Plague-proof Shakespeare for Teens

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FUSE Theatre of CT is proud to partner with  the Department of Economic and Community Development / Connecticut Office of the Arts to offer an "Artists Respond" grant-funded Shakespeare course for young actors (ages 13-18) for six weeks this summer (Tues/Thurs 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.). To register, please download the .PDF below and email the form to

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Instructor:  Lara Morton

Ages: 13-18

Tuesdays 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Min Class Size: 8

Max Class Size: 15

Start Date: July 7

End Date: Aug 13

Tuition: FREE (supported by a grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts)


Course Description:


Serious students of acting will study the text of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, widely considered to be the greatest play of all time.  They will come away with a solid understanding of the text, characters, plot and universal themes of the play through an actor’s lens.  This course will prepare students for future auditions and productions of Shakespeare in high school, college, and the professional world, helping them to grow in depth as performers and become more well-rounded human beings.



WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE: Young CT-based actors (ages 13-18) with more than a casual interest in acting and growing their craft. You will be expected to come on time and learn your assigned material in between classes.This course will help you achieve your goals and gain a major advantage over other actors in future auditions for all manner of productions, conservatory programs, and college admissions.


Full commitment of six weeks is expected by every student.  The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:15 p.m. 7/7-8/13/20. All applicants should write a one or two paragraph essay about why they want to take part in the class, along with a recommendation from a teacher or director.


Instructor Bio: Lara Morton is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of FUSE Theatre of CT and the Founder/Director of Handful Productions’ FOCUS Teen Improv (semi-professional teen comedy troupe based in Madison, CT).  She has been directing, teaching, writing and performing educational and community-based theatre for over 25 years, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She performs improv professionally via the Standardized Patient Program at Yale School of Medicine, and frequently coaches actors of all ages for professional, conservatory high school and college auditions via Zoom.