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Actor Training Program 2021

Marin Shakespeare Company’s Actor Training Program is an opportunity to study and perform as a part of a professional summer theatre company.

The program includes seven weeks of classes in skills such as: Shakespearean Acting, Audition/Business of Acting, Voice, and Stage Combat. Actors will also have opportunities to learn about Shakespeare for Social Justice through discussions and participatory workshops. Classes vary each summer and are taught by members of the professional company. In addition, in non-pandemic summers, actors have opportunities to perform, work backstage, and teach.

Classes: June 22 through August 6, Tuesdays – Fridays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
The 2021 Actor Training Program will be conducted by Zoom.

To apply, call us at 415/499-4487 for an application or download the application here: Actor Training Info & Application 2021

Click here to pay the $50 application fee using a credit card.

In non-pandemic years:
Actors in the Program will be offered ensemble casting and/or production assignments in one or more plays and may gain Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) points. Actors also perform selected material from the summer classes in a Showcase at the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre. Your casting will depend on your available dates, as well as the needs of each production. For Actors who wish to gain experience teaching Shakespeare to youth, there are opportunities to assist at summer Shakespeare camps.

An audition in person or by video is required. You may attend our General Auditions (there will be no in-person General Auditions in 2021) or send a video of a Shakespeare monologue or a monologue plus a song.

We generally accept 8 to 12 students each summer. Some schools have programs which allow you to be paid or gain credit through their college or university for work done in conjunction with this Program; if your school has this program, please let us know.

Housing is not provided; however in the past we have been able to provide housing as a portion of a scholarship award to one or more Actors per summer. San Rafael is very close to San Francisco and any of the surrounding counties (Sonoma, San Francisco, Contra Costa) are just a short drive to San Rafael.

The fee for the Actor Training Program is $900, in addition to a $50 Application Fee. This fee does not include housing, transportation or personal expenses. Please see the scholarship information attached.

The EMC, or Equity Membership Candidacy program, is offered by Actor’s Equity Association. Actors may join the EMC program if they accept a casting or production assignment. EMC members gain points, or weeks, towards eligibility to join Actor’s Equity Association.

Interns can participate in professional Shakespearean theatre

Technical Intern Program – Not offered in 2021.

Young Company actress

Are you a high school student or young adult interested
in the technical side of theatre? Join our Technical Intern program. Practice set-building and painting, prop making, lighting, and more; learn about a variety of topics of theatre production from our professional technicians; and gain hands-on experience in theatre tech and front-of-house. Tech Interns will be paid a small stipend, and are expected to be avaialable for a tech assignment on at least one summer production. For more information contact

To apply, call us at 415/499-4487 for an application
or download the application here: Tech Intern Info & Application 2020

Audition Workshop

Hone your Shakespeare monologue in preparation for Shakespeare auditions!  This year’s Audition Workshop will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 7 – 10 pm at 514 Fourth Street in San Rafael.  Bring a monologue and work with Artistic Director Robert Currier, who will answer all your questions about auditioning for Shakespeare companies!

Fee $50.  Strictly limited to 12 participants.

Call 415-499-4488 for more information or sign up here.

Workshops with Shakespeare Masters 

Director Robert Currier

Artistic Director Robert Currier
Artistic Director Robert Currier has offered Shakespeare workshops through Dominican University of California’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, College of Marin, and the Fromm Institute. For information on upcoming workshops, please call 415/499-4485 or email

Master Classes with Rob Clare

Clare NEWRob is a renowned international director, scholar and master-teacher  whose freelance credits include the Royal Shakespeare Company, The UK National Theatre, Chicago’s renowned Steppenwolf Theatre, and India’s National School of Drama.

Learn tips and tools for approaching acting Shakespeare from one of the best.

Past Workshops have also been given by Barry Kraft, long-time Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor, dramaturg and gadfly and Marin Shakespeare actor.

Barry Kraft

For more information, call 415/499-4487.