Ohio Shakespeare Festival Weekend Workshops

Our talented company members and educators want to share their skills and expertise with the community.  These fun and intensive programs are masterclasses in some of the most exciting elements of theatre.

Classes are suitable for all skill levels!  Whether you are a dedicated actor hoping to hone her classical acting skills or the curious beginner looking to have some fun with the Bard, we have the class you're looking for.

Small class environment, two days of training, and on the actual Greystone Stage. At $60-$100 per student (depending on the course), these classes are a steal! See below for detailed descriptions, or start shopping right away.

Don't see a workshop here that you love? Keep checking back--we are always adding more.


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Blizzard Bash: Stage Combat Sundays

Febraury 4, 11, & 18

2:00-4:00 each day 

Ages 14+ 

The Ohio Shakes fight team recently attended the Winter Wonderland Workshop stage combat intensive in Chicago--and we want to show some of our new skills to you! Beginners and experienced combatants welcome--our small class environment allows us to cater to your skill level. (Please note: while this workshop will be an excellent professional development opportunity, it does not qualify toward SAFD sanctioned contact hours.)  

3 Day Registration--$60

2 Day Pass--$45

1 Day Pass--$30

February 4--Unarmed Combat

Every actor needs to know safe practices for unarmed combat. Learn slaps, punches, kicks, falls, and more.

February 11--Rapier and Dagger.

This swashbuckling combo is important material for all Shakespeare actors.

February 18--Stupid Sword Tricks.

Exactly as it sounds, these tricks are great for actors, and are pretty ridiculous.


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Actor Stage Combat Intensive

April 7, 14, & 21

12:00-2:00 each day 

Ages 16+ 

This extended stage combat workshop is geared toward actors with previous stage combat experience. It's spring in NE Ohio--prepare for audition season with all those local Shakespeare companies by sharpening your stage combat skills.

Small class environment allows us to meet students at their own skill level. This workshop will be more fast-paced and challenging than our normal FIGHT NIGHTs. 

3 Day Registration--$75

2 Day Pass--$55

1 Day Pass--$35

April 7--Single Sword.

Great prep for any swashbuckling shows--Single sword is a much needed skill set for any actor looking to tackle the classics.

April 14--Unarmed.

Whether it's West Side Story or As You Like It or everything in between, every theatre has a moment of unarmed combat in their season. Brush up on slaps, punches, falls, kicks, and more.

April 21--Class Choice.

For the final day of this intensive, we will poll the class to see which weapon the majority prefers to work on. We will choose among: Quarterstaff, Knife, Broadsword, Sword & Shield, Smallsword, or Rapier & Dagger.

(Please note: while this workshop will be an excellent professional development opportunity, it does not qualify toward SAFD sanctioned contact hours.)  


Scholarship applications are available upon request.  OSF wants to make our art accessible to the entire community.  Please reach out to us if you feel your student may qualify for one of our need-based scholarships.