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.  

Spring Classes

A Midsummer Night's Dream
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, Waterbury
   $250 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)

A Midsummer Night's Dream  by William Shakespeare 

Students and instructors 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 to benefit the Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens during their Give Local event.       
     Ages 8-12, 9:15-11:15 AM

     March 10 - April 28, no class on Saturday March 31

     The Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens, Washington Depot

     $300/student

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
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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
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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

Register for:
   Shakesperience Studio or Woodbury Old Town Hall
   $250 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)
***Additional rehearsals will be held prior to performances***   

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 & Woodbury Old Town Hall

Winter Classes

Poetry & Monologues
Students will dive into performing solo pieces in this workshop setting. Elementary school students will explore poetry using drama, art, and movement while middle and high school students will learn classical and contemporary monologues. Our Winter Acting Intensives will consist of large and small group work, culminating in a final showcase performance for friends and family.   

     7yrs-17yrs

     January 6- February 17, snow date February 24

     10:00am-12:00pm  

Shakesperience Studio

$250 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)