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Adult Classes

Extended Courses

All classes cost $335. All weeknight classes run 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m and all Saturday classes run 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

All classes will be held at the Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 or 516 Eighth Street SE, Washington, DC.

Tuition is non-refundable.

Still Available in our Spring Session.


Wednesdays, April 9 through May 14, 2014
Instructor: Vanessa Hope
Prior Experience: Not required.

Whether it’s the boardroom or lunchroom, client or co-worker, maximize the potential of every meeting, presentation and negotiation in the business world. In a fun, comfortable environment, learn how to listen and communicate more effectively and become more relaxed, present and persuasive in public through the study of techniques used by actors and directors in the theatre.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 29 through May 15, 2014
Instructor: Wyckham Avery
Prior experience: Not required.
Register by April 8, 2014 and receive $25 off tuition.

Discover and play as your own inner clown, finding a naïveté that allows you to experience the world anew without the barriers of logic or reality. Clown study teaches an actor how to improvise, live honestly in the moment, discover dynamic physicality, and develop a character. Students will create original scenes and broaden their range all through the freedom of play.

New! Discount Packages

Three Class Package

Tuition: $800

STC Education is excited to offer discount packages for students who wish to commit to a continued study of acting. The discount package includes three courses which can be taken at any time throughout our Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer sessions.

To register and to schedule your courses, please call our Education Hotline at 202.547.5688. Payment must be made in full.

Students may register for any three courses they choose within a year of their first class. Alternatively, we can recommend a structured curriculum to meet your goals.

Sample Tracks:

Laying the Groundwork

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.


  1. Introduction to Acting
  2. Fundamentals of Scene Study
  3. Elective of your Choice

Specifically designed for students who are just beginning their journeys in theatrical performance, Laying the Groundwork is a track of highly interactive, performance-based classes through which students will acquire the fundamental skills needed to pursue further, more intensive study. Taught by an exciting roster of working professionals, Laying the Groundwork provides special attention to the actor’s instrument and process.

Classical Core

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.


  1. Approaching Shakespeare
  2. Shakespeare Scene Study
  3. Elective of your Choice

The Classical Core package provides an opportunity for actors who have some training and experience to delve more deeply into the work of Shakespeare and other classical playwrights. Students will explore physical, vocal and other techniques designed to help them meet the challenges of performing heightened-language texts. Taught by a roster of working classical actors, the Classical Core will provide students with the special skills they need to understand and perform the work of Shakespeare.

One-Day Classes

Workshop with Swiss Theatre Collective MerciMaxRESERVE

Sunday, May 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
STC Rehearsal Studios, 507 8th Street SE, Washington, DC
Tuition: $30

Tuition is non-refundable.

The Zurich-based experimental theatre collective MerciMax will be working with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and other Zeitgeist Festival partners, to produce their award-winning piece Coffee & Prejudice in Washington, D.C. this May. This workshop, for all skill levels, is an opportunity to explore the themes of their work through improvisation, investigation of form, language, and physical movement. (No movement experience required.) MerciMax uses interaction between audience and performer to probe questions of narrative, suspicion and judgment. The workshop will be a great opportunity to work with a dynamic group of international artists who are constantly expanding the boundaries of drama and storytelling.

More about MerciMax’s Coffee & Prejudice:

Coffee & Prejudice invites the audience to test its powers of judgment live in a 1:1 confrontation. Each participant is alone with a “performer” at a table, listening to his/her story, unable to really (re)act or escape. And then this performer leaves, and the next one enters.

The piece is developed by Karin Arnold, Jessica Huber, and Mischa Robert from MerciMax, a Swiss theater collective that displays a special interest in theatre forms beyond the stage while playfully experimenting with the spectators’ perspective, in collaboration with The Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Ticketed performances are available for 16 audience members at a time (divided into two groups) on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut. Reserve your tickets here.