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! NYC SHAKESPEARE WEEKEND INTENSIVE with Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte
Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte, along with special guest artists, will take actors through a detailed approach to bringing Shakespeare’s work to life.  An insistence on an intense level of commitment to a highly specific exploration and analysis of the text, an engagement in the “deliciousness” of the language, and an emphasis on constructing behavior as complex as Shakespeare’s writing, are all key to Ms. Monte’s process. Take your work with Shakespeare to a new level in this engaging and challenging two-day seminar in the heart of Manhattan.  Discounts available for AEA and EMC members, as well as STNJ alumni.  Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.  Guest artists to be announced soon. All participants must be at least 21 years of age with some previous professional experience or training.

INSTRUCTORS: Bonnie J. Monte, Artistic Director
with Guest Artists Laila Robins (Homeland, Murder in the First) and Jon Barker

Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 18, 2015  12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $270 ($250 for AEA, EMC, and past students) Classes will be held in midtown Manhattan.

  NEW! STAGE MAKE-UP: Unleash Your Inner Beast!
Guest artist Stephen Davis (Centenary College) takes students through the fascinating world of stage make-up. The first day covers the basics and how stage make-up differs from traditional techniques, while also exploring some tried-and-true theatrical tricks of the trade. On the second day, students will transform themselves under the mentorship of Mr. Davis, into a variety of fantastic creatures of their own. A Ben Nye Theatrical Make-Up Kit is required for the class, which will be ordered through The Shakespeare Theatre at a special industry discount – a perfect take-away from the class so that you can continue to explore your own mad-cap make-up creations in the future.
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Davis, Guest Artist

Thursdays 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (2 Sessions)
October 15 & October 22

Fee: $150 ($130 for subscribers and past students) + $70 for Ben Nye make-up kit (a $375 value)

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


This special four-session explores various techniques for creating masks. Examine some of the masks that have graced The Shakespeare Theatre stages, and how they have been crafted. Learn how to make a basic plaster cast of your face on which to apply unique, form fitted creations of your own. Each participant will leave the class with a plaster cast of his/her face and two masks of their own creation, along with new skills. Basic materials included with the enrollment fee.
INSTRUCTOR: Brian B. Crowe, Director of Education

NEW DATES Mondays, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (4 Sessions)
September 28–October 19
9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19

Fee: $320 ($300 for subscribers and past students)

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

Dates and instructors subject to change.