Personal and Professional Development

Education forms half of the American Shakespeare Center‘s mission, and our stellar Programming Team produces meaningful events for all ages, based in scholarship, and tied to the titles of our season and the canon as a whole.

Personal Development

Friday Night Lights On

Friday Night Lights ON aims to shed light on diverse perspectives relating to our onstage productions. Join us for lectures, workshops, demonstrations, discussion panels, and more led by our fantastic Programming Team, colleagues in the theatre and academic arenas, and outstanding community partners. On the Blackfriars stage every Friday of our show weeks at 5:00 PM.

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No Kidding Shakespeare Camp

JULY 24-31, 2023

Adult thespians of all experience levels are invited to spend a week strutting and fretting their hour upon the stage at the American Shakespeare Center’s No Kidding Shakespeare Camp. This weeklong program blends performance training with academic enrichment, giving participants a chance to hone their craft while learning about Shakespeare’s staging conditions in the world’s only recreation of his indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse. Led by our world-class Programming team, you will get a crash course in all the skills that ASC actors use in professional productions in a low-stakes, Renaissance-style (ensemble directed), week-long rehearsal process culminating in a staged reading performance of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew in the Blackfriars Playhouse at the end of the week. Perfect for both seasoned performers and enthusiastic amateurs.

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No Kidding Drama Club
Begins Jan 21, 2023

It’s the Drama Club experience for grown ups! Become part of our repertory: Join in the fun and perform on the Blackfriars Stage along with ASC Education Artists and other special guests. The No Kidding Drama Club meets to read and rehearse a classic play – Thomas Middleton’s The Roaring Girl – for four Saturday mornings, with one staged reading on Tuesday February 14 at 7:30pm.

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Professional Development

Teacher Seminars

Spring 2023: March 17 – 19

Textual Tribulations, Transmissions, and Translations: Connecting Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice 

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