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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Winter Classes

Gulliver’s Travels
by Johnathan Swift
Students receive an introduction to both classical literature and performing in front of a live audience through an adaptation of this literary classic. Students will work collaboratively to explore different devices to demonstrate changes in scale.
   7yrs-11yrs
   January 7- February 18, snow date February 25
   9:30am-11:30am
   Shakesperience Studio
   $250 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)

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Macbeth
by William Shakespeare
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 7- February 18, snow date February 25
   11:45am-1:45pm
   Shakesperience Studio
   $250 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)

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Spring Classes

The Tempest
by William Shakespeare
Older and younger sessions will collaborate to adapt Shakespeare’s tragic comedy The Tempest. 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 11 - April 29, no class on Saturday April 15
   Shakesperience Studio
   $250 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)

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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 8-11, 2016.
   Ages 7yrs-17yrs
   October 15 – December 10, no class on Saturday November 26
   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 8-11, 2016. Auditions are October 15 at noon.
    ALL Ages       
    October 15 – December 10, no class on Saturday November 26     (extra rehearsals Nov. 23 & Dec. 1, and no class on Nov. 28 )
    Shakesperience Studio