Th Tempest

Colorado Shakespeare Festival's 'The Tempest'

Maymester and Summer School at CU

May through August, the Department of Theatre & Dance offers select core courses and special topics courses that change each year. To view a list of Theatre courses offered during the summer terms, go to CU’s summer session online course catalog.

Camp Shakespeare

Camp Shakespeare is a 13 year-old education program run by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF). In this three-week program, campers rehearse and perform an abridged version of one of the CSF season plays.  Working in small groups of 16, these students spend a total of 60 hours learning about Shakespeare in performance. The aim of the camp is to imbue students with the depth, breadth and potency of Shakespeare’s language and its power to address the human experience through theatre.  Through the study of Shakespeare’s texts, young actors have opportunities to accumulate myriad skills, for use onstage and off.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Founded in 1958, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) is the second-oldest Shakespeare festival in the country and is recognized nationally (named one of the top three Shakespeare festivals in the nation by TIME Magazine in 1992).  A professional, Equity Guest Artist and non-Equity summer theatre festival, CSF presents four to five productions each summer in repertory in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and the University Theatre.

Since the early 1980s, CU graduate students have been chosen each year to serve as dramaturgs working directly with the summer directors.  Students may also serve as assistant directors, depending on qualifications.  CU graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply for summer work in acting, management, costumes, crafts, etc. During the academic year, other internship/employment opportunities also exist with CSF.

Applied Shakespeare Graduate Certificate  (Summer 2017 dates: June 12 through June 23, 2017)

Come immerse yourself in Shakespeare! Get to know the Bard and his plays as never before by participating in this unique cross disciplinary graduate certificate program that combines courses from the Department of Theatre & Dance and the Department of English at the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder.

Experience a vital mix of performance and scholarship by taking an online (or on-campus) three-credit graduate-level Shakespeare survey course and then visiting campus for a two-week intensive during the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to learn from the nationally recognized CSF company members and English and Theatre & Dance faculty in small experiential groups.

Shakespeare Festival Stage Distant View with Full MoonEarn the remaining six credits during this summer visit through immersion in acting, directing, stage combat, Elizabethan culture, Shakespeare in film, rehearsal visits, play attendance, classes on how to teach Shakespeare, and more. Self-directed reading and a final paper are the conclusion of the certificate requirements.

Extend your Shakespeare experience by applying the earned certificate core requirements to the upcoming Master's degree in Applied Shakespeare.

For information on how to apply for the the Applied Shakespeare Gradiate Certificate please visit the Boulder Connect website.