Fall in with Shakespeare Youth Festival

Fall in with Shakespeare Youth Festival

Join us this Fall as we meet online to write plays, improvise, explore Shakespearean characters, get to know ourselves, and connect with each other!! 



Here’s the schedule:

Merry Gamesters: Improv & Theatre Games
Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm **
All ages

All Things You: Restorative Theatre
Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm
6th grade and up

Improbable Fiction: Playwriting Workshops
Saturdays from 12:30 to 2:00 pm
6th grade and up

Merely Players: Shakespearean Scene Study
Saturdays from 2:30 to 4:00 pm
All ages

Session #2 begins the week of October 19th. 5-week sessions.
TUITION: $100 *

* We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

** Drop-In Classes available for Merry Gamesters

Merry Gamesters: Improv & Theatre Games

Merry Gamesters: Improv & Theatre Games

Weekly class that exercises your creative muscles with a wide variety of Improv games adapted for Zoom. Sign up for a 5-week session, or drop in!!

Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

SESSION ONE
September 15 – October 13

SESSION TWO
October 27 – November 24

AGES: 7 – 17
TUITION: $75


THE DROP-IN OPTION – We will reserve spaces each week for those who would like to drop in for a single class, rather than sign up for a session. Sign-ups will open 10 days before the class, and will run until the class is full, so you have the option to sign up for 1 or 2 weeks at a time.
TUITION: $15 / class

Merely Players: Shakespearean Scene Study

Merely Players: Shakespearean Scene Study

You’ll dig deep into a Shakespearean scene, under the direction of one of our fabulous teaching artists. We’ll combine character-building exercises with intensive scene study, incorporate costumes and props, and culminate in a live-streamed virtual performance.

Saturdays from 2 pm to 3:30 pm

SESSION ONE
September 19 to October 17
Performance – October 17

SESSION TWO
October 31 to November 28
Performance – December 5

AGES: 7 – 17 (we will divide into age groups within the class)
TUITION: $100

All Things You: Restorative Theatre

All Things You: Restorative Theatre

A weekly gathering for those who might benefit from a brave sanctuary where all sides of your humanity can be expressed, addressed and released. Through dialogue and theatre games, we explore a variety of topics, including: Relationships, identity, self-image, handling the unknown. And through the globally recognized techniques of Agosto Boal, we develop the Courage to take positive actions on behalf of others and ourselves.

Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

SESSION ONE
September 17 to October 15 (5 sessions)

SESSION TWO
October 22 to November 19 (5 session)

AGES: 6th grade and up
TUITION: $100

Improbable Fiction: Playwriting Workshops

Improbable Fiction: Playwriting Workshops

PLAYWRITING – Level I
This 4-week workshop is jam packed with brain-clearing writing exercises, inspiring prompts – examples include: fearless writing, music as inspiration, creative partnerships, different stages of theatre-making, a play’s form, developing your writer’s voice – leading to the creation of a short play (10 minutes or less)  We will conclude with a virtual performance of all the plays.

Saturdays from 12:30 to 2 pm

SESSION I:
September 19 to October 17

Performance – October 17

 

PLAYWRITING – Level II
Borrowing from the best playwright’s rituals, we’ll take our writing to the next level. Exercises will be aimed at generating ideas and moving them onto the page. The point is to encourage the emergence of the subconscious and weave it into our work. We’ll also explore what goes into writing a First Draft versus revising a Draft, and will conclude with a presentation featuring virtual “readings” of all the plays.
Prerequisite: Level One, a previous LADC/SYF Playwriting Workshop, or permission from the instructor.

Saturdays from 12:30 to 2 pm

SESSION II:
October 24 – November 21

Performance – November 21

AGES: 6th grade and up
TUITION: $100 / session

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

There are compelling examples of who “to be” and who “not to be” all around us.

As teaching artists, we strive to point our children’s eyes to hope while acknowledging suffering as part of the human experience, and we renew our commitment to creating theater that reflects the cultures and life experiences of our diverse community.

As Angelenos, the answer we offer is compassion, courage, and service.

What can we do right now?

Patronize Black-Owned Businesses

We personally recommend these businesses that keep us fueled during rehearsals, workshops, cast parties, and performances.

Black Owned Businesses
Gus’ Chicken
My Two Cents
We Jammin
Watts Coffee House
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos

Brown-Owned Businesses
Las Ranas
Con Sabor
Mateo’s Ice Cream
Vee’s Cafe

More businesses

Know the Past; Change the Future

As theatre-makers, we we know the power of sharing our stories. But too many stories of Black America have been buried or forgotten.

1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Seneca Village

History of Black Cowboys

1923 Rosewood Massacre

Onesimus and Innoculation

The Reconstruction Era

The Struggle for Voting Rights

Red Summer

We learn from each other. Do you have a resource, organization, business, etc that you would like to recommend for this page? Email us.


We believe that …

the Performing Arts have the power to change a child’s life, and because we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience that power, we are committed to creating theater that reflects the cultures and life experiences of our diverse community.

We are dedicated to making our programs accessible to all children and to actively nurture participation by those who have been historically underrepresented, based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, citizenship status, religion or socioeconomic status.

We strive to ensure that our children are guided by a diverse collective of teaching artists, and that our policies are set by a Board of Directors that is representative of our community.

While we focus on the works of William Shakespeare, a prominent figure in the Western literary canon, we are committed to exploring Shakespeare’s themes as they apply to all humanity.

Summer with SYF moves online!!

Summer with SYF moves online!!

Registration is now open for Summer with Shakespeare Youth Festival ONLINE – a fantastic way to introduce kids to Theatre and to Shakespeare!

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ONLINE FORMAT? GET ANSWERS HERE!

SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE

We’ll explore the characters and language of Shakespeare, improvisation, storytelling, voice and movement, stage combat, mask work, and more!

The week culminates with a live online presentation, where Players will share the work with parents and friends.

THE MAGIC OF SHAKESPEARE
It’s all about the fairies, sprites, wizards and other magical elements found in the Canon. And we’ll use this crazy new medium to create some magical special effects!!
Session One – July 6 – 10

THE KINGS & QUEENS OF SHAKESPEARE
Shakespeare’s History plays are not only chock full of all sorts of fascinating characters, but they bring to life the struggle between power and justice. Shakespeare truly wrote into the future!
Session Two – July 13 – 17

SHAKESPEARE & MYTHOLOGY
Shakespeare set many of his plays in Greece and Rome, and his references to mythology and Greek and Roman Gods show up throughout – let’s explore!!
Session Three – July 20 – 24

THE ROGUES OF SHAKESPEARE
What would Shakespeare be without its troublemakers? Whether they are making us laugh like Falstaff and Feste, or making trouble like Iago and Iachimo, or making history like Hotspur and Hal, the rulebreakers have a lot to teach us!
Session Four – July 27 – 31

Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm
TUITION: $125 per week *

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YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS

THE PLAYS THE THING! WRITE/DIRECT YOUR SHORT PLAY
The program consists of rigorous, exciting storytelling and playwriting sessions, creating short plays out of improvisations with prompts, autobiographical moments, and stories the group creates together.

In the mornings, writers will join our actors in improvisation, story-telling and other modules that will support their work as writers. In the afternoon, they will focus on the writing aspect, as they are joined by professional actors and SYF actors, who will support them in development, and who will perform the plays at the end of the week.

July 13 – 17

Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm
TUITION: $125

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* We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

Young Playwrights’ Fest

Young Playwrights’ Fest

June 22 – 26
9 am to 3 pm
Catch One – 4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

THE PLAYS THE THING! WRITE/DIRECT YOUR TEN MINUTE PLAY
The program consists of rigorous, exciting storytelling and playwriting sessions throughout the day, creating short plays out of improvisations with prompts, autobiographical moments, and stories the group creates together. We will also discuss the art, craft and business of playwriting.

The playwrights will work with an ensemble of actors made up of professional actors and LADC actors, who will perform the plays at the end of the week.

Grade 7 and up (Fall 2020)

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Shakespeare Intensive

Shakespeare Intensive

July 6 – 10
9 am to 3 pm

Catch One – 4067 Pico Blvd, LA 90019

Students will spend their days discovering Shakespeare through the best tools and techniques theater has to offer. The LADC technique begins with the improvisational work of Viola Spolin and Agosto Boal, and expands on that to include a variety of physical and vocal disciplines – with the ultimate purpose always to invoke the creative spirit that exists in every child.

During the Summer Intensive, our Players will work on a variety of scenes and sonnets, discover the world of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, and work together to create a performance that will be shared with friends and family.

NOTE: Student is not required to participate in the second session of our Shakespeare Intensive – you can take both or either one.

For 2nd through 8th grade (Fall 2020)

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Shakespeare and Mythology

Shakespeare and Mythology

July 13 – 17
9 am to 3 pm

Catch One – 4067 Pico Blvd, LA 90019

We not only explore Shakespeare’s plays set in Greece and Rome, but his references to mythology and Greek and Roman Gods, and the perspectives of Philosophers like Plato, Epicurus, Ovid, Lucretius, Seneca and Cicero. We explore some of the connections between Shakespeare, and playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Plautus. And we introduce the basis for all modern books, plays and screenplays – Aristotle’s Poetics. With this rich banquet of ideas, we create original skits and weave them with Shakespeare’s Greek & Roman plays.

For 2nd through 8th grade (Fall 2020)

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