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2021 Shakespeare Immersion Program

This year the Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity will join forces with the award-winning Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to provide area middle and high school students with a total immersion into acting and learning about William Shakespeare.

This weeklong, after-school experience will provide students with the unique opportunity of approaching Shakespeare from an actor’s point of view in learning about text, language, character, ensemble building, scene study and includes a live performance for families and friends on a Wharton Center stage.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theater company in Over-the-Rhine. The Company produces classics, great works, and works you rarely get a chance to see. These plays are the ones that have stood the test of time. The staging of these plays is thoughtfully crafted to create an engaging experience that will resonate with you, inspire your thoughts, and start conversations. For questions, contact Laurie Briseno at (517) 884-3141 or briseno@msu.edu.

Dates and additional details

  • Open to middle and high school students with or without acting experience.

  • Location: Wharton Center for Performing Arts on the campus of MSU

  • Dates:

    • Monday, November 29 to Saturday, December 4, 2021
      3:30pm to 7:30pm

    • Recital on the Pasant Stage
      Saturday, December 4, 7pm

  • Light supper to be provided each night.

  • Cost: The entire program is free but limited to 15 students.

  • Application deadline: November 11, 2021

  • At this time, participants will be required to wear masks while in the building and during all activities.

  • How to register
    • Students can register to join in person.
    • Students can register to join virtually as an option.

Wharton Center follows all guidelines set forth by Michigan State University, which is guided by the Michigan Health Department and the CDC guidelines.

Monday, November 29-Saturday, December 4, 2021 will be held in-person. 

Covid-19 Safety Information

  • We will offer an option to participate virtually: students from out of the area, and anyone unable to join in person (due to travel, weather, illness, or other reasons) are welcome to join virtually.
  • All staff, guest artists, and students will be masked while in Wharton Center.
  • All spaces will have appropriately distanced marks on the floor to maintain safe working spaces.
  • All travel paths will be clearly marked and limited to ensure that students and artists can only access specific parts of the building.
  • Wharton Staff will sanitize all touchpoints routinely throughout and at the end of each session.
  • Wharton staff will monitor COVID cases in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. Should the numbers climb to an unacceptable level on Friday before a given session, as determined by the MSU “Together We Will” protocols, we will have a virtual event.
    • Staff will also monitor the COVID cases from all other counties from which students are traveling- if cases rise above an unacceptable level, as determined by the MSU “Together We Will” protocols, those participants will be asked to participate virtually.
  • It is highly recommended that all participants are vaccinated before beginning the program. Should a student show any signs of sickness or have had any exposure, they will be asked to stay home and participate virtually. Furthermore, participants are asked to do a self-evaluation given their health and their possible COVID exposure the morning of each session.
    • Wharton staff will keep in contact with participants and their families in case any symptoms arise after the session, and health departments will be notified.
  • All guest artists will follow the “Together We Will – Travel” protocol as laid out by Michigan State University.
    • Per current Wharton procedures, all guest artists will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by an FDA-authorized or WHO-authorized vaccine by Oct 1, 2021.
  • All Wharton Center staff and volunteers are vaccinated or, if provided an exception, are tested weekly.

The Shakespeare Immersion program is generously supported by Carol and Ron Horowitz.