Please join us online in Summer 2020 for:

Norman Ayrton Summer Shakespeare


    Named after BADA’s first Dean, the Norman Ayrton Summer Shakespeare is an online summer study opportunity for high school students aged 16 – 18. Discover Shakespeare’s work through an exploration of sonnets and scene studies designed to give students an understanding of how Shakespeare’s language can guide actors towards making choices in creating and developing character. Students will also examine character through action and physicality and will learn about the Elizabethan era that shaped Shakespeare’s work.

    Students will develop their characters and scenes across the three weeks and the Summer Shakespeare will culminate in a sharing of the work with students, faculty, and family.

    About Norman Ayrton

    The first Dean of BADA, Norman Ayrton was a renowned acting teacher who oversaw top training programs in both the United Kingdom and the United States, with long tenures at LAMDA, Juilliard, the Royal Academy of Music, and at BADA, where he created the London Theatre Program.

    Norman was incredibly passionate about training talented, young actors. He left a bequest to BADA specifically to support the participation of young actors on BADA’s programming.

    To learn more about Norman, read BADA’s tribute to Norman or his obituary at The Stage.



    The course will run weekdays from July 13 – July 31, 2020.

    Each class runs 90 minutes and will be conducted on Zoom.

    Class sessions will start at 5:30 PM BST / 12:30 PM EDT / 11:30 AM CDT / 9:30 AM PDT.


    Download a sample schedule:









    Shakespeare Scene Study with David Kenworthy Investigate Shakespeare’s characters from a range of perspectives using both modern and traditional techniques. ‘Character’ is examined through action, physicality and psychology whilst experimenting with interpretation and style.

    Exploring Text with Dean Eunice Roberts  Looking at sonnets and in depth scene study, explore how the language works to develop and support the character.

    Cultural History: Discover the Age of Shakespeare with Brian Ridgers Discover the Elizabethan era and the origin of Elizabethan text in twice weekly classes. Performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Globe in London will also be viewed online.



    The Summer 2020 Faculty will be:


    Eunice Roberts Dean of BADA. Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has a wide professional acting experience in theatre and television. One of her first jobs was the Old Vic World Tour of Hamlet with Sir Derek Jacobi – who was BADA’s Patron for many years. For most of her professional life she has combined acting with teaching and has had the good fortune to tour American universities many times with Actors From The London Stage, in Shakespeare plays, she remains an Associate Director of the company. She has returned to work at various campuses, including for a year being the Visiting Director of Theatre at Vassar College. Eunice has written & produced her own one woman show; Wonderful Women on the Victorian actress Ellen Terry, as well as a devised piece …one, two, three… based on Twelfth Night. She was Producer for the embedded recorded time for the new Norton online edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare – 69 scenes, from 23 plays with 26 actors. She has worked for BADA since 2006 in London and Oxford.


    David Kenworthy Currently director of drama for Marlborough College and artistic director of Neutral Space Theatre Company which specialises in multi-lingual performance. As a freelance director credits include The Country (Library Theatre Company); The Possibilities (LTC) Macbeth (KESS company) and Damages (National Theatre Studio). For Neutral Space The Piano Man; Romeo and Juliet; Folkestone and To See a Lamb.


    Brian Ridgers has been teaching theatre and literature to American study abroad students as well as English Undergraduates for the last sixteen years. He specialises in Shakespeare and Elizabethan Literature, Modern Theatre as well as Victorian Literature. Brian’s interests are the Shakespeare’s history in Stratford upon Avon and in London, Shakespeare and performance; contemporary critical theory on gender, race and identity in relation to dramatic narrarive. Brian also works on Victorianism with a focus on class, gender and biographical narratives. Brian is interested in the reputation of Shakespeare’s writing career from the sixteenth century to the present day, his family in Stratford and how he spent his time there. He is also interested in the different elements of Shakespeare’s theatrical career in London, his position as a chief writer for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and then the King’s Men as well as his part ownership of the Globe and the theatre at Blackfriars.

    For full biographies of our Faculty, please visit our Faculty page.



    Students will be invited to observe online masterclasses and recorded Q&A sessions with BADA alumni featuring our Masterclass Teachers, members of the BADA Council, and other guests. Masterclasses will be scheduled throughout the three weeks of Summer Shakespeare and will be available to view either live or as a recording at times convenient to the participants.



    The cost for this three week course is $550. There is also a non-refundable $25 registration fee.

    Both partial and full scholarship funding is available by application and is made possible by the Norman Ayrton Scholarship Trust. For more information on scholarships, please email Jennifer Rockwood:


  • To Apply, please visit our short application webform here.  Applications are due by Thursday, May 28.

    You will be asked to submit a paragraph statement (of no more than 150 words) about why you are interested in Shakespeare and this summer session.

    You will also need a recommendation from a faculty member or director with whom you have worked in the past year. Please submit their information on the webform; they will need to submit their letter of recommendation to Jennifer Rockwood at by Friday, June 5.

    Please contact Jennifer Rockwood at with questions.


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