2017 Fall Drama Classes

CLICK HERE for the registration form!

Contact Bridget Gates at bridget@emilyann.org for more information.

Beginning Drama: This class is for ages 5-7 and will cover design aspects of theatre, theatre history, improvisation, and acting. The class will conclude with a performance. Class fees include instruction, snacks, costumes and props.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Mondays 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Intermediate Drama: This class is for ages 8-10 and will expand on different acting styles, more advanced improvisation, and playwriting. The students will perform a play that they have written themselves at the end of the class session.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Tuesdays 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Advanced Drama: This class is for ages 11-14 and is a high caliber performance class. You need not have experience in acting to participate. Singing, dancing, and acting will all be taught during the session. Class rehearsals will culminate in a final performance.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Wednesdays 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Shakespeare Under the Stars

Shakespeare Under the Stars is brought to you in part by


Dallas Shakespeare Club

In 2017 Shakespeare Under the Stars will present:


Program: July 5 - August 12
Program Cost: $350 (scholarship auditions available)

Click here for the registration packet!

Shakespeare Under the Stars, a 6 week high school Shakespeare Intensive

Auditions for Shakespeare Under the Stars' production of Macbeth will take place on Saturday, May 20th. All auditioning must have a memorized 1-minute Shakespeare monologue of their choosing. Please email bridget@emilyann.org to set up an audition time for that day.

William Shakespeare's Macbeth is an audience favorite and a study on human nature, greed, and destiny. Come join the EmilyAnn Theatre and our Shakespeare Under the Stars students for a haunting and beautiful story of power and love and loss. The program starts on July 5th and the show runs August 3rd - 12th, with no performance on Sunday, the 6th, every night at 8:15pm.

The EmilyAnn Theatre was founded to provide a permanent home for Shakespeare Under the Stars (SUS). Originally a program of Wimberley High School, Shakespeare Under the Stars has been fully funded and administered by the EmilyAnn Theatre since 1998. This unique Shakespeare Intensive offers students ages 12 - graduating seniors the opportunity to study and perform one of Shakespeare's plays. Students audition in May and memorize their lines before arriving in July. Students select an area of technical theatre (set construction, costuming, or lighting) on which to focus. With guidance from the Artistic Director, theatre professionals, and interns, students aid in the construction of the costumes and sets. When not working on their assigned technical area, students rehearse with the director, working on acting and the understanding of Shakespeare's plays. Students also attend workshops taught by theatre professionals in topics such as fight choreography, characterization, and text analysis. The 6-week experience culminates with the production of nine performances of full-length plays.

The goals of Shakespeare Under the Stars are to:
- foster a love, appreciation, and understanding of Shakespeare's works,
- enable students to assist in producing a full-length play,
- provide students with a solid background in theatre industry practices and safety standards,
- and build students' self-confidence, team-work skills, leadership skills, and competence in theatre arts.

Shakespeare Under the Stars is under the Artistic Direction of Bridge Farias. Bridget, who holds a BFA in Acting and Directing from Texas State, has directed Shakespeare Under the Stars productions since 2008. She is the full-time Artistic Director of the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens. For more information about Shakespeare Under the Stars, please contact Bridget at bridget@emilyann.org.

PLAYwrights Program

Teachers - give your students the opportunity to become playwrights!

The EmilyAnn's PLAYwrights program teaches students in grades 2 - 5 how to write plays through a brief, fun, educational workshop that supports the TEKS for both Language Arts and Theatre Arts. Artistic Director, Bridget Gates, will visit your classroom, explaining and demonstrating, through student interaction and participation, the major components involved when writing/creating a play.

After the workshop, students write their own short plays, individually or as a group, at school or at home. Twelve to fifteen of the plays will be selected to be performed by professional actors on stage at the EmilyAnn. Workshops are offered in January and February with the PLAYwrights Performance following in April. To register for your class for a workshop, email Bridget Gates by clicking here.

2017 Shakespearience

A Shakespeare Day Camp for Kids! Making Shakespeare accessible and fun for children. This year there will be 2 weeklong camps with each week having a different theme and performance. You are welcome to sign-up for 1 week or for both weeks. Each week is $200/per camper.

  • Age 5-11
  • Session 1
    Session 1 is currently full. However, if you would like to be put on a waiting list, please email rebecca@emilyann.org.

       June 12-16, 2017
       9-3 p.m.

    Students will study Shakespeare's life and times, including period dance and sword fighting. This week will focus on beginning play-writing, as the group will be led in writing their own adaptations of Shakespeare's works, utilizing Disney movies based on Shakespeare's plays as reference. The week will end with a performance of the play they have written.

    Session 2
    Session 2 is currently full. However, if you would like to be put on a waiting list, please email rebecca@emilyann.org.

       June 19-23, 2017
       9-3 p.m.

    Students will rehearse and perform a musical based on Shakespeare's plays. The session will also include a study of and crafts about Shakespeare's life and times.

Call the EmilyAnn Theatre at 512-847-6969 or click here to email Bridget if you have any questions! All registration forms are on this page under Registration Forms.

Private Acting Classes

Contact Bridget Farias at bridget@emilyann.org for more information on scheduling/rates private one-on-one acting classes (monologue work, acting techniques and methods, auditioning tools and techniques, etc...)