June 10 - 21, 2024

Monday through Friday, 10am - 3pm

Culminating Performance: Friday, June 21st at 7pm

Ages 13-18 


What is the Youth Workshop?

Prepare for an immersive dive into the world of Shakespeare like never before at the Shakespeare Festival's Youth Workshop! Get ready to embark on an exciting journey into the rich tapestry of Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, and the captivating world of the Elizabethan era. Our two week workshop is designed to make Shakespeare not just accessible but incredibly fun and engaging!

During our workshop, budding actors will explore the gripping tales crafted by the immortal bard himself. They'll delve into the art of dramatic expression, perfecting their delivery of timeless lines and unraveling the complexities of Shakespearean characters. From star-crossed lovers to mischievous fairies, there's a role for everyone to master.

But that's not all! Our workshop goes beyond the stage. Young participants will uncover the compelling story of Shakespeare's life and the fascinating times he lived in. They'll get to know the man behind the quill, the historical context of his plays, and the enduring impact of his work on literature and the world. It's a unique blend of education and entertainment that's sure to spark a lifelong love for the Bard.

The Shakespeare Youth Workshop is the perfect place to discover, learn, and have a blast while doing it. Join us for a summer of Shakespearean enchantment and let the adventure begin!


Who is the Youth Workshop for?

The Youth Workshop is geared toward teenagers ages 13-18 who are between 8th and 12th grade. Graduating seniors are also welcome!


When is the Youth Workshop?

The Youth Workshop occurs June 10 - 21, 2024, Monday through Friday, 10am until 3pm. There is a final performance on Friday, June 21st at 7:30pm.


What's the daily schedule?

The morning block is broken into 2 classes, ranging from voice and diction, text analysis, history, and stage combat. Students bring a bag lunch and have lunch from 12:00-12:30. The afternoons are rehearsals for the culminating performance on Friday, June 21st.

Who is teaching the workshop?

We're ecstatic to have Jessica Podewell and Dr. Helen Jaksch leading the Workshops.


Jessica Podewell

Jessica received her BFA from Webster University and MFA from Ohio State University. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and has worked professionally in theatres throughout Austin, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, and New York.  She is currently Artistic Director of the children's theatre, The Patchwork Players.


Dr. Helen Jaksch

Dr. Helen Jaksch (she/they) is a dramaturg, director, performer, and educator born and raised in El Paso, TX. Helen recently earned her D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama in 2021. Her dissertation, “Real Live Kids! Real Live Theatre!: Youth-Centered Theatre in America, 1980s-Present,” investigates theatre companies and programs that center youth voice and leadership in the theatre-making process. Additional writings on theatre and performance can be found in TDR, Theater magazine, The NOLA Defender, and Performing Fiction.

Helen’s research and artistic interests include youth-centered theatre, arts education, participatory theatre, community-based arts, performance studies, Russian/Soviet avant-garde, allegory and allegorical theatre, and dramaturgy as a supportive, creative, and generative practice.


How much does it cost?

The entire program is $600. Full payment must be received by June 10, 2024.



The deadline to sign up is Saturday, June 1st.





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