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 2019, our productions will be The Winter’s Tale and Coriolanus.

Inspired by our hometown of Stratford's history producing Shakespeare, our program’s approach to theater-making emphasizes inclusion, collaboration, creativity, community, and joy.


Summer 2019

We are thrilled to announce
the 2019 ensemble!

SA@S is designed for students finishing high school or currently attending college, as well as recent college graduates. We seek an ensemble of 14 passionate, collaborative actors from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Past students have traveled from as nearby as down the street and as far as California, Europe, and Asia. We’re so excited to welcome this year’s company to Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford!

Graphic design by Eli K. Lynn

Graphic design by Eli K. Lynn