ACTING SHAKESPEARE STUDIO for 5th-8th Graders                                                                PRESIDENT'S WEEK, February 20-24 & SPRING BREAK, April 10-14

Erin capistrano and Jojo McCabe (5th grade) in old hat's  macbeth . May, 2016. BROOKLYN, NY.

Erin capistrano and Jojo McCabe (5th grade) in old hat's macbeth. May, 2016. BROOKLYN, NY.


Old Hat is thrilled to announce new Acting Shakespeare Workshops for 5th-8th graders!

Open to students in grades 5th-8th, these week-long intensives cover a range of performance skills, from dance and movement to speech and voice, and provide a strong foundation for reading and playing Shakespeare. Students learn Shakespeare scenes and monologues and devise a performance for the final day of class, incorporating techniques they learn throughout the week.

Elizabeth Sutton-Stone and Caity Richards each have over 20 years training in a range of performing arts, and over 8+ years experience as Teaching Artists. They have devised this program to answer a need for challenging, exciting, multi-disciplinary student programming. 

Each workshop is tailored to fit each particular group of students. So all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome, from the timid first-timer to the Shakespeare enthusiast!  We offer a rich and exciting introduction to Shakespeare and Performance. Our goal is to help young artists unlock and hone their creative powers. 

MIDWINTER WORKSHOP                                                                      Monday-Friday, February 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Performance at 12:00 noon, Friday, 2/24.

SPRING WORKSHOP                                                                        Monday-Friday, April 10-14, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.            Performance at 12:00 noon, Friday, 4/14.

TUITION                                                                                $325/week - $100 deposit is due with the registration. The    balance is due by the first day of class.

$80/day - Take single classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays. It's a great way to try it out!

Thursdays and Fridays are open only to full-week students, as we rehearse for our performance.

SUPPLIES                                                                                              All class materials will be provided. Students are encouraged to  bring a notebook. 

SNACK/RECESS                                                                         Students must bring their own snacks. There will be two breaks,  including free play outdoors (weather permitting).  

TEACHING ARTISTS                                                                         Yale grads, Elizabeth Sutton-Stone and Caity Richards both have 20+ years training in a variety of performing arts and 8+ years experience as teaching artists. Learn more about them here.

LOCATION                                                                                Midwinter Break Workshop will be held at ART/NY's South Oxford Space (138 South Oxford St.) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.


Spring Break Workshop will be held at Dancewave Studio (45 4th Ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn.


Sample Daily schedule: 

8:30        DROP OFF – Reading, writing, stretching, drawing

9:00        OPENING CIRCLE – Plan for the day, Group rules, Bonding games

9:15        WARM UP – Physical and vocal warm up exercises

9:30        PERFORMANCE – Lessons in Movement, Voice, Dance, Improvisation, Speech, Character

10:15     BREAK/SNACK

10:30     TEXT – Lessons in Rhyme, Rhythm, Imagery, Iambic Pentameter, Blank Verse

11:15     SPECIAL LESSON -  Music, Foley Sound, Light Design, Shakespeare Performance History, Elizabethan Dance

11:45     COLLABORATION - Exercises and games joining performance and text.


12:30     PICK-UP


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Interested? Fill out the Application and read our Rules and Policies: