Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Shakespeare Squadron

Shakespeare Squadron

The Shakespeare Squadron offers advanced acting and Shakespeare training for young artists ages 15-18. Semester master classes in fall and spring offer advanced 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. Young actors, ages 11-14, with a foundation in basic theatre performance may participate in Junior Wills.


Appointments are now being made for Shakespeare Squadron auditions, which will be held on Friday, September 25 from 6-9 PM. Contact Michael Perkins at to schedule your audition.


Shakespeare Squadron Spring Performance – 2014



Admission to Shakespeare Squadron is by audition only. Students commit to a weekly session (Thursdays, 5:30-8:30) that meets through most of the school year (October-April). Four Saturday master classes with guest artists will also be offered as an optional, but encouraged, addition to the training. In the fall, the Squadron trains with intensive monologue, sonnet and scene work, culminating in an evening performance for family and friends. The spring performance workshop builds on this, focusing on the performance of a 70-minute Shakespeare adaptation. Instructors include experienced Festival Teaching Artists and guest instructors from distinguished theatre programs including Webster University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Saint Louis University. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD CURRENT SYLLABUS

NOTE: Shakespeare Squadron’s success depends upon a commitment from each student to regular attendance and completion of class work. Members expect to commit at least one hour a week outside of class to projects and assignments. At the end of the training course, students in good standing will be eligible to perform in the 20-minute abridged production of the Festival Mainstage play during the Green Show in Shakespeare Glen.

Pricing and Payment

Shakespeare Squadron is $500 for 20 weeks of regular sessions, or $660 for the base course plus all four master classes. Click here to pay now. If students wish to attend master classes on a case-by-case basis, there will be a drop-in fee of $50. The Festival offers a limited amount of tuition assistance for its classes and camps. Please contact Catie Gainor at or (314) 531-9800 x 106 for more information.

2015 Schedule

Shakespeare Squadron

Classes start October 8
Thursdays, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Master classes on select Saturdays, 12-3 PM
Showcases in mid-December and mid-April (dates TBD)

The Instructor

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. Recently, he joined the Festival full-time as the Company & Special Projects Manager.


If you have any questions about the program, please email Company & Special Projects Manager Michael B. Perkins at For questions about pricing and registration, contact Catie Gainor at