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Shakespeare and Company Actor Training

Summer Training Institute

Photo: Danny Kurtz

Modeled after our internationally acclaimed Month-long Intensive, the Summer Training Institute provides young actors the opportunity to immerse themselves in Shakespeare six days a week for four weeks during the height of our Summer performance season.

Daily classes focus on:

  • Full complement of Shakespeare text work
  • the full progression of Linklater voice work taught by designated Linklater teachers
  • Movement/Alexander
  • Elizabethan Dance
  • Clown
  • Hand-to-hand Stage Combat
  • Exploration of the actor/audience relationship
  • Introduction to the First Folio and early Quartos as the actor’s resource
  • Monologue, sonnet and scene work
  • Readings in Elizabethan stagecraft and theater-going practices

In addition, participants will:

  • Attend Master Classes from the Company’s leading actors
  • Have the opportunity to engage Company members in an inquiry on training and rehearsal methods
  • Attend Shakespeare & Company productions for free

A typical day might include:

9:00 – 10:30     Linklater Voice
10:45 – 12:15    Movement
12:30 – 1:45      Lunch
1:45 – 3:15         Text/Scene Work
3:30 – 5:00       Fight, Clown, or Elizabethan Dance
5:00 – 7:00       Dinner
7:00 – 10:00     Text or other class, or attend theatre performance

The above is intended to give an idea of a day rather a specific commitment to an inflexible schedule. There will be changes; occasionally there will be time free for learning lines and occasionally a night off. There will be one day off each week, typically Mondays. All scene work will culminate in a final showing of the scenes open to company members, family and friends of the participants.

Photo: Danny Kurtz.


Classes will run from May 31, 2016 – June 26, 2016 with May 30 being arrival day and June 27 being departure day. 

TUITION: $4750 (includes room and board)

(Early Payment Discount: Save $500 if tuition is paid in full by March 1, 2016.)

The Summer Training Institute is open to undergraduate theatre students and recent graduates. A deposit of at least half the total tuition is required to guarantee a place in the program.

Participants are housed and fed by Shakespeare & Company. There will be opportunity for social interaction with Company members in the evenings as well as opportunities to see the performances of the Shakespeare & Company season.

Shakespeare & Company’s Weekend Intensives serve as excellent introductions to our training, and what you will gain from participating in the Summer Training Institute.

Click here to apply.