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Available throughout the year and taught by top working professionals including Kathleen Chalfant, John Douglas Thompson, Olympia Dukakis, Heidi Griffiths, and Patrick Page, Red Bull Theater’s intensives and workshops cover a variety of disciplines, including auditioning, text, voice, movement, clowning, stage combat, and acting Shakespeare.

Classes are open to adults at all levels of training or experience. They range from one to six days with limited class sizes to allow one-on-one attention. You can enroll in any combination of classes, or take the whole series for a yearlong master training experience.  

What past students have said: "The quality of instruction is excellent."  "A dynamic reawakening!"   
"Every teacher has so much to give and the atmosphere is inviting at all levels.  You will leave wanting more."  
"The teachers were excellent - I had a ton of fun."  "Classical acting meets speed dating - in a good way!"  
"Brilliant, inspired teachers who really know their stuff."

Book Now - Class Sizes Strictly Limited!  
Make your reservation by clicking one of the sessions below, or by calling 212-352-3101.  

Sign up for multiple classes and save!

Three 1-Day Intensives
 for only $499.50 (a 10% savings)

2-Day & 3-Day Workshops for only $672 (a 20% savings)

Full Season of Master Classes (18 days) for only $1,918 (a 30% savings)

2014-2015  SCHEDULE



Saturday, September 27, 10:30am-6:30pm ($185)

Reinvigorate your classical theater auditions with the casting director of Shakespeare in the Park.

Here is the inspiration you need to take your work to the next level in those high-pressure situations.  Equip yourself with the tools to show yourself in the best possible light at your next classical audition.  Students will all receive individual attention from the instructors, working with actual audition sides from this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park plays.  Perfect for audition prep or just as a reinvigoration of your classical chops! This is a great opportunity to meet and work with one of the best classical theater casting directors in NYC.
Heidi Griffiths is one of the most influential casting directors in New York, with over 20 years experience in the industry.  She currently serves as co-head of The Public Theater casting office, casting all their productions, including Shakespeare in the Park. 



Saturday & Sunday, November 8-9, 10:30am-6:30pm ($360)
Dive into Shakespeare’s power roles with some of New York’s most powerful professionals.

Working with material from the “power” roles of Shakespeare, this workshop will both ground you and expand your range into the realms of the kings and queens at the center of Shakespeare’s plays.  Learn from the greats how to play the greats.  Whether it is Lady Macbeth, Richard III, Queen Margaret, or Othello, you will discover how to tap into your inner power, stretch all your capacities and unleash these huge creations on to the stage.

Kathleen Chalfant is an Outer Circle Critics, Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel award winner, as well as a Tony nominee for her work in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.  She achieved critical and popular success with her leading performance in the Off-Broadway production of Wit as well as the Broadway productions of M. ButterflyAngels in America and Racing Demon. Her screen credits include The Laramie Project and "House of Cards."

Elizabeth Smith 
is one of America’s most renowned voice and speech professionals. She has been a consultant for film, television, regional theater, Broadway, and Off-Broadway productions, including As You Like ItRoad to MoscowHenry IVEngagedSight Unseen.  She has taught at Yale School of Drama, Vassar College, Juilliard School, National Theater Institute, Moscow Art Theatre School, RADA, and more.




Saturday, December 13, 10:30am-6:30pm ($185)

Parry, dodge and then attack a whole day of intensive stage fight training with a combat master.

Working with one of the most sought-after fight directors in the business, you will attack every aspect of stage combat in this vigorous intensive.  Designed to be adjustable for fighters of all levels, this class is perfect for newbies and masters alike.  Whether you are thinking of starting  a career in fight direction, or just looking to get the basics under your belt, don’t miss this rare opportunity to spar with one of the best.

Rick Sordelet has staged fights for over 50 Broadway productions and innumerable regional and Off-Broadway productions, as well as The Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House, and La Scala in Milan. His work spans five continents and appears on the silver screen with films like The Game PlanDan in Real Life, and Hamlet starring Campbell Scott. He was the chief stunt coordinator for Guiding Light for 12 years and staged fights for First Jedi for George Lucas. Rick teaches at The New School for Drama, the Yale School of Drama and The Neighborhood Playhouse, and has directed stage fights for many of Red Bull Theater's productions.



Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, February 20-23, 10:30am-6:30pm ($565)

A 4-day workshop on Greek Theater with an Academy Award-winning stage and screen legend.
A very special opportunity to expand the depth and scale of your work with one of the world’s leading interpreters of Greek theater.  This four day workshop will challenge your emotional capacity while equipping you with tools to stay grounded and truthful within the heightened world of Ancient Greek drama, with applicable skills to acting of any kind.  Taught entirely by Olympia Dukakis, this workshop is filled with detailed one-on-one work.

Olympia Dukakis is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for her iconic performance in Moonstruck. She has performed in over 130 productions on Broadway, the West End, Off-Broadway and regionally at theatres including A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co., and the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival, where she also served as Associate Director. She taught acting at NYU for fourteen years and teaches master classes for colleges and universities across the country. She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Greek America Foundation and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor and received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Olympia is the recipient of a Red Bull Theater Matador Award for Achievement in Classical Theater.



Saturday, May 23, 10:30am-6:30pm ($185)

One of New York’s best Shakespearean actors fires up your classical monologue.

Bring your Shakespearean monologue and prepare for an intense work session!  This single day of Classical Acting instruction will provide detailed and specific work on a piece you have prepared.  Starting with group work and moving to individual attention, this intensive will put you through all your paces and leave your classical monologue firing on all cylinders.

John Douglas Thompson is an OBIE and Lortel Award-winning actor who has been described by Ben Brantley of the New York Times as “one of the most compelling classical stage actors of his generation.”  He has appeared on Broadway in Julius CaesarCyrano de Bergerac, and A Time to Kill.  Off Broadway he has played the title roles in OthelloMacbeth and the upcoming Tamburlaine for Theatre for a New Audience. He also appeared in Women Beware Women for Red Bull Theater.



Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 26-28, 5pm - 10pm Fri, 10:30am - 6:30pm Sat, Sun ($480)
A 3-day Shakespeare workout to get your technique toned and your classical muscles bulging. 
This fast and furious classical acting workout includes voice, movement, text analysis, stage combat and scene work to send you into the warmer months with your technique toned and your classical muscles bulging.
Jesse Berger is the founding artistic director of Red Bull Theater. He has directed productions of PericlesThe Revenger’s TragedyEdward the SecondWomen Beware WomenThe Duchess of MalfiThe Witch of Edmonton, The Maids, Loot, and Volpone.  Jesse’s adaptations of The Revenger’s Tragedy and Women Beware Women are published by Dramatists Play Service. Jesse has also directed across the country at Denver Center Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, SoHo Rep, Pearl Theatre, Barrington Stage, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, the Asolo Theatre Company, and many more.

Matthew Rauch is a classical theater star on the rise.  Most recently he appeared as the title role in Macbeth at Hartford Stage.  His stage credits include Broadway’s The Merchant of Venice, and Prelude to a Kiss, and Off-Broadway’s KinStill Life and The Winter's Tale. His TV work includes "Banshee", "Blue Bloods" and "Treme". He starred in the Red Bull Theater productions of The Revenger’s TragedyEdward II and The Duchess of Malfi.



6 Mondays over 6 weeks from July 20-August 24, 11:30am-5:30pm ($780) 

A summer full of Shakespearean scene-study sessions to fortify your classical technique.
Six consecutive summer Monday scene-study classes in Shakespeare, with in-depth text and character analysis, and ongoing vocal and physical training to get you in tip-top classical shape.  For those looking for more in-depth classical acting training throughout the summer, this is the class for you.  Working with carefully assigned scenes, students will be exposed to a broad range of teachers and working professionals to develop all aspects of their craft.
Patrick Page is one of America's leading Shakespearean actors. Patrick has played Hamlet, Richard II, Richard III, Oberon, Henry V, Armado, Mercutio, Brutus, Antony, Autolycus, Malvolio, Claudius, Iago, Jaques, Macbeth, Benedick, and many more, at theaters like the Shakespeare Theater DC, the Old Globe in San Diego and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  He recently starred on Broadway as the Green Goblin in Spider Man: Turn off the Dark, and in Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, as well as The Duchess of Malfi for Red Bull Theater.
Michael Sexton is the Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Society in NYC. His recent directing credits include As You Like It and Henry V at Two River Theater Company, Kelly Masterson’s Edith with Jayne Atkinson and Jack Gilpin at the Berkshire Theater Festival, and Titus Andronicus with Jay O. Sanders at the Public Theater.  He has taught at Princeton University, Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and NYU.

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Book Now - Class Sizes Strictly Limited!  
Make your reservation by clicking one of the sessions above, or by calling 212-352-3101.  
To avoid online service charges, you can book your slot by regular mail.  Send your reservation request with full payment and contact information to: Red Bull Theater, Classical Acting Intensives, 191 Seventh Ave, Ste 2S, New York, NY 10011.

Age Range
Unless otherwise noted, all classes are for students 18 years of age and over only.  

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Please note there are no refunds or exchanges.




Direct Address
Heightened Language, Enlightened Education.

At Red Bull Theater we extend our mission into the world of education by bringing the stories of great classical theater to vibrant life in the classroom and by encouraging continued exploration of Shakespeare and his contemporaries at every educational level.  We divide our work into four branches:

Education Outreach
Master Classes

Bull Sessions


At Red Bull Theater, we believe that practical experience with Shakespeare and the art of dramatic story-telling are critical components of any education, and that exploring classical theater and experiencing the power of heightened theatrical language is of particular importance to the imaginative lives of the next generation. The inclusion of dramatic story-telling, theatrical exercises and heightened poetic text in classroom curricula increases literacy opportunities, expands social understanding, allows imaginative growth, teaches collaborative problem-solving and promotes self-confidence and personal presence in young people. The Red Bull Theater Direct Address program encourages exactly this kind of development.

The program takes its name from a compelling theatrical device, frequently employed in Shakespeare and the classical theater, in which a character directly addresses the audience. It is in moments such as this that the audience and the actor enter into a powerful, shared imaginative experience. Through our in-school residencies, dedicated educational performances and panel discussions with professional actors and theater artists, Red Bull Theater 'directly addresses’ young minds and encourages the educational and artistic development of the next generation of theatergoers.

With 10 years of experience working in NYC Public and Private Schools, Red Bull Theater Direct Address has reached thousands of young people.  Our single day workshops and 6-12 week residencies have had significant success with students of all ages.

Red Bull Theater is currently offering AT COST in-school residencies for all ages.  Click here to learn more about our program and how to bring Shakespeare to your students at a special discount. For more information, write

Arrange for a matinee performance of one of our productions for your class or school. Ticket prices as low as $5 per student. Post-play Discussions and pre-performance Workshops also available through our Direct Address education program. Contact or call (212) 343-7394 to discuss options for your school.



As part of our commitment to developing a new generation of classical theater professionals, Red Bull Theater engages early-career theater artists in a collaborative and hands-on learning environment through unpaid internships and apprenticeships.  Internships are available to students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs.  Apprenticeships are available for theater artists of all ages who wish to contribute to Red Bull Theater’s work in exchange for a hands-on learning experience.  Each Intern or Apprentice focuses on specific projects within their field of study while the artists and staff of the company provide one-on-one mentoring opportunities and guidance.  Inclusion in the Red Bull Theater family provides essential professional experience.

Apprenticeships and Internships are unpaid positions of commitment, available year round, in a variety of concentrations, to passionate, self-motivated individuals, who are eager to learn about and actively support the day-to-day functioning of a growing off-Broadway theater.  Internships can earn college credit, depending on your specific program’s requirements. 

If you would like to inquire about an internship or apprenticeship, please submit a brief statement of intent, a current résumé and two references to: . PDF's only, please.            


Our commitment to exploring great classic plays continues beyond productions and readings with illuminating panel discussions.  From post-play discussions with the actors, directors, and artists that bring our productions to life, to topical debates on classical theater in today’s world, we cultivate exciting educational opportunities through spirited cultural dialogue. 

Click here for a list of upcoming discussions.

Peter Avery, Amy Harris, George Mayer, Blair Singer