Shakespeare for Young Designers

Shakespeare for Young Designers

Wednesday, July 5th – Sunday, July 23rd

Shakespeare for Young Designers offers an opportunity for students who have completed 6th through 12th grade in Spring 2017 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 this year 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.

The program will take place from 10:00am – 4:00pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 5th – July 23rd, 2017 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 Sunday, July 23rd at 6:00pm 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

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


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

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