Shakespeare for Young Designers

Shakespeare for Young Designers

MONDAY July 6 – FRIDAY July 24 (Tuition: $500)
Classes are held from 11am-4pm with Showcase on 8/2 @ 6pm

Shakespeare for Young Designers offers an opportunity for students who have completed 6th through 12th grade in Spring 2020 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.

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

Lead Instructor: Jenn Oswald

Guest Instructors: Rebecca Bernstein, Mary Capers, Zachery Wagner, Niffer Pflager, Scott O’Brian, Rachel Lann, Lonnie Alcaraz, Sylvia Kramer, and more.

Classes will Include:

  • Design Concept Basics
  • Script Analysis
  • Resourceful Storytelling: How to best use what you already have
  • Investigative Design: Getting Creative with Research 
  • Translating Design from Stage to Screen

All programs will stream fully online via Zoom. 

Design students will learn from and work alongside professionals to explore and develop their own approach to storytelling through costume, scenic, and lighting design. In addition to masterclasses, creative independent projects, and developing their own design portfolios, this season’s collaborative final project will provide further opportunities to explore Art Direction and Wardrobe Styling. 

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

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

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


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 BreakdownProblem Child, and Dormimos (part of the Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert). She was also the Costume Designer for t

he 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