Classes Year-round Instruction for Youth and Adults

Lion FairyMarin Shakespeare’s Classes provide performing arts instruction throughout the year. We also provide drama classes at many local schools.

Phone Education Director Beth Kellermann Fouts at 415-499-4487 with questions or to enroll, or email education@marinshakespeare.org.

For Homeschoolers
For Youth
For Teenagers
For Adults

As part of Arts in Education Week, Marin Shakespeare Company is offering a free Improvisation Workshop to be held on Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at 514 Fourth Street in San Rafael.  Led by teaching artist Jackson Currier, participants will improve their acting skills, gain comfort in public speaking and social settings, enhance their creative and imaginative abilities and strengthen decision-making in the moment. Open to all ages.  No previous acting or improv experience required. Just show up ready to play and open to silliness!
For further information, please contact education@marinshakespeare.org
Workshop size is limited to first 50 participants.  Doors will open at 6:15pm.

For Homeschoolers

Stay tuned for more information.

For Youth

Fall 2018 programming for our youth, teen and adult classes at 514 Fourth Street shall be available on-line the end of August.  Should you have any questions, please contact education@marinshakespeare.org.

EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE – FALL 2017
Dates/Times:
Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, 8 weeks
October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14
Location: 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael
Tuition: $240
Ages: 8 to 12
Instructor: Jesse Brownstein

EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE’S VILLAINS – WINTER/SPRING 2018
Dates/Times:
Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, 8 weeks
March 15, 22, 29, April 5 (no April 12), 19, 26, May 3, 10
Location: 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael
Tuition: $240
Ages: 9 to 13
Instructor: Jesse Brownstein
Enroll Here

This 8-week theatre class is perfect for young people who want to explore Shakespeare’s plays and characters. The class will focus on some of Shakespeare’s most famous villains, from the plays Macbeth, Richard III, Measure for Measure, and Othello. Students will learn the stories of each play, explore the characters through improvisation, and perform select scenes and monologues. Each young actor will deepen their knowledge of Shakespeare and hone their acting skills, all while asking “What makes a good villain in a story?”. The class will culminate with a showcase of scenes for friends and family.

IMPROVISATION IMMERSION FOR YOUTHWINTER 2018
Dates/Times:
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, 8 weeks
January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28, March 7, 14
Location: 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael
Tuition: $240
Ages: 9 – 12
Instructor: Jackson Currier
Enroll Here

Come sharpen your wit and hone your skills.
Whether you’re new to acting or you’ve got years of experience, you’ll build your performing confidence and laugh harder than you thought possible. In a world where our lives are so often scheduled and prepared, Improvisation is a great tool that helps build confidence and encourages quick-thinking on your feet without preparation. We’ll explore what it means to create a scene by just being in the room and listening and responding. We believe Improv can help young adults by improving acting skills, gaining comfort in public speaking and social settings, enhancing one’s creative and imaginative abilities and strengthening decision-making skills. No previous acting or improv experience required. Just show up ready to play and open to silliness!

For Teenagers

IMPROVISATION IMMERSION FOR TEENS – FALL 2017
Dates/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, 8 weeks
October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6
Final class, Sunday December 10 from 4 – 6 pm – families and friends are welcome to attend!
Location: 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael
Tuition: $240
Ages: 13 and older
Instructor: Jackson Currier

IMPROVISATION IMMERSION FOR TEENS – WINTER 2018
Dates/Times:
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, 8 weeks
January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28, March 7, 14
Location: 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael
Tuition: $240
Ages: 13 and older
Instructor: Jackson Currier
Enroll Here

Come sharpen your wit and hone your skills.
Whether you’re new to acting or you’ve got years of experience, you’ll build your performing confidence and laugh harder than you thought possible. In a world where our lives are so often scheduled and prepared, Improvisation is a great tool that helps build confidence and encourages quick-thinking on your feet without preparation. We’ll explore what it means to create a scene by just being in the room and listening and responding. We believe Improv can help young adults by improving acting skills, gaining comfort in public speaking and social settings, enhancing one’s creative and imaginative abilities and strengthening decision-making skills. No previous acting or improv experience required. Just show up ready to play and open to silliness!

TEEN TOURING COMPANY
The Teen Touring Company gives teenagers a chance to tour a Shakespeare play to schools, senior centers, and other venues. To schedule a free performances of the Teen Touring Company at your school, please email or call us at 499-4487 in the Fall.
Click here for information about auditions and performances, and to enroll online.

Cast

For Adults

CLOWNING/PHYSICAL COMEDY 2017
Dates/Times:
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, 8 weeks
October 23, 30 November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11, 18
Location: 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael
Tuition: $240
Ages: Adult, older teenagers (15+) will be considered on an individual basis.

Adults Enroll Here
Age 18 and Under Enroll Here

Everybody Laughs with Michael Cavanaugh. What is that one thing about you that is different and unique? How can you harness that into an unstoppable force of laughter? Come explore the wide world of Clown as we explore the many different faces and physical comedy skills of various types of clowns. We will also explore the dynamics of status and how to play status in duos, trios, and more. Along with types and status we will delve into Clown logic, taking everything at face value.

SHAKESPEARE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE TEACHER TRAINING
Are you an actor, director or theatre teacher who wants to use the power of theatre to help others? Join our Shakespeare for Social Justice Instructor Training Workshop to learn about using Drama Therapy and Shakespeare to open minds and hearts.  You will learn how Marin Shakespeare uses Shakespeare and Drama Therapy in California State Prisons and about opportunities to volunteer in prisons.

For more information or to enquire about scholarships, please call 415/499-4485 or email management@marinshakespeare.org or visit Social Justice Teacher Training

AUDITION WORKSHOP
One of our summer mainstage Directors will offer insight on auditioning for outdoor Shakespeare festivals plus one-on-one feedback on your audition piece. A great way to prepare for Marin Shakespeare Company General Auditions.

Monday, January 22, 2018 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael.  Cost: $50.

To sign up, call 415/499-4487 or Click here to sign up online.
For audition information and to schedule an appointment click here: Audition Information.

Phone Education Director Beth Kellermann Fouts at 415-499-4487 with questions or to enroll, or email education@marinshakespeare.org.

Private study is available upon request.

Instructor Bios: 

Jesse Brownstein is a native Bay Area theater artist and educator who specializes in Shakespeare. He holds and degrees from UC Berkeley, SF State, and Boston College, where he studied Shakespeare, Early Modern theatre, and dramatic literature. He has worked with numerous theatre companies around the Bay Area, including Marin Shakespeare, the SF Mime Troupe, and Golden Thread Productions. Jesse fell in love with theatre as a child by participating in Marin Shakespeare’s educational programs and he is honored to return as a teacher to share his passion with a new generation of artists and actors.

Michael Cavanaugh has a a Masters in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut and graduated from Dell’Arte International’s Professional Training Program. Michael is a Resident Artist and Director with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival as well as a Teaching Artist and Director with Berkeley Playhouse, the Kinetic Arts Center, and Circus of Smiles. Michael has founded his own clown training for actors program called Everybody Laughs. He is also a founding member of the AlulA Ensemble. Michael is a member of Actor’s Equity, UNIMA-USA, Puppeteers of America, and the Bay Area Puppetry Guild.

Jackson Currier is a teaching artist, set designer and actor for Marin Shakespeare Company where he most recently played Porthos in The Three Musketeers. He was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award his performance as Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet at Marin Shakes. He has directed Two Gentlemen of Verona and King Lear for Marin Shakespeare Company’s Teen Touring Company and will be directing their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in January. Jackson trained at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and currently teaches stage combat and technical theatre at Mount Tam School in Mill Valley.