Conservatory: SC Shakespeare

WEST 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 seven day 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 an optional opportunity attend SC Shakespeare productions for the Summer 2019 season.

The Acting 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 (Optional)
  • 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: August 5 – 10 (Monday – Friday  – Garfield Park Church
  3. Class Time: 10am – 6pm Monday – Friday classes and as scheduled below.
  4. SCS Play Attendance schedule:
  5. Friday, August 9 at 8pm WINTER’S TALE – The Grove at Delaveaga Park
  6. Saturday, August 10 at 8pm COMEDY OF ERRORS – The Grove at Delaveaga Park
  7. Saturday, August 17 at 2pm PRIDE & PREJUDICE – The Grove at Delaveaga Park
  8. Showcase Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, August 11 from 12-6pm at Broadway Playhouse
  9. Showcase: Sunday, August 11 at 7pm at Broadway Playhouse
  10. Location: Garfield Park Church & Broadway Playhouse & and The Grove at Delaveaga Park
  11. Instructors:  Santa Cruz Shakes Company Members & Guest Artists
  12.  Cost: $695
  13. One-Time payment or $178.75/month in 4 payments
  14. (includes a $5/month processing fee on monthly payments. Fees are based on total project hours) 

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