Switchyard with the Bard – Summer Shakespeare Intensive, July 31 – Aug. 5

Build your Shakespeare Skills

Are you a young actor in the Triangle with a love for Shakespeare? Join Switchyard Theatre Company for our summer Shakespeare intensive! During the week-long program, students will learn and review the basics of Shakespearian classic acting, text analysis, movement, scene study and the essential production aspects of a classic play. Students will work in small groups on scenes selected specifically to test their skills, and perform them in a showcase at the end of the week.

Who can apply? The course is open to any rising 10th, 11th, or 12th graders, as well as class of ’23 high school graduates. Suggested ages: 14-18.
Course Dates: Monday, July 31 through Saturday, August 5
Times: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM each day, with a performance for families and friends from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday 8/5
Location: Mettlesome Theater, 800 Taylor St., Suite 9-156, Durham NC 27702
Course Fee: $299. A scholarship is available. Contact us for more information.

Meet Your Teacher

Sloan Thompson comes to us from DramaWorks Ltd., where she served as director and choreographer for 17 plays and musicals and taught acting and improvisation classes for children, teens, and adults. She received her MFA in Directing from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2020).


Registration is limited to 10 students, so that each participant receives individualized instruction tailored to their skill level. Applications must be submitted by Friday, July 14th.

Once you’ve registered, we will contact you to schedule a “get to know you” video call. This will take about 15 minutes, and let us determine how best to “cast” you in a scene with other actors.

More info

Email us at info@switchyardtc.org , or call 919.926.9906 .