Summer Shakespeare

The application period for 2023 will open soon. Applicants wishing to get an early start may fill out an application now. Interviews and auditions will be scheduled later this spring.

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.

For more information, 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)
  • We require new applicants to send in a 60 second video of a memorized Shakespearean monologue via YouTube or Google Drive link.
    They have to slate with their full name, character they are playing, from which Shakespeare play, the act and scene. They can send the video links to


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.