Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Schools


Shakespeare Squadron
The Shakespeare Squadron offers advanced acting and Shakespeare training for young artists ages 13-19. Semester master classes in fall and spring, offer university level instruction in text, poetry, acting technique, movement, voice, creating a character, and ensemble theater. This popular ensemble also performs throughout the year – at the Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park as part of the Green Show, and at many special events throughout St. Louis.

Junior Wills
Intermediate level students ages 11-16, may prepare for the advanced level Shakesquad auditions by participating in the Junior Wills, which also meets by semester. Students will receive instruction in intermediate acting, Shakespeare text and performance, voice and movement.

Upcoming Events



SHAKE 38 - Henry VI Pts. I - III4:30 pm - 6:00 pm 6604 Fine Arts Dr St. Louis, MO 63110Shakespeare GlenEvent Type :In the Streets

The Shakespeare Squadron will also perform as part of the Green Show (May 17 – June 15) in the park.


Junior Wills: $275 per semester
Shakespeare Squadron: $300 per semester

SFSTL offers limited of tuition assistance for its classes and camps, please contact us for more information.

The Instructors

SITS-Drew-Battles-webDrew Battles made his St. Louis stage (street) debut with Shakespeare in the Streets: Old Hearts Fresh, having recently arrived to this great city with his wife, Joanna, and son, Quincy. Drew is now thrilled to be working with the Festival as Education Coordinator. Teaching credits include: Adjunct Lecturer in Theatre Arts at Louisiana State University ; Adjunct Lecturer in Theatre Arts at Baton Rouge Community College; Head of HS/MS Theatre Department at Math, Science and Arts Academy, West (Plaquemine, LA);…

Brianna OwensBrianna Owens studied musical theatre at Millikin University before ultimately receiving both a BA and an MA in English Literature from California State University Sacramento. She has worked with children of all ages teaching Shakespearean drama in the Sacramento and Davis communities and has worked extensively with the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble playing such roles as Time in “The Sonnet Project,” Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, stage managing Henry V, and…

Michael B PerkinsMichael B. Perkins has been active with SFSTL as a teaching artist, performer, and graphic designer since 2007, when he joined the Education Tour.  Since then, he has taught for the Festival’s numerous education programs, including Shakespeare Squadron, summer camps, residencies, and workshops. He will also be performing with the Education Tour for the seventh consecutive season in 2013’s “Quick Delight 12thNight” and “All the World’s a Stage…”  Michael also works throughout…

Amanda PintoreAmanda Pintore is delighted to join Shakespeare Festival St. Louis as a Teaching Artist. Originally from Nebraska, Amanda’s work as a teaching artist has taken her all over the country and has finally led her to St. Louis. Amanda also teaches for Metro Theater Company and COCA and formerly taught with Emerald City Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, Dream Big Performing Arts and Mainstages. She has also worked as an Actor Educator for CLIMB Theatre and as an Education Intern…