Summer Shakespeare

The application period is now open! Please fill out this application form by May 31st, 2024. 


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. To learn more about this exciting, free program click here to read about it in the Wall Street Journal and click here to read about the program in American Theatre magazine. You can also click here to hear from Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim on NY1 and see the studio’s facility.

For more information, please email Program Director, Yeauxlanda Kay 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)
  • After completing a short application and Zoom interview, applicants may be invited to present a 60 second memorized Shakespeare monologue at an audition at the studio.

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.

Congratulations – 2023 ensemble

Congratulations to the students who applied and were accepted to the 2023 program:

Aman, Bayside H.S.
Beyonce, LaGuardia H.S.
Casey, LaGuardia H.S.
Daniel, Brooklyn School for Law and Tech
Fatima, Central Park East H.S.
Harly, Opportunity Charter School
Jose, Pelham Lab H.S.
Liana, Millenium H. S.
Luciano, Rachel Carson H.S.
Milagros, Susan E. Wagner H.S.
Samiyah, Professional Pathways H.S.
Shayne, Performing Arts and Tech H.S.