Turn on the lights of inspiration and knowledge.

This series makes up our 12-class core curriculum of workshops. We’ll help students break Shakespeare’s texts into pieces, like a puzzle that connects character, story, and compelling moments. When you watch the pieces come to life on stage, students will gain ownership of Shakespeare and see what educators of all kinds have espoused for years: Shakespeare is for now.

Whether your group is interested in Shakespeare’s leaders, Shakespeare’s words, or Shakespeare’s stagecraft, ASC workshops can help you turn the lights on in invigorating and illuminating ways.


Note: Send us an email for questions regarding availability of specific workshops.


A series of twelve, 60-90 min. encounters with Shakespeare that can be taken either together or individually and customized to any relevant Shakespeare performance text.


  • Shakespeare’s Staging Conditions
    Step into Shakespeare’s world and explore how the staging conditions he wrote for reveal insights about the plays and playing. Gain a new perspective by thinking about Shakespeare as a theatre-maker concerned how the plays would play on the stages for which he wrote. Topics covered include: early modern theatre practices and technology, and practical ways into verse, rhetoric, stage directions, and audience interaction.



  • Rhetoric
    Crack the code of Shakespeare’s wordplay by breaking down figures of speech and illuminating them as clues for character, staging, and communication.
  • Editing Shakespeare
    Follow the journey of Shakespeare’s foul papers to discover the “infinite variety” of performance and storytelling choices available to you.
  • Cue Scripts
    Explore the essential information and playing prompts offered by the “cutting edge” technology of early modern script distribution.
  • Stage Directions
    Collaborate as an ensemble and let the text direct by excavating the embedded stage directions in Shakespeare’s dialogue.


  • Verse
    Mine the text for clues and develop emotional awareness, beginning with an examination of iambic pentameter and scansion, aka a character’s “heartbeat.”
  • Voice & Speech
    Realize the versatility of your own instrument (your body), using your voice to support and enhance performance and communication.
  • Doubling
    Synthesize vocal and physical communication into a lively examination of multiple characters within one of Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Clown
    Find your physical and vocal vocabulary to awaken the unique sensibility of the Clown.


  • Audience
    Learn how to collaborate with the ever-present scene partner, the audience, in this innovative and electrifying workshop.
  • Choreography
    Create active, engaging scenes involving stage violence or dance choreography using the embedded clues in Shakespeare’s dialogue.
  • Music
    Use embedded textual clues to design, create, and stage musical moments from Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Directing
    Communicate like a director, applying your knowledge of text, acting, and staging to a scene in collaboration with current ASC actors.


*** We can customize your experience with these workshops to focus on a specific play, the general shakespeare canon, specific literary themes, Leadership and communication, and/or story-telling.