14 Actors. 6 Weeks. 2 Plays. 1 Ensemble.

My experience with Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford was transformational—incredibly challenging, rigorous, rewarding, fulfilling, immersive.
— Simon, Summer 2016

The Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford is a six-week summer theater program that uniquely combines rigorous training, ensemble collaboration, and the opportunity to rehearse and perform two Shakespeare plays in repertory.

Each year we select a fourteen-member ensemble from around the U.S and abroad, to train and perform together on the property that once housed the legendary American Shakespeare Festival Theater.

Living and working side by side, as an ensemble, is a hallmark of the SA@S experience. Mornings are spent studying with prominent instructors and masterclass teachers from programs such as the Juilliard School, the Yale School of Drama, and NYU Tisch/Grad Acting.

Afternoons and evenings are devoted to rehearsal for two Shakespeare productions, to be performed for the public in a repertory festival during the final ten days of the program. In 2018, our productions will be Romeo and Juliet and Pericles.

Our approach emphasizes inclusion, collaboration and community—inspired by our hometown of Stratford's history producing Shakespeare.

It was so important for me personally to be on the grounds of the Shakespeare Festival. I think, especially with Shakespeare, it is important to realize that you are part of a tradition of great artists and different times. It was fantastic to see the theater every day behind us.
— Ron, Summer 2015

Summer 2019 Program Details


Applications for 2019 will open in the new year. SA@S is designed for students finishing high school or currently attending college, as well as recent college graduates. We seek a diverse ensemble from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Past students have traveled from as close as Connecticut and as far as Florida, Washington, Wisconsin, Europe, and Asia. Prior training and/or experience in theater or Shakespeare are not a requirement. Rather, we look for evidence of the applicant's desire to create, a strong imagination, and readiness to jump in, contribute, and take risks as part of a collaborative ensemble.

The program dates are June 21 - August 6. All students perform in both productions and rehearse and train intensively as part of the repertory company. Tuition is $4000, and includes housing for the full six weeks of the program. SA@S is a program of the Mighty Quinn Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to artistic and educational opportunities for the next generation of theater artists.