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4th Wall Theatre's Summer Shakespeare Intensive

The Summer Shakespeare Intensive will offer 20 Houston high school students the opportunity to study, rehearse, and perform with Juilliard Drama students. This 5-week training program will culminate in 8 public performances of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in 4th Wall’s professional studio space.

4th Wall's Summer Shakespeare Intensive is an actor training program that will connect 16 to 20 high school age Houston actors with acting students from the Juilliard Drama School in five weeks of rigorous Shakespearean study, training, and ultimately, performance. Philip Lehl, Co-Artistic Director of 4th Wall and alumnus of Juilliard, will serve as the program director and teacher and will share his “Verse Technique” of Shakespearean performance with program participants.

The program will take place from June 22, 2020-July 26, 2020. During the first week of the program, Lehl and the Juilliard students will introduce the Shakespearean Verse Technique to the high school students and cast them in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Weeks two and three will be used to rehearse the play, and over the course of weeks four and five, both the high school and Juilliard students will put on eight public performances of “As You Like It” in 4th Wall Theatre’s professional studio space.

This program is an exciting learning and mentorship opportunity for Houston high school students. No other theatre education program in the city integrates the three core participants in 4th Wall’s Summer Program: local high school students, advanced conservatory students, and a master teacher.

Audition Details
Date & Location:
Saturday March 28, 2020 *email info@4thwalltheatreco.com for alternate audition dates
1824 Spring St., Studio 101
Houston, TX 77007

Eligibility Requirements:

  • To be eligible to audition, students must be entering 9th grade in fall 2020 or be age 16+ by June 21, 2020.

Audition Requirements:

  • Each student must schedule an audition slot through this SignUpGenius form
  • Students should prepare 12-15 lines of memorized Shakespearean verse and a memorized monologue of their choosing from a play written after 1970. Combined, both pieces should last no longer than 2:30 minutes total. The Shakespearean piece must follow these rules:
    • Use speech from a Shakespeare play (not a poem or sonnet)
    • Do not pause in any line of verse
    • Always pause at least a little at the end of every line of verse
Meet your instructor!
Philip Lehl, pictured right at his alma mater, is the program director for the Summer Shakespeare Intensive. Philip is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of 4th Wall Theatre Company, and is also an actor, director, and teacher. Philip studied at The Juilliard Drama School, Drake University, NTI, and Moscow Arts Theatre School. Broadway performances include Blood Brothers and The Kentucky Cycle. Off-Broadway: Hundreds of Hats. National Tour: Titanic, the Musical. Regional: St. Louis Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The New Harmony Theatre and Weston Playhouse. At 4th Wall his acting credits include The Realistic Joneses, Pride & Prejudice, Shakespeare in Vegas, Disgraced, Much Ado About Nothing, True West, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Ho Ho Humbug, Stage Kiss, The God Game, The Winter’s Tale, Faith Healer, Macbeth, Debt Collectors, and Dinner With Friends; and directing credits include The Glass Menagerie, Reckless, Much Ado About Noth­ing, Winter’s Tale, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Debt Collectors, and Body Awareness. Over thirty productions at The Alley, including: Clybourne Park, The Pillowman, The Farnsworth Invention, Eurydice, The Crucible, The Exonerated, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Mousetrap, The Nether, Hamlet, and The Invention of Love. Stages Repertory Theatre: Who Am I This Time, Oh, the Humanity, Yankee Tavern, I Am My Own Wife, Mr. Marmalade, Lady, Souvenir, Amy’s View, The Pavilion, and Dirty Blonde. A.D. Players: You Can’t Take It With You, 12 Angry Men. Main Street Theatre: Arcadia. Classical Theatre Company: The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Uncle Vanya, and Ghosts. Houston Shakespeare Festival: King John, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Julius Caesar, and Cymbeline. TUTS: Memphis, LMNOP, A Wonderful Life, The Sound of Music, and one memorable performance of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Generations: Bat Boy, Spring Awakening, Our Town. BCCM: On the Town, Fiorello, Assassins, She Loves Me. EHS: The Tempest. Philip teaches classes privately through Kim Tobin Acting Studio, and also at the HGO Studio. Philip is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

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1824 Spring Street Studio 101
Houston, TX, 77007
United States


Contact name: 
Catherine Dunaway
1pm-6pm most days, see website for full schedule