Summer Shakespeare

**The Summer Shakespeare Program will be hybrid this year.**

Summer Shakespeare
July 12 – August 13, 2021

Thank you to all who applied for the 2021 program. The following students have been accepted and should check their email and reply to confirm participation:

Ayleen G.
Cynthia L.
Destiny J.
Ecora J.
Jonathan B.
Lucia F.
Marco M.
Mark G.
Nathalia H.
Princess A.
Peace N.
Salim H.
We are no longer accepting applications. Students who have been accepted will be notified shortly. Students however may apply for the Adler Youth program.

Summer Shakespeare is a five-week summer intensive that is free for qualifying students. Twenty-two students are selected to train five days a week in voice, movement, ensemble work and scene study (50 hours of classes total). The program culminates in a production of an abbreviated Shakespeare play. Summer Shakespeare is an intensive program that requires the quick understanding and execution of new skills. To learn more about this exciting, free program click here to read about it in the Wall Street Journal and click here to read about the program in American Theatre magazine. You can also click here to hear from Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim on NY1 and see the studio’s facility.

Classes meet Mondays through Fridays 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

If you would like information on this summer’s program, please email Program Director, Yeauxlanda Kay at with the subject heading: Interested in Free Actor Training.


How are students selected for this program?

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a New York City high school
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need (priority consideration for students who receive free lunch or reduced lunch)
  • Applicants must demonstrate a need for arts exposure (priority consideration for students who do not have access to arts programming)


Please note: This program adheres to a strict attendance policy and professional standards. All students must be on time and ready to participate in all classes. Those who are unprepared or late will be excused from the program.

Please also note: While we cover full tuition for the program, we do not cover transportation costs.