July 1-29, 2018. Prague Czech Republic. CLASSIC TRAINING in a CLASSIC CITY. Join the master teachers and continental Europe’s premiere English-language classical theatre: Prague Shakespeare Company for four weeks of transformational classical theater training and mentorship, while immersing yourself in one of the most picturesque and culturally rich cities in old Europe. This Summer Shakespeare Intensive will culminate in performances of five Shakespeare plays featured as part of Prague Shakespeare Company’s 2018 Season especially created for participants, performed in the heart of Prague.

The 2018 SSI productions feature a special Shakespeare and Italy theme with productions of Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Much Ado About Nothing. SSI productions in past years have included Richard III at Prague Castle (see event photo of SSI students Josette Nordman and Caroline Chu pictured left) in addition to Love’s Labor’s Lost at Divadlo Kolowrat and Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Richard II and The Death of Kings at Divadlo Na Pradle. In addition to performing in fully produced PSC productions, SSI students also attend professional Czech productions with the Summer Shakespeare Festival at Prague Castle and the National Theatre of the Czech Republic.


SSI students customize their training and maximize time with particular instructors by selecting ELECTIVES based on their own personal areas of interest. Planned 2018 SSI Electives include (among others TBA):

  • Advanced and Beginning Acting Shakespeare – two options
  • First Folio Shakespeare
  • Commedia
  • Shakespeare for English as a second language speakers
  • Original Practices
  • Original Pronunciation
  • Clown
  • Advanced and Beginning Voice – two options
  • Stage Combat – including rapier, broadsword, archery, historic firearms and more
  • Mask
  • Michael Chekhov technique for Classical Acting
  • Meisner technique for Classical Acting
  • Directing Shakespeare
  • Producing Bare Bard Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare Audition Workshop
  • Shakespeare’s Rhetoric
  • Dramaturgy for Shakespeare
  • Reviewing Shakespeare
  • Music and Shakespeare
  • Scenic Design for Shakespeare
  • Light Design for Shakespeare
  • Costume Design for Shakespeare
  • Puppetry
  • Stage Management
  • Shakespeare’s Contemporaries
  • Shakespeare Staged Readings – including performance opportunity!
  • Karaoke Shakespeare – including performance opportunity!
  • Pop-Up Shakespeare – including performance opportunity!

Classes are Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm with Fridays reserved for one-on-one tutorials and Master Classes. Master Classes with leading members of US, UK and European stages are held every week. Rehearsals for the PSC 2018 Season production are Monday through Friday from 6:30pm-10pm. All weekends are off (except the last two) so you can enjoy Prague and the Czech Republic!

  • BUILD your understanding and mastery of playing Shakespeare’s great poetry on stage, through performance of some of the greatest Shakespearean characters and scenes
  • DEEPEN your range, strength and personal connection to your voice through the detailed voice, text and speech work
  • STUDY with Czech fight masters and stunt experts – working hand to hand and armed combat
  • EXPAND your physical acting vocabulary through explorations of Puppetry, Mask, Clown and other European Physical Theatre traditions
  • STRENGTHEN your resume with a professional Prague Shakespeare Company 2017 Season credit
  • ENJOY theater, opera, dance and music events throughout the city (tickets provided at optional charge)
  • VISIT the great historical Prague sights including Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Alchemy Museum, and the Astronomical Clock of old town square
  • GAIN valuable professional advice from one-on-one PSC actor-mentors
  • PLAY in one of the most dynamic night-life cultures in the world

Professional Master Teachers from around the World, including among others:

  • Guy Roberts, Artistic Director – Prague Shakespeare Company
  • Paul Prescott, Associate Director – Global Shakespeare; Author & professor, University of Warwick
  • Markéta Fantová, Artistic Director – Prague Quadrennial; Scenic and Lighting Designer
  • Linda Gates, Head of Voice, Northwestern University
  • Nancy Bishop, Casting Director CSA, over forty films including Casino Royale, Narnia, Mission Impossible
  • Irwin Appel, Director BFA Actor Training, UC Santa Barbara; Actor, Director, Composer/Sound Designer, graduate of The Juilliard School
  • Rupesh Tillu, Master Clown & Clowns Without Borders
  • Gregory Gudgeon, Actor & Director – Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, West End
  • Přemysl Janda, Lighting Designer – Czech Republic National Theatre
  • Jim Johnson, Dialect & Accent expert – AccentHelp and professor University of Houston
  • Ben Crystal, Actor & Director, Original Pronunciation Expert – Passion in Practice
  • Laura Cole, Actor & Education Director – Atlanta Shakespeare Company/Shakespeare Tavern
  • Kiara Pipino, Artistic Director – Valle Christi International Theatre Festival (Italy)
  • Petr Nůsek, Master Fight Director, ARGO
  • Andrea Miltnerová, Baroque Dance Specialist, Czech Republic National Theatre
  • Julie Fishell, 20 year member of Playmaker’s Rep (actor & director); theatre professor – UNC Chapel Hill; graduate of The Juilliard School
  • Katherine Steele Brokaw, Actor, Director, Shakespeare and Music Expert, Author & professor – University of California, Merced
  • Eva Poustova, Head of Voice – DAMU (National Theatre School of the Czech Republic) and National Theatre of the Czech Republic
  • Carolyn Johnson, Actor, Voice Production, Dialect and Accent Expert – AccentHelp
  • Jennifer King, Actor, Director – Artistic Director – Shakespeare Napa Valley
  • Scott Jackson, Executive Director – Shakespeare at Notre Dame
  • Suzanne Dean, Associate Artistic Director – Shakespeare by the Sea, Producer – Rebelfilm Productions
  • Eric Rasmussen, Folio Expert, Professor, Author & Co-Editor The RSC Complete Works of Shakespeare
  • Eva Bellefueille, Resident Costume Designer – Prague Shakespeare Company
  • Helen Foan, Master Puppeteer & Puppet Construction Artist – East 15 Acting School

*additional WORLD-CLASS instructors announced in March 2018

Serious Training for Serious Students

Applications open until May 18, 2018
Email the following materials to

  • Picture and Resume
  • 150 word personal statement
  • Actors & Directors: Audition in person or via video submission. One two-minute Shakespeare monologue required
  • Designers: Portfolio and/or photos of designs
  • Dramaturgs: Sample writing
  • Stage Managers: Resume and Statement is sufficient

Accepted Students will be notified no later than one month after submission about decision.

Great Training and Great Travel for a Great Price

  • Tuition – $2,960 / 64500CZK
  • Room & Board – $2,490 / 54000CZK (single room accommodation in flat share with other participants and daily lunch and dinner provided on all workshop days). Students may elect to share a bedroom with another participant (same sex only) for a cost reduction of $500 / 10900CZK off the total Room & Board fee due. Students may elect to have a private studio flat (apartment) for an additional fee of $750 / 16500CZK and to upgrade the meal plan to have daily lunch and dinner for the entire month-long Summer Shakespeare Intensive (including all days off) for an additional fee of $400 / 8800CZK
  • Optional Theatre Tickets – $270 / 6000CZK (6 performances from PSC, the National Theatre & other top Czech theatres)
  • Optional Weekend Trip to Cesky Krumlov – $325 / 7200CZK (including transport, lodging, daily breakfast & dinner, Revolving Theatre tickets & tour of the world’s oldest operating Baroque theatre)

Non-refundable 50% Deposit Due on Acceptance. Balance due on June 1, 2018. No refunds will be granted after this date regardless of circumstances or participants inability to participate. Students are responsible for travel and other meals. Students will be met at the airport, and assisted in local travel.


Once your application has been accepted for the 2018 Summer Shakespeare Intensive, you may complete your registration by paying online using your credit card!!!

2018 SSI Enrollment Order (Note all payments must be in CZK):

Tuition 64500CZK

Standard Board with Shared Room in Flat Share – 43100CZK
Standard Board with Private Room in Flat Share – 54000CZK
Standard Board with Private Studio Flat – 70500CZK
Full Board with Shared Room in Flat Share – 51900CZK
Full Board with Private Room in Flat Share – 62800CZK
Full Board with Private Studio Flat – 79300CZK

Theatre Ticket Package – additional 6000CZK
Cesky Krumlov Weekend Theatre Trip Package – additional 7200CZK

Financial Assistance: Prague Shakespeare Company, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to developing the finest generation of up and coming classic artists. All financial aid is in the form of Room and Board Scholarships – we do not offer financial aid towards Tuition. Two (2) major Room and Board Scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional talent at their audition and require financial assistance. In addition to our highly competitive major Room and Board Scholarships, up to ten (10) smaller Room and Board Scholarships are available to those individuals not chosen for major funding. All Room and Board Scholarships require students to accept a same sex roommate sharing a bedroom with separate beds in shared student housing. Students wishing to be considered for financial assistance must submit a personal statement of no more than 500 words detailing need, requesting a specific amount of support. Decisions on financial aid will be made no later than two weeks after the request is received and are final.

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