Celebrating 11 Years of Shakespeare Study
1996 - 2006

"I have been associated with BADA since it began organizing courses in British classical theatre for students from overseas. In my opinion it offers the most wonderful opportunity for students to take part in this country's great theatrical tradition."

Sir Derek Jacobi - Patron of the British American Drama Academy

           The Shakespeare Programme is an exciting study-abroad program presented by the British American Drama Academy in association with Skidmore College, and arranged with the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It affords a unique opportunity to study Shakespeare in London and Stratford-upon-Avon during a semester-long program carefully designed to link texts of his plays and productions drawn from the full, magnificent range of British theatre. The program is designed for students who seek a rigorous and challenging program in England based on the study of Shakespeare, theatre and English literature that is of the highest academic standard. It also offers students the opportunity for additional courses in acting, directing, playwriting and literature, as well as direct exposure to the world of William Shakespeare.

“We are delighted to be entering our tenth year. The Shakespeare Programme has been remarkably successful in
efforts to offer
American students an academically rigorous program in theatre and English which also offers conservatory training in performance. We are very proud of the fact that our students continue to come from some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. We are confident that students returning from The Shakespeare Programme are better prepared to take full advantage of their coursework at their home schools. We certainly know the effectiveness of the studio training for actors and the exposure to some of the finest professional theatre the world has to offer – we see it in the numbers of our theatre students who have already gone on to begin promising careers in the professional theatre as performers, directors and playwrights. As we begin our tenth year we continue to seek every way possible to make this program even stronger and more responsive to student needs.”
    Professor Lary Opitz, Skidmore College Director of The Shakespeare Programme

Since 1996, students from the following schools have participated in The Shakespeare Programme:

American University Marlboro College Stanford University
Amherst College Mount Holyoke College Union College
Bard College New York University (Tisch) University of CA Santa Cruz
Barnard College Occidental College University of Southern CA
Bowdoin College Pomona College University of Virginia
Brown University Providence College Vanderbilt University
Carleton College Reed College Vassar College
Carnegie Mellon University Sarah Lawrence College Wellesley College
Columbia University Scripps College Williams College
Connecticut College Skidmore College Wooster College
Cornell University Smith College Yale University
Howard University Southern Methodist University
Kenyon College St. Michael's College


The Programme

William Shakespeare
Organizations Involved Additional Features
London Curriculum Shakespeare
Stratford Curriculum