Build confidence and expand creativity with the ultimate team sport: Theatre.

Offered in partnership with City of Staunton Parks and Recreation.

With Shakespeare’s text as our touchstone and his technology as our laboratory, the Drama Club meets once a week in 12-week terms to explore Shakespeare’s wordcraft and stagecraft through play, building confidence and expanding creativity by working together to craft and rehearse a final performance of Shakespearean scenes at the Blackfriars Playhouse.Included in the cost of the Drama Club is a $15 ticket for each participant to join the group on a field trip to the Blackfriars Playhouse. Drama Club members will also be invited to attend other (optional) performances with the group at a special rate.

Learning outcomes

Drama Club introduces participants to the vocabulary of theatre, generally (things like “blocking” and “stage right/left”) as well as Shakespeare’s language, specifically (why do they talk like that?).

Participants gain all the benefits of theatrical training: greater collaborative skills, enhanced creative and critical thinking, increased awareness of physicality and movement, personal responsibility, and group camaraderie (to name a few). Specifically, they learn how to work together to put on a play and gain valuable performance experience in doing so. Making theatre isn’t just about memorizing lines and writing down blocking: it’s about knowing when to lead and how to follow, listening actively and responding genuinely, taking care of yourself and your teammates, and working together on a project that will always be greater than the sum of its parts.

Participants also gain an advanced, early understanding of Shakespeare—hopefully before they encounter his plays in an academic environment. The objective of Drama Club is to foster a lifelong love of theatre in general and Shakespeare in particular. Available evidence suggests early exposure (before the onset of “Shakesfear” in high school) to be the best way to achieve that objective.

Drama Club meets weekly at the Nelson Street Center (900 Nelson Street, at the corner of Liberty and Nelson streets) in downtown Staunton, VA.

Drama Club meets on Sundays from 1-3PM.

Drama Club is open to budding thespians ages 8-12.

Enroll in Drama Club through Staunton Parks & Recreation Department.

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Drama Club enrollment costs $115 per participant and includes 12 weeks of club meetings and a ticket to a performance at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse.


Syllabus subject to change.


Fall 2019 cycle

September 8–December 8, 2019 | 1:00-3:00PM


Engage families who’ve never had a reason to come to the Playhouse before; cultivate future audience members (and campers!); inoculate students against Shakesfear before they’re exposed to the virus; deepen our relationship with and commitment to serve the community of Staunton