For U.S. Veterans and Supporters


Following the success of its 2017 acting ensemble workshop for U.S. veterans, The Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will continue offering this unique course.

OLIVE BRANCH and LAUREL CROWN COURSE:   Acting ensemble workshop for U.S. veterans and all who support their service

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Participants will explore Shakespeare’s plays for themes of Rage and Madness and develop personal presentations of the work based on their own experiences. With CSC Teaching Artists, students will focus on awareness of the physical and vocal aspects of theatre and performing as a unit. No acting experience is needed.

Join us for a sharing of this Fall’s work with the ensemble:
November 16, 2019
CSC Theatre
7 S Calvert St,
Baltimore, MD 21202
Doors open at 6:30pm, Performance at 7:00pm
Pay What You Will

Olive Branch and Laurel Crown I – 2017 ensemble explored themes of War and Peace
Olive Branch and Laurel Crown II – Spring 2018 ensemble explored themes of Love and Dreams
Olive Branch and Laurel Crown III – Fall 2018 ensemble explored themes of Bravery and Fear
Olive Branch and Laurel Crown IV – Spring 2019 ensemble explored themes of Leadership

Participants this session will explore themes of Rage and Madness in Shakespeare’s plays, as well as their own personal expressions of their experiences of war.  The course will culminate in a moving public performance for family, friends, and guests.  No acting experience is needed.  Enrollment is open to U.S. veterans from all branches and years of service, and all who are supporters of the veterans’ service to our country.

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is pleased to partner again this year with Vet Arts Connect (VAC), an initiative of The Institute for Integrative Health. VAC works to inspire veterans to connect with active engagement in art and nature experiences of their choice, in their local community, to improve their overall health and well-being. They believe that active engagement in arts and nature activities can be beneficial to the overall health and well-being of all veterans.

To learn more about this, VAC has decided to participate in this partnership with CSC. If you agree to participate in this ​free program VAC may ask you a few questions regarding your health before and after the ​engagement​, ​as well as​ what you learned in the class.

Your information will be safeguarded using the latest security measures to ensure confidentiality. Your personal information will be anonymous and will not be shared with anyone. ​Vet Arts Connect is not part of the Veterans Administration (VA), nor will they share your personal information with the VA; they are an independent non-profit institution dedicated to promoting health and wellness.

In equal rank with the best govern’d nation;
That war, or peace, or both at once, may be
As things acquainted and familiar to us. (2 Henry IV)


Questions? Contact The Studio staff here.
Gerrad Alex Taylor, Director, The Studio, 410.244.8571, ext. 108
Ron Heneghan, Director of Education, 410.244.8571, ext. 113.

Macbeth image by Shealyn Jae.