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High School Shakespeare Immersion Project

Every fall, up to thirty carefully selected high school students from Mid-Michigan schools will be invited to spend an entire week immersed in Shakespeare with the extraordinary actor/teaching artists from the Stratford Festival.

Dates and times

This is a rare and unique opportunity for selected students to gain tremendous insight into Shakespeare by working on the plays themselves with members of the best classical theatre company in North America.  The project has been an enormous success, from the viewpoint of the Institute, student, teacher, and the Stratford staff.

Sunday, October 26 through Friday, November 1 students will come to Wharton Center and study Shakespeare in depth. Activities will focus on text analysis, exploring the language and examining character, as well as participating in a variety of theatre activities and movement exercises designed to enhance the learning experience. Students will also be asked to keep journals and engage in reflective writing. The students’ week will culminate with their performance of an abridged Shakespeare play on Wharton Center’s Pasant stage to an audience of family, friends and school officials. Students who successfully complete the week will also be invited to attend a Shakespeare performance at the Stratford Festival of Canada in the spring of 2020. Tickets and bus transportation are provided by the Stratford Festival in support of this program.

While students are required to provide their own transportation to Wharton Center each day—there is no charge to either the student or school for the students’ participation. Snacks and beverages are provided during the day. Admission to the recital on is free.​

Student Selection

We are asking educators to select students from their school who they think would be interested in the program. Students should be carefully screened for their willingness to participate and their ability to keep up with their school work. Previous acting experience is not necessary. We are looking for a variety of students from a variety of schools. To be considered, both a teacher recommendation form and a student application must be submitted to Laurie Briseño via email at [email protected] or via fax at (517) 353-5329 by Monday, September 30, 2019. Finally, be sure your school principal and administrator support student participation in this program.

The Shakespeare Immersion program is made possible in part by the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities with additional support provided by Annie Holmes.​