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Classes, Camps Lined Up for Early Birds

Shakespeare Theatre Company logoThe Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) in Washington, D.C., has a wide variety of theater-related classes and camps for all ages in the winter and spring months, and the company currently is offering early registration and discounts for those and the summer Camp Shakespeare programs for kids.

Early registration for winter master acting classes ends on Monday, January 9. These classes go beyond typical tutoring on acting skills to behind-the-scenes crafts, including costuming and playwriting. In addition, STC offers specialized classes for business professionals, focusing on presentation and communication skills. All classes are taught by working professionals, award-winning actors, and veterans of the STC stage.

Meanwhile, Camp Shakespeare sessions for children will be $75 off the cost of tuition if they are registered by January 13.

Winter Master Classes

Classes are held weeknights from 6:45–9:15 p.m. for six sessions and meet at the Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Studios, 507 or 516 Eighth Street SE (unless otherwise listed). On the schedule for the winter are the following classes:

Spring Master Classes

Classes are held weeknights from 6:45–9:15 p.m. for six sessions and meet at the Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 or 516 Eighth Street SE (unless otherwise listed). The following classes have been scheduled for the spring.

All six-week classes cost $335, with $25 off for early registration by January 9. Discounts of 15 percent also are available for members of the Actor's Center and Actor's Equity, as well as for college students. Classroom teachers are eligible for a 20 percent discount, and STC volunteers for a 10 percent discount. Tuition is discounted 15 percent for attending two classes in a season, and 20 percent off for three classes.

No refunds or exchanges provided for missed classes, no matter the reason, including weather. STC rarely cancels events due to inclement weather. If STC cancels a class session for any reason, including inclement weather, the company will email participants and work to reschedule the class at a time convenient for the instructor and the majority of the students, but there will be no refund of tuition.

Camp Shakespeare

Every summer, STC gives students between the ages of 7 and 18 the chance to dive into the world of the greatest playwright in history. One-week sessions are available for Poppets (ages 7–8) and two-week sessions for Groundlings ( 9–11), Young Players ( 12–14) and King's Company ( 15–18). A three-week Advanced Camp is available for returning Young Players and King's Company campers. Acceptance into Advanced Camp is by audition only.

At Camp Shakespeare, students will transform into Shakespeare's characters through voice and movement work, unravel Shakespeare's plays with text analysis, develop fundamental acting skills, learn the basics of stage combat, and perform for friends and family onstage at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Camp Days run from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday; performance times vary by program.

Each session covers a different play:

Tuition is $350 for the one-week Poppet Session, $725 for the two-week Performance Intensive, and $1,100 for the three-week Advanced Camp. Registration closes one week prior to the camp's start date or once a camp is full. In addition to the $75-off sale through January 13, discounts included $50 for registration before January 30, and $25 off for each additional registration of a sibling.

Audition dates for the Advanced Camp are February 25 and March 4, 10 am–1 pm.

For more information on the Master Acting Classes and registration, visit For more information on Camp Shakespeare and registration, visit

January 6, 2017

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