Shakespeare for Young Actors

Shakespeare for Young Actors

MONDAY July 6 – FRIDAY July 24 (Tuition: $500)

Classes are held from 11am-4pm with Showcase on 8/2 @ 6pm

Led by GRSF company members, this intensive workshop for students 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 that includes 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:

  • SCHEDULE: 
    • 11:00am-4pm (Break from 1-1:45pm)
    • 4:00-5:00 Individual Coaching/Check-Ins as needed

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!

Lead Instructors/Co-Directors: Tarah Flanagan, Michael Fitzpatrick, Greg Ivan Smith

Guest Instructors: Valerie Brett, Benjamin Boucvalt, Chris Gerson, and Hannah Young

Classes will include:

  • Scansion & Rhetoric
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Shakespeare for the Camera
  • Folio Technique 
  • Viewpoints
  • Improv

*Additional Master Classes with special guest artists

All programs will stream fully online via Zoom. 

Acting students will learn to learn to approach Shakespeare’s text the same way our professional actors do: applying principles of scansion, acting technique, and text analysis. Just like the professionals, they will also have the opportunity to learn newly relevant skills including: Acting Shakespeare for the Camera, Basic Video Lighting and Composition, and Virtual Improv. Students will rehearse, perform, and help film curated pieces from Shakespeare that will culminate in the collaborative final project.

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

Tech and Equipment Requirements

Not having any of the new requirements will not make a student ineligible for participation. If your student does not have any of the requirements, we will follow up with you once registration has been submitted. 

  • Dedicated space to view and participate in class
  • Reliable Wifi
  • Device: Computer / laptop / iPad / smartphone / tablet
    • Means to support real-time video conferencing (camera & microphone)
    • A free Zoom account with an updated application
    • Minimum OS: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.10 and higher
    • Windows 7 and higher
    • Dedicated space to rehearse
    • Comfortable clothing which allows freedom of movement
    • Recommended but not required: Shakespeare Lexicons, Shakespeare glossary, a good dictionary, a complete works of Shakespeare, iPhone tripod and clip, painters tape. 

Scholarships to assist with covering the cost of enrollment may be available. Please reach out to Jenn Oswald at education@grsf.org to apply for financial assistance.

To be considered for acceptance into the program, students should complete an online application.

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