The Shakespeare Theatre Academy

For more information on Fall classes, please call 973-845-6742.

See the Star Ledger feature article on The Shakespeare Theatre Academy.

  NEW!! SHAKESPEARE BOOK CLUB: Reading the Bard Aloud
Explore the fascinating universe of Shakespeare’s canon in this engaging new offering from The Shakespeare Theatre. Ideal for both Bard-ophiles and Shakespeare-novices alike, these read-aloud sessions delve into the compelling characters, conflicts, and universal truths that have made Shakespeare the object of global fascination for over four centuries. Enjoy libations and snacks with fellow readers in this fun, casual, and social atmosphere, while you explore four different plays —including Henry VIII and Much Ado About Nothing ahead of their arrival on our Main Stage this fall. Two sessions are devoted to each play. The first evening will be a guided reading through the first two acts; with insights, anecdotal information, historical references, and fun facts provided by a member of The Shakespeare Theatre staff. Students complete the play on their own, prior to the second session, in which we will discuss the play as a whole: its challenges, key scenes, characters and questions. Think of it as “book-club meets Dead Poet’s Society meets an evening out with friends — The Shakespeare Edition.” Scripts included with enrollment fee.

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00p.m. (8 Sessions)

FALL: September 23 – November 11, 2014
9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11

: to be announced

Fee: $400 ($380 for subscribers and past students)

Classes will be held in the Theatre’s Behind-the-Scenes Headquarters:
3 Vreeland Road, Florham Park.

  ADULT SCENE STUDY: Performing Shakespeare
Designed for novice and early-level actors, this eight-week series provides the first steps into the intricacies of performing the master playwright’s works. Classes begin with engaging theatre exercises to get everyone energized and focused on the work ahead. Early classes will cover the basic tools: how to dissect the language, and how to bring the text to life through behavior and honest character choices. The next few classes focus on group scenes providing a chance to perform within the safe and fun environment of the class. Final classes provide more individual opportunities for students to shine in smaller two to four person scenes.

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (8 Sessions)

FALL: September 24 – November 12, 2014
9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12

SPRING: March 11 – April 29, 2015
3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29

Fee: $365 ($345 for subscribers and past students)

Classes will be held in the Theatre’s Behind-the-Scenes Headquarters
3 Vreeland Road, Florham Park.

An essential introduction (or a wonderful refresher) to performing and teaching Shakespeare! This two-day intensive, led by acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre artists and educators, is a perfect way to “up your game” with the Bard. Sessions include: voice and speech, movement for the actor, text analysis, “the deliciousness of language,” and monologue/scene coaching. Enrollment includes a ticket to the Shakespeare Theatre production of Henry VIII (November 8).

FALL: November 8 & 9, 2014
Sessions run Saturday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Fee: $250 ($230 for subscribers and past students)*

Classes will be held in the Theatre’s Behind-the-Scenes Headquarters:
3 Vreeland Road, Florham Park.

*Students interested in Saturday night housing near The Shakespeare Theatre can inquire about the hotels which offer discounts for Shakespeare Theatre patrons.

Dates subject to change.