The Center for
Actor Training

The very heart of Shakespeare & Company is its professional actor training. The Company’s programs are internationally recognized as deeply effective training experiences for artists who aspire to bring their talent, intuition, and spirit to a higher level.

Actor Training Programs

Actors, directors, writers, and teachers from around the world seek to work with Shakespeare & Company’s faculty, to train not only their voices and their bodies with a daily regimen of demanding classes, but also to delve deeply into their own imaginations, intellects, and emotional lives.

Shakespeare & Company’s aesthetic was also created within the Center for Actor Training – and is continuously investigated, redefined, and reinvigorated through its programs by a cadre of expert teachers.

The Month-long Intensive is Shakespeare & Company’s signature workshop. For six day...

programme DatesMarch 24 2023

The Summer Shakespeare Intensive is geared towards undergraduate theater students, re...

programme DatesMarch 24 2023

Designed for professional actors and theater students who seek an introduction to Sha...

programme DatesMarch 24 2023

The Center for Actor Training offers a variety of specialized workshops throughout th...

programme DatesMarch 24 2023

The Center for Actor Training now offers a variety of workshops and classes online, p...

programme DatesMarch 24 2023

Applicants must submit a completed application form, along with a headshot or recent photo, a resume, and a statement of purpose. This last item is a brief statement of why you are interested in this training at this time. You will also be asked for the names and phone numbers of two references. Depending on an applicant’s references and resume, Month-long Intensive and Summer Shakespeare Intensive (formerly the Summer Training Institute) applicants may be asked to submit an audition video. Some applications require a non-refundable $25 (USD) application-processing fee; this fee must accompany the completed application.  Incomplete applications cannot be processed. The minimum age requirement for all programs is 18 years old.

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The Dennis Krausnick Fellowship Fund was established in 2018 by Company Founder and longtime Director of Training, the late Dennis Krausnick (1942 – 2018).   

One of Dennis’ missions at the end of his life was to establish this fund in order to offer scholarships to artists of the global majority wishing to study with Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training.    

Gifts to the Dennis Krausnick Fellowship Fund help bring Dennis’s mission to life. In an overwhelming outpouring of love and support, more than 1,000 individual donors have contributed to the DKF Fund in his memory, enabling Shakespeare & Company to grant more than $97,000 in scholarships to 86 artists of the global majority in four years.

Meet the Faculty

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“I am so grateful for the opportunity to study with Shakespeare & Company. This training has truly transformed my practice and freed me in ways I did not know were possible.”
Clarissa Raybon

Clarissa Raybon is an actor, singer, and photographer. Currently a Graduate Assistant at Ohio University, she is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who has spent much of her career bringing performance to children in international communities.

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