Out-Of-School Programs

Where: Forest of Arden Youth Studio, Charlestown Working Theater, Charlestown, MA

Who: Ages 13 – 19 welcome. No acting experience necessary!  Apply for as many projects as you want with one application.


In residence at the Forest of Arden Youth Studio at Charlestown Working Theater, ASP offers year-round opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to perform, create, and form community with each other. Propose projects, develop artistic and leadership skills, and just have fun!


2017-2018 Programs:


Tuition: $400 (unless otherwise noted); some scholarships available.


The Julius Caesar Project

September 19 – December 16, 2017: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5-8pm; Saturdays 11am-3pm

A piece of original theater taking Shakespeare’s political tragedy Julius Caesar as the launching point, with youth interacting along the way with the artists working on our all-female professional production. Artists from all disciplines welcome!


Twelfth Night

A Co-Production with the Charlestown Working Theater Advanced Youth Ensemble

January 15 – April 8, 2018

Performances March 29 – April 7: Thursday – Saturday evenings, 7:30 pm

BUY TICKETS NOW: $5 for youth (under 21); $10 for adults

Shipwrecked in Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a man to ward off danger, fearing her twin brother dead. One of Shakespeare’s most memorable heroines navigates through misplaced passions, troublemaking knights, and an unruly household, on the way to discovering love.


Shakespeare Fan Fiction Arts Festival

Festival Dates:  May 31 – June 2, 2018

Jury processes and Festival planning:  April 10 – May 30

Artist Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2018

Acceptance Notifications:  April 20, 2018


ASP Youth will curate a festival of art and drama inspired by Shakespeare’s works.  Staged readings, music, dance, film and visual art may all be featured–what’s your passion?

Youth interested in being jurors and organizing the festival should apply now.


Youth Freestyle: Arden Drop-in Sessions

Have a project to develop or just need a place to play in? The Forest of Arden Youth Studio is available for use outside of program hours. Let us know what you need!


Summer Youth Intensive 2018

Title and Director TBD

July 2018

This month-long intensive is entering its eighth year and culminates in a fully mounted production of a Shakespeare play. Teens of all experience welcome and encouraged to apply.