We are committed to sharing our training, experience, and expertise with the emerging generation of Shakespeare performers and scholars. Our High School Workshops and Summer Intensives are structured around the principles that we believe are key to performing Shakespeare:
1. WORKING WITH THE TEXT - The quality of every production hinges on our actors' and directors' understanding of the text and their ability to communicate that understanding with the audience. The words come first.
2. A COMMITMENT TO ORIGINAL STAGING PRACTICES - A working knowledge of early modern history and original staging practices not only enhances our appreciation of the text, but it also clarifies the moments of tension and humor often lost in modern productions.
3. FOSTERING STRONG RELATIONSHIPS, ONSTAGE AND OFFSTAGE - Trust, respect, and kindness are the qualities we look for in our actors. The camaraderie found in a thriving company engenders spontaneity and inventiveness; an ideal environment for learning.
This year, Shakespeare in the Square has sent actors and directors to the following high schools, both private and public: St. Andrew's School, City as School, The Hewitt School (TEAK Fellowship), Professional Performing Arts High School, Xavier High School, Morris-Town Beard School, The Peck School, The Hill School, Collegiate Academy, and The Calhoun School.
If you would like SITS to visit your school, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: (816) 805-2959
"Your workshop was truly inspiring and reinforced my love of Shakespeare." – Brad, 8th Grade | The Hewitt School (TEAK Fellowship)
"Thank you for coming in and performing for us. Elise, you were hilarious. Dylan, you were amazing. And Dan, you really helped me understand Romeo and Juliet." – Samantha, 7th Grade | Professional Performing Arts School
"Your performance was so inspiring. It made me appreciate Shakespeare a lot more. It also made me really want to work hard so I could somehow do that one day too! I really admire your work and skills! Thank you so much!" – Ari, 7th Grade | PPAS
"Thank you guys so much for giving my class the opportunity to experience acting from such amazing people carrying on traditions from sometime before we were alive… I have learned so much from all of you and hope that one day I will be like you." – Molly, 6th Grade | PPAS
"Just wanted to let you guys know that everyone was on point Saturday. The performance today was definitely worth coming from SUNY Maritime to see. I look forward to the next one." – Efosa | Bronx, NY
"…so much fun and the kids loved it." – Katy, English teacher | City Arts School High School
“This has really helped me with my A-level English Literature study of The Taming of the Shrew.” – Byrony Mason, 16 | Great Britain