Acting Intensives

Learn Acting from Working Actors

Shakesperience proudly offers Saturday and Summer Acting Intensives in our Waterbury Studio and beyond. We deliver 7-week sessions in winter, spring, and fall, with multiple week-long sessions in summer. Our professional resident artists instruct students aged 7 to 17 in the Shakesperience Approach. Students learn to develop action and character through text within a strong, socially responsive ensemble that takes ownership of the work. Students show significant long-term behaviours, including literacy, public speaking, individual and group work ethic, and positive outlook, attitude and self-expression.

Additionally, we offer private acting classes for all ages in our studio.  See below, or contact us for information. Scholarships available for low & moderate income families.  

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Summer Classes -Woodbury

The Tempest
There's a young person's chorus in Emily Mattina's adaptation of The Tempest.  And, we'll teach your children the part so they can perform in our professional production on July 22.  
Restrictions and tuitions apply.
July 17 - 21
9am-3pm
The Old Town Hall
Learn More > 

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Summer Classes -Guilford

Gods & Goddesses and The Tempest
There's a young person's chorus in Emily Mattina's adaptation of The Tempest.  And, we'll teach your children the part so they can perform in our professional production August 2-6.  
Restrictions and tuitions apply.
July 17 - 21 Week 1: Gods and Goddesses
July 24 – 28. : The Tempest
9am-3pm on the Guilford Green
Learn More >  

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Autumn Classes

The Gift of the Magi & Silent Night
by O. Henry, Emily Mattina, & Jacob Green
Students perform with their instructors in classic holiday tales of giving. The program culminates in performances at Shakesperience, December 7-10, 2017.
   Ages 7yrs-17yrs
   October 14 – December 9, no class on Saturday November 25
   9:30am-11:30am
   Shakesperience Studio
   $250 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)
***Additional rehearsals will be held prior to performances***   

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Holiday in Winterberry - AUDITION ONLY - Select students are cast in a new work based on a stirring homily and stunning tale of love, loss, and rediscovery featuring adult community members in the centerpiece of The Gift of Peace from December 7-10, 2017. Auditions are October 14 at noon.
    ALL Ages       
    October 14 – December 9, no class on Saturday November 25     (extra rehearsals pending, and no class on Nov. 25 )
    Shakesperience Studio  

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Winter Classes

Poetry
Students will receive an introduction to both classical literature and performing in front of a live audience through an adaptation of this literary classic based on the script used by our professional actors. Students will work collaboratively to explore different devices to demonstrate changes in scale.    
   7yrs-11yrs
   January 6- February 17, snow date February 24
   9:30am-11:30am
   Shakesperience Studio
   $250 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)

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Monologue/Audition    
This class will focus on Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth. Students will collaborate on a production of Macbeth as an ensemble utilizing the Shakesperience Approach to be performed for family and friends.
   12yrs-17yrs
   January 6- February 17, snow date February 24
   11:45am-1:45pm
   Shakesperience Studio
   $250 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)

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Spring Classes

TBD (will be our 2018 Summer Shakespeare title)
by William Shakespeare
Older and younger sessions will collaborate to adapt Shakespeare’s work. The classes focus on Shakespeare’s life and times, expands on literary devices, and culminates in a performance at the 36-hour Shakespeare-a-thon.
   Ages 7-11yrs—9:30am-11:30am
   Ages 12yrs-17yrs—11:00am-1:00pm
   March 10 - April 28, no class on Saturday March 31
   Shakesperience Studio
   $250 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)