The School at Nashville Shakes

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Wednesday nights, June 6-27, 6:30-9:30pm
Ages 18+, $300

Playing with an Open Hand is an improvisational approach to performing Shakespeare’s heightened language. The exercises in “extemporal invention”—based on Shakespeare’s schooling in classical rhetoric—challenge us to discover what Patsy Rodenburg calls “our native eloquence”: our wit, our love of verbal play, our ability to speak forcefully and eloquently off the cuff on matters of the heart and deep concern. We want to do this as Elizabethan students—Shakespeare and his actors among them—were expected to do: as if “inventing” the words on the page under the pressure of the moment.

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June 4th-8th 11am-3pm
Ages 13-18, $200

Young actors will be given the opportunity to further their love of acting by studying monologue and scene work with professional actor and director, Nat McIntyre. 

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June 11th-15th 11am-3pm
Ages 6-12, $200

Join NSF Teaching Artists as they lead kids through learning the play and power of Shakespeare - through a play! Kids will put together a 30-minute kid-friendly version of Romeo & Juliet that they will present to their parents at the end of the week. Through staging the play, they will learn the importance of clear speech, movement, characterization, and do what kids do best: play on!


Give your child the experience of being a part of Shakespeare in the Park!

For ages 6-12, Elf and Fairy Camp 2018 will include:

  • Role of Elf/Fairy in Shakespeare in the Park 2018's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • They will be taught the "Fairy Song" and dance for the show, performing alongside the Apprentice Company and professionals
  • Introduction to Shakespeare's use of language and play through sonnets and songs
  • One memorized sonnet, to be performed as part of the pre-show entertainment
  • An introduction to the Apprentice Company program


Monday-Wednesday: Training/Rehearsals: 3:30-6pm
At Nashville Public Television:
161 Rains Ave Nashville, TN 37203
Thursday-Sunday: 6:20 call, 7:30 performance

$200 for whole week (with option of performing in later show weekends)
Session 1: August 5th-12th (SOLD OUT!)
Session 2: August 13th-19th
Session 3: August 20th-26th
Session 4: August 27th-September 2nd
Session 5: September 3rd-9th

Session 6: September 10th-16th (Franklin)
*Franklin time change: 4:30-6:30pm Mon-Wed
Thurs-Sun: 5:50 call, 7:00 performance
Location: Academy Park Performing Arts Center
112 Everbright Ave, Franklin

School at Nashville Shakes

The School at Nashville Shakes, taught by some of NSF's teaching artists, directors, fight choreographers, and actors is for aspiring Shakespeareans seeking to learn a variety of methods and techniques to help with their understanding of Shakespeare's language and performance elements.  The workshops found in the curriculum are vast and diverse, where the student chooses what area best suits their needs; be it voice work, physical work, text analysis, combat skills, or the basic building blocks of the bard. No matter the need, we guarantee that time will be dedicated to the individual to help them grow as an artist.

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