Summer Shakespeare

**The Summer Shakespeare Program Was Offered Online in 2020 and will likely be in 2021**
Applications are now open for Summer Shakespeare 2021!
Applications are now open for Adler Youth Fall 2021!
Deadline: May 28, 2021

Summer Shakespeare is a five-week summer intensive that is free for qualifying students. Twenty-two students are selected to train five days a week in voice, movement, ensemble work and scene study (50 hours of classes total). The program culminates in a production of an abbreviated Shakespeare play. Summer Shakespeare is an intensive program that requires the quick understanding and execution of new skills.

In 2020, Summer Shakespeare ran from July 6 to August 7. Classes met Mondays through Fridays.

If you would like information on next summer’s program, please email Program Director, Melissa Mickens at with the subject heading: Interested in Free Actor Training.


How are students selected for this program?

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a New York City high school
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need (priority consideration for students who receive free lunch or reduced lunch)
  • Applicants must demonstrate a need for arts exposure (priority consideration for students who do not have access to arts programming)


Please note: This program adheres to a strict attendance policy and professional standards. All students must be on time and ready to participate in all classes. Those who are unprepared or late will be excused from the program.

Please also note: While we cover full tuition for the program, we do not cover transportation costs.