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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Shakespeare Theatre Academy- teen and adult classes and workshops


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has announced the Shakespeare Theatre Academy, offering teen and adult classes and workshops in a variety of disciplines connected with classic theatre, will begin its third year this March. Participants work under the instruction of The Shakespeare Theatre’s renowned artistic staff and guest teaching artists. “Whether a student is taking his or her first theatre class or this experience is just one step on an ever-evolving theatrical exploration, The Shakespeare Theatre Academy provides compelling, enriching, and fun opportunities for the hidden artist in everyone,” said Director of Education Brian B. Crowe.

Crowe, a frequent Main Stage director, will host the popular Shakespeare Book Club which he describes as “a book-club meets the film Dead Poet’s Society meets an evening out with friends,” an ideal class for both Bard-ophiles and Shakespeare-novices alike. 

Most classes will be held in the Theatre’s state-of-the-art support facility in Florham Park. “Academy students will utilize the same facilities that our professional company enjoys including classrooms, a large Green Room, and a specialized rehearsal space,” says Crowe. To register or find more information about The Shakespeare Theatre Academy, call 973-845-6745 or email

In TEEN ACTORS WORKSHOP (grades 8-12), students will learn acting fundamentals through a variety of theater games, seminars, exercises, and scene work to discover the power of language and self-expression — all while using a variety of classic texts including Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare Theatre Academy’s adult classes (ages 18 and older) include:

ADULT SCENE STUDY: PERFORMING SHAKESPEARE (ages 18 and up): Designed for novice and early-level actors, this eight-week series provides a first step into the intricacies of this master playwright’s works. Through monologue and scene work, participants will focus on the skills necessary to bring life to the classics, utilizing the genius of the Bard’s text.

Crowe describes the SHAKESPEARE BOOK CLUB: Reading the Bard Aloud as “book-club meets the film Dead Poet’s Society meets an evening out with friends.” These read-aloud sessions will delve into the compelling characters, conflicts, and universal truths that have made Shakespeare the object of global fascination for over four centuries.  Participants will enjoy libations and snacks with fellow readers in a fun, casual, and social atmosphere, while exploring four different plays, including Love's Labour's Lost ahead of its arrival on the Theatre’s Outdoor Stage this summer.

Specialty workshops for the family (ages 12 and up. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent):

teens makeup Guest artist Stephen Davis, a professor at Centenary College, will share the secrets of fantastic stage and special effects make-up in STAGE MAKE-UP: Fairies, Fantasy, and the Fountain of Youth.

Nothing is quite as theatrical as a mask. Students in MASK-MAKING 101 will explore various mask-making techniques — from making a plaster cast of a face to the sculpting effects which give each mask a true personality.

To register or find more information about The Shakespeare Theatre Academy, call 973-845-6745 or email

A long-standing leader in arts education, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is deeply committed to nurturing new talent for the American stage and providing compelling enrichment programs for patrons of all ages. The Theatre’s Summer Professional Training Program brings early-career artists from across the globe to study and experience classic theatre in an intense, hands-on environment alongside some of the most respected artists in the country. The Junior and Senior Shakespeare Corps has provided an exciting immersion in Shakespeare and other classics for young people ages 11 to 17 for over two decades. The Pages-to-Players in-school residencies, the Shakesperience: NJ Student Shakespeare Festival, and the Shakespeare LIVE! educational touring company and workshops provide even more opportunities for students and educators to be a part of the magic of classic drama. Patrons of The Shakespeare Theatre have long praised the Theatre’s Symposium and Know-the-Show series, as much appreciated opportunities for audiences to get a deeper look into the work on stage.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 2015 Main Stage season begins in late May and continues through December.  The ambitious line-up is a mix of classic treasures and exceptional new work inspired by historic events and historic figures, featuring works by Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, George S. Kaufman & Edna Ferber, and Ferenc Molnár as well as an award-winning adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank and a contemporary work from playwright Bill Cain. For its annual Outdoor Stage production at the Greek amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morris Township, The Shakespeare Theatre will present Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost.

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth and the Theatre’s support and education facility is in Florham Park.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional major support is received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and CTW Foundation, as well as contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals.  

Photo Captions:
Top:  In the Teen Actor's Workshop, students (grades 8-12) of all experience levels can learn acting fundamentals through fun and fast-paced theatre games and scene work. © Brian B. Crowe

Second: In the two-part Stage Make-Up workshop, students will learn theatrical makeup techniques and transform themselves into fantastic creatures.  © Brian B. Crowe

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