Conservatory: with Santa Cruz Shakespeare


WEST Teen Acting Conservatory – a collaboration with 

Santa Cruz Shakespeare

Grades 8-12

Have you ever wanted to work with the actors, directors and core staff of a professional theatre company?  This is your chance. WEST students work with Santa Cruz Shakespeare Core Artists and Guest Instructors in the study of theatre to a professional standard. A two week course of study, the program is a mix of master led classes in text analysis, monologue, character, and scene study and stage combat as well as an opportunity to meet with SC Shakes actors and company members and attend SC Shakespeare productions: Romeo & Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Venus in Fur.

The Teen Conservatory is open to all students  with a sincere desire to learn the craft of theatre to high standard of excellence. The nature of a conservatory is intensive—students are engaged in activity every moment of their scheduled time and outside class time is required. To achieve excellence, attendance and participation in all classes is mandatory. Please check your calendars carefully before committing to this class.


  1. * Patty Gallagher (Ross), Toby Onwumere (Macduff), and Sierra Jolene (Malcolm) in Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Photo by rr jones.

Although the program varies each year due to artist schedules,  typical classes are:

  • Shakespearean script analysis
  • Classical acting
  • Directing
  • Movement for the stage
  • Vocal technique
  • Stage combat
  • A culminating performance
  • In addition to coursework, students have an opportunity to attend each of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare professional productions
  • Participate in pre-show discourse with the dramaturges and post-show discussion with the company members and actors

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  1. Grades: 8-12
  2. Class Dates: July 31 – August 10 (Tuesday – Saturday)
  3. Class Time: 12pm – 7pm
  4. SCS Play Attendance schedule:  Friday, August 3 at 8pm – Love’s Labour’s Lost;
  5. Saturday, August 4 at 2pm – Romeo & Juliet; and
  6. Friday, August 10 at 8pm – Venus in Fur
  7. Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, August 11 from 3:30-7pm
  8. Showcase: Saturday, August 11 at 8pm at Broadway Playhouse
  9. Location: Broadway Playhouse & and The Grove at Delaveaga Park
  10. Instructors:  Santa Cruz Shakes Company Members & Guest Artists
  11.  Cost: $895

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