An EXCEPTIONAL Theatre Experience!  

The Summer Shakespeare Corps (for ages 10-18) combines professional acting instruction and classic literature in a creative environment where students develop self-confidence and creativity and engage in teamwork and collaboration — all in the setting of an acclaimed regional theatre.

Members of the Corps become part of a vibrant artistic community that shares an unwavering commitment to excellence. For this reason, many Corps members choose to continue their relationship with us. Our alumni have returned in subsequent years to participate in our Summer Professional Training Program and in Main Stage productions. These alumni are proof of The Shakespeare Theatre's dedication to nurturing the next generation of theatre artists and audiences.

Junior Corps (Ages 10-14)

Session 1: July 10 – July 22, 2023
$1,100 per student
($100 discount for returning students, subscribers, and siblings)

Summer Shakespeare-SpotlightTHE JUNIOR SHAKESPEARE CORPS:
The Junior Corps is an affordable two-week summer acting program for all types of kids, from first-time performers to budding stars.  Members of the Junior Corps participate in daily classes (Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) under the direction of The Shakespeare Theatre's education staff, and meet with the Theatre's professional resident artists in master classes and discussions.

Each day is varied, fast-paced, and exciting! The focus of the Junior Corps program is ensemble — and each two-week session culminates in a final Saturday presentation that involves the entire group performing a theatrical version of a piece of classic literature. Parents, friends, and professional company members all attend these final showings.

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Senior Corps (Ages 14-18)

Session 1: June 26 – July 15, 2023 (no class on July 4)
$1,550 per student
($100 discount for returning students, subscribers, and siblings)

Session 2: July 17 – August 5, 2023
$1,650 per student

The Senior Corps is an affordable three-week summer acting intensive for teens (14 – 18 years old) who are serious about growing as performers. Building on the skills introduced at the Junior Corps level, the Senior Corps features a special focus on Shakespeare and the individual actor. The three-week session culminates in a final Saturday Shakespeare presentation. Prior participation in the Junior Corps is not required.

Members of the Senior Corps participate in daily classes (Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) under the direction of The Shakespeare Theatre’s education staff, and meet with The Theatre's professional resident artists in master classes and discussions. Each day is varied, fast-paced, and exciting! Classes focus on acting, analysis and characterization, bringing Shakespeare's language to life, audition techniques, and other areas specific to their presentation. Each student also comes away with a rehearsed and critiqued Shakespeare monologue of their choice — a great asset when auditioning for colleges and other theatre programs.

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2023 Faculty

Hickox-Young, Isaac_LIVE_2019(CMYK) copy 3.jpgISAAC HICKOX-YOUNG (Senior Corps)

is an actor, musician, composer, and teaching artist based in New York City. He has performed in 6 seasons and over 15 productions with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, including: The Rose Tattoo, The Caretaker, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, The Gift of the Magi, The Comedy of Errors, SNUG, Romeo and Juliet, The Rainmaker, Charley’s Aunt, Shakespeare Gumbo, Shaw! Shaw! Shaw!, Crazy Love!, and the Shakespeare LIVE! productions of Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was honored to spend part of the summer last year working with the Senior and Junior Corps students, and is thrilled to be back with Senior Corps again this year. He has also performed with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Peter and the Starcatcher, Hamlet, and Twelfth Night), Merry War Theatre Group (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (Romeo and Juliet) and the Argyle Theatre in Long Island (Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story). He is a proud graduate of the BFA Acting program at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).


Meghan Tynan.jpgMEGHAN TYNAN (Junior Corps)

is an enthusiastic and passionate teaching artist and educator with over a decade of experience in and out of the classroom. Meghan worked with The Shakespeare Theatre’s Shakespeare Corps in 2013-2014. Since then, Meghan has worked as a middle school English and Theater teacher in New York and New Jersey, developing new drama programs and clubs, as well as bringing Shakespeare to life for her students. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her fiancé and dog, Luna, and is very excited to return to the Junior Corps and the STNJ family.

COVID Protocols

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is a fully vaccinated site. All staff, volunteers, artists, students, and patrons must show proof of vaccination to enter our facilities.



All classes, rehearsals and performances take place on the campus of Drew University in Madison, NJ or at The Shakespeare Theatre's support facility in Florham Park. Our main classroom facility, as well as the location for daily drop-off and pick-up of students, is most often the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, located off the Lancaster Road entrance to the Drew University campus.

Attendance Policy

We at The Shakespeare Theatre believe that commitment and dedication are crucial components of the theatre education experience. Shakespeare Corps members are held to the same high standards as the rest of our company. Each student must attend all classes, workshops, and rehearsals, and must be on time. Students may not arrive late or leave early. All students will be involved in the rehearsal of a piece to be performed at the end of each session, and their absence will impair the work of the group as a whole. Students will be excused only for serious illnesses, legitimate family emergencies, or pre-arranged conflicts.

Food Policy

During the day, classes and rehearsals meet in sessions of 60 – 120 minutes. We will take a lunch break midday as well as two or three breaks per day of about 10 minutes each. Meals and snacks are not provided, so students will need to bring a packed lunch and may wish to pack a snack and/or bring money for vending machines on campus. Please note: there will not be access to refrigeration or microwaves. Students should plan accordingly.

For additional information, please contact the Education Department at Education@ShakespeareNJ.org or call 973-845-6742.