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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2014 Youth 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 Youth Musical Theatre, Young Actors, Young Photographers, Creating Comic Books, Songwriting Workshop, Creative Vocal Lab, Video Game Creators and Animators, Minecraft™ Designers and 3-D Video Game Creators (new!), Young Artists, and/or Young Nature Explorers (new!) to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

Session III: July 28–August 8
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 a.m.
$1,165 for the first registration
$1,048.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

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 third summer with the Shakespeare Workshop and his 15th season with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, where his roles have included Pandarus, Pericles, Shylock, Prospero, Titus Andronicus, Angelo, Malvolio, Parolles, and Dogberry. Last spring he debuted with 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, 2013