School Holiday Program

Every school holidays the Australian Shakespeare Company holds drama workshops for Melbourne’s budding young performers.


Students aged 8 – 17 can enjoy a fun filled week learning how to work on Shakespearean and traditional texts for the stage. Run by professional Australian Shakespeare Company actors and directors, these action-packed drama workshops are comprised of character work, unlocking text, exploring the world of the play, improvisation, clowning and stage combat (with plenty of games thrown into the mix!)


Enrolments close the Thursday prior to the start of each program.

Summer School Holiday Workshop

Heroes and Villains


Enjoy an action packed week with some of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroes and despised villains!


From Richard III to Rosalind, Australian Shakespeare Company Actors and Directors will take participants through some of the Bard’s best moments. The ASC will guide students in understanding why film and theatre professionals continue to return to Shakespeare’s characters.


The week will focus on questioning what makes a hero heroic or a villain villainous! Through storytelling, drama games, improvisation and scene study, the workshop will build towards a live showcase for family and friends.


The ASC believe theatre is a powerful tool for education, and fortunately it is entertaining too! Beyond understanding Shakespeare, our holiday workshops bring social-emotional learning directly into the rehearsal room in joyful, creative and purposeful ways.


Get ready to take the shackles off Shakespeare! See you there!


For Ages 8 – 12:

Monday January 7th – Saturday January 12th

Venue Athenaeum Theatre 2, Level 3, 188 Collins St, Melbourne

Price $450

Hours Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm

Showcase 12 pm Saturday January 12th


For Ages 13 – 17:

Monday January 14th – Saturday January 19th

Venue Athenaeum Theatre 2, Level 3, 188 Collins St, Melbourne

Price $450

Hours Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm

Showcase 12pm Saturday January 19th

My daughter “so enjoyed her week and has not only learnt so much regarding performance but has also made some new like-minded friends.” “She really felt both a sense of achievement and motivation to continue her knowledge of the craft of acting, especially Shakespearean.” – Jan, Spring School Holiday workshop 2018.

Upcoming Workshops


For Ages 8 – 12:

Monday January 7th – Saturday January 12th


For Ages 13 – 17: 

Monday January 14th – Saturday January 19th

I just love the language. I also love learning about the plays and having to learn lines. The tutors just make it so fun!”


Darcy – Aged 11

The plays are so different. Some are a bit the same, but each one is so unique. I love that the language is so different to now days. It’s so good to know why it’s important.


Daniel – Aged 10

I love the big range Shakespeare has! Comedies! Tragedies! These classes keep life in the plays and makes Shakespeare really fun!”


Fleur – Aged 11