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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2015 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
Shakespeare Workshop

Shakespeare performance

Grades 6–12

Typical day

Act and interpret Shakespeare under the guidance of professional actors and directors. In-depth classes in acting, voice, movement, dance, and stage combat teach students to analyze and understand the characters and language of Shakespeare and effectively bring the words to life. Guest artists will participate in informal lecture/performances. Two full texts (one comedy, one tragedy) will be cast, read aloud, and discussed within the two-week session. For those who are interested, instructors will also offer training in choosing an appropriate monologue and in audition technique, which are useful professionally and for college entrance auditions.

Invite family and friends to the final performance of directed scenes, monologues, and sonnets from the canon of Shakespeare’s works in Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center. Each student will receive a DVD of the performance.

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Shakespeare Workshop can be combined with the Acting Intensive, Songwriting Workshop, Creative Vocal Lab, Project Fashion Designer, Video Game Creators and Animators, Minecraft™ Designers and Modders, and/or Filmmaking Institute to make for a well-rounded summer experience. (Refer to youth programs for students in grades 6–8.)

Session III: July 27–August 7
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 a.m.
$1,200 for the first registration
$1,080 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 8, 2015)

About the Instructors

Denise Bessette (lead instructor) returns for her fifth summer in the Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts acting programs. She is a co-founder and artistic producer of Hudson Stage Company and has co-produced all of its mainstage productions and staged reading series. Her TV and film work includes Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Seinfeld, and LA Law. She is an adjunct acting faculty member at Pace University in Pleasantville and teaches throughout Westchester.

Stephen Johnson (instructor) returns for his fourth summer with the Shakespeare Workshop and his 16th season with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, where his roles have included Pandarus, Pericles, Shylock, Prospero, Titus Andronicus, Angelo, Malvolio, Parolles, and Dogberry. In 2013, he debuted with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as Brutus in Julius Caesar and Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing. He spent six years as artist-in-residence at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, Calif.

Posted Dec. 9, 2014