Playing With Shakespeare: Hamlet

12:00pm-2:00pm Thursdays     Ages 12-17

Throw complacency out the window-

FEEL confusion, fear, and some teen age angst
    The joy, palpitations, the (what?) of love
    Loyalty, treachery, family mess
    Put into perspective day-to-day stress
ACT Hamlet one time, Horatio the next
    The killer, a ghost, be a sweetheart too
    betrayer of sons, or maker of puns
THINK deeply of life, history and words
    Action or stasis, what’s bad or is good?
ASK “do I see one way, or turn it round?”
    Have courage to find out - whats to be found.    
BE the slapstick, absurd comedy of -
    The lightness and darkness of friendships in -
         encourages us to our best
Hamlet sings all other plays to their rest
Hamlet is joy, it is never a test

Join Playing with Shakespeare’s year of Hamlet exploration.

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 2018: $360 + $15 materials fee

Sept. 13th, 20th, 27th; Oct. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th; Nov. 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th; Dec. 6th, 13th (13 days)

(No Classes Nov. 22nd Thanksgiving Day)

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Winter 2019: $300 + $15 materials fee

Jan. 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st; Feb. 7th, 14th, 28th; March 7th, 14th, 21st (10 days)

(No Classes Feb. 21st Winter Break)


Spring 2019: $300 + $15 materials fee

March 28th; April 4th, 11th, 18th; May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th; June 6th (10 days)

(No Classes April 25th Spring Break)