Summer School

"It is hard to imagine a more perfect pitch in terms of challenging vs. accessible. I would say it was exactly what I had hoped for, except that it was much, much more." John Bergez, USA

Summer school participants come from all over the world, ranging in age from 18 to 95. We workshop the plays set wholly or partially in Italy with experienced practitioners many of whom are long-time associates of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe.

Our summer schools are a great way of bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together to work on three plays in depth, like a speeded up rehearsal process. Tutors have included actors Janet Suzman, Michael Pennington, John Nettles, Jane Wymark,  Charlotte Cornwell, Josie Lawrence and Paul Jesson and directors Bill Alexander, Lucy Bailey, Christopher Luscombe and Emma Lucia Hands.

Our first course was held in Urbino in 2014 and again there in 2015.

In 2017 we were in Padua and in 2018 in Pizzo Calabro in Calabria.

The fifth summer school took place in Florence at the British Institute, Lungarno Guicciardini  from July 6 - 19, 2019.
We were thrilled to welcome acclaimed RSC, Globe and West End directors and actors Lucy Bailey, Emma Lucia Hands and Paul Jesson as tutors and a wonderfully diverse group of participants. They came from Italy, Holland, France, USA, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and Iraq. Scenes were  worked on from Julius Caesar, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet.

The focus of our courses is to look at the plays from an actor's point of view. We put scenes on their feet to explore them and create the world of the play.


 Please contact Mary Chater at with any questions you may have about our #summerschool2020. It will be held in the beautiful, intimate 500 seater #TeatroComunale in #Cagli - the #PesaroUrbino region in #Marche on the Adriatic side of Italy. The dates will be June 26th - July 5th - more info very soon.




"You could not have chosen a better city. Urbino was absolutely beautiful. Thank YOU for running this program. Best vacation I’ve ever had." 
Emma Day, student, USA

"The course was above and beyond my expectations. Bill is the most outstanding teacher. Clear, knowledgeable, expert, living treasure. Having the group so intelligent and with so much life experience was an unexpected bonus. I loved the friendly, caring family atmosphere. It was a life changing two weeks for me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Lyn Pierse, Actress,  Australia

"Bill's session at Cagli theatre had us presenting scenes from the play and that was very successful. It is such a special thing to work on a stage."
Reg Grouse, teacher aged 92, Australia.

"I cannot thank you enough for your vision, organization and clear passion. This has been one of the most rewarding educational experiences of my life and I return home with many ideas for infusing more passion into my own teaching of Shakespeare."
Rachel Barnes, teacher, USA

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