Playing With Shakespeare

10:00pm-1:00pm Thursdays     Ages 12-18

Playing with Shakespeare will be playing and exploring during the fall and winter semesters, and presenting in the spring.  Work and fun will be at a high level, but experience is not necessary - new and returning students are welcome.  Students may use improvisation, “table work,” acting games, and other creativity related to exploring Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet.  We may add film, we may imagine and create settings, costumes, sets and more. Written work will mostly be optional, and usually related to character development. Casting will be non-traditional with many actors exploring Hamlet. The spring session will either continue this work or be a play reading and acting class.

Teacher: Laurie Heineman

Laurie Heineman  is an experienced teacher, author, mom, and Emmy winning actor, who loves having fun as students of all ages ‘play’ in depth. Laurie follows her great mentor Albert Cullum in helping each person find his or her own touch of greatness- knowing that whether one learns quickly or at a slower pace, engages easily or with hesitation, each is unique and gifted.  Her BA is from Harvard and her Masters from Pratt.  Laurie’s acting resume includes on and off Broadway, films, television and lots of Shakespeare. She was last seen as Judge Sweeny in the 2016 Academy Award winning movie Spotlight.  Laurie is also a board certified arts therapist and certified teacher.  She has taught classes with home schoolers since 2010, as well as in private and public schools for years.


Fall 2019 : $400 + $25 materials 14 days

Sept. 12th, 19th, 26th Oct. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st. Nov. 7th, 14th, 21st Dec. 5th, 12th, 19th,

No Classes Nov 28th Thanksgiving Break

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Winter 2020: $400 + $25 materials 10 Days

Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Feb 6th, 13th, 27th, March 5th, 12th, 19th

No classes Feb 20th Winter Break


Spring 2020 : $400 + $25 materials 10 Days

March 26th April 2nd, 23rd, 30th May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (field trip) June 4th, 11th

No Class April 9th and 16th (Spring Break)

This class is a year long there will Saturday rehearsals in January, February, March, 4 performance in March and a Staged reading in May