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FAQs

Q: Where are classes held?
A: Classes are held at the Shakespeare Theatre Company Education and Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 8th Street SE and 516 8th Street SE, two blocks from Eastern Market Metro (Orange and Blue Lines) OR at the Forum in Sidney Harman Hall, located at 610 F Street NW, one block from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Red, Yellow and Green Lines).

Q: Where is the closest Metro station?
A: Eastern Market Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is a block and a half away from both 507 and 516 Eighth Street SE. Gallery Place/Chinatown on the Red, Yellow,and Green Lines is a block away from Sidney Harman Hall.

Q: Is there a specific track of classes that I should follow?
A: Not necessarily. While some classes obviously lead to other classes, students are free to determine their own journeys. The Education Department is happy to assist you with your decisions on which class to take next based on your interest and skill set. Contact them at STCtraining@shakespearetheatre.org or at 202.547.5688.

Q: How do I decide which classes are appropriate for me in regards to level of training?
A: Each course listing includes a suggestion regarding prior experience. If prior experience is not required, the class is suitable for actors at any stage in their careers as well as theatre enthusiasts who have not performed before. If prior experience is recommended, the class is suitable for actors who are versed in the basics of acting and are ready to hone their skills. If prior experience is strongly recommended, the class is suitable for actors who have gone beyond the basics in class and performance and are seeking to develop mastery of their subject. The staff at the Education Department is happy to answer questions and help students find their place in our program; if you are unsure whether a class is a good fit for you, please contact the Education Department by email or at 202.547.5688.

Q: What happens if I have to miss a class? Do you offer make-up classes?
A: Because classes are highly interactive and may involve partnered scene work, students are strongly encouraged to attend every scheduled class. In the event that an instructor or the Company cancels a class due to special circumstances, make-up sessions or additional time will be scheduled.

Q: Do you offer private classes?
A: If you wish to pursue private training with one of our teaching artists, contact the Training Programs Manager who will be happy to coordinate a private session. Additionally, the Shakespeare Theatre Company offers a one-day intensive format of Acting for Business Professionals for organizations interested in hosting a professional development workshop for their staff. Contact them by email or at 202.547.5688.

Q: Do you offer summer courses?
A: Yes. We announce our summer course offerings in May.

Q: Do you offer a certificate or degree?
A: No. The Master Acting Class program does not provide participants with a certificate or a degree.