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Shakespeare and Company Actor Training

Weekend Intensive

The Weekend Intensives are designed to meet the needs of actors who seek an introduction to Shakespeare & Company’s training methods, and an opportunity to re-awaken and revitalize their relationship to Shakespeare’s text.

Weekend Intensives are most often held in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Twin Cities, Dallas, Baltimore, and at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. (Check the right column of this page for scheduled Weekend Intensives.)

The Weekend Intensive Format:

Friday (7pm-10pm) is an introduction to Shakespeare & Company’s aesthetic and an opportunity for the actors to shift gears and focus on their work through a series of exercises involving voice, body and memory work.

Saturday (10am-10pm) focuses on the actor’s individual voice and experiences, which are incorporated into a monologue that the actor has prepared for the class.

Sunday (10am-4pm) moves more vigorously through the voice and body work, with the actors reconnecting with Shakespeare’s text, revisiting their monologues and exploring how the structure of the verse might influence character and performance.

Adequate time for meal breaks is given, though participants are responsible for their own meals.

The workshops are limited to 14 participants.


Upcoming Weekend Workshops:

Los Angeles – February 19-21, 2016

New York City – February 26-28, 2016

Boston – March 11-13, 2016

Chicago – May 6-8, 2016

Workshops in Seattle. Check back for updates.



Take the opportunity to refresh your craft and reconnect with the work. Actors who have completed our Month-long Intensive, Summer Training Institute, or Conservatory programs are eligible for a 20% discount on the Weekend Intensive.

Application Deadline: Two weeks before start of the workshop.
(Applicants may be accepted after deadline as space allows.)

Click here to apply.

*If you are interested in bringing a Weekend Intensive to your city, Theater Company, or your university, contact us at