Summer Shakespeare Intensive

Shakespeare Intensive
Dates: June 7 – July 9, 2021
Duration: 5 Weeks, 30 Hours a Week
Tuition: $3350

Enrollment Update: (4/25/2021) At this time, the New York Musical Theater Intensive is filled to maximum capacity and cannot accept new registrations. Candidates can still interview and will be considered for a Wait List for the program.

Update: (11/01/2020) This summer the Shakespeare Intensive will be offered in a HYBRID format where some classes will take place in-person at the NYC facility with social distancing practices in place and some classes will be held remotely. Please visit the studio’s Health & Safety page for the latest updates and a list of measures the studio has taken to protect the community against COVID-19:

“Central to my technique…is the actor’s understanding of the epic size of theater – in the body, in the voice, in the mind, and in the soul – an understanding that Shakespeare forces actors to embrace their whole selves by exploring man’s Promethean battle with God, fate, and his own personal demons.” – Stella Adler
In response to Ms. Adler’s profound insight into the vital importance of Shakespeare to the life of the actor and the life of her Studio we have organized an advanced summer intensive.

The Shakespeare Intensive will be offered in a brand new format in 2021. Broadway veteran Steve Maurice Jones will be leading the intensive teaching Classical Scene Study. Alongside Mr. Jone is Broadway Fight Director J. Steven White, one of the country’s leading stage combat instructors and Andrew Wade, former head of voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Verse is taught by Associate Artistic Director Angela Vitale, veteran actress of over 30 classical productions in New York. Classes are supplemented by weekly master classes with industry leaders and academics. Offered in the summer only, this is a five-week, 30-hour per week intensive designed for the advanced actor to further develop his/her sense of the epic size of theater.

Weekly Classes:
Classical Scene Study
Verse & Text
Stage Combat
Voice & Speech
Guest Master Classes

2021 Master Classes*
Brian Cox (RSC, Emmy Award Winner)
Phylicia Rashad (Tony Award Winner)
Peter Jay Fernandez (Columbia University)
James Shapiro (Author of Shakespeare in a Divided America)
Additional Master Classes TBA
*subject to change pending availability

Admission Information

Admission to the Shakespeare Intensive is by interview and audition. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Student visas for international study are not available for this program at this time. Applicants must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed Online Application Form
  2. Headshot (Photo) and Resume
  3. A $45 non-refundable application fee (payable to Stella Adler Studio of Acting)


The audition should consist of one classical monologue no longer than 90 seconds in length. Phone Interviews and Video Auditions are acceptable. After the interview and audition have taken place, applicants will be formally notified phone regarding their acceptance in the program.

Master Teacher Jimmy Tripp on the Shakespeare Intensive