The Junior Shakespeare Corps
Members of the Junior Corps are introduced to the fundamental skills of a classical actor, using the same vocabulary, methods and philosophy that the Theatre employs with its professional acting company. Faculty include members of the Theatre’s education staff as well as professional resident artists from our company.
Each day begins with a group physical and vocal warmup, from which the Corps breaks out into classes in individual skill areas, including movement, voice, stage combat, improvisation, and physical characterization. Each session, students will also read and discuss portions of a Shakespeare play from an actor’s perspective, building close reading and critical thinking skills, and preparing them for future study/performance of Shakespeare. Depending on the final project for that session, specialized master classes may be offered in areas such as maskwork or clowning.
We at The Shakespeare Theatre believe that commitment and dedication are crucial components of the theatre education experience. Junior Corps members are held to the same high standards as the rest of our company. Each student must attend all classes, workshops and rehearsals, and must be on time. Students may not arrive late or leave early. All students will be involved in the rehearsal of a piece to be performed at the end of each session, and their absence will impair the work of the group as a whole. Students will be excused only for serious illnesses, legitimate family emergencies, or pre-arranged conflicts.