Shakespeare for Young Actors

Shakespeare for Young Actors

July 7 – July 26, 2020 (Tuition: $500)

Classes are held from 10am-4pm with Showcase on 7/26 @ 6pm

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

SYA 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 As You Like Itincluding 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.

SYA students practice stage combat for a performance of “Hamlet”, 2017Scholarships 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 2020. 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.

  • 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.

Please call the office with any questions at 507.474.7900 or email Jenn Oswald, Director of Summer Youth Education, at education@grsf.org.