Young Actors Workshop

The Young Actors Workshop is Back!!
Every year, young actors have the opportunity to play Shakespeare’s great characters - in short scenes directed by the Arden Shakespeare Gild directors. Each scene is 10-20 minutes long and will be rehearsed on consecutive Saturdays in January and early February. Two-hour rehearsals will be scheduled between 10-3 PM on those Saturdays. On Saturday, February 10, there will be a performance at the Gild Hall. We welcome young actors between the ages of 7-16. Registration and a painless audition will be held on Saturday, December 2 at 11 AM at the Gild Hall.

Registration fee is $30 per child and $50 per family. Mark your calendars!

For more information or questions, call Mary Catherine Kelley at 302 655-1253 We are always on the lookout for tech crew for our shows, and we are willing to train.


Arden Shakespeare Gild’s Young Actors Workshop is a unique opportunity for kids to speak the speeches actors have been performing for over 400 years – and for good reason, – because it’s the greatest material ever: filled with passion, humor, great insults, beautiful poetry, wit, anger, fear, goofiness, and alliteration.

The workshop started in 1999 as part of our mission to continue the Shakespeare tradition in Arden and train the next generation of Shakespeare actors. We performed a shortened (but not shortened enough) version of Romeo & Juliet, set in a galaxy far away. Sword fights featured Star-Wars-type laser flashlights whose plastic segments flew into the audience once the combat started. The performance was exciting, and we learned a lot. Since then, our annual workshop has concentrated on individual short scenes from a variety of plays; our weapons (if needed in a scene) are both safe and combat-worthy. We accept actors as young as 6 through high school age. And our dream has come true: we have nurtured another generation of Shakespeare lovers.

Many of our young actors have grown into adult roles in our main-stage summer production. Some have continued their involvement in theater through college, and a few act professionally and teach theater in our schools

We strongly encourage you to become a member of the Arden Club, membership is one of the primary sources of revenue to keep this great community resource on its feet and available to everyone. To find out how to join the Arden Club, click here.

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.
Hamlet’s advice to the Players