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, expand on literary devices, and culminate in a performance at the 36-hour Shakespeare-a-thon.
   Grades 2-5—9:30am-11:30am
   Grades 6-12—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, expand on literary devices, and culminate in a performance to benefit the community at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens during the Connecticut Community Foundation Give Local event in April.       
     Grades 3-7, 9:15-11:15 AM

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

     The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Washington Depot

     $300/student

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.
   Grades 2-12
   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.   

     Grades 2-12

     January 6- February 17, snow date February 24

     10:00am-12:00pm  

Shakesperience Studio

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