Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Summer Programs

Looking for Shakespeare

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Intended For: High School

See Looking for Shakespeare at a glance:

  • Priority Application Deadline: March 18, 2014 (learn How to Apply)
  • Final Application Deadline: April 1, 2014
  • Program Dates: June 30 - July 26, 2014
  • Required Student Orientation: June 29, 2014, 3 p.m.
  • Housing Dates: June 29 - July 26, 2014
  • Tuition: $1,800
  • Educational Theatre:

Program Description

High school students work with a director and graduate students from NYU to shape an original production of Shakespeare. This program is unique in that the ensemble members will work with a director and a dramaturg to discover how a Shakespearean play resonates for them, within their own personal experiences. Using these connections as a source and inspiration, rehearse and perform, with the other ensemble members, your own vision of the play. The production will be supported by designers and stage managers and will be documented by a video artist. The 2014 play will be Twelfth Night.
This program will run for four weeks—June 30th through July 25th. A detailed schedule will be provided in June. The program primarily runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm, but there are at least two Saturday rehearsals as well as evening performances in the final week. Lunch is provided every program day. The experience culminates in four public performances. There is a materials fee that includes covering the cost of lunches, a performance, DVD, and a t-shirt. There are limited need-based scholarships available.


Jonathan Jones is a graduate of the master's program and current doctoral candidate at NYU's Program in Educational Theatre. He received his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts at NYU and also holds a master’s in English from National University. He is certified to teach English 6-12 in the state of California, where he taught Theatre and English for five years at North Hollywood High School and was honored with The Inspirational Educator Award by Universal Studios in 2006.
He has conducted drama workshops in and around New York City, London, and Los Angeles in schools and prisons. As a performer, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, Town Hall, The Green Space, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. He has worked in various technical capacities for LAByrinth Theatre Company, Flamenco Vivo, and the Valhalla Theatre Company. He co-produced a staged-reading of a new musical, The Throwbacks, at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2013.
His directing credits include Julius Caesar, Elsewhere in Elsinore, Dorothy Rides the Rainbow, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bye Bye Birdie, The Laramie Project, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and West Side Story. Assistant directing includes Woyzeck and The Crucible. In 2008, he was awarded a fellowship through the National Endowment for the Humanities and participated in the Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.


Below are all costs associated with the Looking for Shakespeare Workshop:

  • Tuition:$1,800
  • Application Fee: $50; nonrefundable and paid at the end of the 2014 Summer Application
  • Housing & Meal Plan (optional): $1,436 shared room with 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars per week - see the Housing & Meal Plan page for more information

Please note that there are additional fees for all International Students. For information about financial aid and scholarships, see the Finances page. 

Apply & Audition

The program is intended for participants 13 to 18 years of ageIf you would like to be considered for the workshop, you must complete the following:

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