The Shakespeare Theatre Academy

For more information on Spring and Fall classes, please call 973-845-6742.

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SHAKESPEARE BOOK CLUB: Reading the Bard Aloud
Explore the fascinating universe of Shakespeare’s canon in this engaging and thought-provoking offering from The Shakespeare Theatre. Ideal for both Bard-ophiles and Shakespeare-novices alike, these read-aloud sessions delve into the compelling characters, conflicts, and universal truths that have made Shakespeare the object of global fascination for over four centuries. Enjoy libations and snacks with fellow readers in this fun, casual, and social atmosphere, while you explore four different plays.

Two sessions are devoted to each play. The first evening will be a guided reading through the first two acts; with insights, anecdotal information, historical references, and fun facts provided by a member of The Shakespeare Theatre staff. Students complete the play on their own, prior to the second session, in which we will discuss the play as a whole: its challenges, key scenes, characters and questions.

The Fall Session will include an in depth look into one of Shakespeare’s most beloved “villains”, Richard III.  Plays will include Henry VI: Part 1-3 and Richard III, and a comparison between the historical figure and Shakespeare’s more popular depiction.

Scripts included with the enrollment fee.
INSTRUCTOR: Brian B. Crowe, Director of Education

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (8 Sessions)
September 6 - October 25

FALL: September 6 - October 25
9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25


Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (8 Sessions)
September 7 - October 26
9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26

Fee: $400 ($380 for subscribers and past students)

Classes will be held in the Theatre’s Behind-the-Scenes Headquarters:
3 Vreeland Road, Florham Park.


Designed for novice and early-level actors, this eight-week series provides a great introduction to (or review of) the intricacies of performing classic works. Classes begin with engaging theatre exercises to get everyone energized and focused on the work ahead. Early classes will cover the basic tools: how to dissect the language, and how to bring the text to life through behavior and honest character choices. The next few classes focus on group scenes providing a chance to perform within the safe and fun environment of the class. Final classes provide more individual opportunities for students to shine in smaller two to four person scenes. Some memorization is required for scene work.
The Fall Sessions will dive into the diverse, challenging, and fun characters and scenes from Shakespeare’s canon.

INSTRUCTOR: Doug West, Associate Director of Education

, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (8 Sessions)

FALL: September 28 - November 16

9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

Fee: $365 ($345 for subscribers and past students)

Classes will be held in the Theatre’s Behind-the-Scenes Headquarters
3 Vreeland Road, Florham Park.
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See specifics on this class under the Specialty Sessions tab above.


See specifics on this class under the Specialty Sessions tab above

Dates subject to change.