"It is hard to imagine a more perfect pitch in terms of challenging vs. accessible. I wanted something humanistic, intellectual and emotional. In every way my hopes and expectations were exceeded. 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 ( the Ducal palace is pictured ) in 2014 and again 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 9 from July 6 - 19 this year.
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, UK and Iraq. Scenes were put on their feet and workshopped 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, not an academic one, so we put scenes on their feet and explore the world of the play that way.
Please contact Mary Chater at email@example.com with any questions you may have about our summer school in 2020.
"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