare is necessary. Prior theatre experience is welcome but not required.

Program fees include:

  • Tickets to the three GRSF mainstage productions, as well as other GRSF events.
  • Small-group and individual instruction by theatre design/tech professionals.
  • Materials to complete design projects.

SYD students present their designs, 2017

Programs usually will take place from 10:00am – 4:00pm Tuesdays through Saturdays at Winona State University.  Students will have an hour lunch break, and should provide their own lunch (a refrigerator is available). The students will showcase their work on in July in the Performing Arts Center lobby, preceding the Shakespeare for Young Actors production. Housing is not provided, but host families in Winona may be available; please inquire at education@grsf.org.

Tuition for this program is $350. Scholarships may be available; please inquire at education@grsf.org.

Instructor: 

Jenn Oswald started as a Costume Intern with GRSF in 2013 and has served various roles in the Costume and Education departments since. Based out of Chicago, she is currently a Freelance Stitcher and a Workshop Leader with Turning the Page on the West Side of Chicago. She has a degree in Theatre Arts/Costume Design from Illinois Wesleyan University, where she designed Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Problem Child, and Dormimos (part of the Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert). She was also the Costume Designer for the Intern/Apprentice production of Macbeth her Intern year with GRSF. The last few years have taken her to various classrooms from Arusha, Tanzania, Louisville, KY, and Turbigo, Italy and she is ecstatic to be returning to one of her favorites – in Winona, MN. Find more information about Jenn at JennOswald.com.

Application information for the summer 2018 will be available in early 2018.

Will's Power Players (Grades 3-6)

This program gives students who entering 3rd through 6th grades in Fall 2018 a chance to build a foundation of skills in acting and performance while exploring the wonders of Shakespeare.

Power Player students work together on a script.

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.

Dates:

Class & performance dates for summer 2018 will be posted in early 2018.

Tuition: $195/week; $290/both weeks

Lead instructor:

Kacie Mixon (Will’s Creative Drama and Power Players) 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.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship, please email GRSF’s Education Director at education@grsf.org.

Application information for summer 2018 will be posted in early 2018.

Will's Creative Drama (Age 4-2nd Grade)

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 2018. 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

Will’s Creative Drama students at work in the classroom

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.

Dates:

Dates for summer 2018 classes will be announced in early 2018.

Tuition: $150

Instructor:

Kacie Mixon (Will’s Creative Drama and Power Players) 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.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship, please email GRSF’s Education Director at education@grsf.org.

Application information for summer 2018 Will’s Creative Drama classes will be available in early 2018.