Performing Arts Abroad is working in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe to offer a unique summer acting intensive exploring the performance of Shakespeare’s work through classes in movement, voice and speech, text interpretation, stage combat, and more. Classes will take place on the Globe premises, where you will train with London theatre professionals and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Globe’s summer productions. The course will culminate in a final presentation of work on the stage of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Globe’s indoor candlelit theatre.
In addition to the course at the Globe, Performing Arts Abroad will be offering full on-site support including airport pickup, housing, orientation, city tours, attendance at three theatrical performances, a weekend trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon to explore Shakespeare’s birthplace, grave, and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), and much more.
-Age: Must be 18 or over the day the program begins.
-GPA/Student Status: You do not need to be a student to participate in this program.
-Experience: The program is designed to cater to all levels, although we recommend that you have at least one year of theatre experience before applying. Prior experience with Shakespeare is not necessary, and instructors are accustomed to working with a variety of skill levels in the same class.
-Motivation: We are looking for open-minded, flexible applicants who can clearly convey their passion for theatre and Shakespeare, and an acute interest in international travel and exposure to new ideas.
-Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
-Application Process: to apply, click the blue “Apply Now” button on this page. You will fill out a simple initial application online and pay a $200 deposit that is refundable if you are not accepted, and will be applied toward your overall program cost if you are accepted (not an additional fee). At this point, we will ask you to send us the following materials:
-Your availability for a 30 minute Skype interview
We will contact you regarding your acceptance within two weeks of you completing your application.
London is one of the most important cities in the world for acting and theatre, and Shakespeare’s Globe is one of its most iconic performing houses. Perhaps no other area in the world can boast the variety and quality of theatre performance-and technical skill one may find in the theaters of London.
In addition to the vibrant theater scene, you will have the chance to explore the historical, political, and cultural landmarks of the city with other participants. From Big Ben to Westminster Abbey, learn what it means to call London home. London is a worthwhile destination for even a short visit, and the ideal place for an intensive training course in acting.
Also included in this program is a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the quaint countryside town where Shakespeare was born and is buried.
Participants will be housed in apartments located within London Underground zones 1-2. The apartments or “flats” will be located near all basic amenities, including public transportation, post office, grocery stores, and pharmacies, among others. Participants will share a flat with other program participants, and the size of the flat and number of rooms will vary from unit to unit.
Performing Arts Abroad works with a local housing provider to secure flats for each session, and more specific details—including the address for your session’s housing, the number of rooms and roommates in your flat, and the projected commute time from your flat to the Globe Theatre (45 minutes or less)—will be communicated as part of the pre-departure process.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS ELIGIBLE FOR $30,000 IN SUMMER 2018 SCHOLARSHIPS: http://www.performingartsabroad.com/summer-2018-scholarship
Dates: July 6 – July 21, 2018
Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
Cost: $5,995 (note that this program can be combined with our West End Musical Theatre Training Program with a discount of $1,000)
-$200 application deposit due at time of application
-$500 program deposit due upon committing to program (1 week after acceptance)
-$1,850 due March 1
-$850 due April 15
-Remaining balance due May 25, including $300 housing security deposit that will be refunded after the program, minus any damages.
-Free transportation in London (unlimited ride Oyster Card)
-Hop-on, Hop-off bus pass to explore London
-Group welcome meal
-Housing with other program participants in shared flats for the duration of the program
-Site visits, including a visit to Victoria and Albert Museum’s Theatre and Performance collection
-Full tuition for intensive Shakespeare acting course at Shakespeare’s Globe
-Attendance at theatrical performances (in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon)
-Extensive staff support throughout all phases of the program
-24 hour emergency support
-CISI Travel Medical and Accident health insurance for all participants
-Post-program support including access to PAA alumni network
Please note: Performing Arts Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner companies.
The Globe Theatre opened in 1997 as a reconstruction of the original theatre where Shakespeare performed his plays. It sits very near the original site on the south bank of the Thames River. The Globe hosts a robust season of performances, lectures, and demonstrations, both on its iconic open-air Globe Theatre and in the recently opened Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Our summer acting intensive at Shakespeare’s Globe focuses on bringing the words of Shakespeare to life through a variety of performance practices. You will participate in workshops and classes focusing on many aspects of performance, such as voice and speech, movement, stage combat, Elizabethan dance, text interpretation, and more. You will also attend several shows, visit the Globe’s Exhibition and enjoy a backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The training will culminate in a final private workshop sharing of scenes on the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse stage lit by candlelight.
We have also booked an in-depth backstage tour of the Globe Theatre, as well as a Playing the Globe workshop with a Globe Practitioner on the Globe Stage. These are both contingent on timing and availability of the busy spaces, and will be confirmed closer to the start date.
ARRIVAL AND TYPICAL DAY
You will book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport in London between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on the arrival date. Our Site Director Anna will be waiting at a pre-arranged meeting point where the group will gather. Once the last person reaches the meeting point (around 1:00 p.m.), Anna will travel with all of you to the housing where everyone will be given a welcome pack. You will have 30 minutes to drop off your bags and freshen up, and then you will gather for a 30 minute housing orientation with the housing supervisor. After this, Anna will lead the group on a walking tour of the neighborhood and will point out important sites such as ATMs, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. Following the neighborhood tour, you will be encouraged to go to bed to try and adjust to the new time zone!
The next day, you will join a one-hour orientation about the program, health and safety, the city of London and British culture, followed by a Welcome Meal at a local pub or restaurant. Following the meal, the group will view the performance collection at the famous Victoria and Albert Museum. The rest of the day is yours for exploring London on your own with a Hop On / Hop Off bus pass we will provide!
The rest of the program will be spent focused on training at the Globe. You will spend the Saturday between the weeks exploring Stratford-Upon-Avon where you will see Shakespeare’s birthplace, grave, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. You will receive a backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and attend a production there as well.
All the World’s a Stage!