On this page you will find information about ASC’s wide range of educational programming for school-age students, ranging from 4th through 12th grades.
All of our education programming emphasizes active student participation and engagement with text as the most exciting and effective way to introduce students to acting and Shakespeare.
All of the programs listed below are designed to be complimented by attendance at our Weekday Student Matinees , and are customizable to meet your and your students’ needs.
For additional program information, please call 551-200-2931 or email: email@example.com
Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU is pleased to announce the 2012 Young Artist Festival. In the tradition of last year’s successful workshop of The Lear Project, adapted and directed by McNair Academic High Senior Jessica Perez, the Young Artist Festival is an opportunity for theatre artists, grades 8-12, to work on a Shakespeare project with the professional actors and artists of ASC.
The content, design and direction of the final project will be decided by the Young Artists, under the guidance of ASC’s Producing Artistic Director Colette Rice and Education Director Colin Ryan. The final project, composed of material from one or more Shakespeare play, will be performed for family, friends and the public.
Interested students should complete the attached application form and email it to Education Director Colin Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 13th.
Play it UP! - Elementary (grades 4-6)
• Designed especially for elementary school students, this course combines professional acting techniques with the works of William Shakespeare to create a dynamic, fun and varied introduction to acting for the stage.
• Over 20 weeks (10 in the fall, 10 in the spring) students receive an introduction to Shakespeare and stage performance.
• Classes conducted once a week for the length of a typical school class session.
• Students will attend two professional performances of a Shakespeare play by Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU (December: Christmas with Dickens & Dylan, Early Spring: Macbeth).
• The spring session will culminate in a 20-30 minute performance by students to which parents may be invited.
• Play it UP! reflects the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Visual and Performing Arts and English Language Arts.
Play it UP! - Special Learners (ages 12-21)
• Courses designed especially for students with a range of abilities and disabilities. These customized courses combine professional acting techniques with the works of Shakespeare to develop and encourage enjoyment of storytelling and performance.
• Over 20 weeks (10 in the fall, 10 in the spring) students receive an introduction to storytelling and performance.
• The duration of each class is between an hour and an hour and a half, depending on your school's needs. Students will attend two professional performances of a Shakespeare play by The Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU (December: Christmas with Dickens & Dylan, Early Spring: Macbeth).
• The spring session will culminate in a 20-30 minute performance to which parents may be invited.
Words & Action - (grades 7-12)
• Designed especially for teenage students, this course, combines professional acting techniques based on the Stanislavski methodology with a systematic, text-based approach to Shakespeare to create a sophisticated introduction to Shakespeare performance.
• Over 24 weeks (12 fall, 12 spring) students will cultivate the technical skills and theatrical understanding required to fully express classical texts.
• Classes are conducted once a week for the length of a typical school class session.
• Students will attend two professional performances of a Shakespeare play by The Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU (December: Christmas with Dickens & Dylan, Early Spring: Macbeth).
• The spring session will culminate in a 90 minute performance to which parents may be invited.
• Words & Action reflects the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Visual and Performing Arts and English Language Arts.
Trippingly on the Tongue - (grades 3-12)
• A two day in-class workshop focused on one Shakespeare play, in preparation for attendance at a professional performance (December: Christmas with Dickens & Dylan, Early Spring: Macbeth)
• Interactive exercises and activities introduce students to the play’s characters, language, conflicts and themes.
• Students will rehearse and perform excerpts from the play for their peers.
The Purpose of Playing - Hamlet - (grades 9-12)
• A 90 minute program including a 60 minute rendering of the play with full costumes and combat.
• 30 minute Question and Answer session with the actors.
• Teachers are provided with a detailed study guide including classroom activities and discussion topics.
Main Stage - School Day Matinee Series
In addition to the in-school education programs, ASC invites students and teachers to our main stage productions through our School Day Matinee Series.
• Full performances of ASC at NJCU’s main stage work, not abbreviated “school versions.”
• Teachers are provided with a detailed study guide that includes classroom activities, follow-up questions and discussion topics.
• Following the performance students will engage in a Question & Answer session with the cast.
“The students remarked how they will never forget the experience and how they now understood what Shakespeare intended for his audiences. Students have learned the influence of culture and history in creating a work of art.”
“You emphasized one of the most crucial elements of learning--not knowing the answers, but knowing what questions to ask!”
“I noticed many of the students began taking on active roles in the class by becoming involved in [the activities], which built on their confidence and self esteem.”
“Due to the extensive group work during these [workshops], the class came together as a whole. The children learned to interact in a positive manner.”
Colin Ryan, Education Director
Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU