In-person Specialized Workshops

programme Dates

January 3 to 29, 2023

Arrival: Monday, January 2 Departure: Monday, January 30

Tuition Fees

$4,875 USD

Early payment discount: Pay the full tuition by October 15 and save $600.

The Center for Actor Training typically offers a variety of specialized workshops throughout the year exploring a full range of disciplines including rhetoric, wit, clown, fight, voice, movement, public speaking, and more. Go here for more details on our online programming.
The Winter's Tale: Rebalance and Redemption

Can women change the world? In this special workshop with Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer and Linklater Voice Teacher Normi Noel, participants will examine the role of the female voice, creativity , and the rebalancing of the power structure in The Winter’s Tale. A story of individual and collective redemption, this play considers the possibility of turning away from the destruction power can wreak, towards harmony of understanding and love. Each participant will choose one of 15 speeches from the play to explore during the workshop so the entire group may contribute to collective discovery. This workshop is open to all, although some acting background is recommended. All genders are welcome! Discounts are available for Union and STA members, and alumni of the Month-long Intensive or Summer Shakespeare Intensive.

DATES: August 3 and 4, 2024

SCHEDULE: 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, with a lunch break; 10 am to 4 pm Sunday

TUITION: $450 USD*

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus, Lenox, Mass.

HOUSING: Participants are responsible for securing their own housing.

FACULTY:  Tina Packer and Normi Noel

9-Day Intensive

Inspired by the content of our signature Month-long Intensive, this workshop is a deep dive into acting Shakespeare for mid-career professionals during the height of our summer season. Immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s language and aesthetics with daily classes in Linklater Voice, Movement, Text, Structure of the Verse, Sonnet and Play – all on our beautiful Berkshires campus. Suitable for actors, teachers, directors, and professors, this intensive is an opportunity for professional and artistic development. Schedule and tuition includes admission to all three current shows and an evening off to enjoy some of the cultural offerings of the larger Berkshires community.  

DATES: August 22 to 31, 2024

SCHEDULE: 10 am to 10 pm

TUITION: $1,495.00 USD*

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus, Lenox, Mass.

HOUSING: Participants are responsible for securing their own housing, however, we do have a few dorm rooms available on campus for an additional $300 that are first-come, first-served.**

FACULTY:  TBD

Structure of the Verse

In this workshop, Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer guides participants to a greater understanding of the symbiotic nature of form and content embedded in Shakespeare’s language. 

DATES: September 21 to 22, 2024

SCHEDULE: TBD

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus, Lenox, Mass.

HOUSING: Participants are responsible for securing their own housing.

FACULTY: TBD

CSU Summer Arts: Voice, Heritage, and Community

The faculty of the Shakespeare & Company Center for Actor Training are pleased to offer a unique course as part of California State University’s credit granting Summer Arts programming. Designed for university students of all levels but open to all, this course will incorporate training in the voice and body to find a personal and embodied connection to Shakespeare’s text. Investigate how your own voice, heritage and community can found in Shakespeare’s imagery and characters.

For full details, including tuition and how to apply, please visit HERE.

DATES: July 8 to 21, 2024

LOCATION: Fresno, Calif. 

FACULTY: Sheila Bandyopadhyay (she/her), Sarah Kate Anderson (she/they), Andrew Borthwick-Leslie (he/him), Susan Dibble (she/her), Marie Ramirez Downing (she/her), Michael Hammond (he/him), Raphael Massie (he/him), Natsuko Ohama (she/her)


EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT: Pay the full tuition by July 1, 2024, and save $150.

*Alumni and union discounts are available. Scholarships are available for People of the Global Majority/BIPOC participants. Scholarships include tuition and housing. Email training@shakespeare.org for details.

**Housing in the dorm is double occupancy with shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities.  

 PLEASE NOTE: For all in-person workshops, all participants and workshop staff are required to have completed a COVID-19 vaccine regimen.

For all programs held on the Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, Mass., this includes being up to date on the most recent COVID-19 vaccine dose(s) for which one is eligible.

Click here to apply.

You will study...

.01 Linklater Voice

The full progression of Kristin Linklater’s approach to voice training for actors is taught during the four weeks by Designated Linklater voice teachers. In addition to daily classes in Linklater, voice teachers regularly join in text classes and offer specialized classes to help participants integrate the voice work into their scenes.

.02 Movement

The movement progression includes Pure Movement (Swings), Alexander Technique, physical expressivity, and dance. Participants will be guided through exercises to promote awareness of (and release from) habitual body tension, sensitivity to impulse, dynamic physical presence and stamina, delight in moving with passion and precision, and ensemble.

.03 Text Work

Basics introduces the actor to a text approach which demands an open and personal commitment to thought, word, and gesture. Basics evolves into scene work, first through Dropping In (an approach to experiencing the text on a word-by-word basis) and into text analysis and detailed scene work. Classes in Sonnet and Structure of the Verse round out the text progression, allowing actors to merge their personal connection with the form of Shakespeare’s language.

.04 Actor/Audience Relationship

The participant is invited to explore the Elizabethan world of Actor/Audience Relationship—a theatrical reality without a fourth wall, in which the immediate energy of the audience fuels the actor to reveal a deeper level of truth and experience, which in turns enkindles the audience’s ability to receive Shakespeare’s language.

.05 Clown & Stage Fight

The participant is invited to explore the Elizabethan world of Actor/Audience Relationship—a theatrical reality without a fourth wall, in which the immediate energy of the audience fuels the actor to reveal a deeper level of truth and experience, which in turns enkindles the audience’s ability to receive Shakespeare’s language.

Tuition

A limited number of scholarships are available for People of the Global Majority/BIPOC artists from the Dennis Krausnick Fellowship Fund. Contact us for more information.

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