Acting Intensives

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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 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. For Saturday classes, scholarships available for low & moderate income families.  

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Autumn Classes 2019

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.
   Grades 2-12
   October 19 – December 7, no class on Saturday November 30
   9:30am-11:30am

Shakesperience Studio
$300 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families) 

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Winter Classes 2020

5 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 4 - February 15, snow date February 22

    9:30am-11:30am  

Shakesperience Studio

$300 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families)

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Spring Classes 2020

Shakespeare's Early Comedies
Students work as an ensemble to bring scenes from the early comedies to life on stage. The classes focus on Shakespeare’s life and times, use the text to create character and interaction, with our Waterbury student's at the 36-hour Shakespeare-a-thon and for our Washington students at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens during Give Local.
   Grades 2-5—9:30am-11:30am
   March 14- April 25 (No class on April 11)
Shakesperience Studio, Waterbury

Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Washington
$300 (scholarships available for low & moderate income families in the Greater Waterbury area)

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Summer Classes 2020

Twelfth Night the way Shakesperience will do it! As part of Shakespeare in the Litchfield Hills, professional actors teach students aged 8-12. Some may even be invited to join the ensemble of the mainstage production.  Students learn to develop action and character through text within a strong, socially responsive ensemble that takes ownership of the work. To enroll, contact Washington Parks & Recreation Commission, (860) 868-1519 or submit this enrollment form to them.

      Daily July 27—31, 9am-3pm

      The River Walk Pavilion, Washington Depot

      $300 tuition