Shakespearean youth theatre Summer Camps

The SYT Summer Ensemble


Join the SYT Summer Ensemble as we tackle Shakespeare’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, opening July 18th, 2019!

The Summer Ensemble is a condensed version of SYT’s flagship Core Ensemble program. Students will study and strengthen core classical acting techniques, including:

  • voice and breath work to strengthen the physical connections between the actor and the text

  • movement work, including Viewpoints and stage combat with trained instructors

  • Original Practices text work using the text from Shakespeare’s First Folio

  • in-depth analysis of Shakespeare’s verse; poetic techniques including anthesis, assonance, metaphor, and iambic pentameter will be studied and applied in peformance

  • focus on the actor’s creative voice in the rehearsal room; development of each student’s personal interpretation of the text and its relevance in 2019

SYT’s unique creative process focuses on empowering and emboldening the creative and interpretive voice of each young actor; each students’ approach to the story and its themes take centerstage as we work together to create a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tale that speaks to our current cultural moment.


June 10 - July 17 | M - F | 11am - 3pm

We will not rehearse July 4 - 7; some weeknight rehearsals may be added.


SYT is currently accepting new students ages 12 - 19 for the 2019 Summer Ensemble! Please email subject line: Summer Ensemble Audition to schedule an audition. No prior performance experience is necessary!


Check back soon for 2020 performance dates!


Tuition for the Summer Ensemble is $500.

Scholarships are available! SYT will meet 100% of requested scholarship funds to keep SYT accessible to all. If you are interested in scholarship funding, simply complete the registration process and check the “I am requesting financial aid” box on the registration form.

SYT @ Great River Shakespeare Festival

All Summer Ensemble members are invited to join the SYT @ GRSF program at no additional cost. Ensemble members will join SYT staff and students on a trip to the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN, where they will attend plays, take workshops with GRSF company members and master classes with GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson, and even perform on the Great River Shakespeare Festival stage.

July 26th - 28th, 2019

Feste the Clowne in Shakespearean Youth Theatre’s 2018 production of the Shakespeare play  Twelfthe Night . Photo: Jake Otto

Feste the Clowne in Shakespearean Youth Theatre’s 2018 production of the Shakespeare play Twelfthe Night.
Photo: Jake Otto