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Learn. Create. Laugh. Perform.  

Imagination and creativity flourish in the Studio with fun and enriching courses for youth and adults. Each program is led by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company teaching artists. Age-appropriate activities encourage imagination and develop performing skills, using the rich language of Shakespeare’s plays. Classes are geared towards personal and/or professional growth. All programs are non-competitive: No auditions required. All courses include programs for actors and non-actors.

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For Youth

Shakespeare in Performance for Youth: The Worthies 
Learn Shakespeare's language to inspire action and empathy and then present an abridged Shakespeare play. Gain skills and knowledge in performance, textual analysis, language, history, and ensemble building as you rehearse and perform in our virtual “rehearsal room.” No audition needed. Fun strongly encouraged. Final class performance date: Saturday Dec. 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Who: Grades 5 - 12
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays. October 14 – December 5
Time: Wednesdays 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays 12-4 p.m.
Where: This class will take place online via Zoom Communications, Inc.
Instructor: TBA
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After-School Shakespeare
 Show up and have fun! Each session is a stand-alone class for kids and youth that focuses on a single theatre subject such as improv, scene study, voice and movement, theatre games, character study, stage combat, monologues, etc.

This class serves as a companion class for children and youth of military personnel participating in our adult Cohen Clinic Creative Workshop but all (civilian) children are encouraged to participate.

Who: Ages 7-18
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays. September 22 – November 24
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Where: This class will take place online via Zoom Communications, Inc.
Instructor: A different, experienced CSC Teaching Artist will lead each session
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The Homeschool Corps:  Session One
Inspired by our popular High School Corps program, this weekly class allows Corps members to conceptualize, design and perform Shakespeare’s complex and challenging CORIOLANUS, unabridged and unedited, over the course of the school year.

This first of three sessions will focus on the first two acts of Coriolanus.

Students get to speak all the words, engage with all the characters, and develop an appreciation of the whole play as Shakespeare wrote it. No audition needed.  Enthusiasm and enjoyment required.
Final first session performance date (required attendance) : Friday, December 4 at 1:30pm

Who: Grades 5-12
When: Fridays. October 16 – December 4
Time: 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: This class will take place online via Zoom Communications, Inc.
Instructor: Abigail Funk, CSC 2018-20 Corps Teaching Artist
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*PLEASE NOTE* Due to COVID-19 regulations and guidelines issued by both state and local officials in Maryland, all Fall programming will be hosted virtually. CSC will re-evaluate in-person sessions as new guidelines are released.

For Adults

Black Performance History 
An introduction to the history of the Black performer and performance, specifically in theatre. Included will be an overview of the origins, aesthetics, characteristics, and practices of Black performers, and their contributions and influence upon mainstream performance, which are often unacknowledged.

Who: Open to students of all ages
When: Tuesdays. October 13 – November 17
Time:  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: This class will take place online via Zoom Communications, Inc.
Instructor: Deletta Gillespie, adjunct instructor at Coppin State, performing artist/vocalist, and director
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A Director’s Forum 
Here’s a chance to gain insight into the director’s process: creating the world of the play; engaging an audience; utilizing the space; and working with design teams and actors. Moderated by CSC Education staff, each class will feature a special guest director that will share stories on a variety of topics, including challenges and artistic discoveries. Each class includes a talkback between students and directors.

Single session: $25
Select THREE sessions: $66 (save $9)
Select FIVE sessions: $100 (save $25)
Select ALL SEVEN sessions: $126 BEST VALUE ($50 in savings!)

Who: Ages 18 and up
When: Mondays. October 12 – November 23
Time:  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: This Class will take place online via Zoom Communications, Inc.
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An Introduction to Shakespeare and His Contemporaries   
Back by popular demand! Laura Rocklyn returns with a six-week class exploring the culture and history of Jacobean and Elizabethan playwrights and practices. Plays to be explored this session will include Twelfth NightMacbethThe AlchemistThe Duchess of Malfi, and The Island Princess. 

Who: Ages 18 and up
When: Thursdays. October 15 – November 19
Time:  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: This Class will take place online via Zoom Communications, Inc.
Instructor: Laura Rocklyn, CSC Teaching Artist and Resident Acting Company Member
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CSC Creative Workshops at the Cohen Clinic 
FREE CREATIVE WORKSHOP for Veterans, Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Military Offered in Partnership with the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals

BE OF GOOD CHEER! 
Pandemic got you down? This Fall Shakespeare class will lighten your spirits with the characters and clowns of classic theatre. Learn the art of the punch line, comedic rhythm, physical gags and more funny business. Participants will use these techniques while presenting their own comic pieces each week.

Who: Veterans, Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Military  
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 22 - November 24
Times: 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Where: This Class will take place online via Zoom Communications, Inc.
Instructor: Ron Heneghan, CSC Director of Education and Resident Acting Company Member
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*PLEASE NOTE* Due to COVID-19 regulations and guidelines issued by both state and local officials in Maryland, all Fall programming will be hosted virtually. CSC will re-evaluate in-person sessions as new guidelines are released.