Directing Shakespeare | April 16-27

Join veteran Twin Cities director and SYT teaching artist Craig Johnson for this new workshop delving into the essential elements of staging Shakespeare. Over the course of five sessions, you will build foundational skills and learn practical tools that will help you:

  • develop your creative eye and personal style
  • create compelling stage pictures that clearly tell the story
  • communicate with actors to create a collaborative environment
  • delve into Shakespeare’s text to discover the clues he left behind
  • use your new skills to direct your interpretation of a Shakespeare scene
  • support your fellow classmates by acting in their scenes

All students will have the opportunity to showcase their scenes in a final performance.

Directing Shakespeare Spring 2018


DAYS  Five sessions | April 16th, 18th, 20th, 25th & 27th, 2018
TIME  3:30-6:30pm
LOCATION  SYT studio, 550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul
COST  $160/student*
AGES  13-19 – some experience is recommended. Contact us with questions!​

​*Scholarships available for all programming – see registration form for details!



Summer Performance Intensive

Hone your acting skills, strengthen your grasp of Shakespeare’s language, and awaken your interpretive vision all while collaborating with top theater professionals to develop, design and perform an original showcase featuring some of Shakespeare’s most iconic scenes and characters. During this two-week summer camp, you will train with working professionals in acting, text analysis, voice/movement and scenic design and learn to make compelling and dynamic choices both onstage and behind the scenes.

Some experience is recommended. Please contact us with questions!

Days: July 10th – 14th & July 17th – 21st
Times: 9am-3pm (3pm-5pm optional after-hours programming)

Fight workshop lead by Annie Enneking outdoors

Summer Skills Training

Delve into essential techniques for acting Shakespeare and creating powering and compelling characters in this exciting two-week camp. Over the course of two weeks, you will:

  • Explore Shakespeare’s language and characters through voice and movement.
  • Develop fundamental acting skills.
  • Learn armed and unarmed stage combat techniques from award-winning fight choreographer Annie Enneking.
  • Refine and strengthen your creative voice.
  • Unravel Shakespeare’s language through text analysis and character study.

Days: June 12th-16th & June 19th – 23rd, 2017
Times: 9am – 12pm

Choreographing Fight Scene

Stage Violence and Physical Storytelling

Join award-winning fight choreographer Annie Enneking and SYT artistic director Logan Verdoorn for this workshop aimed at understanding and staging Shakespeare’s violence. Through physical exploration, scene study and stage combat training, students will explore the concept of body logic, discover techniques to making dynamic and compelling choices onstage, and develop physical specificity and vocal clarity to create electricity between characters and audience.​

All experiences levels welcome and encouraged to join!
Days: May 15th – 19th, 2017
Times: 4-7pm

Kevin Springer Teaching Sound Design to a group of students

Sound Design for Actors

​From creepy off-stage effects and soaring musical scores to the tapping of the actors’ shoes on the stage, sound design is crucial in building the atmosphere of the play. In this exciting new SYT workshop, you will explore and develop new skills that will expand your technical savvy, strengthen your interpretive abilities, and improve your awareness as a performer. Each day you will be introduced to a new element in sound design technique and then put those new skills to practice by designing and engineering an original soundscape to accompany an iconic scene from Shakespeare.

All experiences levels welcome and encouraged to join!
Days: April 24th – 28th, 2017
Times: 4-7pm
Cost: $150*


Shakespeare's Combat

Shakespeare and Stage Combat

With Annie Enneking, Leif Jurgensen, and Logan Verdoorn

August 15-19, 2016
Join Annie, Leif and Logan for this exciting look into some of Shakespeare’s most intense and action-packed scenes. Work with award-winning choreographer Annie Enneking on stage combat and choreography techniques to effectively (and safely!) design your own fight. Learn how to mine the text for clues on how to best tell the story of the scene and gain insights into the physical life of your character. Students will work together on a Shakespeare scene, hone their stage combat skills, and build characters through an understand of the text and physical specificity.