Short Course

Shakespeare Intensive

The intensive is a live experience tying in with our super popular online course; Owning Shakespeare (participants do not have to have taken the online course to take part)


Participants will learn nothing less than OWNERSHIP. Ownership is the key ingredient that sets working and non working actors apart.


It radically affects your mental health, wellbeing in and out of work and massively increases your earning potential.


Without Ownership, roles are not won and neither are audiences. We underpin every exercise, principle and task with this essential ethos. This is more than just a class! It’s a career investment.


Taking place over two weeks, this is how the course breaks down:


  • Group coaching: under award winning and respected industry members (regular leaders include RSC/Globe/National theatre actors - Adjoa Andoh, Simon Trinder, Joseph Millson, Jonathan Broadbent, Alex Gilbreath. Voice coaches - National Theatre’s Jeannette Nelson, RSC’s Anna McSweeney. Director’s - Mike Alfred’s, Oscar Pearce). Please note: leaders vary depending on their professional engagements. We can guarantee that you will always work with highly respected  artists. It includes...

  • 2 day workshop: learn a toolkit on playing Shakespeare from those who do this for a living.

  • Rehearsal of selected scenes from a play or plays of our choice. You will be coached in a professional company format that develops both your professional etiquette and ability to make solid offers and take solid direction.

  • Additional classes on acting technique: working in a full time second studio with one of the course leaders, you will receive coaching on the craft to support your work in rehearsal.

  • Monologue/soliloquy coaching: develop a speech of your choice to take away, directed and ready to use.

  • A day with a respected voice coach: Take part in a group workshop followed by individual attention under a highly regarded professional voice coach.

  • Mock audition with professional casting director: Road test your speech and be seen by a working casting director.

  • Public performance: in a venue on the last evening in front of friends, family and guests of your choice.

  • Each participant receives: an Owning Shakespeare Intensive training T Shirt and branded/illustrated journal to diarise your experience.

Please note: As we are working practitioners, ICAT reserves the right to replace any of the course leaders at any point with an artist whom we deem appropriate.

Testimonies and footage from recent intensive.

How Do I Get A Place?

Places are awarded by telephone interview. Though we guar­an­tee buck­ets of fun, as the title would sug­gest, the course is intense, and there­fore we are as inter­ested in atti­tude as we are in abil­ity!

Email - to register interest or apply

Age: 18 plus (no upper age limit)

Whose it for: The intensive is most regularly attended by student and professional actors. keen amateurs are welcome.


ICAT Principal Simon Trinder chats with RSC's Greg Doran on playing Shakespeare

I had a fantastic time. I feel empowered to audition for the big guns and ready to hold my own when I get there. I felt like we arrived as a company but left as an ensemble.

I learned more about Shakespeare in this two weeks than I ever did at Drama School.

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