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Acting Shakespeare is a five-week summer school program for students in grades 7-9 which immerses youth in the compelling and challenging world of Shakespearean Drama. With its dual focus on text work and performance studies, the program provides a grounding in language and literature that the students will encounter as they enter high school.

Over the course of the summer, ECT teaching artists, in association with scholars from the Center for Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, and ELA middle school teachers, guide students through the process of decoding Shakespearean language and bringing a play to life. Students learn basic acting skills such as voice projection, stage movement, script analysis, and stage combat. 

We begin the script work with graphic novels which we bridge to Shakespeare’s text, contextualizing the play and connecting the storyline to student's own lives.

The program also includes several field trips, which bring the middle school students to area colleges, art museums, and theater performances. Acting Shakepseare culminates with the youth performing their play on stage at the University at the Center for Renaissance Studies.

"You are enormously talented, professional, hardworking and charismatic teachers and theater artists. You have a positive, calming effect on students, which demands respect, and requires students to have high expectation of themselves."
~Teacher, Holyoke

For more information, contact Celine at (413) 534-3789.

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