Macbeth Camp: ACTING

In this week-long camp, learners will choose a scene or monologue from Shakespeare's Macbeth to rehearse and perform.
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90 minutes

per class

5x per week

over 1 week


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

Skills we will practice include:
- Speaking Shakespearean text
- Mining complex language for clues to character and action
- Character analysis
- Naming and pursuing objectives and tactics
- Creating a detailed description of the given circumstances of a scene
- Giving and receiving constructive feedback
- Supporting the work of fellow artists
- Performing for peers with confidence
I am a classical actor and teaching artist. I have taught Shakespeare to high school and middle school students for the past 20 years in many different settings, from single-day workshops to two-week camps to semester-long classes. I have been a teaching artist in theatres around the US, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, Imagination Stage in Maryland, and others. I was adjunct faculty for two years at Seattle Pacific University, where I directed the University Players, a touring troupe that wrote two scripts per year and toured them to high schools, churches, and community spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Experience with this play: I have performed in two different productions of this play, as well as presenting scenes in high schools throughout the Pacific Northwest with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I played Witch 3 with Shakespeare NYC, and I played Lady Macbeth in an experimental production in North Carolina. I have also taught the play to several high school groups over the years.

Degrees earned: 
BA, Theatre and English, Seattle Pacific University
MFA, Classical Acting, The Shakespeare Theatre Company/George Washington University
Learners who are not enrolled in the READING portion of this camp will need to become familiar with Macbeth on their own. Learners may spend 30-60 minutes outside of class rehearsing their scenes or monologues.
Learners should have a copy of Macbeth handy, either in paper or in digital form. Digital resources include the Shakespeare app (a free download) or the Folger Shakespeare Library digital texts:

About a month before camp starts, I will post files of scenes and monologues for students to choose from. We will finalize our choices on the first day of class. Once they have chosen, students will need to print their scripts. 
7 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Like many of Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth contains themes of violence, murder, abuse of power, and supernatural elements. Care will be taken that the violence in the story is not glorified in our class. Please let me know if you have questions.
Learners should have a copy of Macbeth handy, either in paper or in digital form. Digital resources include the Shakespeare app (a free download) or the Folger Shakespeare Library digital texts:


Esther Williamson, MFAActor, Musician, Word Nerd
9 total reviews
11 completed classes

About Me

I am a classical actor and teaching artist, and I'm excited to share my love of the performing arts with Outschool’s learners. I live in New York, but I have worked with companies all around the United States, from the iconic Oregon Shakespeare... 
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