The Shakespeare Theatre Academy

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

See the Star Ledger feature article on The Shakespeare Theatre Academy.


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 three to four different plays.

Two to three 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 The first evening will be a guided reading through the first two acts; with insights, anecdotal information, historical references, and fun facts provided by a member of The Shakespeare Theatre staff.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 next sessions, in which we will discuss the play as a whole: its challenges, key scenes, characters and questions.

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

SPRING 2017: MERRIMENT, MERCHANTS AND METER: Shakespeare's Early Comedies
The Spring Session will explore three of Shakespeare's early comedic works a fun and provocative collection of plays with which to skip into Spring. The fast-paced thrills of the Bard's surprising plot twists give way to moving poetry and ruminations on our collective foibles and strengths. The class will also explore how Shakespeare plants clues throughout his verse structure which provide clear insights about characters and their points of view. (The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Merchant of Venice)

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (8 Sessions)
March 14 May 9, 2017 *THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON APRIL 11
3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, (no class on 4/11), 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9

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

FALL 2017
The Fall Session will include a diverse collection of three of Shakespeare's plays, providing a broad look into some of the many voices of the Bard. This series will also explore disparate directorial visions of Shakespaere on stage and screen. (Play titles will be announced shortly, but will be made up of plays not yet explored in the Shakespeare Book Club.)

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (8 Sessions)
September 19 November 14, 2017 *THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON OCTOBER 31
9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, (no class on 10/31), 11/7, 11/14

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 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.

Back by popular demand, this special session will focus on the wit, style, and substance of one of the theatre's greatest writers of farce and social comedy.

INSTRUCTORS: Brian B. Crowe and Doug West

Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (6 sessions)
3/22, 3/29, 4/5, (no class on 4/12), 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10

Fee: $280 ($260 for subscribers and past students)
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. (6 Sessions)

FALL: September 20 - November 8

9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8

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.


See specifics on these classes under the Specialty Sessions tab above

Dates subject to change.