The Los Angeles Shakespeare Institute Is a unique, two-week institute for English and Drama teachers, presented by The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and the UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

The Institute focuses on teaching Shakespeare through performance. The course features an international faculty of scholars, educators and theatre professionals;and takes advantage of one of the world's great libraries and research centers, its contemplative gardens, and its proximity to the entertainment capital of the world.

Topics covered Include scene study, verse and text work, voice, movement, classroom pedagogy, and theatre history and criticism. Attendance at selected plays and museums is required during the two week course. Outside reading and a final evaluation are also required.


The international faculty is led by writer and director Louis Fantasia, formerly Director of the International Shakespeare Globe Centre's Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance Institute and former President of Deep Springs College. Louis is the author of Instant Shakespeare, published by Ivan R. Dee in the U.S and A&C Black in England, and Talking Shakespeare, published by Peter Lang Publishers. .The staff includes master teachers and theatre practitioners, as well as guest speakers and visiting scholars.


faculty for 2018 includes:

Charles Duff, international theatre and opera director, teacher and author, has been involved with the rebuilt Shakespeare's Globe and Globe Education from its inception. He is the author of The Lost Summer (Nick Herne UK and Heinemann USA), which chronicles the heyday of the British theatre between the two world wars.

Frances Marsden is a member of the faculty and Board of Directors of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, Inc. She is past Chair of the Training Approval Committee of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. She also maintains studios in North Hollywood and Pasadena.

Yolanda Sanders BA in Communications, Howard University; MFA in Acting, UCLA. Some of her work includes the national one-person show, "Faces of America," Voice of America's popular radio drama "Pay Day," as well as other numerous radio dramas, documentaries, and PSA's. Skip Nicholson has taught English for 20 years at South Pasadena High School where he was Head of English. He has worked as a master teacher in Folger Shakespeare Library/NEH summer institutes, and for conferences of the Shakespeare Globe Center and the English Speaking Union.

Dr. Louis Scheeder is the Associate Dean of Faculty and Interdisciplinary Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, and Associate Arts Professor at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is the co-author (with Shane Ann Younts) of All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the Plays of William Shakespeare (Smith & Kraus).

Dr. Susan Gayle Todd, teaches at St. Edward's University. She is the founding director of The Weird Sisters Women's Theater Collective in Austin, Texas where she also directs and teaches Shakespeare at the Scottish Rite Theatre.



Course Title: Shakespeare Institute 2018- “We Band of Brothers:" Shakespeare and the Warrior’s Return
Content area/Topic: Shakespeare (English/Drama)
Target Grade Levels: 6-12
Multicultural Course: General
Total Credit Points: 5 (LAUSD approved; other school districts please contact us)
Class Dates: July 9-20, 2018
Class Meeting Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30AM - 4:30PM; plus attendance at four (4)
theatrical events: TBA 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Class Location: Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, 1238 West 1st Street, L.A. 90026;
UCLA William Andrews Clark Library, 2520 Cimarron Avenue, L.A. 90018
Total number of sessions: 14 (10 days x 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; plus four sessions at area theatres)
Total number of hours: 75 hours
Total outside prep hours: 150 hours
Assignment Completion Date: July 30, 2018
Course fee: $250.00
Maximum enrollment: 20

Classes during the two-week workshop include scene analysis, acting and directing techniques, curriculum development, research techniques, and lectures by distinguished scholars and theatre professionals.
The course includes visits to Los Angeles area museums and attendance at theatres. While the modules that constitute the course are the same each summer, the content within each module varies every summer.

“This experience permeates ALL areas of my pedagogy.”

”This course is a gift to every educator and student it touches”

”This is an excellent, incredible opportunity for all

”To teachers coming next year: pay attention! It’s a goldmine.”

”This has fundamentally changed how I will teach Shakespeare.”

”Fantastic course.”
— Participating Educators 2017

For information and application contact:

Marina Oliva, Director of Education

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles / 1238 West 1st Street / L.A., CA  90026

( /  (213) 481-2273